Hahaha, the so called Pak great team is nothing so great except for probably 1 or 2 players (Abdul Qadir,Rashid Latif) , while the whole lot the batsmans saeed, zaheer, miandad, haniff all prospered with biased umpiring while matches played at home. See their averages home and abroad that sums up the kind of umpiring done in pak those days, who can forget the umpiring in 1982 series between ind-pak. While for the bowling the less said is better bcos imran admitted to tampering the ball, wasim and waqar always were suspects to match fixing. Not sure about fazal may be its the trait of pakis to use drugs to enhance performances may be he falls in that category. In nutshell, there is no terminology like the all time pak great. I am surprised people want Afridi, salim malik, aamer sohail, kamran akmal.. all these were alledged cheats in one form or the other, few convicted as well. Only missing element could be cricketers in the guise of jihadis and terrorists, y no yousuf strange people. cricketwatchdogs
Younis was one of the finest players Pakistan have had, the first to score 10,000 Test runs, the first to score more than 30 Test centuries, his batting characterised by his bloody minded determination to be “the last man standing” as he once put it, the one who “comes in and takes everything on his chest” when things get hard for the team. Younis was as tough as they come. He scored five centuries in the fourth innings, more than any other player in history. Since he started, Pakistan have won 28 Tests away from home, outside of the UAE. And in the 24 of those matches he played in, Younis scored 2,826 runs at 94.20, with 10 centuries. Steve Waugh is the only player with an away record anything like it.
• It was at this stadium that the infamous spat between former England captain Mike Getting, and Pakistani umpire, Shakoor Rana, took place in 1988. The incident became a diplomatic nightmare for the governments of both the countries.
The Pakistan semi-final was with the host-Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka scored 139/ with Mahela Jayawardena took the gear. Pakistan chased the target, but wickets in crucial interval gave them backward. Skipper Mohammad Hafeez scored 42 runs and all the other batsmen not going well. The match was turned towards Sri Lanka with magical spell by Rangana Herath, who took wickets of Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. Pakistan lost the match by 16 runs.
The best thing to come out of Birmingham since the electric kettle, Woakes had a stellar series, dominating with the ball and providing very useful lower order runs. Such an improved cricketer and looks to have a very promising England future.
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Aik_Paki Sep 05, 2015 08:50pm @Rashid Sheikh You are right, Inzi is much much better than Ijaz. Inzi must be part of this team. Don't forget his winning innings in one day cricket. Recommend 0
Competing with six or seven other seam bowlers, Farrakh Khan decided he needed more variety in his bowling and sought out Alf Gover, the former Surrey and England fast bowler and legendary coach, who had long been a mentor to young Pakistanis. “I met him at the Richmond Club nets and said I could only bowl the outswinger. He taught me how to bowl the inswinger as well.” His first victim with the new delivery was an august one – Lala Amarnath, player-manager of the Indian Starlets visiting Pakistan in 1960–61. “I clean bowled him.” His delight was still there, over 50 years later, and he demonstrated the grip.
Shdhsn Sep 05, 2015 05:46pm There was no need for these comments-(perhaps this is why we were cursed with the Akmals later to balance the scales) Moein and Rashid Latif were not the best, they were ok. Just because all 3 brothers were able to play in the Pakistan, it does not make them a curse. If anyone it is PCB's job to find a replacement. Recommend 0
Last year, his batting performance had a very crucial role to play in the under-19 World Cup. In fact, his match-winning knock against England was what took Pakistan from the semi-finals to the finals.
• During a Pakistan-West Indies Test here in 1981, West Indian fast bowler, Sylvester Clarke, hurled a brick in the stands at a spectator who was throwing oranges at him. The brick hit the spectator on the head and he was hospitalised.
After a horror dismissal at Lord’s, rediscovered his touch with the bat and remains a brilliant man to have lower down the order. Is however very much a batsman who can bowl and not the other way round as England really require – could do with working with a permanent spin bowling coach, something England still inexplicably don’t have. Looks set to be a key player this winter.
@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. In the years to come and the evolution of cricketing formats, be it 10-10,30-30,100-100 or anything that's ever to be born in cricket, waqar is an auto selection. And to those who treat Wasim as a cricket demi God, mind you Wasim would not have been Wasim without Waqar and Waqar would not have been Waqar without Wasim. They were both legends that complimented each other well. And in their prime I am certain Waqar was yards ahead of Wasim.
