Pakistan Cricket Board: PCB Announced world cup squad 2019
“The concerns are over the fitness of left-arm spin allrounder, Imad Wasim, the present form of an experienced left-arm pacer, Mohammad Aamir and a debate on who will be the reserve opener in the World Cup.
“There has been a debate on who will be the third opener in the squad with Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. The toss is up between Abid Ali and Haris Sohail,” the source said.
“The selectors also believe that with Mohammad Hafeez also available he can also be used as an opener if the need arises,” the source said.
Experienced allrounder Hafeez is recovering from a thumb operation but passed the fitness test comfortably in Lahore the other day.
Sources said the selection committee has finalized 17 players from which 15-member squad will be selected.
Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan are in a tough competition for the WC slot.
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, announcing the World Cup squad and two reserve players, said the XI from the 2017 Champions Trophy had been retained in the selection process.
“We are hopeful and confident that Pakistan will give a good account of itself in the World Cup,” Inzamam said.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) April 18, 2019
The squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Imamul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hassan Ali, Shadam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheed Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Hasnain.
Pakistan on Thursday left out experienced but out-of-form pacer Mohammad Amir from its 15-member World Cup squad while including batsman Abid Ali in the line-up.