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Amir to make WC debut as Pakistan seek inspiration from Champions Trophy win

Pakistan have only won three times in 10 World Cup matches against the two-time world champions, including a thumping 150-run loss at Christchurch in 2015. Much to Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan's relief, frontline paceman Mohammad Amir has been declared fit and he is likely to feature in Pakistan's playing 11.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir could make his World Cup debut in Pakistan's opening match against the West Indies on Friday, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said on Thursday.

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said: "We wanted to bowl first because of the overcast conditions and a bit of moisture, but it will be a good batting pitch". The Pakistani batsmen were struggling constantly as they could not help the team post a big total. The left-arm pacer was economical in the warm-up game against Afghanistan.

"Whether you play England, you play West Indies or Australia, you have to take [wickets] to stop any team", Sarfraz added.

Pakistan's next match will be against hosts England in Nottingham on June 3, while the West Indies will take on Australia at the same venue on June 6. Haris Sohail (8) at number four couldn't leave his mark and became a victim of Andre Russell.

West Indies' brilliant effort with the ball in the ongoing World Cup clash against Pakistan was marred by an injury to their star man Andre Russell. Instead, the West Indies pace quartet eviscerated Pakistan, taking advantage of the extra movement provided by the 10:30am start to deliver a barrage of brutish short balls.

Mohammad Hafeez with 16 and Wahab Riaz (18) were the only other batsmen who reached double figures.

For a team who routinely oscillate between sublime cricket and farce and are cursed with a legendary ability to self-destruct, Pakistan will enter another World Cup as the proverbial dark horses with good memories of England.

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