Openers April 12, 2010

Stodgers, flayers, stylists

Opening has been one of Pakistan's most thorny problems - which is not to say that there haven't been fine, even great, openers in the team's history
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In no country is the career of a player as precarious as it is in Pakistan. Just under a fifth of Pakistan's 198 Test players, for example, are one-Test wonders, comfortably the highest among the established Test nations*. Does that make the job of our suitably diverse jury - writers, historians, journalists, commentators, selectors, administrators and ex-players - easier in sifting through the many names and selecting an all-time Pakistan XI?

Perhaps more so than we can imagine initially, for there are, if we put our minds to it, quite a number of players who pick themselves and would make the XI of almost every Pakistan fan. But there are issues, of course - little ones and not so little ones. Where would you, for example, play Majid Khan, if you play him at all: as opener or in the middle order?

A more basic one involves the question of the very shape of the line-up. Should it have five bowlers, including one of the greatest allrounders the world has seen, and thus enforce the area that has always been Pakistan's strength and source of most of their triumphs? Or should it have four and instead beef up the batting, traditionally Pakistan's weaker suit? That debate, among many others, readers, begins here.

We start with what has been, at least in the modern age, Pakistan's most vexing problem (fielding aside). Count has been lost of the openers and opening combinations that have been tried over the last five years, and still no settled pair appears in sight. But that is not to say that quality has not been produced over the years, or even variety. There have been the monumentally patient and technically robust, as was Pakistan's first - some say best - opener, Hanif Mohammad. There have been those who have made up for gaps in technique with their hearts, like Hanif's younger brother Sadiq and Aamer Sohail.

Others have been impeccable stylists, and effective ones at that. We remember the value of Majid's hundred before lunch against New Zealand in Karachi, but we also celebrate the grace and elegance with which it was made. Majid disciple Mohsin Khan's double at Lord's is similarly recalled. Pakistan's most modern opener, in terms of taking an attack to the bowling side, has also been one of its best: Saeed Anwar.

Who opens the XI essentially answers the question of how we want this team to be moulded: with weak openers, Pakistan have been on the back foot, relying on the middle order too much. With a solid opening pair have come Pakistan's most attacking sides.

*South Africa have a slightly higher proportion overall, but their statistics are essentially those of two countries, pre and post-apartheid. Post 1991 the proportion of one-Test careers is under 10%.

The contenders

Aamer Sohail
Abrasive and aggressive, Sohail formed one half of Pakistan's last successful and stable opening pairs with Saeed Anwar. He was particularly strong off the back foot, though as a fluent double-hundred at Old Trafford in 1992 showed, he had the nous to expand his game. He also brings to the table useful spin, good catching hands and an attitude.

Hanif Mohammad
When renowned coach Alf Gover set eyes upon a young, yet-to-debut Hanif in 1951, he said he wouldn't change a thing about him (and advised others not to do so as well), so complete was he. The most technically sound opening batsman Pakistan have had, by some distance, Hanif also possessed a most critical quality: patience. Naturally an attacking batsman, Hanif chose stoic abstinence to further the cause of a Pakistan side full of merry strokemakers. Like Bradman's average, Hanif's 16-hour Bridgetown marathon of defiance will not be easily - if ever - bettered.

Saeed Anwar
A pair on debut doesn't promise much, but like Graham Gooch, Anwar forged a remarkable career from that adversity. The magic was in his wrists, and he had such timing and sense of placement that poor footwork hardly mattered. He was a very modern opener, in that he attacked no matter what the format and situation; and that he maintains the highest average of this august company says many things.

Majid Khan
Somehow it is fitting that one of Pakistan's best openers didn't even start life as one, or that he took to the role so late. Majid remains one of the country's most stylish opening batsmen. He loved to hook and the driving was, on its day, a thing of joy. He did it all looking as if he hardly cared. That he is one of the best slippers ever from Pakistan is a bonus.

Mudassar Nazar
A solid contrast to his regular partner, the flashier Mohsin Khan, Mudassar was a batsman of immense patience, though not as compact as Hanif or with as many strokes. He holds the record for the slowest Test hundred, and alongside his father, Nazar Mohammad, is one of only four Pakistanis to carry their bat through a completed innings. In the right conditions, a more than handy swing bowler.

Sadiq Mohammad
A right-hander at birth, he was told to switch by elder brothers Hanif and Wazir because they felt he had more of a chance of succeeding that way. Sadiq was immensely brave, like all the Mohammad brothers, once saving a Test against West Indies with a heroic unbeaten 98, made after bearing a fierce facial injury. Loved taking on faster bowlers and scored runs in what were for Pakistanis tough conditions. Pakistan's success in the 70s was based on his partnership with Majid.

Mohsin Khan A stylist in the Majid mould, Mohsin could be bewitching to watch. As well as the Lord's double-hundred, he scored big runs on the bouncy surfaces of Australia, a bogey venue for most of his countrymen.

* South Africa have a slightly higher proportion overall, but their statistics are essentially that of two countries, pre and post-Apartheid. Post 1991 the proportion of one-Test careers is under 10%.

We'll be publishing an all-time Pakistan XI based on readers' votes to go with our jury's XI. To pick your openers click here

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • on April 15, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    1.Saeed anwar 2.Hanif mohammad 3.Zaheer abbas 4.Inzamam ul haq 5.Mohammad Yousuf 6.Javed Miandad 7.Imran Khan 8.Moin Khan 9.Wasim Akram 10.Waqar Younis 11.Abdul Qadir 12th man Shahid Afridi

  • realredbaron on April 15, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad is the default choice. I would have picked Hanif Mohammad in all time subcontinental team any day. Reading the comments of some Pakistanis here(I am not a Pakistani myself), I am utterly shocked that many did not choose Hanif Mohammad as their choice! This is like Aussies not choosing Bradman in their team. I guess it reflects how most Pakistani cricket fans here belong to the generation who grew up watching Anwar and Sohail. Beside Hanif Mohammad, I would have chosen Mudassir Nazar or Majid Khan but Saeed Anwar's popularity might win him a place with Hanif Mohammad.

  • ahassan on April 15, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    My all time Pakistan test XI would be 1.Hanif 2.Saeed 3.Zaheer 4.Javed 5. Inzamam 6. Yousuf 7.Imran (captain) 8.Wasim 9.Fazal 10. Qadir 11.Waqar 12th man Younus Khan. I will ask Hanif to keep wickets. He was Pakistan's first official test wicket keeper. I find it difficult to sacrifice any of the above batsmen or bowlers to accomodate a regular wicket keeper. Most of the readers know the names of Wasim Bari, Moin Khan, Rashid Latif, Saleem Yousuf and Kamran Akmal but forgetting Imtiaz Ahmed who was the safest wicketkeeper of them all and the best wicketkeeper-batsman of Pakistan. If I have to select a wicket keeper then it would be Imtiaz Ahmed. Those who saw Fazal bowl consider him to be the best Pakistani fast bowler. He was the one who helped Pakistan acheive test status and had a hand in all the important wins of Pakistan during the early years. It was also difficult to leave Saqlain but Qadir was the best Pakistani spinner. 12th man Younus Khan is the best pakistani fielder.

  • Kumar_m on April 15, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    My oppening pair is Hanif Muhammad & Saeed Anwar.

    There are great names like Fazal Mahmood, Mushtaq Muhammad, Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Younas Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq and many mor but my Pak Eleven is: 1) Hanif Mohammad 2)Saeed Anwar 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Maindad 5) Inzimam Ul-Haq 6) Muhammad Yousaf 7) Imran Khan (CAPT) 8) Wasim Akram 9)Waseem Bari (WK)10) Abdul Qadir 11)Waqar Younis

  • on April 15, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    i tihink saeed anwar and majid khan was the best

  • Kumar_m on April 15, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    My oppening pair is Hanif Muhammad & Saeed Anwar.

    There are great names like Fazal Mahmood, Mushtaq Muhammad, Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Younas Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq and many mor but my Pak Eleven is: 1) Hanif Mohammad 2)Saeed Anwar 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Maindad 5) Inzimam Ul-Haq 6) Muhammad Yousaf 7) Imran Khan (CAPT) 8) Wasim Akram 9)Waseem Bari (WK)10) Abdul Qadir 11)Waqar Younis

  • on April 15, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    i would suggest with no doubt that saeed anwar and hanif mohammad i are the best choices.and i will suggest my xi with explanation...3.zahher abbas,nobody is better tehn the asian brademan.he was attacking like rikcy ponting and had sound technique.no4.mohammad yousuf bocz of his outstanding states in both forms of the game.5.javed miandad.who could play the spinners better then javed miandad.he is a match winner if pakistan loose early wickets he could play a match winning innings.no.6 imran khan.the alltime great allrounder and captain cricket has ever seen.he gives u a strong middle batsman and a attacking great fast bowler.i guess he is one of the automatic choices without any doubt.7.wasim bari...well it was a very very difficult choice.its really hard to left out likes of rashid latif moin khan and saleem yousuf..but bocoz of better wicket keeping skils i would prefer wasim bari.8.wasim akram. automatic choice.9.saqlain mushtaq.10 abdulqadir.11.waqar younis is an automatic choic

  • pipsonian on April 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Playing on Bouncy wickets, Aamir sohail was a way better opener than Saeed Anwar but he didnt do justice to his talent. One of the reason Imran didnt select Saeed for WC 92 was that Saeed was not a good backfoot player and Australian wickets demanded that. Again if the playing X1 is playing on a bouncy wicket i would pick Aaamir Sohail and one from Hanif/Majid.

  • Ayyaz.Azeem on April 15, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    continue from previous post ODI team: 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Majid khan. 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis / Shoaib Akhtar (of 1999-2000 ear, not the drama queen version) 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfarz Nawaz (the pioneer of reverse swing)

  • Ayyaz.Azeem on April 15, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    well Pakistani cricket has always produced exciting cricketers.... during early 90s The england princess came to the cricket grounds just to see waqar younis in actions..... Usain bolt the fastest man on the planet idolizes waqar younis and loved and supported pakistani cricket team instead of following the windies........ so my test team would be.... 1. Hanif Muhammad, (the (original) little master 2. Majid khan, 3. Zaheer Abbas, 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan/Saleem Yousaf 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfraz Nawaz/ Fazal Mehmood ODI team: 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Majid khan. 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis / Shoaib Akhtar (of 1999-2000 ear, not the drama queen version) 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfarz Nawaz (the pioneer of reverse swing)

  • on April 15, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    1.Saeed anwar 2.Hanif mohammad 3.Zaheer abbas 4.Inzamam ul haq 5.Mohammad Yousuf 6.Javed Miandad 7.Imran Khan 8.Moin Khan 9.Wasim Akram 10.Waqar Younis 11.Abdul Qadir 12th man Shahid Afridi

  • realredbaron on April 15, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad is the default choice. I would have picked Hanif Mohammad in all time subcontinental team any day. Reading the comments of some Pakistanis here(I am not a Pakistani myself), I am utterly shocked that many did not choose Hanif Mohammad as their choice! This is like Aussies not choosing Bradman in their team. I guess it reflects how most Pakistani cricket fans here belong to the generation who grew up watching Anwar and Sohail. Beside Hanif Mohammad, I would have chosen Mudassir Nazar or Majid Khan but Saeed Anwar's popularity might win him a place with Hanif Mohammad.

