Tanvir Ahmed, a former Pakistani pacer feels that Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz both will be part of the Pakistan cricket team squad for the upcoming tour of England. Meanwhile PCB is keen to stretch its stay and is adamant to play four to five matches once getting approved by both governments and relative medical authorities.
Pakistan has 3 Tests and T20s coming up against England. PCB is orchestrating a 25-member squad for this crucial tour and is planning to hold some internal warm-up games between the members for their thorough preparation
Tanvir made a suggestion of adding the two pacers of Pakistan cricket team in the squad
“They’ve included young players in central contract list but somewhere down the line when more players are needed, Misbah will 100 percent say that we should include four to five players (which have excluded from central contract list) If a squad of 20-25 players goes to England, then these players (Amir and Whab) will surely get a chance to play”
He also wants PCB to prefer centrally contracted players in the T20 World cup
With that he added,
“Also if these players go on to play the T20 World cup as well, I will be the first one criticize PCB because I fell the centrally contracted players should be preferred”. “I don’t think Pakistan team needs Amir and Wahab because, in their absence, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain have done very well”
It will be a topic of argument to keep both the pacers in the team since they both missed out on central contracts and this season will be far more hectic than the one that has just wrapped up, according to Pakistan’s head coach Misbah Ul Haq
“The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Amir, Hasan and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball cricket, this was the right move,” Misbah said in a press release issued by the PCB.
“However, Amir and Wahab are senior and experienced bowlers and they remain in contention as we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistan men’s cricket team and also mentor our young battery of fast bowlers,” he said.