KARACHI: Former Pakistan chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu feels that South Africa’s formidable 201-run triumph against Ireland in ongoing World Cup will eventually help Pakistan as the quarterfinal race would likely to be decided on the basis of net run-rate in Pool B.
“Conceding a big margin defeat at the hands of Proteas was unfortunate for Ireland but on the other hand it will be highly beneficial for Pakistan,” former test cricketer Sallu told arysports.tv.
Pakistan has the lowest net run rate in Pool B after conceding two big defeats while recording a narrow victory against Zimbabwe. Although Pakistan now sits above minnows UAE in sixth spot after the victory against Zimbabwe on Sunday, but the former World Champions has lower net run-rate than UAE.
Other pool teams – namely West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland also have a better run-rate than Pakistan and it is expected that the lower two slots in pool for quarterfinals will be filled these four teams.
The two top slots will almost certainly be occupied by immaculate India and prolific South Africa, who has twice crossed 400-mark twice recording second and third highest World Cup totals.
“Now Pakistan should go all out against UAE tomorrow to record big win and lift its net run-rate. UAE’s bowling and fielding is weak and Team Pakistan should pile runs as much as possible. If Pakistan bats second, then they must be swift to chase the target in minimum number of overs with fewer casualties,” he stressed.
Sallu added that looking only for a victory would not help Pakistan’s cause and they should go in the match looking for a big win.