  • ahassan on April 15, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    My all time Pakistan test XI would be 1.Hanif 2.Saeed 3.Zaheer 4.Javed 5. Inzamam 6. Yousuf 7.Imran (captain) 8.Wasim 9.Fazal 10. Qadir 11.Waqar 12th man Younus Khan. I will ask Hanif to keep wickets. He was Pakistan's first official test wicket keeper. I find it difficult to sacrifice any of the above batsmen or bowlers to accomodate a regular wicket keeper. Most of the readers know the names of Wasim Bari, Moin Khan, Rashid Latif, Saleem Yousuf and Kamran Akmal but forgetting Imtiaz Ahmed who was the safest wicketkeeper of them all and the best wicketkeeper-batsman of Pakistan. If I have to select a wicket keeper then it would be Imtiaz Ahmed. Those who saw Fazal bowl consider him to be the best Pakistani fast bowler. He was the one who helped Pakistan acheive test status and had a hand in all the important wins of Pakistan during the early years. It was also difficult to leave Saqlain but Qadir was the best Pakistani spinner. 12th man Younus Khan is the best pakistani fielder.

  • Kumar_m on April 15, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    My oppening pair is Hanif Muhammad & Saeed Anwar.

    There are great names like Fazal Mahmood, Mushtaq Muhammad, Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Younas Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq and many mor but my Pak Eleven is: 1) Hanif Mohammad 2)Saeed Anwar 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Maindad 5) Inzimam Ul-Haq 6) Muhammad Yousaf 7) Imran Khan (CAPT) 8) Wasim Akram 9)Waseem Bari (WK)10) Abdul Qadir 11)Waqar Younis

  • on April 15, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    i tihink saeed anwar and majid khan was the best

  • Kumar_m on April 15, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    My oppening pair is Hanif Muhammad & Saeed Anwar.

    There are great names like Fazal Mahmood, Mushtaq Muhammad, Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Younas Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq and many mor but my Pak Eleven is: 1) Hanif Mohammad 2)Saeed Anwar 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Maindad 5) Inzimam Ul-Haq 6) Muhammad Yousaf 7) Imran Khan (CAPT) 8) Wasim Akram 9)Waseem Bari (WK)10) Abdul Qadir 11)Waqar Younis

  • on April 15, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    i would suggest with no doubt that saeed anwar and hanif mohammad i are the best choices.and i will suggest my xi with explanation...3.zahher abbas,nobody is better tehn the asian brademan.he was attacking like rikcy ponting and had sound technique.no4.mohammad yousuf bocz of his outstanding states in both forms of the game.5.javed miandad.who could play the spinners better then javed miandad.he is a match winner if pakistan loose early wickets he could play a match winning innings.no.6 imran khan.the alltime great allrounder and captain cricket has ever seen.he gives u a strong middle batsman and a attacking great fast bowler.i guess he is one of the automatic choices without any doubt.7.wasim bari...well it was a very very difficult choice.its really hard to left out likes of rashid latif moin khan and saleem yousuf..but bocoz of better wicket keeping skils i would prefer wasim bari.8.wasim akram. automatic choice.9.saqlain mushtaq.10 abdulqadir.11.waqar younis is an automatic choic

  • pipsonian on April 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Playing on Bouncy wickets, Aamir sohail was a way better opener than Saeed Anwar but he didnt do justice to his talent. One of the reason Imran didnt select Saeed for WC 92 was that Saeed was not a good backfoot player and Australian wickets demanded that. Again if the playing X1 is playing on a bouncy wicket i would pick Aaamir Sohail and one from Hanif/Majid.

  • Ayyaz.Azeem on April 15, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    continue from previous post ODI team: 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Majid khan. 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis / Shoaib Akhtar (of 1999-2000 ear, not the drama queen version) 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfarz Nawaz (the pioneer of reverse swing)

  • Ayyaz.Azeem on April 15, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    well Pakistani cricket has always produced exciting cricketers.... during early 90s The england princess came to the cricket grounds just to see waqar younis in actions..... Usain bolt the fastest man on the planet idolizes waqar younis and loved and supported pakistani cricket team instead of following the windies........ so my test team would be.... 1. Hanif Muhammad, (the (original) little master 2. Majid khan, 3. Zaheer Abbas, 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan/Saleem Yousaf 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfraz Nawaz/ Fazal Mehmood ODI team: 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Majid khan. 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis / Shoaib Akhtar (of 1999-2000 ear, not the drama queen version) 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfarz Nawaz (the pioneer of reverse swing)

  • on April 15, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad and Sorry on One down Position I will Preferred Younis Khan On Zaheer Abbas (Checked Records) my team will be

    1. Sead Anwar 2. Hanif Mohammad 3. Younis Khan 4. Javed Maindad 5. Inzmam ul Haq 6. Mohammad Yousaf 7. Imran Khan 8. Rashid Latif 9. Wasim Akram 10. Waqar Younis 11. Abdul Qadir 12th Man Aamir Shoil

    6 Pure Batsman, one All rounder, a Keeper,3 Bowlers

  • Engle on April 15, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Who is this AT XI going to play against ? If it's against other AT XI's, as it should be, then Majid Khan is the better choice over Saeed Anwar to partner Hanif. The openers will be up against some of the most ferocious fast bowling attacks and their job will be to withstand the gale force, provide solidity and post a decent partnership to lift morale and confidence in the later order. Majid has this experience against the likes of Lillee and the WIndian attack. Add to this his vast experience in county cricket, added protection and versatility and one comes up with the better opener and cricketer.

  • on April 15, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    My Choice Of All Time Best XII Of Pakisatan: 1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Muhammad Yousuf 4.Javed Miandad 5.Inzamam ul Haq 6.Zaheer Abbas 7.Imran Khan* 8.Wasim Akram 9.Waqar Younus 10.Abdul Qadir 11.

  • Shavi on April 15, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad would be ideal.

  • on April 15, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    1. Hanif M 2. Saeed A 3. Zaheer A . 4. J. Miandad 5. I Haq 6.M. Yousuf 7. Imran K 8 R. Latif 9. W Akram 10. Fazal Mahmood 11. A qadir 12. S Afridi.

  • em.umair on April 15, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Hanif Muhammad & Saeed Anwar

  • on April 15, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad And Saeed Anwar!

  • vatsuak on April 15, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    My picks would be Hanif Muhammad and Saeed Anwar... donot agree with earlier comments on the above being "king" of dead wickets only. In Hanif and Saeed, Pakistan had among the most stylist and consistent players of the new ball (despite Majid Khan who would usually be a flash in the pan). Mudassar was too dour and Aamer never pretty just about effective...

  • Nish-55 on April 15, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    My Pak Eleven is: 1) Hanif Mohammad 2) Majid Khan 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Maindad 5) Inzimam Ul-Haq 6) Imran Khan (CAPT) 7) Moin Khan (WK) 8) Wasim Akram 9) Waqar Younis 10) Shoaib Akhtar 11) Abdul Qadir So, 5 Bat, 1 AR, 1 WK, 3 FB, 1 Spin

    Nishan

  • raskalamindit on April 15, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    1.Hanif 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. M Yousuf 5. Miandad 6. I Khan 7.Asif Iqbal 8. Wasim Akram 9. Abdul Qadir 10. Aaqib Javed 11. Waqar 12th - Majid Khan

  • merwtheperv on April 15, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    what about taufiq umar...

  • on April 15, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    my choice of pakistan's eleven: 1. Saeed Anwar 2. Hanif Muhammad 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Inzamam ul Haq 5. Javed Miandad 6. Moin Khan 7. Imran Khan 8. Wasim Akram 9. Abdul Qadir 10. Saqlain Mushtaq 11. Waqar Younis.....

  • Atlantic252 on April 14, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Hanif, Majid, Zaheer, Javed, Inzi, Yousuf, Imran, Wasim Bari (w), Wasim Akram (c), Waqar and Abdul Qadir would be one fine side. Probably the best bowling attack of any of the "best XI's".

  • Ausman on April 14, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    mudassar nazar is one of the most boring cricketers ever

  • Ausman on April 14, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    actually instead of inzimam being no. 4 i would rather have javed miandad

  • Ausman on April 14, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    my all time pakistan xI would be : 1. saeed anwar 2.Hanif mohammad 3.shahid afridi 4. inzimam ul haq 5. umar akmal 6.imran khan 7.Kamran akmal 8. wasim akram 9.saqlain mushtaq 10.waqar younis 11.mohammad aamer

  • Nuur on April 14, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Majid Khan and Saeed Anwar are my picks, my uncle once told me about Majid Khan hooking Denis Lilly for six and Lilly applauding him,point being he wasnt unfazed by Lillys and Crofts and Marshals which is not a small thing. Hanif Muhammad and Mudassar Nazar were like many other Pakistanis, 'the batsmen of dead wickets of subcontinent'. and Mohsin Khan in the list of all time greats? seriously??...MAJID KHAN and SAEED ANWAR I repeat.

  • usmaqs on April 14, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    I think Saeed Anwar is the ultimate choice of all the readers. But keeping in view that we are making all time eleven, so we have to keep in mind the other two formats of cricket that is 2020 and ODI. Hanif Muhammad is one of the best batsman Pakistan have ever produced but he is not fit for 2020 or ODI at all. So I will go for Amir Sohail as a natural partner for Saeed Anwar, which is one of the best opening partners of all time.

  • Ayyaz.Azeem on April 14, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    well Pakistani cricket has always produced exciting cricketers.... during early 90s The england princess came to the cricket grounds just to see waqar younis in actions..... Usain bold the fastest man on the planet idolizes waqar younis and loved and supported pakistani cricket team instead of following the windies........

    so my test team would be.... 1. Hanif Muhammad, (the (original) little master 2. Majid khan, 3. Zaheer Abbas, 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan/Saleem Yousaf 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfraz Nawaz/ Fazal Mehmood ODI team: 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Majid khan. 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan 7. Imran Khan (c) 8. Wasim Akram 9. waqar younis / Shoaib Akhtar (of 1999-2000 ear, not the drama queen version) 10. saqlain Mushtaq/ Abdul Qadir 11. Sarfarz Nawaz (the pioneer of reverse swing) ODI team: 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Majid khan. 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Minandad, 5. inzi 6. Moin Khan

  • tanveersh on April 14, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    My pick of all time Eleven will be 1) Hanif Mohammad 2) Saeed Anwar 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javaid Maindad 5) Inzimam 6) Mohammad Yousuf 7) Salim Yousuf 8) Imran Khan 9) Wasim Akram 10) Wakar Younus 11) Abdul Qadir

  • JJSIDDIQUI on April 14, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    after the exclusion of Shoaib Muhammad from this list......and inclusion of Aamir sohail........i lost my respect for Osman........who is one of my favourite cricket writer.......

  • on April 14, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Pakistan's best playing eleven:1) Hanif Mohammad 2) Saeed anwer 3) Inzamam_ul_huq 4) M.Yousf 5)Javed Miadad 6)Moin Khan(W.K) Imran Khan(CAPT) 7)Wasim Akram 8)Waqar Younis 9)Abdul Qadir 10)Saqlain Mustaq 11)Aqib Javed

  • on April 14, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    My all time pak XI would be;1:saeed anwar,2:hanif Muhammad,3:Muhammad yousuf,4:javed miandad,5:inzamam-ul-haq,6:imran khan(c),7:moin khan,8:wasim akram,9:abdul qadir,10:shoab akhtar,11:waqar younis and zaheer abbas as 12th man!!!what a awsome side that would be

  • on April 14, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Where is Shoaib Mohammad?

  • rizviaparty on April 13, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    If one have to select single all time xi for all formats keeping in my mind all 3 formats plus the available averages and performances i will select Hanif Muhammad and Saeed Anwar as Saeed Anwar's record in Odi selects him in T20 format as well Hanif is too good to be left out of all time team.

  • on April 13, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Majid Khan 3. Shoaib Muhammad & 4. Saeed Anwer

  • on April 13, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    1.Shafique Ahmed Papa 2. Talat Ali 3. Azhar Khan 4. Shafqat Rana 5. Ejaz But 6. Shahid Saeed 7. Ashraf Ali 8. Salim Altaf 9. Ashfaq Ahmed 10. P.J Mir 11. Yawer Saeed

  • on April 13, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    1.Hanif Muhammad 2. Saeed Anwer 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Minadad 5. Muhammad Yousuf 6. Inzamam ul Haq 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Wasim Akram 9.Waqar Younus 10. Imran Khan 11. Mushtaq Ahmed 12. Shoaib Muhammad 13. Asif Iqbal 14.Mushtaq Muhammad 15. Sarfaraz Nawaz

  • ahassan on April 13, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    I am reading with interest the comments made by our esteemed followers of Pakistan cricket. Best four openers without any doubt were Hanif, Majid, Saeed and Shoaib. As openers their averages are as follows. Hanif(41.87), Majid(42.23), Saeed(47.10) and Shoaib(40.65). I have not taken into account their scores when they have batted in the middle order because we are selecting opening batsmen only for the time being. None of the other openers in the list has an average above 40. In my opinion Hanif was the best opener. He was the one who bore the brunt of Pakistan batting all alone in the early years of Pakistan cricket. Majid and Saeed did not go through that pressure because during their period there were many good batsmen in Pakistan side. Choice of the 2nd opener is a difficult one. Saeed gets the nod because he is a left hander and a left-right combination is always a problem for the opponents. Still I regret omitting Majid. ahassan

  • cricketchopper on April 13, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    I think to satisfy all peoples three pakistani XIs of different eras.

    PAKISTAN GREEN: Hanif, Sadiq, Saeed Ahmed, Mushtaq,Majid,Asif,Imtiaz Ahmed, Intikhab Alam, Khan Muhammad, Fazal Mehmood,Sarfaraz Nawaz.

    PAKISTAN RED: Mohsin Khan, Mudassar Nazar,Zaheer, Miandad, Waseem Raja,Imran,Waseem Bari,Waseem,Waqar,Qadir,Qasim

    PAKISTAN BLUE: Saeed Anwar, Shoaib Muhammad,Saleem Malik,Inzimam,Yousuf,Younus,Rashid Latif,Shoaib Akhtar,M.Asif,Umar Gul,Saqlain,

  • FIASNAHK on April 13, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Okay this is what i want to know, wh yis sadiq mohammad in there and not shoaib mohammad. Shoaib was much better and would have been close to being one of the best pakistan openers ever. Look up his profile. But in the end it has to be saeed and Hanif, its quite easy. My all time eleven would be: Hanif m, Saeed anwar, Zaheer abass, Javed Miandad, Inzamam ul haq, Imran khan, Wasim Akram, Rashid Latif/ Wasim bari, Abdul quadir, Shoaib Akhter, Waqar Younis 12th man Saqlain Mushtaq. Im really sad to leave out saqlain, as he was a true genius of a spinner. No doubt if he played the same number of games as murali, warne, he would have similar numbers. But Quadir was a legend, so they are going to pick him. I wanted Shoaib in my side because at his peak im sure he was the fastest there ever was, and im sure that no one else in the other alltime teams could clock 155. So he would be used in short bursts to ruffle the batsmen up. With such a strong bowling lineup, we dont need too many batsmen.

  • Murtaza. on April 13, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    I am surprise that there is not Shoaib mohammad one of the four best opners in history of pakistan cricket, along with Hanif, Majid and saeed My Pakistan all time XI 1.Saeed Anwar 2.Hanif Mohammad 3.Zaheer abbas/yousaf 4.Javed Miandad 5.Imzamam Ul Haq 6.Imran Khan 7.Wasim Akram 8.Abdul Qadir 9.wasim bari/Moin Khan 10.Waqar Younus 11.Saqlan Mushtaq/ Fazal mahmood.

  • fwb67 on April 13, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    My All time Pakistan XI in Tests 1. Hanif Mohammad 2. Majid Khan 3. Saeed Ahmed 4. Javed Miandad 5. Mushtaq Mohammad (Capt) 6. Asif Iqbal 7. Imran Khan 8. Wasim Bari (Wk). 9. Abdul Qadir 10. Sarfraz Nawaz 11. Wasim Akram My All time Pakistan XI in Oneday 1. Saeed Anwar 2. Amir Sohail 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miandad 5. Salim Malik 6. Inzamam-ul-Haq 7. Imran Khan (Capt) 8. Rashid Latif (Wk) 9. Wasim Akram 10. Saqlain Mushtaq 11. Aaqib Javed Only Three Players in Pakistan Cricket History are the best Captains ever produced by this country, and i have chosen two of them in my 2 lists. The 3rd one A.H. Kardar missed out due to his allround ability. No doubt he was the best captain till Mushy in 76-77, but his batting & bowling left much to be desired. He had a great influence on the team, that produced good results.

  • muhmmad7676 on April 13, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    i think hanif mohammad and saeed anwar would be the best combination.

  • Paki.Fan. on April 13, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Saeed & Hanif for me. They had class and career that others can't match

  • cricketchopper on April 13, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    FOR AHASSAN: I totally agree that Shoaib Muhammad deserves to be in this list. My first choice is opening pair of Majid and Hanif whereas the second choice is Hanif and Shoaib Muhammad

  • shaizee on April 13, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    All Time Pakistan XI,Hanif Muhammad,Saeed Anwar,Zaheer Abbass,Javed Miandad,Inzimam-ul-Haq,Imran Khan,Wasim Akram,Abdul Qadir,Waqar Yonus,Saqlain Mushtaq/Fazal Mehmood and Wasim Bari.12th man Rashid Latif I think this these Players are the Best of All time let see what judges will decide.Fingers Cross

  • CheGuvera on April 13, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Osman, you've even outdone yourself, after years of stating the obvious in a cliched heavy prose, you've missed an absolute given, i.e. Shoaib Mohammad, the owner of the second highest batting average amongst Pakistani openers. I guess your cricketing and life mentor Ramiz "Rambo" Raja, the worst cricketer to have represented Pakistan may have had something to do with this decision, since he usually and undeservedly displaced Shoaib most of the time in the batting lineup and was the sole reason for the latter not to have played 80 plus test matches.

  • usmanmansur on April 13, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Hanif picks himself but the other choice is tricky. two candidates stand out saeed and majid. i believe that majid was the courageous of the two but saeed was more classy.but i believe that jury would pick saeed because he would be the only left hander in the top order. keeper should be rashid who was by far the best along with bari but had better batting skills. you cant keep to worldclass bowlers with the keepers who are prone to occasional howlers like moin and akmal. qadir is a must.but the openers situation can also be sorted out by opening with saeed and majid and keeping hanif at 3. i know there will be alot of hue and cry for zaheer but he was never succesful against australia and windies

  • gallant_cricketer on April 13, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    What distinguishes a great bastman from a good batsman is the following: A great bastman is equally comfortable against best bowling and mediocre bowling, and gets out often due to his own lack of concentration rather than a bowler's work. In contrast, a good but not great batsman often compiles his big scores against weaker teams. Barring Hanif, that is the different between Majid (great) and others (good) batsmen being considered. I think Saeed Anwar is great too and would keep him in one dayers but Saeed is not in the class of Majid, and I have seen both of them play.

  • gallant_cricketer on April 13, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    All those who are prefering other batsmen over Majid have no idea what they are talking about. Ranked at no. 3 by ICC ranking, Majid at his peak for a good 6-7 years was one of the best batsmen produced by Pakistan as well as in the world. In those days, there would be one, and sometimes no, series in a whole year. So you cannot judge players of different era based on statistics. Lillee or Thomson, Roberts or Croft, Willis or Old, no bowler, who are all world class and great by today's standard could claim to cause problems for Majid. Pakistan's batting depended on Majid-Sadiq partnership and they would often deliver with starts of 50 or 100 making life easy for later bastmen.

  • ahassan on April 13, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar are the obvious choice as openers of all-time Pakistan XI. I feel sorry that I could not select Majid Khan. He was one of my favourite cricketers. Osman Samiuddin's knowledge about Pakistan cricket seems to be below par otherwise he would have included Shoaib Mohammad in his list of Pakistan openers. Only Hanif, Majid and Saeed Anwar were better openers than Shoaib Mohammad. All the other openers in Osman's list were just mediocre. Ahassan

  • shaizee on April 13, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    All Time Pakistan XI,Hanif Muhammad,Saeed Anwar,Zaheer Abbass,Javed Miandad,Inzimam-ul-Haq,Imran Khan,Wasim Akram,Abdul Qadir,Waqar Yonus,Saqlain Mushtaq and Wasim Bari.12th man Rashid Latif I think this these Players are the Best of All time let see what judges will decide.Fingers Cross

  • aa61761 on April 13, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    In the days of unlimited & unrestricted bouncers no fast bowler was able to bother Hanif or Majid.

    Zaheer's record in British County Cricket speaks for itself.

    Imran, Wasim, Waqar & Fazal are among the greatest fast bowlers World has seen.

    Qadir is the best spinner Pakistan has produced.

    Bari was a better keeper than Rashid Latif, but Latif is a much better batsman and Pakistan side needs a extra batsman.

