Wahab, Amir, Asif Ali included in Pakistan World Cup squad

Wahab, Amir, Asif Ali included in Pakistan World Cup squad
Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir have been brought into the squad for the World Cup

Pakistan have not quite hit the panic button yet, but in adding Wahab Riaz to their World Cup squad two years after his last ODI and a year after Mickey Arthur seemingly signalled the end of the paceman's career, they have indicated growing alarm at the steep decline in their bowling performances.

On Monday, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced Wahab's surprise return, as well as the slightly less surprising additions of Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali, to Pakistan's 15-man squad for the World Cup. Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali are the players culled from the provisional squad announced a month ago.

Why Wahab?

Wahab's last ODI appearance came as far back as on June 4, 2017, in the group stage game against India in the Champions Trophy, when Pakistan suffered a heavy defeat. He wasn't a part of the playing XI for Pakistan in their run to the trophy following that reversal.

He has played 17 List A games since then, taking 27 wickets at an average of 28.40 with an economy rate of 5.18. Ten of those wickets have come in five games this year, at an average of 20.70 and economy of 4.60, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's title run in the Pakistan Cup 50-over tournament.