Having witnessed Miandad, Inzamam, Yousuf, Younis, and Saeed, I would say it is a very difficult question. Each one of them has some distinctive features.
People who just look at raw stats , with respect you really don't understand the subtleties of cricket. I never saw Fazal Mahmood play therefore we have to bow to the better judgement of people who did. Saying his record is not comparable to that of S Akhter on the basis of stats is ilogical as stats do not take into account quality , just quantity. likewise Abdul Qadir
As often happens, the heirs to the inventor obtained more profit from his invention than he did. Imran Khan told his biographer Christopher Sandford that he first used reverse swing against Australia in the Melbourne Test of 1977. In the first innings, with conventional methods, he had no wickets for 117 in 22 eight-ball overs. In Australia’s second innings “the pitch had got so hard it began to take lumps out of the ball, which then behaved like a boomerang”. He took five for 122 (his first five-wicket haul in a Test innings), three bowled and one lbw. A characteristic of successful reverse-swing spells is a high concentration of bowled and lbws.
Polo Ground, Fort Colony, Multan Cantt. This famous cricket ground where I have also played as a school boy, is the one where Amin Lakhani of Pakistan in the 1980s, took a rare hat-rick in each inning of a first class match against the West Indies.
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.
The greatest limited overs batsman Pakistan has ever produced, Miandad would have been the man to oversee the late overs assault, holding the batting order together for the hitters. His strength was his cut shots, innovative reverse sweeps, aggressive running, and a steely determination. T20 games often go down to the last ball, and there was no man better than Miandad to finish a game.
Alex Mar 10, 2017 01:21pm There are two test grounds in Multan Ibne Qasim Bagh Stadium hosted its first test in 1981, and the incident of West Indies player throwing brick at the spectator also occurred there. This ground has a capacity of 18000 Multan Cricket stadium is a new test ground on Vehari Road, Multan which hosted its first match in 2001 against Bangladesh. This ground has a capacity of 35000. Writer has mixed both Ibne Qasim Bagh Stadium and Multan Cricket Stadium as one ground. Recommend0
Junaid: I have played the vast majority of my international cricket in Asia and as I mentioned that is not an easy task for a pace bowler. Also the injuries were a setback and it has taken me time to get back to my best. Look at Mohammad Amir, whilst he played recently in more bowler-friendly conditions in England he didn't appear to be in full rhythm as it takes time to get back to your best when you have been out of the game. Similarly with myself I came back from injury, was called-up for Pakistan and then dropped very quickly.
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
These grounds should be sold to authorities for building hospitals,schools or collages.Such land area between the city are of no use and only consuming electricity,water and money.
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."
Aik_Paki Sep 05, 2015 08:48pm @stranger Come on, they were both very slow. Moeen has been much better than Bari in terms of hard hitting. Recommend 0
The Pakistan women's cricket team has a much lower profile than the men's team. For all national women's cricket teams, the female players are paid much less their male counterparts and the women's teams do not receive as much popular support or recognition as the men's team. The women's teams also have a less packed schedule compared to men's teams and play fewer matches. The team played it first match during 1997, when it was on tour of New Zealand and Australia and were invited to the World Cup later that year and in the Women's Asia Cup during 2005 the team came third place. During 2007, the team with face South Africa and later in the year travel to Ireland to play in the Women's World Cup Qualifier. The team also played at the T20 England World Cup, the team finished 6th place, beating Sri Lanka and South Africa in 2009.
Waseem Sarwar Mar 10, 2017 09:11pm Pakistan needs a MCG or Eden Gardens with capacity close to 80,90 thousands but sadly no cricket at home have resulted in lesser money for PCB hence less investment in cricketing facilities. Loved the pictures but you missed Gujrat stadium which hosted few international matches in 90's. It has capacity close to 25k and these days, it's called Zahoor Elahi stadium. Recommend0
The historian of reverse swing encounters two major problems. First, its three great exponents were masters of every weapon in fast bowling. They could “work over” batsmen with sheer speed, they could bowl bouncers and yorkers at will, and above all, they could make the ball swing fast and late by conventional means. Most of the great innovations in cricket are evident to the observer – such as overarm bowling, Ranji’s leg glance, Bosanquet’s googly – although the method used to produce them may be a mystery. Reverse swing does not announce itself so obviously. Without the aid of close-up analysis it might be conventional swing bowled exceptionally well.