    Hanif, Majid, Zaheer, Miandad, Inzi, Imran, Rashid Latif, Wasim, Waqar, Fazal Mahmood, Qadir. 12th Man: Yousuf/Younis

  • on April 13, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Saeed and Haneef are my choice. my 11 is: S.Anwar, Haneef, Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Inzamam, M.Yousuf, Imran Khan, Wasim Bari, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Abdul Qadir

  • RemyLeBeau on April 13, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    i was going for hanif and saeed, but i think "asraruwant" made a very valid point.. Imagining saeed opening against the likes of andy roberts, malcom marshall, michael holding, joel garner, dennis lillee, richard hadlee, and fred trueman does make me think that majid might be the better choice to open with hanif... it is difficult for someone like me to decide having not seen majd play, but ive seen saeed play loose strokes outside his offstump, nicking it to the slips too many times against south africa and australia

  • synergy on April 13, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    I am following the comments of other distinguished readers and get a feeling that most of them are mostly writing about the best of the recent Pakistani cricketers. Only few have mentioned about the past stars, one thing however is evident that almost 90% of the contributers have picked Hanif as one of the openers. This speaks volumes of Hanif's popularity in Pakistan cricket and very deservingly so. My choice however is Saeed and Majid for the opening slot as mentioned in my list of all time Pakistan XI. One gentlman included Kardar in the list of the possible middle order batsman, now that I would rate funny. Over all this is very interesting and I am waiting to see the final list.

  • rzi-BDML on April 13, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    i m very excited upon picking up Pakistan's all time eleven.I think most of the readers have common choice for opening in all time XI, ( Saeed+Hanif), this is d best possible opening pair for Pakistan in my opinion too, a real treat to watch if ever Saeed and Hinif could play together.

  • on April 13, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    1.Saeed Anwar 2.Hanif Mohammad 3.M.Yousuf 4.Imzamam Ul Haq 5.Javed Miandad 6.Imran Khan 7.Moin Khan 8.Abdul Razzaq 9.Wasim Akram 10.Waqar Younus/Shoaib Akhtar 11.Saqlan Mushtaq. For me this could b Pakistan all time XI.

  • Dr.Arshad on April 13, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Tests:::::::::::1 hanif mohd. 2. saeed anwar 3. zaheer abas 4. javed miandad 5. mo.yusuf 6 inzimam ul haq 7 imran khan (c) 8 kamran akmal / wasim bari... 9 wasim akram 10 waqar yunus 11 saqlain mushtaq

    abdul qadir.....mushtaq ahmad.....but saqlain inventor of doosra so has da edge shoib akhtar only wen at peak speed......sarfaraz ahmd....asif iqbal

  • shak01 on April 13, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    apart from Hanif I honestly can't pick between the rest of the players. I'd want Saeed to partner him but the way his career and form deteriorated makes me wonder if hes really one of the best Pakistani openers of all time

  • INPG on April 13, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad are the two choices for me. People should understand Andy Roberts and others have always had their replacements in every decade. Do you think anyone from the 70's could have faced Waseem Waqar Ambrose and Warne with ease.

    I totally agree with the team proposed by Shysoul.

  • cricketchopper on April 13, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Who was the greatest batsman ever produced by Pakistan? ASIF IQBAL. People who never saw him batting cannot decide about his class. Whoever choosing peoples like Yousuf, Inzimama etc. over Asif Iqbal are just ignorant. If they had seen him batting they would not act in this manner. Asif, Majid & Zaheer were the three legendary and most talented batsman of Pakistan. They were treat to watch. Hanif and Javed were the batsmen who were most consistent and always contributed something for team. These five legends cannot be matched with other batsmen of Pakistan. Whoever says yousuf was stylish is joking because he has not seen Majid and Asif. Zaheer Abbas was the batsman who had largest variety of strokes. I have seen only him playing perfect leg driver whereas this strke is becoming extinct nowadays.

  • waspsting on April 13, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Hanif - biggest name in early Pakistan cricket - all who played him ranked him very, very highly. and Saeed Anwar - one of the most beautiful batsmen I've seen, and though prone to idiotic dismissals, his record supports his effectiveness.

    Pakistan is one of the easiest all time teams to choose. There are seven fixtures - Hanif, Miandad, Yousuf Youhanna, Inzamam, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Bari and Sayeed Anwar aren't too far behind as certainties. And Abdul Qudair isn't too far behind them. That makes 11 - 7 certainties, 3 near certainties and one likely candidate. Easy eleven to pick.

  • on April 13, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    the essential thing for an opener is his technique and as hanif had the greatest technique among them he is an automatic selection !!!

  • on April 13, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    i am sure SAEED ANWER is the obvious choice

  • omer_rajput on April 13, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I tend to agree with fadooo with one change that of Majid Khan. 1) Hanif Muhammad 2) Majid Khan 3) Javed Miandad 4) Zaheer Abbas 5) Inzamam ul Haq 6)Imran Khan 7) Waseem Bari/Rashid Latif 8) Wasim Akram 9) Waqar Younis 10) Abdul Qadir 11) Fazal Mahmood.

  • asraruwant on April 13, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Hello All, I can see that most of my fellow users are choosing saeed anwar as the man along with hanif mohammad for the all time opening slot. Iam a big fan of saeed anwar and will always be but guys you are choosing all time xi not the recent best xi. Imagine saeed anwar opening the batting to face andy roberts, malcom marshall, michael holding, joel garner, dennis lille, richard hadlee, fred trueman, Against these bowlers with his lack of footwork and technical deficiency he will struggle and fail 7 out of 10 times, so i guess majid khan is the man to accompany hanif mohammad for the opening slot.

  • Cric_123 on April 13, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad are way above the others. They are the natural choices! Regarding composition of Pakistan Team: 4 bowlers, an All rounder, Wicket Keeper and 5 batsmen is the way to go. Write the names down on paper and u will not think of it as a weak batting side. My 11 are: Saeed, Hanif, Miandad, Inzi, Yousuf/Younis, Imran, Rashid Latif, Wasim, Saqlain, Waqar, Qadir. 12th Man: Yousuf/Younis

  • on April 13, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    1-Saeed Anwar - 2. Amir Sohail -3. Javed Miandad -4.Yousuf- 5.Zaheer Abbas -6. Abdul Razaq 7.Moin Khan- 8.Imran khan- 9.Waseem Akram- 10.Waqar Yonus-11. Saqlain Mushtaq

    2 best openers pakistan ever had 3 middle order batsman pakistani ever had 1 all rounder 4 best bowlers 1 off spiner legspinger will be covered through left arm Amir Sohail

  • BOOMBOOM80 on April 13, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    My openers: Saeed Anwer and Hanif Muhammad. No doubt and here is my Pakistan ELEVEN

    Saeed Anwer, Hanif Muhammad, Zaheer Abbass, Javed Miandad, Inzimam, Imran Khan(c), Waseem Bari (wk), Waseem Akram, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younus and Fazal Muhammad. My twelfth man would be M. Yousuf.

    Sorry Guys but no place for Afridi, Younus khan, ramiz raja, aamir sohail, kamran akmal, moin khan, rashid lateef, danish kaneria, shoaib akhtar etc in my team.

  • Hadrium01 on April 13, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    where is Imran nazir ... he should be in this list to :(

  • on April 13, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    think .SAEED N SOHAIL......................................................

  • tahirmir on April 13, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar. As the weak link of pakistan cricket opening has always been in spotlight. But clearly these two have the records to satisfy almost everyone. Hanif M. can be a contestant for a world XI.. and saeed anwar apart from his outstanding reward has a sentimental value attached to him due to his world record innings of 194. He has been considered as the most stylish batsman of his era. The real difficulty i see is in middleorder.. how will we chose between javed M, Inzi, yousuf,Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan,Asif Iqbal and the legendary Kardar....

  • Urchin on April 13, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    its a difficult ask... its one of the main problem of our team (fielding and unity of the team being the others...)... but if we dug a little deeper, things start to unwrap ... like how can we drop the elegance of majid khan (i never seen him play but according to my father he is a treat to watch... a true master in his own right )... or how can we drop the power and stamina of Mudassar Nazar (he is very solid on top of the order but at the same time he can bowl tirelessly... a definite plus). Keeping this in mind...how can we drop the little master... and wristy artist Saeed (i always love watching him bat). Now come to a litmus test... only two openers have a respectable average among all... i.e. the great Hanif with Saeed Anwer. So My pick will be....

    1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Saeed Anwar

  • on April 13, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad Majid Khan Javed Miandad Mohammad Yousuf InzamamulHaq Imran Khan Rashid Latif Wasim Akram Waqar Younis Abdul Qadir

  • Muhd.azam on April 13, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Saeed and hanif muhammad.

  • on April 13, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad

  • on April 13, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Anwar and Mohammad - easy.

  • jokistan on April 13, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Pakistan's best Text XI is 1. Hanif Mohammed 2. Majid Khan 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miandad 5.Inzamam Ul Haq 6. Imran Khan 7.Mushtaq Mohammad/Asif Iqbal 8. Rashid Latif 9. Wasim Akram 10. Sarfraz Nawaz/Fazal Mehmood 11. Waqar Younis None of the recent players deserve to be in the best XI. The four man lethal pace attack is bound to destro any batting line up.

  • cricket4shafiq on April 13, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    1.Hanif 2. Saeed/Majid 3. Zaheer 4. Miandad 5. Inzamam 6. Imran (C) 7. Rashid Latif/Imtiaz Ahmed (WK), 8. Wasim Akram 9. Abdul Qadir 10. Waqar Younus 11. Fazal Mahmood/Asif 12th Man Saqlain/Iqbal Qasim/Mushtaq Muhammad I loved the idea of playing Imtiaz as opener with hanif, then Yousaf can easily accomodated in middle order, if Imtiaz is not playing as opener then no place for him...as Rashid and Saleem yousaf tiger will be better options.. 12th Man gives all options of of spinner, left arm or a better bat---but Qair had a bi heart. I can't decide between Majid and Saeed, as one was majestic and other stunning. Team must play with 5 bowlers including Imran. My coach will be Bob woolmer for the side.

  • shahidqadri on April 13, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    A lot of readers have not heard of or seen the great cricketers of the 50' and 60's, thus they tend to overlook a few of the greatest cricketers ever produced by Pakistan. Since the jury is well balanced, I am sure this will be the final XI: 1. Hanif Mohammad, 2. Majid Khan, 3. Zaheer Abbas, 4. Javed Miandad, 5. Mohammad Yusuf, 6. Mushtaq Mohammad, 7. Imran Khan, 8. Wasim Akram, 9. Wasim Bari, 10. Abdul Qadir, 11. Fazal Mahmood. You might want to replace Mushtaq with Inzi at No. 6, but Mushtaq apart from being an attacking batsman was also a useful spinner. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a place for Waqar Younis, but Imran and Akram at their best would be more than adequate supported by the great Fazal Mahmood.

