Why Mohammad Amir is left out of World Cup squad?
The most trending news after the announcement of World Cup squad of Pakistan is the absence of left-arm fast-bowler Mohammad Amir from the squad. Pakistan have included five pacers in their squad but surprisingly Amir’s name isn’t there.
Mohammad Amir was the standout performer for Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in which Pakistan was the champion by beating India in the final at London, England. He won the man of the match award in the final for picking up 3 wickets giving away just 16 runs in 6 overs. Overall, Amir took 5 wickets in 4 matches with the economy rate of 4.41 averaging 30.20 in the tournament.
Most of the cricket fans might have thought that Amir would never be left out of a major squad in such a big tournament again. But the fact is Amir’s form had been dried up since then and it has continued recently too.
Amir had picked 55 wickets in 36 matches till that Champions Trophy final against India. He also had a modest average of 27.41 and a strike rate of 33.90.
From that point forward, the average is in the 90s and the strike rate is in the 120s. He had picked just 5 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 92.60 and strike rate of 121.20. The only development occurred in the economy rate as his economy decreased down from 4.84 to 4.58. But everyone would expect wickets from their strike bowler obviously which Amir didn’t able to meet up.
Taking into account how Pakistan pacers have performed since the Champions Trophy, it is nothing unexpected that Amir was rejected. Hasan Ali is the highest wicket-taker with 35 wickets in 23 ODIs.
Every Pakistani pacer, aside from Mohammad Abbas, have the better average and number of wickets comparing to Amir in this time span.