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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

'Amir would have been my first choice for the World Cup' – Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram has said that Mohammad Amir would have been his first choice for the World Cup considering the conditions and performances in England.

Former Pakistan captain also cautioned against discounting the left-arm paceman ahead of the World Cup, saying Pakistan's pace spearhead would return to form following a poor run of form.

Since the Champions trophy final in June 2017, Amir has taken four wickets in 14 matches.

He was left out of Pakistan's preliminary World Cup squad but still has an opportunity to make his way back into the final squad if he does well in the upcoming limited overs fixtures against England starting from May 8.

Like all other teams, Pakistan have until May 23 to make changes to their World Cup squad.

However, Wasim said he still believed Amir could make a comeback.

"We can't discount Amir from the World Cup," Wasim told AFP.

"Amir would have been my first choice for the World Cup considering English conditions where he performs well."

Wasim went on to say that Amir had the experience of competing at the highest levels, including international Tests and county cricket.

"I am confident that he will do well once his rhythm is back," said Wasim, a veteran of five World Cups in 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003.

Pakistan's preliminary World Cup squad is largely comprised of young players, with only a handful of veterans – Sarfraz and Haris Sohail, who played in the last World Cup, as well as Shoaib Malik, who played in 2007, and Mohammad Hafeez, who featured in the 2007 and 2011 tournaments.

Wasim also added that big events are won with a combination of youth and experience.

"I am all for youth but experience has no substitute, so we should mix youth with experience," said Wasim who worked with Amir during the Pakistan Super League.

"He is a good learner so I hope things will come good for him sooner than later because Pakistan team needs him."

Pakistan will play three one-day matches against county teams before taking on England in a one-off T20I and five-match ODI series.

The squad will play two warm-up World Cup games against Afghanistan on May 24 and Bangladesh on May 26, before taking on the West Indies in their World Cup opener on May 31.