  • JJSIDDIQUI on April 13, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    yaar..........for got sake ........revise these option and through away aamir sohail from this list............this is really hurting overall Pakistanis image............what is he doing here........an why not Shoaib Muhammad............cummon CRICINFO....... i want answer to this..................Aamir sohail can not even be part of Pakistan all time A team...........how can he be here.............Saeed Anwar and Hanif is my choice.........

  • on April 13, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Hanif , Saeed , Javed , Zaheer , Inzy , Moin , Imran , Wasim , Waqar , Saqlain , Abdul Qadir

    the side basically selects itself and would be one heckuva squad to beat

  • mkfaruqi on April 13, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    dear readers, i am fortunate that i have seen almost all cricketers from 1950 till date. these include hanif mohammad,fazal mahmood, khan mohammad,imiaz ahmad,javed,imran,waseem,waqar,qadir,mushtaq,imrankhan,majid,zaheer,saeed anwar,inzimam etc. the best team will be1-hanif mohammad2-saeed anwar3-zaheer abbas5-javed miandad6-inzimam-ul-haque7.imran khan 8-moin khan 9-abdul qadir10--waseem akram 11-waqar younus. hope every one will like it. mohammad k faruqi denver,usa

  • Mannix16 on April 13, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    1. Hanif Mohammed 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Mohammed Yousuf/Yousuf Youhana 4. Inzamam Ul Haq 5. Javed Miandad 6. Rashid Latif 7. Shahid Afridi/Azhar Mahmood 8. Imran Khan 9. Wasim Akram 10. Waqar Younis 11. Saqlain Mushtaq

  • anilkumble82 on April 13, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad

  • on April 13, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    1. Said Anwar 2. Hanif Mohammad 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miyadand 5. Injmamul Haq 6. Mohammad Youshuf 7. Moin Khan/Kamran Akmal 8. Imran khan 9. Wasim akram 10. Waqar Younus 11. Abdul Quadir/Saqlain Mustaq According to me this is not just a best Pakistan 11, this is the best world 11!!!!!

  • carbandpunk on April 13, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    1. Saeed Anwar 2. Aamir Sohail 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Moin Khan 5. Rashid Latif 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Imran Nazir 8. Salman Butt 9. Shoaib Malib 10. Inzamam 11. Wasim Akram.... THATS ALL my batting order and my 11... anyone agree or disagree?

  • on April 12, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    FINALLY, i'm soo excited to hear about the all time Pakistan XI is being chosen! :D

    like a few previous comments mentioned, i too would go for a LH, RH partnership. with that said, only Aamer Sohail, Sadiq Mohammad and Saeed Anwar are Left handers. Hanif Mohammad is pretty much a unanimous desicion. That leaves the decision of the LH that will accompany Hanif. Of the three, the most prolific, credible, and the one with the highest batting average is Saeed Anwar. Therefore, the Opening partnership should be Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad.

  • unchained on April 12, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    hanif mohammed and saeed anwar

  • fadooo on April 12, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Five bowlers including a world class all rounder would be the way to go. My team would be: 1) Hanif 2) Saeed 3) Javed Miandad 4) Zaheer Abbas 5) Inzamam ul Haq 6)Imran Khan 7) Waseem Bari/Rashid Latif 8) Waseem Akram 9) Waqar Younis 10) Abdul Qadir 11) Fazal Mahmood with Saqlain Mushtaq as the 12th man.

  • wmchamps on April 12, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar.

  • on April 12, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    @dhamaka, really shahid afridi one of the best openers?!?!? you have to be joking!!!!

  • loveshah on April 12, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    my all time bestXI will be---- 1. saeed anwar. 2. aamir sohail. 3. Injamam ul hauque 4. mohammad yousuf. 5. javed miandad. 6.rashid latif.7. Imran khan.8.shahid afridi 9.washim akram. 10. waqar younis 11.saqlain/abdul qadir/mushtaq ahmed

  • T31932 on April 12, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    This is probably the easiest choice for the Pakistan team...and even this ain't that easy. However, Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad take it. This is my Pakistan 11. 1) Saeed 2) Hanif 3) Miandad 4) Asif Iqbal/Zaheer Abbass/Yousuf 5)Inzamam 6)Imran Khan (c) 7) Moin Khan (wk) 8)Wasim 9) Saqlain 10) Mushtaq Ahmed/Abdul Qadir/Danish Kaneria 11)Waqar. 12th man Younis Khan I'm still undecided about the 4th batting spot. All 3 make a good case. Same with the choice for the leg-spinner. However, I am leaning towards Yousuf and Mushtaq.

  • on April 12, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    All through my years i have been an ardent fan of pakistani cricket through thick and thin. I started watching cricket in the ear;y 80s and never watched the greats like hanif mohammad, majid khan and sadiq mohammad etc but what i have heard from my elders is that hanif mohammad was a true legend. and on the othe hand i have seen saeed anwar striking the ball elegantly and virtually destroying any bowling attack on his day. A true hero of modern day cricket. So in my opinion my first choice for the openers would be SAEED ANWAR attacking from one end and HANIF MOHAMMAD providing stability from the other.

  • cric-crazy on April 12, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    personally i would have changed whole team wid V Richards.

  • 74bik on April 12, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Pakistani selectors have hardly ever picked the right team; I think the case will be repeated here considering some of the names in the jury.

    I challenge the jury to pick a better team then the one below:

    1) Saeed Anwar or Hanif 2) Imtiaz Ahmad (wk) 3) Zaheer 4) Javed 5) Inzimam 6) Mohammed Yusuf 7) Imran Khan (c) 8) Mushtaq Mohammed 9) Wasim Akram 10) Waqar 11) Fazl Mahmoom

    12) Saqlain

    It would surprise some people that I have picked Mushtaq Muhammad as the only spinner. But please compare his bowling average with all the other Pakistani spinners. Plus he is also a specialist batsmen.

    Please do not delete my post. I once again challenge the just to pick a better team. We picked our top 3 batsmen (in terms of average) and they would be playing in a position they are comportable. Batting has depth (wasim comes at number 9). Plus we have 5 bowlers.

  • waqasrustam on April 12, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    My team will be : Hanif Muhammad,Saeed Anwar,Zaheer Abbas,Javed Miandad,Muhammad Yousaf,Imran Khan,Rashid Lateef,Wasim Akram,Fazal Muhammad,Waqar Younis,Abdul Qadir

  • Engle on April 12, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    The ideal opening partnership is one of an attacking batsman and a defensive one. Followed by a RH batsman and a LH one. Having said that, the big question is who should partner Hanif ? Majid or Saeed Anwar. Saeed as a LH batsman and the only one in the top 6 puts forward a strong case for inclusion. However, Majid is the one who has taken on some of the legendary fast bowlers of his time. Remember that these openers will be up against the finest attacks from other XI's. And Pakistan must post a decent opening partnership or run the risk of collapse, their Achilles heel. With that said, I believe the stronger partnership will be Hanif and Majid, albeit just barely. If the selectors do go for Hanif-Saeed, then I hope Majid can still be considered for the #3 slot.

  • asraruwant on April 12, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Hello All, Iam a big fan of pakistan cricket and will always be and here is my All time pakistan test xi. 1) Hanif mohammad 2) Majid khan 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Miandad 5) Inzamam ul-haq 6) Imran Khan 7) Saleem Yousuf (wk) 8) Wasim Akram 9) Abdul Qadir 10) Waqar Younis 11) Fazal Mahmood

  • on April 12, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    hanif and saeed anwar would be the ideal opening partnership for my team.left right and defensive and attacking players

  • dhamaka on April 12, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    why shahid afridi is not included in the list.he is one of the best opener Pakistan has ever seen.

  • mudassirrana on April 12, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    My first choice is Hanif Mohammad for the kind of concentration & technique he possessed. With the willow in his hands and the eye of an eagle combined to build that concrete solid wall of defense which forced the great bowlers of his time to praise his greatness all around the world. Then the next one would be Saeed Anwar who while started his career was kind of an immature opening batsman. Later on he quickly transformed himself into an accomplished and attacking opening batsman in all forms of cricket. his 4000 runs in 55 tests and over 8000 ODi runs & 20 Hundreds with strike rate of 81 are the true evidence of his mastery over Fast bowling. in his career he faced bowlers like Ambrose, Walsh, Donald, McGrath, Warne and Murali with equal ease and comfort and attacked them like a tiger in disguise.

  • Frazjlm on April 12, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    in my openion Saeed Anwer and Hanif Mohammed are the best ever Openers, Pakistan ever had...

  • on April 12, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    I would go with Hanif Muhammad and Mohsin Khan, the argument itself is the answer, have a solid opening partnership (which shows because both of them score on venues where others have struggled) and accomodate 5 bowlers.

  • on April 12, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistan team: Saeed Anwar, Hanif Muhammad, Javed Miandad, Inzamam ul Haq, Zaheer Abbas,Imran khan(c), Shahid Afridi, waseem Akram, waqar yunis,shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq

  • nafzak on April 12, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    I am a West Indian and I had teh pleasure of seeing Saeed Anwar, Sadiq M and Majid Khan bat. I will take Majid Khan over any of them all (except Hanif) any day. He would be a perfect compliment to Hanif's style.

    And why would anyone not include Zaheer in the team (as some opine above) is beyond me. Zaheer was sheer class in an era when elbow pads and helmets were not worn. I saw Zaheer and Majid Khan destroy WI attach at Bourda in the 70's. It was somethig to watch. Majid made the big score, but no one will forget Zaheer's innings. Now in picking my Pakistan team for all time, I have to consider who their greatest rivals are and should be, i.e., India. So here's my team for all time that will beat any all India team or any other team except an All Australia or All West Indies teams. Hanif Mohammad, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abass, Inzamam ul Haq, Muhammad Yusuf, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari, Waqar Yunus, Abdul Qadir.

  • on April 12, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Why is Shoaib Mohammad not in this list ? He has the best averages (44.34) of all the contenders except Saeed Anwar (45.52) !

  • on April 12, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Muhammad

  • Faisal_Sherwani on April 12, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Majid Khan

  • US_Indian on April 12, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Well to begin with all the names are too good not to be considered, but there are certain guidelines that only 2 to be picked. I am an Indian, who have played cricket at a certain level but not the highest level, I have seen in action almost all the openers on list except Hanif Mohammed, but what i have heard or read about him, just because i have not seen him in action, i cant ignore him so my first automatic pick is Hanif Mohammed. The second choice is really tough one and i beg to differ with Saeed Anwar's choice for no wonder he is a class batsman but since I have seen almost all of them in action , he was a good oneday opener but not the best test opener, he had flaws like he was not good at moving and rising balls and definitely weak on the leg side and moreover he was not a good fielder and definitely Mohsin Khan and Aamer Sohail were better than him but my choice of a complete opener would be Majid Khan, he was more compact opener, a good fielder and handy part-time bowler.

  • adnan.alavi on April 12, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Hanif Muhammad, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inziman ul Haq, Imran Khan (c), Moin Khan, Saqlain Mustaq, Waseem Akram and Fazl Mahmood

  • adnan.alavi on April 12, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Team should be Hanif Muhammad, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzimamul Haq, Imran Khan (c), Moin Khan, Saqlain Mustaq, Waseem Akram and Fazl Mahmood

  • Ausman on April 12, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    saeed anwar and hanif mohammad no doubt

  • Vaaz on April 12, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Saeed Anwar & Hanif Muhammad without doubt. Saeed For his Style and haneef Muhammad For his Technique

  • rson on April 12, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Hanif and Saeed Anwar.Majid would be on any touring 16.I hope that the readers are not confined to selection of one all-rounder,which resulted in Chris Cairns being omitted from New Zealand's All-time XI.Imran would be the obvious choice but certainly Mushtaq Mohammad belongs on the team as well.Strange how some are proposing the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asf as pacemen and no mention of the great Fazal Mahmood.

  • fwb67 on April 12, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    The Great Hanif Muhammad & Majid Khan the Majestic is my choice for the openers. Hanif Mohammad no doubt for his innings of 337 ag. WI 1957-58, 160 India Bombay 1960-61, 111 & 104 in both innings ag. Eng Dhaka 1961-62. 104 vs Aus Melbourne as Captain. 187 Ag. Eng Lord's 1967 as Captain. Majid Khan Innings include 158 vs Aus Melbourne 1972-73. 109 vs Eng Oneday Match Trent Bridge 1974. 98 vs Eng The Oval 1974, Hitting Willis All over the place, I saw his innings, he was simply superb. 100 vs WI 1974-75. Century before Lunch Ag. NZ 1976-77. 167 vs WI 1976-77.

  • JayPmorgan on April 12, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    For me , it has to be Hanif and Saeed Anwar. I never watched Hanif play but if you take into consideration the opinions of experts of that era then I think he qualifies. Saeed Anwar would make a great contrast , in terms of being left handed and very fast accumulator of runs. He was an also such a joy to watch. Cricket is after all supposed to be entertaining.

  • gujratwalla on April 12, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad is the first choice simply because he carried the Pakistan batting single handed on many occasions.Majid Khan remains the best batsman against pace bowling in living memory but i have a certain admiration for Saeed Anwar so if i were to have both in the team i would Majid went in at no.3 but otherwise if iam forced to chose i would pick Majid.Hanif was class itself and Majid was simply magic especially on bad wickets.A man who can perform on such pitches just have to be special.Mohsin was also good aganst the pacers in fact all the openers mentioned here are quality players but for me nothing can beat Majid hooking Lillee for six .

  • mali_jr on April 12, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    BTW, If Mudassar, Mohsin, Sadiq & Sohail are in the list. Rameez's name should be there as well. All of them are in "also-ran" category though.

  • mali_jr on April 12, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad is a shoe-in. Question is who will partner him. For me only 2 contenders Saeed Anwar and Majid Khan. Saeed is Pakistans best modern day opener but it will also be a shame to leave out Majid. I will go with Hanif & Saeed to opean and Majid to go one-down, since he has equally good record playing as non-opener.

  • Cricket.soul on April 12, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    My team: Hanif Mohammed, Saaed Anwar,Zaheer Abbas, Inzaman Ul Haq, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mustaq, Abdul Qadir. Yes it is tough to push in Mohd.Yousuf, Safaraz Nawaz, Mudassar Nazar in the playing 11.

  • atif1977 on April 12, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Oh now I know why Ramiz is not on the list....he is one of the jurors. Not that he would've made the final cut but.....Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad is my selection easily.

  • on April 12, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Hanif and Saeed will be the openers undoubtedly.. although i would like to see Majid Khan there as well with his super style and confidence against the black thunder West Indies bowling!

  • atif1977 on April 12, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Hello!!!! Did somebody forget Ramiz Raja? All Aamer Sohail was good for was to sway the bat at wide balls to the slip fielder.

  • IrshadM on April 12, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    @cricketchopper "Most of the runs saeed anwar scored again weaker bowling lines and during the era when great fast bowlers had gone"

    It the same era that Tendulkar played and still plays in... So, does it make Tendulkar a lesser player than the overyped Gavaskar...

    I rest my case...

  • on April 12, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    i will pick Sir hanif Muhammad because he was just perfect with his technique and the temperament he had was treat to watch. his partner should b Saeed Anwar because of his consistency and style. answer to question that he had not faced the great blower he faced the Shaun Pollack ,Alen Donald,Glen Megrath, Chminda Vaas,Coutny walsh , Kritly Ambrose these all guys have the class pace and every thing with the spinners he faced are Murli. Kumble.and Warne All of them are magician. it was tough to ignore Majid Khan he is equally well and extra point with him was good Felder.

  • newyork2011 on April 12, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwer should definitely be the Openers in a Pakistan All Time Eleven, followed by Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Mohamad Yousuf and Majid Khan. Also Imran Khan, Waseem Akram and Waqar Younis are automatic choices for the fast bowling spots. The wicket keeper would be a toss up Wasim Bari and Moin Khan. The Spinner's choice should be between Abdul Qadir, Iqbal Qasim and Pervez Sajjad.

  • dejavu on April 12, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    saaed anwar & hanif mohammad no doubt.there could be a case for amir sohail with saeed anwar but hanif & saeed by far the best combination.

  • samishaikh on April 12, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Batsmen till mid 70s did not have the benifite of protective gear & pitches remained uncovered once play started. I rate pre 1975 Batsmen & consequently post 1975 bowlers higher than those who played the game in a different era. My greatest Pak TEST XI therefore would have: Hanif , Majid , Miandad , Inzimam , Muhammad Yusuf , Mushtaq Muhammad , Imran Khan , Waseem Akram , Rashid Latif , Saqlain Mushtaq & Waqar Yunus.Saeed Anwer , Zaheer Abbas , Salim Malik & Abdul Razzak will replace Hanif , Yususf , Mushtaq & Saqlain in a one day XI , unless it is predominantly a spinners surface.

  • ShAh00 on April 12, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Saeed Anwar & Hanif Muhammad.... the Combination of Aggression & Solid Defence, although Majid Khan is a strong contender but still, as Pakistan's batting has always been a story of derail once wickets start to fell, so a Person Like Hanif Muhammad is the Right choice, ability to play long innings with patience. Talking about Saeed Anwar didnt face Good Bowlers, then IF Likes of Walsh, Ambrose, Marshal, Alan Donald, Pollock, Warne, Kumble arent good bowlers then who else is ??? and not to forget in Murali's own statement, he always had fear to bowl to two batsmen, namely Lara & Saeed Anwar.... how could you say Saeed hasnt faced any good bowling attack.

  • Vaxinated on April 12, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I will place Saeed and Hanif in the first two spots. Majid khan is also a strong contender but Saeed will bring a left and right hand combination with aggression. I am surprised to see Aamir in this list.

  • NALINWIJ on April 12, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Hanif's technical perfection and reliability and Saed Anwar's class and aggression make them an ideal choice. Saed faced the greatest depth of bowler's in the history of the game. The greatest team selection may depend on the CRICINFO formula which I suspect would be 5 batsmen, allrounder, WK, 2 other pacemen and 2 spinners. 1.Hanif 2.Anwar 3.Zaheer 4.miandad 5.M.Yusuf 6.Imran[captain] 7.Wasim Akram 8.Wasim Bari 9.waqar younus 10.Qadir 11. Saqlain and the only other player who might get in is Inzamam. This is a well balanced and possibly an easier selection than other greatest elevens.

  • synergy on April 12, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    My all time Pakistan XI would be: Majid, S. Anwer, Inzamam, Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Khan, Imtiaz Ahmad, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, Sarfaraz & Waqar. This team does not have any genuine off spinner but Majid has always been there to turn his arm and was infact quite good when ever called in to deliver his offspinners. My team is very attacking and will be led by Imran with Jawaid Mian dad as his deputy. There is a lot of depth in batting to face any attack right down to Number 8. Sarfaraz too has been a good slogger as well as Qadir as such the batting stretches upto the 10 spot. Pace attack is the best in the world ably supported by the wily Qadir as the lone spinner.

  • Just_Love_Cricket on April 12, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and hanif Mohammad. Hanif was patient, technically perfect (wasnt called little Master for nothing) and had a natural skill. Saeed Anwar was all instinct. He never changed his style of play since his childhood and thats one aspect of his greatness. Aamir Sohail was too aggressive for his own good. He never justified his initial talent and was never consistant in tests. Majid has one great Lords innings only to his credit while Majid Khan shouldnt even be in this list.

  • vparisa on April 12, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    ah!! good luck with this one.I would be interested more in seeing the bowling line up of Pakistan. I did not see anyone mentioning Sarfraz Nawaz, he was as potent as Imran khan on heartless pitches of the subcontinent and very few mentioned Zaheer Abbas(for me he is the first one to get in to the team,with all due respect to great Hanif ji, i have never seen him bat though). I dont think Shoiab Akthar will be a shoo-in, he has too many disciplinary problems and Waqar is any day better than Shoaib. My team: i) Hanif Mohammed ii)Saeed Anwar iii) Zaheer Abbas iv) Javed Miandad v) Inzi vi) Mohammed yousuf vii) Imran Khan viii) Wasim Akram ix) Wasim Bari x)Waqar Younis xi) Abdul Qadir

    Four Bowlers, they are good enough to blow away any opposition on any pitch.

  • buntyj on April 12, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    saeed and hanif but i hope majid can be considered in the middle order too

  • on April 12, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    For Me Its Saeed Anwar And Hanif Mohammend Coz Both are Technically Sound Both are Attacking As Well as can play Defensive Shots :) So For Me its Hanif Mohammed And Saeed Anwar :)

  • on April 12, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Saeed Anwar & Hanif Muhammad. The Best Pakistan Can Ever Have ...

  • on April 12, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Shoaib Mohammad should have been on the list He deserves it more than Aamir sohail

  • cricketchopper on April 12, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    These are the six greatest batsmen produced by Pakistan: 1)Asif Iqbal, 2)Javed Miandad, 3)Hanif Muhammad, 4)Zaheer Abbas, 5)Majid Khan, 6)Inzimam. All these must be in XI

  • khanma04 on April 12, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Well to me its kind of a simple selection... Considering that this is Pakistan all time XI for ODI and Test BOTH... Saeed Anwar (No Doubt) Hanif Mohammed (Never seen him play but read alot about him) Javed Miandad (No Doubt) Inzi (No Doubt) M. Yousuf / Salim Malik / Zaheer Abbas (But i think Yousuf has stronger case) Rashid Latif (Need a wicket keeper where as Moin is more of a batsman) Imran Khan (No Doubt) Wasim Akram (No Doubt) Waqar Younis (No Doubt) Abdul Qadir / Saqlain Mushtaq M. Asif / Abdul Razzaq (Better choice than others but sure there are other contenders such as Shoaib Akhtar / Aaqib Javed)

  • cricketchopper on April 12, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Whoever has seen Majid Khan batting would say that in the world of cricket never born a batsman so much stylish. He was the most stylish batsman ever produced by game of cricket. Saeed Anwar surely played greats like Mcgrah, Pollock, Murli and Warne but he did not played hostile bowlers like Holding, Clarke, Garner, Lillee etc. in hostile pitches without helmet during the era when bowler could bowl unlimited bouncers. Majid is my first choice as an opener

  • FaheemAhmed on April 12, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    For me Saeed anwar is far better than Aamer Sohail & Mohsin . We must not forget his match winning inning of 188* not out anainst india in kolkata, he played that inning in so much pressure and pakistan also had lost previous test by an handsome margin in which kumble took all 10 wickets in an inning and moral of team was so much down, with this he also played some watchable innings like 194 in a oneday in chennai, and some other hundreds in South Africa, Australia and England.

  • Raj_Kalyanaraman on April 12, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    No contest here.

    Hanif Mohammad and Majid Khan. Case closed. :-)

  • shaizee on April 12, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Well Master Batsman Hanif Muhammad is All time Great Opener Pakistan Cricket ever produce and in the last decade Saeed Anwar by far the second choice of opening the innings with Legent Hanif Muhammad.

  • on April 12, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    saeed anwar nd hanif mohammad... nd n 1 can say tht saeed anwar havnt faced greatest pair of bowlers...he faced every legendry bowlar of he last deade of 20th century ... mcgrath ..pollack...donald ... warne...parsad...kumble...nd many many more...........

  • ZoSo on April 12, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I love these types of All-Time Great teams.

    In my view considering the attacking mentality of the rest of the batting line up as well as the fact that we will almost certainly be playing 5 batsmen i think it is prudent to include Hanif Mohammed. He way have a lesser avergae than other but the fact is that in addition to his own run scoring which is immense he will additional bring greater ability than the others to occupy the crease and hold one end up, see off the new ball and allow the other players to shine. His technique would be able to play in any conditions and would be perfect for us.

    My heart says the other opener should be Saeed Anwar however my head says it must be Majid Khan. We are selecting the best 11 - who would persumably be playing the best 11 from other nations as well. As good as Anwar was - i dont think he would be as effective against the all time greats like Marshall, Garner, Thompson, Lille etc. Majid Khan would be my pick for the second opener.

  • asifnzaidi on April 12, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    My Pak All XI:

    1. Hanif Mohammad, 2. Saeed Anwar, 3. Miandad, 4. M Yousuf, 5. Inzi 6. Salim Malik, 7. Imran Khan, 8. Wasim Bari, 9. Wasim Akram, 10. Waqar Younis, 11. A Qadir/M Asif

    11. Depending on type of wicket. Close call between M. Asif and S Akhtar. I believe, if M Asif can stay of drugs, he will be a better bowler than Akhtar. If he doesn't, then it is Akhtar.

  • asaduzzaman-khan on April 12, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Saeed and Sohail pair had a lot of success. Majid Khan was a stylish opener, Mudassar was also good opener with a considerable bowling capacity. But, I think the best Pak openers are Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad. And lasty, I expected Ramiz in this short list.

  • junzzz on April 12, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    ill go with saeed n hanif........both had the best technique......majid khan culd have been dre to b stylish batsmenb,,,,,but saeed is there to provide flare n style with hanif been clasical opener.......

  • on April 12, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    I would also go for Hanif Muhammad with Saeed Anwar for the opening pair of All Time Pakistan XI. This makes a deadly pair with solid defence and top aggression.

  • JJSIDDIQUI on April 12, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Well what is Aamir Sohail doing in this list............He is the most non deserving player to be in this list which does not include Shoaib Mohammad. Aamir is even worst than current openers like Taufeeq Umar, YAser hameed, which are neglected in current setup. He is only here to criticise people. He has even worst average than Shahid Afridi in Test Matches. He is only famous because of Saeed Anwar. Any ways, my choice would be Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad. But I must say Majid is not far away.

  • youngboyz on April 12, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Surely one of my best SAEED ANWAR....he was leading the centuries table with 19 before tendulkar overcame..and other i havnt seen any oder except aamir...but i think hanif should be..

  • on April 12, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Saeed anwar and majid khan is for me the right choice for openners

  • manihammad on April 12, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    well its unfair to say that Saeed Anwar didnt face a strong bowling attack..he played against likes of McGrath, Warne, Murali and by no means they are any less than the great bowlers of past. Ill go with Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad..while the latter gives the foundation and stability, the former hits out, takes off pressure. Remember Saeed Anwar didnt play many tests at his peak, either they were in the start of his career when he was learning (he got a pair in first test and ended with a century in last inns) or he was coming back from an injury..people like Majid Khan never had this problem. Still only in 55 tests, 11 100s and highest average does justify Saeed`s place as a test opener and well what can you say for Sir Hanif...he was appraised by Don Bradman.

  • on April 12, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Without any second thought; the great Hanif Mohammad is an automatic choice to any Pakistan IX. My vote for second opener is also for Saeed Anwar as he is most consistent opening batsman of Pakistan in modern days of cricket. Majid Khan is one of the greatest opener with the pile of first class runs and centuries along with decent test average he is always there on top but still I will go with Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar. No offence to Mr. Sohail; he doesn't deserve to be in this list even; he was more of hype only because of the opening partnership with Saeed Anwar else he is having very modest average both in ODI (31.86) and test (35.28) which is even less then Shoaib Malik and quite a few other openers.

  • h4haseeb on April 12, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    i think Saeed Anwar is the best opening batsman pakistan has ever produced

  • fabutt on April 12, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    I'm going to go agasint the tide and drop Hanif Mohammad in favour of Majid Khan and Saeed Anwar. Hanif may have been the most techically sound Pakistani batsman ever but he wasn't any more successful than Majid or Saeed. Saeed and Majid average better as openers (47.10 and 42.23 respectively) than Hanif (41.87). Both were attacking players and good to watch when in full flow (athough I must admit, I've never seen Hanif bat).

  • SISB on April 12, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Saeed Anwar is number one choice for opening slot. There are too many contenders for his partner. Considering Pakistans not soo strong middle order a technically correct Hanif should be the best choice. Bye the way Ramiz Raja does not feature in top seven choices?

  • Bilal_Choudry on April 12, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    To me Majid/Saeed represent pakistan cricket more than Hanif. Pakistan cricket is all about talent and adrenaline. Having said that both Saeed and Majid have played the best fast bowling attacks (i dont agree with the assessment that Saeed is not technically sound) of the day. I am sure some of us still remember Saeed's hundred at Durban

  • cricketchopper on April 12, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Most of the runs saeed anwar scored again weaker bowling lines and during the era when great fast bowlers had gone. I can remember that once when Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail were opening against WI in a one day. Ambrose and Walsh were bowling. Both made a total of 19 or 20 in ten overs. When Majid Khan used to bat he faced great fast bowlers on uneven pitches. In series of 1976-77 he made 500 runs on the soil of WI against Holding,Garner,Croft & Roberts. He played Dennis Lilly without helmet during 76-77 series with grace. During those days unlimited bouncers were bowled. Moreover, when the average of 38 of Majid Khan is compared with Saeed Anwar's average of 45, bear in mind that Majid started his career as a fast bowler. During those days his average dropped. If you calculate his average when he played as an opener, it would be more then Saeed Anwar's.

  • ikr4m.17 on April 12, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Without any doubt, Saeed Anwar has remained one of the finest openers for Pakistan team and also my favorite. Hanif Muhammad and Saeed Anwar surely are the top contenders as openers.

  • Zaik18 on April 12, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I will go with Saeed Anwar and Hanif Muhammad... Both can build which one can think only....

  • YasirHafeez on April 12, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Hanif muhammad and Saeed Anwer for openers. Majid Khan in the middle order. Aamir Sohail would've had a stronger case if this team was only for ODIs.

  • Hammad.Fayyaz on April 12, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Without a shade of doubt, it should be Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar (amongst the choices in the list). Hanif provides the smoothness and technicality, and Saeed Anwar gels the finess with authority. I am really looking forward to the middle order and yes, the late order n tail as it would be a mighty task for admin to short-list few amongst the greats of all time. I am pretty much sure that most of Pak XI would certainly be in World XI (atleast 2 or 3).

  • MaraudingJ on April 12, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Very tough to vote against Hanif and Saeed as openers. The others were excellent, but only these two can be considered "greats" in the opening slot. This entire process is going to be fascinating. I think Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis pick themselves, but after that...? Search me!

  • on April 12, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Hanif walks into the team, I reckon. At the other end, it's a bit more difficult. Being from India, and seeing so much of Saeed Anwar means I have a bias for him, so I'll pick him. They'd make a nice chalk-and-cheese partnership.

  • cryptdweller on April 12, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    I think Saeed Anwar was great one day player but for tests i'll go with Majid Khan, over 27000 first class runs with 73 hundreds and a reasonable test average of 38 and just as aggressive as Anwar.

    So my vote is Hanif Mohammed and Majid Khan

  • GoMushGo on April 12, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    For opening slot it would have to be Hanif and Saeed. Hanif is a sure in any Pak-X1 and Saeed provides the Left Right combo along with his attacking ability. Some might say Mohsin is a good in-between but Saeed had more class and will complement Hanif better

  • TIslam on April 12, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Well, my opinion is select Hanif Mohammed, Majid Khan and Saeed Anwar. If its a test match play Hanif and Majid, if an one-dayer Majid and Saeed. In tests, Hanif and Majid together will nearly always provide a solid start (@ a good and steady pace) and will also take that shine of the ball which our middle order batsman fear so much. In one days, Saeed and Majid can provide a flaying start but can also buckle down and with Majid we have proven batsman with common-sense so he can become the rock of the innings and Saeed can play his natural game, as thats where he is at his best.

  • on April 12, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Without any doubt, Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar. Hanif, a right-handed technically gifted master with the just the right amount of aggressive stroke play and at the same time an attitude to make every shot count. Saeed, the left-handed genius with wrists made out of rubber and ground shots that fielders would just watch with awe as the ball whizzed though the gaps. Had they played together in real life, it would have been the greatest opening partnership that the world has ever seen.

  • Rake1 on April 12, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Got to be Saeed & Hanif. My XI would be 1. Hanif 2. Saeed 3. Miandad 4. Inzi 5. Salim Malik 6. Imran 7. Wasim Akram 8. Wasim Bari (wk) 9. Qadir 10. Saqlain 11. Waqar. I have not chosen Zaheer as he only averaged around 15 vs the West Indies of the 80s.

