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Pacer Junaid protests over his exclusion from World Cup squad

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LAHORE: Fast bowler Junaid Khan on Monday protested over his non-inclusion in the World Cup squad with a picture showing his mouth covered with black tape. Junaid captioned the picture with: “I don’t want to say anything. Truth is bitter,” hours after chief selector Inzimamul Haq announced to replace him with Mohammad Amir in light of his below par performance against England. Junaid picked only two wickets in the recently concluded series against England which Pakistan lost by 4-0. 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 Wahab Riaz and Asif Ali. Juniad was an instrumental figure in Pakistan’s success at the ICC 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.

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