Pace spearhead Mohammad Amir is named for Pakistan’s World Cup opener match on Friday against West Indies, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed confirmed.
Rumors that the left-arm fast bowler, who missed the last four matches earlier this month, won’t be fit for his World Cup debut at Trent Bridge have been debunked by the Pakistani cricket team captain.
“Amir is fully fit and available for selection for tomorrow’s game,” he said in a press conference.
Amir, who has been given a five-year ban for match-fixing, missed both the 2011 and 2015 World Cups but he has been seen bowling using his full run-up at the team’s practice session.
And now Sarfaraz puts his hopes in the 27-year-old to reverse the streak of 10 straight ODI defeats Pakistan endured.
”Yes, we have lost 10 matches but we have to forget that and start the World Cup journey,” he said.
Sarfaraz also shared his views on the upcoming clash with West Indies, saying:
“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.”
He added the key to containing the Windies will be taking wickets.
“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.”