Pakistan's Asif Ali to Leave England Tour After Daughter's Demise

England's Jason Roy celebrates his century during the fourth ODI cricket match between England and Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham

Further rotations seem likely in the bowling attack also as Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes could all come back into the side here as the competition for places among the bowlers hots up.

The selection panel led by Inzamam-u-Haq made a decision to bring back Mohammad Amir who didn't find a place in the preliminary squad announced last month.

Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.

Both Amir and Asif had been dropped from the preliminary World Cup squad.

England won the toss and chose to bat first at Headingley, reaching 351-9 with Joe Root (84 runs in 73 balls) and Morgan (76 in 64) the main run-makers. Shadab Khan who was unable to play in the series against England due to illness was retained in the squad.


It was a brilliant piece of work from England spinner Adil Rashid on the field to run out Babar Azam during the fifth and final ODI against Pakistan at Headingly on Sunday.

Haq said Riaz was being given a chance due to his experience. England restricted them to 340 for 7.

"The combination of both these elements, meant that we believed that right now, utilising the World Cup experience and knowledge of Wahab was the correct choice". For Junaid, the news was particularly galling after he had already been shut out of playing in a World Cup twice. In addition, playing in the World Cup warm up matches, bowling his quota, will have him match-ready.

"The bowling unit during the England ODIs has not clicked as anticipated or expected", said Inzamam.

On the inclusion on Asif Ali, the chief selector said the batsmen could prove to be an asset for Pakistan in the tournament. "If required, we have a fully fit Mohammad Hafeez who can be promoted in the batting order, while Haris Sohail can be the another option".

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