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Pakistan Announces World Cup Squad

Pakistan Cricket Board announced preliminary 15-man squad for the next month's ICC World Cup to be held in England.

Chief Selector announced the team in a press conference in Lahore.

Pakistan selectors left out pace spearhead Mohammad Amir from the preliminary squad.

The 27-year-old has been in wretched form since guiding Pakistan to win over India in the Champions Trophy final, with just four wickets in 14 matches.

But the left-arm fast bowler has a lifeline as teams can be changed until May 23 -- seven days before the ten-team event starts.

Amir is included in the 17-man squad for the five-match one-day series against England from May 5-19, and can regain his World Cup place if he performs well.

Allrounder Mohammad Hafeez was included in the World Cup squad subject to fully recovering from a fractured thumb injury.

There was a surprise world cup call-up for 19-year-old rookie fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain.

The 15-man squad included: Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain.

Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali were selected as reserve players for England series.

Pakistan will leave for the UK on Tuesday and play three one-day matches against county teams before taking on England in the five-match ODI series from May 5.

They will play two warm-up world cup games against Afghanistan on May 24 and Bangladesh on May 26, before taking on the West Indies in their first World Cup match in Nottingham on May 31.

All ten teams will play each other in the first stage, with the top four playing the semi-finals.