The shocking omission of Junaid Khan from Pakistan’s World Cup squad has given rise to a new controversy. Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has been given the nod from the selection committee in his place, despite not having featured for the national side in almost 2 years.
This surprising inclusion of Wahab has put the merit of the selection process under the scanner, with cricketing pundits proceeding to criticize the exclusion of more deserving players. Taking this scenario into perspective, one can observe that Pakistan’s two top performing left-arm pacers post-2015 World Cup have been unjustly dropped from the team.
25-year-old Usman Shinwari has surpassed fellow compatriots among the left-arm pace quartet, boasting astonishing statistics of 28 wickets at an average of 19.32. While Junaid’s record in the past few years has been ordinary, averaging 36.4 but he is placed far superior ahead of Wahab, who averages 47.1 in ODI cricket and has fewer wickets to his name.