Throughout its history, cricket has seen dramatic innovations in technique which shocked the establishment and changed the nature of the game forever. Round-arm bowling was the first, followed not long after by overarm. In batting, WG Grace astonished contemporaries by playing equally well off the back foot as off the front.
The team is considered a strong but unpredictable team. Traditionally Pakistani cricket has been filled with players of great talent but limited discipline, making them a team which could play inspirational cricket one day and then perform less than ordinarily another day. In particular, the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry has always been emotionally charged and provide for intriguing contests, as talented teams and players from both sides of the border elevate their game to new levels to produce high-quality cricket. Pakistani contests with India in the Cricket World Cup have seen packed stadiums and elevated atmospheres no matter where the World Cup has been held. However the fans love their team.
I second Benster 2, for what he said. Jury is questionable for not including Mohammad Yousuf in the all time XI. This is seriously annoying. A batsman who has the best batting average in history of Pakistani Test Cricket has been left out of the team. Zaheer Abbas's inclusion is surprising. He has never been a match winner for Pakistan. And he scored 12 centuries, only half the number of centuries scored by Mohammad Yousuf. I am extremely disappointed by this selection.
I agree almost entirely with the team selected, other than possibly Yousuf for Abbas. I would be a touch worried however that it is probably one of the worst fielding sides so far selected. I was privileged enough to see many of these players play and few were considered great or even good in the fielding department. They would have had the devil's own job not fighting amongst themselves with some of the egos involved! I'd pity both teams batsmen if this team ever played to their potential against the West Indies finest. This could also possibly be the team that was the best one day and disappointing on another, an enigma like so many Pakistan teams over the decades.
Australian are the ones who come close to Pakistan bowling line up.They had Lillies,Thomsons, McGraths but they still dont match Pakistani bowling line up variety and skill. Shane Warne is the only edge they have and with Qadir on Pakistan side, that edge isnt that big. My point with variety and skill is that you give Australian bowlers Pakistani fielding side and wicket of Faisalabad and see the difference urself.
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He is one of those rare cricketers whose Test performance has been massively enhanced by the duties of captaincy. Before 2010, Misbah had scored 1,008 runs in 33 Tests at an average of 33.60. Since becoming Captain, he has scored a further 3,344 runs in 42 Tests, at an average of 56.68.
It wasn't, on final balance, as difficult a task as it may have initially appeared. As many as four players were unanimous picks: Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis would in all likelihood be among the top contenders on any such global list. Two more batting greats, Hanif Mohammad and Inzamam-ul-Haq, were near-unanimous selections, with nine votes each. And with Abdul Qadir picking up eight votes as the sole spinner, it means as many as seven of an all-time Pakistan XI pick themselves.
@ Inxia. I am note sure whether Allan Border made the same statement. As far as I know the satatement was made by Arjuna Ranatunga (Do a google search). That is the respect Sri Lankan Cricketers had for Wazim. You read any interview and people in the calibre of Arjuna, Aravinda, Sanath and Sanga say Wazim was the toughest bowler they ever faced.
However, he was also frank about illegal methods. He mentioned Imran Khan’s admission that he had used a bottle top in an English county game, but also reeled off a number of other leading players. Unfortunately, Sarfraz’s conversation is regularly defamatory. “X, who played under me, was the first to use the bottle top. He passed the secret to Y and Z, and the ball started to go every way. They needed help. There are many methods to work on the ball illegally. X had a zip with iron teeth in his back pocket. One umpire asked him to remove his trousers. Sometimes players put glue on the ball.” X, Y and Z were all Pakistan Test players.
Truly, you did our counrty a disservice by excluding Mohammed Yousuf from this list. He's class and eligence defined. Made more centuries than anyone in one test year. In his prime, he's had the best year of any player in history, culminating with the most hundreds in a year, and that too not on dead tracks at home (like mr. Tendulker) but in England and South Africa. Zaheer Abbass was the greatest stroke maker of his time. He's rated no.2 of all time after viv richards on ICC all-time player ranking in ODIs. Tendulker is not even in the top 10. If we are looking at prime only, then how about Saqlain mustaQ? Moin khan over rashid. The Ws, mindad,Anwar, Imran are a non-issue.
