During a press conference Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq announced that Wahab Riaz & Mohammad Amir will be part of Pakistan’s 15 member squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
These two players replaced all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan. These changes were made after the bad performance of the cricket team against England, revealed Inzamamul Haq.
Allhamdulilah, humbled and proud to be part of the pakistan WC squad InshAllah going to give 100% and we all will try and make our nation proud, thank u all for ur support and endless duas we all need them more now. #pakistanZindabad
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) May 20, 2019
Thrilled and excited to take part in the #CWC for my country. The support you guys have shown is heartwarming and I’ll give my best to this opportunity iA. It also rebuilt my faith in optimism and dedication. ??
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 20, 2019
People reacted differently on twitter and other social media platforms. Some supported the comeback of Mohammad Amir because they believe he can perform.
Pakistan pick Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali and Wahab Riaz for World cup . Yes this is the time to come back. pic.twitter.com/YE7vuBwJ0S
— Syed Zain Agha (@SyedZainAgha10) May 20, 2019
While others questioned his selection because he was never under consideration for the squad and did not get a chance to prove himself?
It is hilarious that Mohammad Amir who has been awful lately- was never part of the WC squad to begin with and didn’t get a chance to prove himself in the England series has somehow managed to secure a spot for the World Cup- based on what exactly- THE ONE FREAKING CT17 SPELL???
— Hadeel Obaid (@hadouken51) May 20, 2019
The selection of Wahab Riaz over Usman Shinwari was also criticized by people on social media.
Usman Shinwari is Pakistan's second best ODI fast bowler in last 12 months. I don't understand how does Wahab Riaz gets a spot in team who played his last match 2 years back (Yes, 2017) and not Usman. pic.twitter.com/j7axJMM89v
— Jibran T. Siddiqui (@jibransiddiqui) May 20, 2019
People questioned why Usman was not selected despite his better ODI stats.
Why only Wahab Riaz considered as replacement in #cwc19? Why not Usman Shinwari who had better ODI stats than anyone currently. Shinwari's dept SSGC played ramzan cup but he dint featured there aswell coz he should have grasped opportunity to impress Selectors. Fitness theek hy?
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) May 20, 2019
April 2018 – Mickey Arthur "Wahab Riaz has not won us a game in two years"
May 2019 – Wahab Riaz called-up to the World Cup squad as Pakistan now need a senior bowler with experience#CWC19
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 20, 2019
They said there were 4 years to build a bowling lineup, yet we are once again going for Wahab Riaz?
Four years. Pakistan had four years to build a bowling lineup for this World Cup but it's back to square one with Wahab Riaz.
Haris Rauf, Usman Shinwari, Mohamed Musa, Junaid Khan – what's the PCB's excuse?#WorldCup2019
— Change of Pace (@ChangeofPace414) May 20, 2019
Supporters of Wahab Riaz believe he can offer the experience and skills which our team requires during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
I will repeat Pakistan need Wahab Riaz for world cup. He is in the form of life and 90 mile pace is the requirement of the moment and he is also a very handy lower order batsman too and a super fit athlete. Medium pacers in England can't win you matches.#EngvPak pic.twitter.com/20hfK3r2wU
— Wahab Chaudhry (@wahabblateef) May 17, 2019
Awami Web also conducted a poll on social media to know the opinion of common people.