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Will Amir make the cut for the World Cup?

Mohammad Amir’s World Cup selection was thrown into uncertainty after captain Sarfaraz Ahmed expressed concerns over the experienced left-arm pacer’s inability to take wickets in One-day Internationals.

“When your main strike bowler is not taking wickets regularly obviously it causes concern to the captain,” Sarfaraz told a television channel.

Loss of form

Since the Champions Trophy final at the Oval in 2017, when he produced a match-winning spell of three for 16, Amir, 26, has not taken more than a wicket in 14 ODIs and has also gone without a wicket in nine of these matches.

The selectors are due to announce the Pakistan World Cup squad on April 18.

“Pakistan is due to play a five-match ODI series against England besides some matches against English counties in May and since every country has to give final shape to its 15-member World Cup squad by May 23, the selectors might want to have a final look at Amir before deciding on whether he plays in the mega-event or not,” a source said.

Sarfaraz agreed that there had not only been a drastic cut in the strike rate for Amir but his pace had also come down. “I can’t say whether he (Amir) will be in the World Cup squad or not but our minds are clear about our plans and when the squad is announce everyone will know,” the Pakistan skipper added.

The source confirmed that Amir’s selection is dicey since even the head coach Mickey Arthur and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood seem to have lost faith in him making a comeback.

“Arthur has backed Amir all through this time but with more pace options available now, he is having second thoughts about reposing faith in Amir in the big event,” the source claimed.

Amir was also dropped after just one match in the recent five match ODI series against Australia in UAE.

Source: thehindu.com

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