The Inzamam-ul-Haq-led Pakistan’s selection panel on Monday has announced their final 15-member squad for the impending ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. The selection panel came with a huge surprise as they named experienced bowler Wahab Riaz in the squad alongside Mohammad Amir.
Wahab’s inclusion in the side sent shockwaves to the cricket fraternity due to the fact that the left-arm speedster had played his last ODI match for Pakistan in June 2017 and was not even named in the 17-man squad for the recently concluded five-match ODI series against England.
However, chief-selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has tried to convince the people with the logic behind Wahab’s sudden call-up.
“The lack of potency of our frontline bowlers in the recent ODI series against England meant that a change was needed. In addition, we now know that we will encounter batting wickets throughout the World Cup campaign. The combination of both these elements meant that we believed that right now, utilising the World Cup experience and knowledge of Wahab was the correct choice,” he said.
Inzamam explained that Wahab has vast experience and can bowl with both new and old ball while producing reverse swing in the death overs. He further stated that considering the vast experiences of Amir and Wahab it would be foolish to not include them in the team.