Grieving father Asif Ali, whose 18-month-old daughter died at the week-end, fit-again Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were all included Monday in Pakistan’s final 15-man squad for the World Cup.
Asif, whose daughter Noor Fatima had been undergoing cancer treatment in the US before her death on Sunday, is set to rejoin the World Cup squad after her funeral in Lahore, chief selector Inzamanul Haq said at a press conference the eastern Pakistani city.
“We are with Asif in this tough time. He will return to Pakistan and then go back before the warm-up matches,” he said.
Spearhead Amir was left out of the preliminary squad after a run of poor form, but was included in the final list despite not playing in the last four one-day internationals against England due to chicken pox.
Pakistan selectors were forced to recall another left-arm paceman, Riaz, af-ter their bowling conceded more than 350 in all four matches against Eng-land.
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imamul Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi.