KARACHI - Pakistan left-arm fast bowler M Irfan is doubtful for the World Cup quarter-final against hosts Australia on Friday after suffering a recurrence of a hip injury. The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that Irfan had gone for MRI scans in Adelaide after experiencing pain his right hip.

"Late Monday afternoon, Irfan underwent an MRI scan. According to Team Pakistan physiotherapist Brad Robinson, the detailed report from the radiologists would be available on Tuesday," the PCB statement said. "A decision will then be taken on his availability for the forthcoming quarter-final against Australia," Robinson said.

A board official told Reuters that initial reports on Irfan were not encouraging and Irfan could miss the rest of the World Cup. The rangy Irfan has been Pakistan's most dangerous bowler in the World Cup but had to miss the game against Ireland on Sunday due to the injury.

Irfan, 32, has largely been confined to playing limited-overs cricket due to injury problems and has made just four test appearances compared to 45 ODIs and nine Twenty20 matches. He has taken 65 ODI wickets and played a leading role in Pakistan's World Cup comeback after losing their first two matches to India and West Indies.

Meanwhile, former Pakistan skipper Asif Iqbal also felt Irfan should not be risked against Australia in their last-eight clash unless he was 100 per cent fit. Iqbal, who played in 58 Test matches for Pakistan between 1964 and 1980, said it would be a "huge risk" to play Irfan in the knockout clash against the four-time world champions. "Irfan did not play in the game against Ireland as he was not fit. His presence is very important for the team but let's be clear that even if he is lacking fitness by 10%-20%, he should not be played in the next game as this can be a huge risk. He needs to be 100% fit for Pakistan to play him especially in the upcoming knock out stages," Iqbal said.

"Don't risk Irfan against Australia if he's not 100% fit. Not only Irfan but if any player, especially a key member of the bowling attack, breaks down in the middle of the game then the repercussions on the outcome of the game will be very significant and it is a huge loss. I believe Irfan should only be played if the camp feels that he can bowl his full quota of ten overs and show full commitment in the field."