With the stage all set for their high-profile World Cup semi-final against India at Mohali on Wednesday, Pakistan's chief selector Mohsin Khan has said that induction of young blood in the squad has worked wonders for the controversy-ridden team in the ongoing tournament.
Mohsin also expressed confidence that the Shahid Afridi-led side can pull off a win in Wednesday's much-anticipated match, which will attended by the Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan.
"I think this has worked very well for us. These youngsters have not only lifted the fielding standards but also brought in energy into the team," the former Test player said.
Mohsin said that giving new players a chance in the national team by replacing some of the seniors was part of a well-thought out process for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.
"This is not to suggest anyone has not contributed to the team but the introduction of new players has also brought in an element of competitiveness into the team for places and that is always good for a team," he stressed.
He said playing the World Cup semi-final was by itself a big achievement for the Pakistan team considering the problems they had faced in the recent months.
"I don't think this team will bow down without a fight in the semi-final although it is a high pressure match. No one expected them to come this far and now they are just two matches away from a remarkable achievement. I am confident they will give their best in the match," Mohsin said.
"I think the players are ready for the match and the pressure that comes with an Indo-Pak match specially in a World Cup," he added.
Mohsin also defended under-fire wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal but hinted a limited role for him in the future.
The chief selector indicated that Kamran may no longer be considered for Test matches, "I think it has been a lot of pressure on him and that has affected his performances. We brought him in for the World Cup because we see him as a top one-day player," Mohsin said.
Kamran's younger brother, Adnan Akmal has kept wickets for Pakistan in the last two Test series against South Africa and New Zealand.
He also made it clear that the only reason for picking veteran fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar in the World Cup squad was his raw pace and experience but refused to speculate whether he will be played in Wednesday's match.
"When they want to play him is entirely the decision of the tour selection committee," Mohsin added.