Mohammad Amir ruled out of third ODI against England; doubtful for World Cup

Mohammad Amir ruled out of third ODI against England; doubtful for World Cup

He has been ruled out of the third ODI against England as well.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Pakistan are currently involved in the five-match ODI series against England and the selectors had named the 17-man squad for this contest. Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir were the two extra players given a chance to stake their claim in the World Cup squad. While the former did no harm to his chances with a quick-fire half-century, Amir missed out on the previous game as he was ill.

However, his chances to play in the World Cup look grim now as the left-arm pacer is down with suspected chickenpox. He had to play the ongoing series against England to have any chance of making it to the World Cup but the fate seems to be not on his side. He was fine in the first ODI which washed out and didn’t get a chance to take the field even in a single international game on the tour.

The reports in ESPNCricinfo have revealed that he missed the second ODI due to the viral infection but will now also not play the third match which is set to be played on Tuesday in Bristol.

Final changes in the squad could be made by May 23

Mohammad Amir wasn’t included in the World Cup squad earlier but there was a chance to break into the side with a good show in England series. Even though it takes a week for him to recover from his illness, the pacer gets ruled out of the ongoing ODI series which means the selectors have no reason to include him in the squad. May 23 is the final date to submit the squads with whatever changes to be made.

This might be the end of the road for Amir as far as the upcoming mega event is concerned unless the selectors go out of the way and include him in the side. If Amir eventually misses the bus, this will be third World Cup miss after making international debut in 2009.

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