Amir’s World Cup in doubt after suspected chickenpox

Amir’s World Cup in doubt after suspected chickenpox

Mohammad Amir, who was not named in Pakistan 15-man World Cup squad, was included in the side to face England in the ODI series which was a gateway to make a case for himself for World Cup selection. The left-arm pacer could not play the second ODI between Pakistan and England with reports suggesting that a viral infection was the reason.

Amir was left out of Pakistan's World Cup team when it was announced last month. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo on Monday, Amir is all set to miss the third game in Bristol on Tuesday as it has emerged that the infection is suspected to be chickenpox.

Amir is now with his family in London and there was no official word from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) or team officials as to how long he will take to recover.

Pakistan are now involved in the five-match ODI series against England and the selectors had named the 17-man squad for this contest.

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The final two ODIs of the series, on Friday and Sunday, represent Amir's final chance of forcing his way into the World Cup squad.

Amir has fallen down the pecking order in recent times due to his terrible form with the ball.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed Sarfaraz had expressed concerns over Amir's form and told a television channel, "When your main strike bowler is not taking wickets regularly obviously it causes concern to the captain".

Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.

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