Sports: Cricket: Yasir has the potential to emulate 1992 Mushtaq: Muralidaran

Karachi: Former Sri Lankan spin maestro Muttiah Muralidaran believes that Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah has the potential to do what Mushtaq Ahmed did in 1992 for Pakistan.

A renowned former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed played brilliantly for the side in 1992 World Cup, which the team eventually won.

“Quality leg-spinners are rare enough in this tournament and he definitely has the talent to succeed. He spins the ball, will relish the extra bounce of the Australasian pitches and with Saeed Ajmal banned there is the chance for him to play a pivotal role in his side’s attack,” Murali wrote in his exclusive column on ICC website.

Murali also counted Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi among his pick of eleven spinners, who he believes would perform at the big stage.

“Shahid Afridi knows conditions, has good variation and his ability to skid the ball on means he represents a real threat to batsmen not getting their bats out in front of the pad,” Murali said.

“He (Afridi) and Yasir Shah both need the Pakistan seam bowlers to be effective as if they are not and leak runs instead, it will allow batsmen to simply milk them. Afridi has already made it clear this is his last ICC CWC so after captaining the side to the semi-finals last time and losing in the final in 1999 he has one final shot at the title, which is the perfect incentive to produce the goods,” Murali added.

Other bowlers in Murali’s list are Indians Ravichandra Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bangladesh’s Shakibul Hasan, New Zealander Daniel Vettori, Sri Lankan Sachithra Senanayake, Proteas’ Imran Tahir, Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari of Afghanistan and Irish George Dockrell.

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