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Pakistan's Junaid Khan Reacts With Ambiguous Tweet After World Cup Axe

Cricketnext Staff |May 20, 2019, 8:04 PM IST
Pakistan's Junaid Khan Reacts With Ambiguous Tweet After World Cup Axe

Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan was not a happy man after being left out of the 15-member squad for the 2019 World Cup.

After the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released their final list of players to appear at the tournament, the pacer posted a picture of himself on Twitter with a black tape across his mouth and wrote, “I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter.”

The 29-year-old was initially named in the preliminary list of players to feature in the competition starting May 30th. But the PCB’s final squad on Monday (May 20) did not consist of the seamer’s name. Along with him, Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali also found themselves out of the squad, replaced by Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Asif Ali.

Juniad was an instrumental figure in Pakistan’s success at the Champions Trophy in 2017. He picked up eight wickets from four games at an average of 19.37 and an economy rate of 4.58.

But the left arm pacer finished the recently concluded five-match ODI series against England, which the visitors lost 4-0, with just two wickets in as many games, which could have led the selectors to prefer the experienced Riaz and Amir.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
4
IND
3 2 0 1 5 +0.53
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
4 1 2 1 3 -1.79
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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