KARACHI (Agencies) - Former Pakistan captain and the country's most capped ODI player, Inzamam-ul-Haq, reckons that the quarterfinals of the ongoing World Cup will be keenly contested affairs, and no team can be picked as favourites to make the last-four stage. "You look at the quarterfinalists and, on a given day, anyone is capable of giving a match-winning performance. So it is really difficult to predict right now who will make the semi-finals," Inzamam said. "I say this even though South Africa play New Zealand and Pakistan meet the West Indies in the last-eight stage," he added. The former great pointed out that the group matches had shown that any team can be beaten on a particular day. "Once you reach the knockout stage of a World Cup, the team that holds its nerves wins. How well a team executes its plans is important, but I think keeping nerves under pressure is far more important in the knockout stage," he said. Inzamam praised the Pakistan team management for lifting the morale of the players after the defeat to New Zealand. "I think Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis did a wonderful job after the defeat to New Zealand. And believe me, it is never easy to lift the players' morale after such a heavy defeat," he noted. "But I always believed that the situation was not as desperate for Pakistan as it was being made out to be, and thankfully, by beating Zimbabwe and Australia, they have proved that," Inzamam said. Inzamam backed the management's decision to drop young opener, Ahmed Shahzad, after he failed in five matches. "One glaring weakness that has been hurting Pakistan, is the poor show put up by the openers so far. Young Ahmed Shahzad has clearly not come to terms with the pressure of playing in such a huge tournament. The management did well by trying out a new pair in Kamran Akmal and Hafeez." Promoting the wicket-keeper was a solution to Pakistan's opening woes. Inzamam was also happy that the management continued with Kamran despite his poor show against New Zealand, as keeping, according to him, was a specialist job. "The management must stick to Kamran and give him full support as he remains a crucial player. "Afridi has been the only wicket-taker for the team, and thankfully now, Umar Gul is also back to his best but I still feel we need more wicket-taking bowlers like Saeed in the side for the knockout matches," he stated. "Abdur Rehman does a decent job containing batsmen, but he is not as potent as Ajmal." Inzamam said that Pakistan is a talented outfit and the team management must concentrate on the task at hand with full confidence.