MOHAMMAD AMIR’S WORLD CUP HOPES TO HANG ON BY THE THINNEST OF THE THREAD DUE TO SUSPECTED CHICKENPOX
Muhammad Amir, Pakistani fast bowler had come know of the suspected Chickenpox in a medical examination on Monday.
On Saturday, he got a viral infection due to which he missed the second ODI against England at Southampton. And after the doctor’s declaration of the viral infection as Chickenpox, the team officials sent him on rest which has made him unable to participate in the third and fourth ODIs to represent Pakistan against England in Bristol and Nottingham respectively.
This untimely bout has also faded all of his hopes and has decreased his chances to be a part of the upcoming World Cup 2019.
Currently, Amir has left the Pakistani team and is in London with his family. It’s not clear yet how much time would he take to recover. Yet, regardless of his initial sickness begun a week ago, he was abandoned off Pakistan’s 15-man squad. But
Instead of not being a part of Pakistan’s original World Cup Squad, the PCB told that Muhammad Amir was brought along to practice in the warm-up games against English because the team still had time till 23rd May to make changes. His initial health condition was not thought to be the final so he still had an opportunity to impress the selectors for the World Cup to come.
Unfortunately, this would be Amir’s third World Cup to be missed if he doesn’t get recovered within the limited duration. Previously, he had missed the World Cup of 2009- due to the international debut and the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal 2010 banned him for five-years which enable him to represent in the World Cups of 2011 and 2015
Amir’s previous ODI’s wicket-taking record has also been very disappointing as he took only five wickets in 15 ODIs in the Champions Trophy 2017. The team Management and the selection committee explains that Amir, despite his poor forms earlier, PCB has made him an integral part of the Team’s Plans because he is capable of keeping the lid on the flow of runs.