Wow, just imagine all these greatest fast bowlers bowling in one team. Surely, best of the best batting line up could have collapsed against this sort of attack. They might look batsman sort but they have enough all-rounders capable to bat well, lower down the order. Akram's Highest test score is 200 + :). Well, I bet this is the best bowling line up amongst all the All time XI teams. Just imaging guys, if Waqar,Wasim & Imran bowled on Aus, Eng, SA pitches, they could have taken 500 + wickets quite easily in 100 odd test matches.
Few cricket sides have been as mercurial as Pakistan; few have oscillated so frequently between the sublime and the atrocious; add to that the controversies, and Pakistan would definitely be classified as a one-of-its kind side. Having gained Test status following India's partition, Pakistan registered their maiden Test victory at their second go against India at Lucknow. Two years later they defeated the English at their den, and with their seemingly endless supply of fast bowlers, have remained a force as formidable as any over decades. Their arch-rivalry with India ranks next to only the Ashes in terms of cricket contests, but they have had their clashes with other sides as well: both England and Australia have been involved in on- and off-field clashes with Pakistan, but despite all that they had continued to thrive. Legends like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, and Wasim Akram have ensured that their heads had been held high on the field. Pakistan clinched the World Cup in 1992 against all odds, and have subsequently been oscillating between extremes. Hit by match-fixing (which had put several cricketers under scrutiny), terrorist attacks (which made sure Pakistan does not get to play a match at home), and unfathomable selection policies (no other side changes captains as frequently), they have still managed to come up with surprises every now and then. It may be argued that Pakistan is not the safest place to play cricket in, and neither does it have the best possible domestic infrastructure. However, it cannot be denied that cricket will be a sorrier sport without Pakistan.
Not only was Waqar bowling faster than 150km/h, he was swinging the ball like a banana, and was impossible to play. At his peak, his strike rate was streets ahead of other bowlers. While Akram was dangerous enough to remove a number of top order batsmen, Waqar would run through the middle and later order, achieving victories which felt magical.
lol @ those who think Zaheer was a flat track bully. Zaheer was one of the finest batsmen produced by Pakistan - pure class, elegance and grace at the wicket, exquisite timing being his hallmark.
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Like his predecessors, Misbah has had clashes with selectors, administrators, media and fellow players. His undemonstrative style has sometimes made him undervalued in his own country. However, he commands a personal authority to match Khan, Steve Waugh for Australia or even Sir Frank Worrell in the West Indies.
Nothing much to disagree with the Pak- XI for the jury has, to me, done their best. But I would have rather liked to see Shoaib Akhtar in place of Fazal Mahamood for his sheer pace and the terror he creates among the opponents but agree too that his temperament and injury proneness might has cost him his place in all time great plus my sympathy is with Saqlain too, & his is either similar case with Akhtar. All in all a brilliant side to cop with for any team in the history! I wish we could see all players from all Cricinfo national XI in actions playing against their rival side. This is just a fantasy which I know won't come true ever. But this is the power of imagination.
I think Saqlain Mushtaq should be there in place of Fazal Mahmood. With due respect to Fazal, having three pace bowlers like Imran, Wasim & Waqar are enough. Saqlain and Qadir would have made a deadly combination here. But i must object to the manner of the voting. Why were Imran & Wasim there in both categories of Allrounder & Fast bowlers ? This lead to a lot of confusion as clear from the reader comments.
Until Imran Khan came along, Mushtaq Mohammad was considered Pakistan’s greatest all-rounder, and best captain since Abdul Hafeez Kardar. His brain would have proven useful in the think tank. Mohammad was a fine batsman capable of playing an unorthodox stroke or two, and could easily float up or down this T20 lineup. His legspinners were often quite dangerous, as the great West Indies side of the late 70s learned when they were unexpectedly defeated at home thanks to his incredible flippers. Mohammad would have been the X-factor in this T20 side.
Nice team, but I'd rather have someone more reliable instead of the flat track bully Zaheer Abbas. Not Yousuf, because of the cry-baby he is. Maybe Younis Khan (look how many 4th innings centuries he has and a relatively good record in Australia). Rashid Latif is a great pick and lends credibility to the panel's judgement.
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