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Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz will be part of England tour despite losing central contracts: Tanvir Ahmed

Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently snubbed fast bowler Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz from their contract list for 2020-21 season. However, Tanvir Ahmed, the former Pakistan pacer feels that they will most probably be picked for the upcoming England tour.

Amir and Wahab bid adieu to red-ball cricket back in 2019, just ahead of an important tour to Australia. However, they continued to represent Pakistan in ODIs and T20Is. The duo faced heavy criticism from the cricketing fraternity and fans for taking such a drastic step.

Recently, Waqar Younis also accepted the fact that Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz ditched their national team when Pakistan required their services. And as a result, they missed out on their annual contracts with PCB for 2020-21.

Tanvir Ahmed feels Pakistan will need at least 20 to 25 players

Now, Pakistan is scheduled to go on a tour to England for playing three Tests and as many T20Is starting on July 30. Moreover, PCB has shown their eagerness to play more games against the Three Lions. But before that, the governments of both countries will have to give their approval over the same.

Tanvir Ahmed, the former Pakistan pacer opened up over the same and said that if the length of the tour is increased, then Pakistan will go with a squad of at least 20 to 25 players. As per him, Misbah-ul-Haq will surely look to go with Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, who have been excluded from the central contract list.

“They have included young players in central contract list but somewhere down the line when more players are needed, Misbah will 100 per cent say that we should include four to five players [which have been excluded from central contract list]. If a squad of 20-25 players goes to England, then these players [Amir and Wahab] will surely get a chance to play,” said Tanvir in a YouTube video.

Earlier, Pakistan was scheduled to travel go on a tour to Ireland for playing three-match ODI series. However, that series was shelved due to COVID-19 outbreak.

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