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Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan reacts with cheeky tweet after World Cup snub


Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan expresses his disappointment on social media after being excluded from Pakistan’s final 15-man World Cup squad on Monday, May 20.

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Expressing his frustration, he posted a picture of himself standing with a black tape on his mouth and wrote “I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter. (Sach karwa hotha hai)”. The tweet clearly showed his disappointment about the selection.

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The 29-year old paceman was picked in the 15-man preliminary squad but failed to make the final squad after his poor performance in the recent series against England. Junaid took 2 wickets at the economy rate of 7.47 in two matches against England which made the selectors to rethink about him and finally they omitted him from the squad.

“Junaid and Faheem had been initially favored over a couple of different bowlers dependent on their ongoing performances and the investment we had made on them since 2017. They had the chance to concrete their World Cup spots, however they were well worse than average in the series against England despite the fact that they were facing the troublesome test of bowling on tranquil and batsmen-friendly wickets,” Imzamam said about his omission from the squad.

Along with Junaid Khan, right-arm medium pacer Faheem Ashraf and opening batsman Abid Ali were also removed from the final squad. Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Asif Ali replaced Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan and Abid Ali.

Junaid Khan was one of the standout bowler for Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with 8 wickets in just 4 matches. Pakistan won the tournament beating India in the final. Junaid Khan’s international career is also modest with 110 wickets in 76 matches averaging 29 with the economy rate of 5.35.

The left-arm quick wasn’t even included in the reverse list of players. Faheem Ashraf, Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan will go England with the main squad as the reverse player.

 

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