ICC World Cup 2019: 3 reasons why Mohammad Amir couldn’t fit in the Pakistan squad
Pakistan grabbed eyeballs by leaving out Mohammad Amir of 15-man squad and by naming him in the reserves team.
Updated - Apr 19, 2019 2:58 pm
2. Amir’s stats since ICC CT 2017 final
Amir bowled a fiery spell against the Indian top-order and it sure did bring back memories of him swinging speeds of more than 145 kph. He picked up 3 wickets in the game and turned the final into Pakistan’s favour. However, since that one dreamy performance, Amir has totally disappeared, picking up only 5 wickets from 101 overs of bowling at a very below par average of 92.60 per wickets.
Mark Wood comes second in the list of bowlers having the worst bowling averages in the last two years (min. 600 balls bowled) with 47.75, nearly twice as good of that of Amir. Amir’s economy during his barren run was at an impressive 4.58 but he’s never in the team to dry up runs but to pick wickets upfront with the new ball, at a raw pace coupled with swing.
Pakistan can make changes to their squad until May 23 without the approval of ICC and Amir is in the ODI squad that takes on England next month. There is a possibility for Amir to make it to squad if he troubles the English batsmen.