Middle order April 19, 2010

Pakistan's strongest suit

The country's greatest batsman, the gutsiest, a dashing rescuer, and others make up the middle-order shortlist
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The engine room of Pakistan's batting has forever been the middle order. Good openers have come, even a couple of greats, but the real stories have been written by those who come in once the openers have gone. Over the years, memories are brightest of the great triumvirates or quartets that have formed the belly of the line-up: Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Mohammad through the 70s; Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf through the 2000s.

How spoilt Pakistan is for choice here shows in that nine names suggest themselves automatically, and probably others will add a couple more at least. Wasim Raja and Ijaz Ahmed, for example, despite their outstanding records against the leading pace attacks of their time (West Indies and Australia respectively) might have made it in some other lists.

The other dilemma is how many to have, of course. Should there be four specialist batsmen in the middle order, to shore up what is Pakistan's weaker suit? Or does the guaranteed presence of one of the world's greatest allrounders soften that need?

And one of the beauties of middle-order batsmen here has been there flexibility: barring a couple of names, most of the nominees have played at several positions in the middle order, with success. Ensuring the right order is critical to Test match success and that makes this selection trickier still, and one that will likely be most open to debate.

The contenders

Zaheer Abbas
Not for nothing was he called the Asian Bradman. Abbas had a monstrous appetite for big runs; four of his 12 Test tons were doubles, and he is the only Asian batsman to hit 100 first-class hundreds. He was beautiful to watch too.

Javed Miandad
Few would disagree that Miandad is Pakistan's greatest batsman. He was a free-spirited, full-stroked attacker when he began but became such a calculating mastermind thereafter that nobody minded. His Test average never fell below 50, from day one to the end, and he remains the highest Test run-getter for Pakistan. The nurdles and nudges, his presence at the crease, and an incredible brain, which made batting a form of sledging - no match was ever lost while Miandad was at the crease.

Mohammad Yousuf
A direct descendent of Abbas in more ways than are immediately apparent. Like Abbas, he is fond of scoring big, and like Abbas, his range of strokes is as vast as it is elegant, constructed from a high back-lift, quick hands, stillness and lazy feet. In 2006 he was, without doubt, the best batsman in the world, during a record-breaking year. But for many eyes his batting was never as beautiful and productive as during a bewitching Melbourne Boxing Day hundred in 2004-05 against two of the greatest bowlers the game has seen.

Inzamam-ul-Haq
Not much separates the standings of Miandad and Inzamam at the very top of Pakistani batting. Like Miandad, Inzamam was a pure match-winner, often at his best with his side at its worst; but with many more strokes than Miandad. The best Inzamam innings are the ones he led Pakistan to a win in, and there are plenty. His bulky frame brought power, but a sharper mind than always apparent also allowed a surprising dexterity of touch.

Saleem Malik Though tainted, the wristy and ever versatile Malik was one of the finest batsmen this country produced, much more than the flat-track bully Imran Khan accused him of being. Three technical masterpieces in Headingley in 1987 and 1992 - when Headingley was still Headingley - should have told Imran as much. His mastery of Shane Warne in 1994, when he became the first man to really dominate Warne, should have convinced his other detractors.

Mushtaq Mohammad
A cheeky, innovative and aggressive batsman, Mushtaq was not as gifted as a couple of his brothers, but his personality and will saw him through to greater success. In a long career he ended with a batting average just under 40 - a proper benchmark in those days - and was, till the end, a fine lower-order organiser. His batting and captaincy were instrumental in Pakistan's rise in the mid-70s, and he wasn't a bad legspinner either.

Younis Khan
Pakistan's gutsiest batsman currently, Younis, after a shaky start, has become one of Pakistan's best one-downs (some achievement, given the openers he has had). Though he can be technically awkward, he is solid, and his fearlessness makes up for the rest. On tougher wickets around the world, he is probably Pakistan's most well-equipped batsman, with a range of shots not entirely orthodox but not entirely unorthodox either.