  • AB99 on April 12, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Close choice between Hanif and Majid, but a solid defensive player amidst all the stroke players gave the vote to Hanif. The middle order is perfect with Zaheer, Javed, Inzy, Mohmmad Yusuf followed by Imran, Akram and Wasim Bari. The best Pak eleven can be as below: 1. Hanif Mohammad 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miandad 5. Inzaman 6. Imran Khan (Captain) 7. Wasim Akram 8. Wasim Bari (wicket-keeper) 9. Abdul Qadir 10. Waqar Younis 11. Mohmmad Yusuf .... if Wasim, Waqar, Imran and Qadir cannot get 10 wickets, then no one else would.

  • RezaThahir on April 12, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    My Al time XI

    1. Hanif Mohamed 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas or Mohammad Yousuf 4. Javed Miandad 5. Inzamamul Haq 6. Imran Khan (C) 7. Wasim Akram 8. Wasim Bari 9. Abdul Qadir 10. Saqlain Mushtaq 11. Waqar Younis or Mohammad Asif

  • cricket4shafiq on April 12, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Why Shoaib Muhammad is not here, probably the 2nd most unjustice done player of pakistan (the most unjustice was the basit ali, who was like yousaf and Miandad)----- i will pick Hanif and Anwar (a bit more phsically fit) without an iota of doubt. The only pakistan pair to play in any World 11 actually. Majid & Aamir will play in my A team, because in first 11 no place for them, as we will have wonderful all round bowlers in final 11, we don't eed any part timer.

    or asifali, I will not pick any wicket keeper who ca't catch like moin aur Akmal....... The competition is between bari and rashid latif in wicket keepers, i hope Rashid will win, a perfect choice to keep the great bowlers. Moin will may make A team with Bari.

  • on April 12, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Saeed was and is one of my Fav Player, i have never seen Hanif Batting but having seen his records and remarks he should be in.

  • g1_slogs on April 12, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    My choice would be Hanif (well, Hanif would've been my grand dad's choice) and Saeed.

  • jzakariya on April 12, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Ah ! Now this should be fun. Been waiting for this for sometime. Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar for me as openers. A great combination of aggression and patience.

  • asefali on April 12, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    For me, its surely Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar.

    Infact, even picking the 11 is not very difficult as 9 of the 11 players should be there without any doubt:

    1. Hanif Mohammad 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miandad 5. Inzaman 6. Imran Khan (Captain) 7. Moin Khan (wicket-keeper) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Abdul Qadir/Saqlain Mushtaq 10. Waqar Younis 11. Aaqib Javed/Shoaib Akhter

    Unfortunately, Mohammad Yousuf will miss. But if you want to go for 4 pacer (including Imran) and 1 spinner but cannot have more than 5 batsmen. Good thing is that Imran was an equally great batsmen with a Test avg more than 37. Also have Moin Khan and Wasim Akram, who can also bat.

  • on April 12, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Well the choice is very hard... I dont know much of the predecessors of the two left handed ones. but i have heard a lot of Hanif's marathon. Majid's Majestics. Mohsin's doubles. My choice on first was the understanding between the wickets of Amir and Anwar, of course almost all pakistani pairs lack in this field. but the name of Hanif might put Amir behind as he has done it alone what others could not do. So i Finally go for Anwar and Hanif. with much of doubt in my mind about which are my best pick.

  • asifnzaidi on April 12, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Hanif is the easy choice. The other is a bit difficult - all the other batsmen save Anwar have mid-30s avg. Anwat has 45... but how would he have faced the WI quartet.

    In terms of heart, I would go for Sadiq/Aamir Sohail. In terms of sheer stubborness, I would go for Mudassar... Majid, Mohsin: given the choices I would not go for them.

    But statistics over the long haul do mean something - so Anwar it is. But I would be fine with Mudassar/Sadiq/Aamir. I voted for Hanif/Anwar combo though.

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on April 12, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    There is no doubt about the first opening batsman should always be picked as Saeed Anwar for Pakistan, i found it real hard to chose the 2nd one between the legendary Hanif Mohammad and Ammir Sohail. and Finally, without disgracing Ammir Shoail's braveness i would pick Hanif Mohammad alongside Saeed for my all time Pakistani Opening batsmen. However, i just a little wonder here that why Shoaib Mohammad and Ramiz Raja are not included in contention because had they been in the list, i would have definitely placed them above Muddassar and Majid Khan.

  • anubhav.sarathy on April 12, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    yea i think i would also go with Hanif and Anwar....That Hanif is by far the best Pak opener goes without saying..... Asad114 has described perfectly the reasons for the above selection.... I would also prefer Anwar ahead of Majid cause of the right left combo

  • on April 12, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Choosing the fast bowlers will be the biggest headache!! whom to leave out.. am sure the sheer number of choices will overflow this page!! tho Imran n Wasim are shoo-ins for any world XI.. let alone an all time Pak XI..

    all the best choosin this one..

  • on April 12, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Saeed Anwar & Hanif Mohomed are my pics. Jury member Ramiz Raja who played his maiden century in Srilanka in 1980s should also be remembered as a good opener in Pakistani cricket. I have heard lot about Hanif Mohomed but seen only Anwar. What a player he was. Can remember he equaling Great Abbas record of three consecutive centuries n Sharjah. & that mammoth ODI inning of 194 against India. As for most Pakistanis it wasn't a glorious farewell for him. I think the untimely death of his daughter made him retire early but he was a great gentlemen of the game & above all a very good human being who never had on field clashes with anyone & the whole world respected him.

  • on April 12, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Hanif is a shoo-in, its the other slot that's tricky. I'd go with Saeed. A rock and a whirlwind - both more than capable of scoring big.

  • JogeshPanda on April 12, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Really plethora of stylish batsman but have to be Hanif Mohmmad and Saeed Anwar,right and left hand combination and Hanif Mohmmad records sets him apart. Saeed Anwar is always a classy act and it was his flair which attracts more. Mohsin Khan as far as I have seen in some of Cricket Legends Show was real stylist and playing against likes of lilies was class too.

  • IndiaGoats on April 12, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Not knowing Hanif Mohammad, I would opt for Saeed Anwar and Majid Khan. Majid was quick and stylish and quite an attraction during the first world cups. Saeed of course the holder of the ODI highest score until recently and very graceful and stylish. Mudasar was too slow and boring. Aamer Sohail, Mohsin and Sadiq were just also-rans.

  • asad114 on April 12, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Osman, I think the choice for openers is simple, mix the gutsy defence of Hanif with the panache of Anwar and you've got just about the perfect opening batsmen...the only problem i have with anwar is his weakness outside the offstump...that's where majid can give him a run for his money.. i haven't seen much of majid's dazzling strokeplay so it's not a fair comparison :) but I'd still go for anwar and hanif....

  • manasvi_lingam on April 12, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad. Among the others, Majid Khan (avg: 42.23) has the best record as an opener and Mudassar Nazar (avg: 36.79) has decent average coupled to being a very useful bowler. Hard to choose, but Hanif picks himself and Anwar was the most consistent of the lot, even in the 90s facing some great bowlers all over the world.

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  • manasvi_lingam on April 12, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammad. Among the others, Majid Khan (avg: 42.23) has the best record as an opener and Mudassar Nazar (avg: 36.79) has decent average coupled to being a very useful bowler. Hard to choose, but Hanif picks himself and Anwar was the most consistent of the lot, even in the 90s facing some great bowlers all over the world.

  • asad114 on April 12, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Osman, I think the choice for openers is simple, mix the gutsy defence of Hanif with the panache of Anwar and you've got just about the perfect opening batsmen...the only problem i have with anwar is his weakness outside the offstump...that's where majid can give him a run for his money.. i haven't seen much of majid's dazzling strokeplay so it's not a fair comparison :) but I'd still go for anwar and hanif....

  • IndiaGoats on April 12, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Not knowing Hanif Mohammad, I would opt for Saeed Anwar and Majid Khan. Majid was quick and stylish and quite an attraction during the first world cups. Saeed of course the holder of the ODI highest score until recently and very graceful and stylish. Mudasar was too slow and boring. Aamer Sohail, Mohsin and Sadiq were just also-rans.

  • JogeshPanda on April 12, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Really plethora of stylish batsman but have to be Hanif Mohmmad and Saeed Anwar,right and left hand combination and Hanif Mohmmad records sets him apart. Saeed Anwar is always a classy act and it was his flair which attracts more. Mohsin Khan as far as I have seen in some of Cricket Legends Show was real stylist and playing against likes of lilies was class too.

  • on April 12, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Hanif is a shoo-in, its the other slot that's tricky. I'd go with Saeed. A rock and a whirlwind - both more than capable of scoring big.

  • on April 12, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Saeed Anwar & Hanif Mohomed are my pics. Jury member Ramiz Raja who played his maiden century in Srilanka in 1980s should also be remembered as a good opener in Pakistani cricket. I have heard lot about Hanif Mohomed but seen only Anwar. What a player he was. Can remember he equaling Great Abbas record of three consecutive centuries n Sharjah. & that mammoth ODI inning of 194 against India. As for most Pakistanis it wasn't a glorious farewell for him. I think the untimely death of his daughter made him retire early but he was a great gentlemen of the game & above all a very good human being who never had on field clashes with anyone & the whole world respected him.

  • on April 12, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Choosing the fast bowlers will be the biggest headache!! whom to leave out.. am sure the sheer number of choices will overflow this page!! tho Imran n Wasim are shoo-ins for any world XI.. let alone an all time Pak XI..

    all the best choosin this one..

  • anubhav.sarathy on April 12, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    yea i think i would also go with Hanif and Anwar....That Hanif is by far the best Pak opener goes without saying..... Asad114 has described perfectly the reasons for the above selection.... I would also prefer Anwar ahead of Majid cause of the right left combo

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on April 12, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    There is no doubt about the first opening batsman should always be picked as Saeed Anwar for Pakistan, i found it real hard to chose the 2nd one between the legendary Hanif Mohammad and Ammir Sohail. and Finally, without disgracing Ammir Shoail's braveness i would pick Hanif Mohammad alongside Saeed for my all time Pakistani Opening batsmen. However, i just a little wonder here that why Shoaib Mohammad and Ramiz Raja are not included in contention because had they been in the list, i would have definitely placed them above Muddassar and Majid Khan.

  • asifnzaidi on April 12, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Hanif is the easy choice. The other is a bit difficult - all the other batsmen save Anwar have mid-30s avg. Anwat has 45... but how would he have faced the WI quartet.

    In terms of heart, I would go for Sadiq/Aamir Sohail. In terms of sheer stubborness, I would go for Mudassar... Majid, Mohsin: given the choices I would not go for them.

    But statistics over the long haul do mean something - so Anwar it is. But I would be fine with Mudassar/Sadiq/Aamir. I voted for Hanif/Anwar combo though.