Mohammad Amir‘s World Cup dream looks all but done and dusted at the moment. The left-arm pacer could not play the second ODI between Pakistan and England with reports suggesting that a viral infection was the reason. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo on Monday, Amir is all set to miss the third game on Tuesday too as it has emerged that the infection is suspected to be chickenpox. The left-arm pacer is currently in London with his family, away from the rest of the squad.
Amir had failed to make it to the World Cup squad but was named in the squad for the ongoing ODI series. A good performance against the world number one ODI side would have pretty much put him in contention to break into Pakistan’s World Cup squad. But sadly he looks set to spend a considerable time on the sidelines and is unlikely to take part in the series. As a result, it is highly unlikely Pakistan will include him in their squad.
According to the report, if the left-arm pacer does not recover in time for Friday’s game, then it would be close to impossible for him to make it to the squad with only two ODIs left. If Amir does not make it to the World Cup this time, it will be his third World Cup that he’s missed after missing the 2011 and 2015 editions because he was serving a five-year ban for his role in the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal of 2010.
Amir has fallen down the pecking order in recent times due to his awful form with the ball. Since his heroics against India in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy, he has managed just five wickets at an average of 92.60. The left-arm pacer is just failing to rediscover his wicket-taking ability and looks set to miss the mega-event. The World Cup, meanwhile, will start on May 30 while Pakistan will open their campaign on May 31 against West Indies.