According to former Pakistan fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed, pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz could still be part of Pakistan’s squad for upcoming tour of England.
The Men in Green are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in England during the tour which is set to kick off on July 1.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is open to the idea of an extended tour and is currently looking to play 4 to 5 matches after approval from both governments and relevant medical authorities.
Sources from the Daily Mail claim that the Pakistan body is preparing a 25-member squad for the aforementioned tour and is set to organise some internal warm-up fixtures between the players in order to prepare for the much-anticipated tour.
Talking on the development, Tanvir said that he believes this proposal could lead to snubbed pacers Amir and Wahab coming back into the side.
“They have included young players in central contract list but somewhere down the line when more players are needed, Misbah will 100 per cent say that we should include four to five players [which have been excluded from central contract list]. If a squad of 20-25 players goes to England, then these players [Amir and Wahab] will surely get a chance to play,” said Tanvir in a YouTube video.
The former right-arm fast bowler also wants the board to prefer centrally contracted players in T20 World Cup, when finalizing the squad that will tour Australia.
“Also if these players go on to play the T20 World Cup as well, I will be the first one to criticise PCB because I fell that the centrally contracted players should be preferred,” he said. “I don’t think Pakistan team needs Amir and Wahab because, in their absence, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi have done really well.”
It is to be known that both Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were excluded from PCB’s latest central contracts list which was released a couple of days back. Head coach-cum-cheif selector Misbah Ul Haq made it clear that the duo will remain in contention for selection in what will be a busier cricket season as compared to the one that has just concluded.
“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,” the former national team skipper added.