Former Pakistan fast bowler “Rawalpindi Express” Shoaib Akhtar has questioned fitness of the tall left arm Pakistani pace bowler Muhammad Irfan, who is part of the Pakistan national cricket team in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
Akhtar said on Geo news channel that he has doubts over the fitness of Muhammad Irfan. He does not think he is properly healthy to play a game. The seven feet tall Irfan has been capped to be Pakistan’s best bowler in the International Cricket Council World Cup 2015 by former greats Pakistani legends like Wasim Akram and Imran Khan but against India he staggering and he was also warned by the umpires for running onto the pitch.
Shoaib Akhtar said that the team management needs to handle Irfan carefully as there are still lot of games remaining in the ICC World Cup. He also said that he had a feeling Pakistan would persevere with Umar Akmal as the wicketkeeper for the game against West Indies on 21st February.
He was quoted saying: “To be honest I don’t see any change in the side apart from Younis Khan. The Pakistan think-tank tried out Younis Khan as a makeshift opener against India an experiment that failed badly and has led to criticism by former players, critics and fans.”
Akhtar also clarified that if Pakistan did not win the toss and bowl first in Christchurch on Wednesday they could face major problems against the West Indies.
He added that they have seen on a few events how the 1st utilization of the pitches in New Zealand in day matches has supported the pace bowlers in particular that is why the toss is so important.