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Published on: Mar 26, 2011
Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Imran Khan has said that if India reaches in the semi-final after defeating Australia then Pakistan should give chance to Shoaib Akhtar and the strategy of spin-attack will be not effective against India because Indian batsmen play the spinners very well. He was talking to a Pakistani sports channel on Wednesday. .
The victorious Pakistani captain of 1992, said that green shirts got an outstanding victory but this was not against a big team as West Indies couldn’t beat any big team in the World Cup We should analyze our progress in despite of victory and all players should concentrate in the semi-final match. He said that Caribbean batsmen can play the fast bowlers effectively but they failed against spin bowlers.
Imran said that it seems India will defeat Australia in the quarterfinal and will qualify for the semi-final, in this case Pakistan should think about attacking India with stronger pace attack. Shoaib Akhtar is a great attacking bowler, and he should be given opportunity in the semi-final.
“He (Shoaib) has not played in the last few matches but he remains a match-winner and perhaps knowing that this is his final appearance for Pakistan he could turn in a match-winning performance, I would take the gamble,” Imran said.