ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Asif Ali named in the squad
Pakistan have added pacers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir with hard hitting batsman Asif Ali in the World Cup squad. The trio were not in the provisional squad but have replaced Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan after a 4-0 one-day series defeat by England.
Pakistani batsman Asif Ali has been added following the news that his young daughter’s demise from cancer in a United States hospital on Sunday. Inzamam said: “We are with Asif in this tough time, He will return to Pakistan and then go back [to England] before the warm-up matches.”
Pakistan’s Pace bowler Mohammad Amir missed both the 2011 and 2015 World Cups because of a five-year ban for spot-fixing, he only played the first of the five ODIs against England in a game that was called off because of rain. After that Amir was suspected with chickenpox which made him unavailable for the rest of the series against England.
Wahab Riaz’s last ODI appearance came as far back as on June 4, 2017, in the group stage game against India in the Champions Trophy 2017, when Pakistan suffered a heavy defeat. He wasn’t a part of the playing XI for Pakistan in their run to the trophy following that reversal.
Updated squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hasnain, Wahab Riaz.