Nasir Jamshed likely to be picked while Yasir to be benched against Windies
Christchurch: After a below par showing in the match against India, Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah is likely to be benched while specialist opener Nasir Jamshed will be included in the squad for World Cup match against West Indies here on Saturday.
Pakistan team management was immensely criticized for promoting middle order batsman Younus Khan to open inning in a high-voltage match against India on Sunday. Younus made only six runs.
According to reports, Younus Khan will play at his preferred No 3 spot while Jamshed, who didn’t play the match against India, would open the inning for Pakistan with Ahmed Shahzad against West Indies.
Inexperienced spinner Yasir Shah would be the one, who would be benched in the match against the Caribbean side. Yasir conceded 60 runs in the match in eight overs without taking a single wicket.
Save Yasir, it is expected the team that played against India would be retained.
However, there are also remote chances that specialist wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed may be picked for the match. Makeshift wicket-keeper Umar Akmal dropped a catch of Virat Kohli, who went on to play a pivotal role in India triumph scoring a century. Akmal failed to score a single run after he was controversially given caught behind on a referral.
Both Pakistan and West Indies would be eying first crucial victory in the tournament after West Indies also lost its match against underdogs Ireland, who chased down a target of over 300!