Muhammad Aamir and Wahab Riaz named in Pakistan’s World Cup squad

Vastavam web: Experienced left-arm pace duo of Muhammad Aamir and Wahab Riaz were included in Pakistan’s final 15-member World Cup squad following their 0-4 loss to England in the ODI series. Both the bowlers were not included in the initial World Cup squad announced last month but Aamir, who is yet to recover from chickenpox, was named for the one-day series against England which Pakistan completed on Sunday.

The selectors have axed allrounder Faheem Ashraf and left-arm pacer Junaid Khan from their initial World Cup squad to make way for the two senior players. The selectors had discarded Wahab from the tour to England but after the thrashing given to the Pakistani pacers in the one-day series they apparently had a change of mind.

Wahab, who turns 34 next month, last played a one-day international for his country in the opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy against India going for 87 runs without a wicket and than limping off with a injury.

Since than the selectors have ignored him for 50-overs cricket while Aamir also didn’t feature in the series against England after contracting chickenpox and his form remains a concern after he took just five wickets in his last 14 ODIs since the Champions Trophy.