This man was pure elegance, and would have been the perfect batsman to follow the dynamic trio. Although the 'Asian Bradman' was a classical batsman in every regard, he could annihilate slow bowlers, which is a fantastic trait for a T20 no.4 batsman. Abbas boasted a limited overs batting average of 47.62. His strike rate, considering how in the 70s most batsmen scored at a snail’s pace, was an astonishing 84.80.
kashif Sep 05, 2015 05:07pm i think the best would have been Wasim Raja, he was so far ahead of his times, never got his due . he would have been an ideal cricketer for T 20 cricket.. Recommend 0
Awesome line up. Yes i agree, a nightmare for any batting line up. But more than that, it would have been most charming cricket experience to see them all play in one team in their primes. If only I could have my one wish granted in cricket (just for once), i would have asked to see this team play. Very good selection. Regards
The 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, played in Sharjah in UAE, is remembered for a famous last-ball victory for Pakistan against arch-rivals India, with Javed Miandad emerging as a national hero. India batted first and set a target of 245 runs, leaving Pakistan with a required run rate of 4.92 runs per over. Miandad came in to bat at number 3 and Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals. Later recalling the match, he stated that his main focus was to lose with dignity. With 31 runs needed in the last three overs, Miandad hit a string of boundaries while batting with his team's lower order, until four runs were required from the last delivery of the match. Miandad received a leg side full toss from Chetan Sharma, which he hit for six over the midwicket boundary.
Nineteen-year-old player Asghar comes from Hub, Balochistan. With an average of 20.80 in first-class, 18 in A-list and only 14 in T20 cricket, the selectors should place their bets on this remarkable bowler. He may be the next big thing in bowling after Saeed Ajmal.
I like this team. But I only wonder, with two Ws and great Imran Khan, could not we have two spinners? Saqlain Mushtaq would have been great. Why only one spinner in team allowed?
Am glad to see Rashid in the lineup as he has always been victimised during the days he played his cricket, finally gets a reward for his loyalty and honesty with the country. Rest of the team also looks quite balanced and rational; there may be arguements for the place of M. Yousuf and Zaheer and Shoaib and Fazal. Rest of the side looks quite unanimous. Finally for eddy501: Let the WIXI be announced; then we will see whether Ambrose, Walsh and others are comparable with WY or not????
At the age of 19, Aslam boasts of an excellent average of 49.50 in A-list cricket, better than most of the batsmen in the current squad. Aslam averaged 100-plus in his last ODI tournament, which was held two months prior to the World Cup. Aslam also scored a century in the finals against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s domestic team, which had star bowlers like Junaid Khan and Yasir Shah.
It has to be Miandad: for his sheer range of shots, mental fortitude, consistency, never say die attitude, a player for crisis situations, his sense for the big occasion (who can forget has last ball 6 to win the Australasia Cup against India in Sharjah) giving as good as he got and refusing to be intimidated (the infamous fracas at the WACA). Together with Imran Khan he made Pakistan a cricketing power.
saif ullah siddiqui Mar 10, 2017 10:34am Sir, You sum up all the history beautifully and revealed potential information which some on us do not know before reading it. The Dawn and his fellows - Put a great effort. Regards, Saifullah Siddiqui Recommend0
He was lucky to bowl at a time when batsmen had no clue how to bat against reverse swing. No doubt, he was a fantastic bowler, but I leave it at that.
The argument that Zaheer Abbass was chosen based upon his performance in his prime. Or any other batsman is chosen on that basis then who can in his right frame of mind ignore M. Yousuf in his prime? On this logic no batsman in the world could compare to Yousuf in his prime! Ignoring M. Yousuf is like ignoring M. Ali among all time great boxers. What are the basis of calling a batsman greatest when the whole career records are ignored. Nobody in Pakistan has a better average than M. Yousuf in test cricket. Nobody is even close to him including Asif Iqbal, Zaheer, Majid, Hanif, etc.
In the same era, BJT Bosanquet’s casual invention of the googly, experimenting with a tennis ball on a billiard table, gave a new weapon to spin bowlers. Before the Great War, SF Barnes, the greatest bowler of all time, discovered how to spin the ball sharply at medium pace (although this technique has proved too difficult for almost any bowler since).
