ISLAMABAD: Former Test Cricketers have advocated inclusion of Yasir Shah and Younus Khan in the team in quarter-final against Australia after lanky fast bowler Muhammad Irfan is ruled out of the World Cup due to injury.
Talking to a news channel, former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Yasir should be included in the team as he had variety in bowling, adding, Ehsan Adil did not have enough pace to bowl death overs so Yasir could be a better choice.
He said Younus Khan should also be given a chance against Australia in place of Sohaib Maqsood whose performance was not upto the mark so far.
Former all-rounder Azhar Mehmood was also in favor of the inclusion of Yasir Shah in the team saying that Shah was a wicket-taking bowler who could manage two or three wickets in middle overs.
“Yasir Shah is a surprise package for Pakistan and that we will have to play attacking cricket to beat Australia,” he underlined.
He said Younus should play the quarter-final keeping in view his experience, adding, injury of Irfan was a big blow to Pakistan but we should rely on available resources rather than calling a new player from home.
Former middle-order batsman Muhammad Yousuf also favored the inclusion of Younus Khan in the team as he was an experienced player.
Yousuf said being favorites there would be more pressure on Australia as compared to Pakistan.
Former Test Cricketer Sikandar Bakht termed the management of the national team incompetent and criticized captain Misbah-ul-Haq over his defensive approach and lack of decision power.
He said the green shirts should take a chance over Yasir Shah as it was a do or die game for them.