Adelaide: Tour Selection Committee of Pakistan cricket team is mulling to include leg spinner Yasir Shah in the playing eleven for their last match against the ‘giant killer’, Ireland, to be played at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Sources said that the selection committee is of the opinion that lanky fast bowler Muhammad Irfan needed to be given rest for the match, as he faced some fitness problem in their last match against South Africa.
The sources said that there a thinking in the committee that leg spinner Yasir Shah needed to be given opportunity in the match as Irish are not good to play spin.
They added that Muhammad Irfan might be given rest in the match.
Pakistan have one match left against Ireland. A win in this game will send them through to the quarter-finals. A loss though, will bring NRR into play. Should it come to that for Pakistan, they will be fighting for a berth in the quarter-finals based on NRR with West Indies, assuming the likely event of West Indies beating UAE in their final game.
Ireland have six points and two matches still to go – against India and Pakistan. They have to get a point from one of those games to sail through to the knockouts. Though Ireland managed to add two important points to their account with their win over Zimbabwe, the narrow margin means that they haven’t improved upon their negative NRR. As it stands, Ireland have the worst NRR (-0.820) out of the three teams in contention. Losses in both these games will, in all likelihood, send them out of the World Cup because of their inferior NRR, given the likelihood of West Indies beating UAE.