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Is Amir’s exclusion a calculated risk?
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Is Amir’s exclusion a calculated risk?

Mohammad Amir became the talk of the town after Pakistan's chief selector Inzimam-ul-Haq named the ICC World Cup 2019 squad for Pakistan. Mohammad Amir's exclusion hit the public hard and invoked outrageous reactions. Logically, Mohammad Amir's recent form with the ball put him behind in the race of World Cup selection.

The story did not end here. Amir was selected in the 17 men squad for the series against England. This decision also raised many questions. Will Amir still have a chance to make it to the World Cup squad? Do the performances in the England series affect Pakistan's World Cup squad?

Simultaneously, was it just to keep out an experienced campaigner, who has the ability to win you games at his day, of the squad. No one would have thought the hero of Champions Trophy 2017 final will fail to make it to the World Cup squad on the basis of poor performances. Mohammad Amir has only taken 5 wickets in the 14 matches he played since the Champions Trophy final.

Pakistan does not have someone with immense experience in the bowling ranks. The inexperienced bowling line-up can backfire on crucial stages. Therefore, Amir was on cards for the automated selection. But the coach and the selectors thought otherwise.

They gave Amir a chance to prove himself in the upcoming series against England. It is an opportunity of redemption for the left-arm fast bowler. If he happens to perform well in the ODI series, he might stay there for the World Cup selection as the squads can be readjusted up till 23rd May.