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Arnold Nichols
May 21, 2019

Pakistan middle-order batsman Asif Ali has made a decision to play the World Cup despite the death of his daughter on Sunday.

Grieving father Asif Ali, whose 18-month-old daughter died over the weekend, fit-again Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were all included on Monday in Pakistan's final 15-man squad for the World Cup.

The announcement came hours after Asif's 19-month-old daughter lost the battle against cancer in USA.

Asif, whose daughter Noor Fatima had been undergoing cancer treatment in the United States before her death on Sunday, is set to rejoin the World Cup squad after her funeral in Lahore, chief selector Inzaman-ul-Haq said at a press conference. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif & his family.

"If we have at our disposal two vastly experienced pace duo of Amir and Wahab, then it will be foolish not to include them", Inzamam said.

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

Reacting on Asif's selection, Inazamam said it was not easy to drop Abid Ali but Pakistan needed someone like Asif in the middle order.

The good news is England, 4-0 winners in this dress rehearsal series after Sunday's 54-run victory, have never had such an embarrassment of riches ahead of a home World Cup they really do have an excellent chance of winning. Veteran left-arm quicks Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were also drafted into the squad despite not being named in the provisional squad.

Pakistan's senior batsman Shoaib Malik got out in a freakish fashion against England in the 4th ODI played in Trent Bridge on Friday. Due to the latest changes, Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali will be left off the squad.

They were part of the just-concluded Tri-Nation ODI Series in Ireland.

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