Cricket World Cup 2019: Mohammad Amir available for selection in Pakistan's opener v West Indies

Waseem Ahmed 18:02 30/05/2019
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Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir is fit and available for selection for the team’s opening World Cup clash against the West Indies on Friday.

The 27-year-old has just recovered from chicken pox and given his abysmal record in ODIs in the past year, there is speculation Amir isn’t first-choice selection anymore.

“Amir is fully fit and available for selection for tomorrow’s game,” Sarfaraz said on Thursday.

Amir bowled off his full run-up during the practice session. However, his availability is not the only issue for Pakistan, who have lost their last 10 ODIs.

“Yes, we have lost 10 matches but we have to forget that and start the World Cup journey,” the skipper said.

Sarfaraz said both Pakistan and the West Indies are unpredictable so neither team will have a distinct advantage.

“It’s good to be unpredictable so all teams are scared of you. Yes, we are unpredictable and we will take that tag, so are the West Indies,” said the skipper.

Windies have a strong batting line-up including Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Andre Russell. Sarfaraz said taking wickets will be key.

“If you want to contain any team you have to take wickets whoever you play, so it’s important to put pressure by taking wickets.”

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