Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Junaid Khan Shares Cryptic Photo After Being Dropped From Pakistan’s WC Squad

Junaid Khan Shares Cryptic Photo After Being Dropped From Pakistan’s WC Squad

Asif contributed two half-centuries in the one-day global series against England which concluded on Sunday, the 27-year-old one of few who impressed in Pakistan's middle order during their side's 4-0 loss. Asif was called up to Pakistan's 15-man squad for the World Cup on Monday, having missed out on the original squad a month ago. The former all-rounder wrote on Twitter: "My condolences and prayers go to Asif Ali & his family on the passing of his daughter from cancer".

Inzamam-ul-Haq said: "After it became obvious that the bat is likely to dominate the ball in the World Cup, we revisited our strategy and reverted to the pace of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz". Due to the latest changes, Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali will be left off the squad. "But we needed a power-hitter at number 6 or 7 and Asif has done very well for us in this England series so we need him", said Inzamam.

Both the players had been left off the initial squad named in April but the chief selector today said that some observations made during the team's recent performance in England were taken into consideration when making the changes to the lineup.

Highlights as England wrapped up a 4-0 series victory over Pakistan with a 54-run win in the fifth ODI at Headingley.

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The 27-year-old has been in dismal form since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in June 2017 as he has taken five wickets in 15 matches at an average of 92.60.

According to the cricket board, Aamir has recovered from his chickenpox and he and Wahab will be available for the warm-up matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh this week.

Pakistan World Cup squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (Capt), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Aamir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Muhammad Hasnain.

They were part of the just-concluded Tri-Nation ODI Series in Ireland.

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