Pakistan Team

NAPIER (AFP) – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis erased doubts over the fitness of spearhead Mohammad Irfan who was injured during the World Cup 129-run win over the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.

“I don t think it s a major concern,” said Waqar after the match. “He has an issue with his gluteus and it s an old problem.

“Irfan will be fine in the next couple of days and will play against South Africa.”

Irfan, the tallest ever cricketer at 7 feet, one inch, managed to bowl just three overs and hurt his hip in the field on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old paceman has taken six wickets in the tournament with a best of 4-30 against Zimbabwe in Brisbane on Sunday.

He will be key in Pakistan s crunch game against South Africa in Auckland on Saturday.

Pakistan have four points in as many games and need to win their next two games — the last against Ireland in Adelaide on March 15.