In conventional swing, the ball swings most when it is new. Reverse swing happens – unpredictably – when the ball is old. In conventional swing, bowlers face a trade-off between swing and speed. In reverse swing, the ball actually swings more at higher speeds, particularly when the bowler achieves a yorker length. A Test batsman has to cope with a ball at 85mph or more which at the last moment spears in at his feet or the base of his stumps. This is hard enough now, when reverse swing has become familiar. In the 1980s it seemed devilish – and its origins gave some of its victims another opportunity to display their prejudices against Pakistan and its cricketers.
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In my opinion, Javed Miandad is #1, based on the quality, skills, reselience, and Younus is little behind at #2. Javed Miandad average is slightly better than Younus as well, but as far as the highest run getter from Pakistan is concerned King Younus is da one. Thanks
16 Mohammad Hafeez Hafeez useless player and also kamran Akmal and shoaib Malik they should replace and give the chance to the younger ones however, when chief of the cricket board is journalist what you aspect oh good help us they don't know which person is wright for the job. Pakistan Zinda bad I totally agree. He is just the same he was on debut. There is no improvement in his technique. Hafeez, kamran akmal, misbah, rahat ali, etc all must be rwmoved. Young blood to be admitted in the team who has positive approach towards the game and dare enough to bat and bowl in any pressure situation. What a style of playing excellent that's called a Batsman great V 1 Comment
@bilal and who so ever is against Waqar's selection in T20s. If there's ever to be a world 11 in any cricketing format, waqar is an auto selection, leave aside the T20s and best ever Pakistan side.
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Al Sep 07, 2015 12:51pm @Irtiza Correct, Razaq was a murder in late overs. Give him 5 overs and he would slaughter you. His dazzling stroke play would have been no match for Imran Recommend 0
But most importantly, Misbah became captain in the wake of two disasters. The first was the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus at Lahore in 2009. This incident immediately condemned Pakistan to international isolation. No Test side has visited Pakistan since. Pakistan’s international players have been condemned to a perpetual shuttle between foreign hotel rooms, cut off from extended family and community networks which count for so much in Pakistan. So-called ‘home’ matches are played in the UAE, in echoing deserted stadiums.
The truth is that very few of the people mentioned above would be actual legends in the T20 format. As a nation we have the tendency to over indulge in our ego. Of the people mentioned, only wasim akram, Saeed Anwar, Imran khan, Saqlain Mushtaq could have been legends of this format. cricketwatchdogs Who better to partner with Anwar than Aamir Sohail? Although Sohail wasn’t as elegant a batsman as his teammate, in his prime he could score just as quickly, and was particularly strong square of the wicket. Sohail’s aggression, which sometimes led to his downfall, would have been perfect for the T20 format. What’s more, his left-arm finger spin would have been more than useful for the team. Sohail was a classic example of a cricketer who was more than the sum of his parts.
“I am still hurt and upset at the sort of hostile reception we have got on our return,” Younis said. “When your family gets threatening calls and our effigies are burnt and our pictures put on donkeys, I can’t lead the team in such circumstances.” He finally took on the job in 2009 and won the World T20 that same year. He quit again after he was falsely accused of fixing by a Pakistani politician and his own players turned against him. He even began to suspect they were deliberately losing matches out of spite. In 2010 he was banned for life, part of a cack-handed effort by the PCB to clean up its team. It meant he missed their infamous tour of England that summer.
The life ban lasted only 10 months but by the time he returned Misbah was in charge. Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt had done the job in the time in between, one was banned, one quit, and the other was caught fixing. The captaincy was cursed but Misbah lifted it. He led Pakistan to the top of the world rankings for the first time and did it even though his team were stuck in perpetual exile, away from their families and their fans, had lost their two best fast bowlers to spot-fixing bans and their leading spinner after he was called for chucking and made to remodel his action.
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As far as i am at pains after not seeing M Yousuf in the line-up, I have to say compare the bastmen selected. We will leave Anwar and Hanif cuz they are openers. Zaheer Abbas - Asian Bradman, cant say anything more than that. Miandad - The most reliable batsman we have ever had. Inzi - Destructive to devastating effect. Only behind Miandad in terms of test runs.
A nice well-rounded team. For those who are wondering whether Allan Border made that comment or not, go to youtube and watch Legends of cricket Wasim Akram, where he says "If I ever get a chance to be reborn as a cricketer, I would want to be Wasim Akram."
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