Asif Iqbal
A dashing rescuer of hopeless causes, Iqbal epitomised much of Pakistan's punch through the 70s. It took a legendary 146 at The Oval - made from No. 9 - to convince others he was a batsman first. Alongside Mushtaq, he ensured the lower middle order was not only robust but fairly enterprising; he revolutionised the role of running between the wickets.

Saeed Ahmed
Pakistan's first No. 3 of genuine quality, Saeed scored over 500 runs in his debut Test series in the Caribbean. He was a particularly fluent driver in the "v", and when he got in, big scores were on the cards. Three of his five hundreds are 150-plus and to end with an average of over 40 in the time he played is to suggest considerable ability and success.

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

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • on April 28, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    it should like this best 11 (Imran Khan Captain)

    Saeed Anwar Mustaq Muhammad Zaheer Abbas Javeed Miandad Inzi Imran Khan Mion Khan/Rashid Latif as they are good batsman Shahid Afradi/Abdul Razzaq Wasim Akram Waqar Younis Saqlain Mushtaq

  • arfanzeb on April 22, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    1. Majid Khan 2. Aamir sohail 3.Inzamam ul Haq 4. Zaheer Abbas 5. Javed Miandad 6. Imran Khan (C) 7. Rashid Latif (Wk) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Waqar Younis 10. Shoaib Akhtar 11. Abdul Qadir

  • Batman111 on April 22, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    My XI: 1. Imran Khan 2. Wasim Akram 3. Waqar Younis 4. Shoaib Akthar 5. Mohammed Sami 6. Umar Gul 7. Mohammed Ameer 8. Rana Naveed Ul Hassan 9. Azhar Mahmood 10. Aqib Jaweed 11. Sohail Tanvir

  • T.Yousuf on April 22, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    My ALL Time XI 1)Hanif Muhammad 2)Saeed Anwar 3)Zaheer Abbas 4)Inzamam-ulHaq 5)Javed Miandad 6)Asif Iqbal/Muhammad Yousuf 7)Imran Khan 8)Moin Khan 9)Wasim Akram 10)Abdul Qadir 11)Fazal Mehmood/Waqar Younis

    For me Number 6 and Number 11 spots are too difficult to select.

  • ahassan on April 22, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    For ysfcapricorn and cricketchopper. Please do not judge a player on personal likes and dislikes. Look at the records and performances of a player before judging. Zaheer abbas has never won a test match for Pakistan abroad with his century. All his winning centuries(5) were scored in Pakistan on docile wickets. Asif Iqbal was a man of crisis for some, but how many test he won for Pakistan with his centuries. Just three with two outside pakistan. Now look at Younis' performances. He scored six winning centuries outside Pakistan. Pakistan won 22 matches when Younis was in the team(14 abroad). During Asif's period Pakistan won just 10 matches(only 4 abroad). Zaheers period,Pakistan won 22(only 6 abroad) and he played a lot more matches than Younis but scored less runs. So Younis proves to be a better man of crisis than either Asif or Zaheer. Furthermore Younis played in the era of two all time great spinners, Warne and Murli. If you want more details I would be glad to provide.

  • SPA001 on April 21, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Chosing eleven players for an all-time XI will become harder with each passing year. In Pakistan's case to pick 11 players in the period 1952-2010 is a tough ask. Although Younis Khan is not everyone's cup of tea, he has been and still remains an accomplished batsman. Given the right administrative backing, he could rescue Pakistan cricket with a brilliant mix of courage, unorthodox batting technique, and animated humour on the forthcoming tour of England in the summer of 2010. A great team man with a presence to go with positive outlook. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • SPA001 on April 21, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Having followed Pakistan cricket since P VS WI 1974-75, I would like to see the following 11 players representing the country in a Test match. 1. Hanif Mohammad (Rock solid), 2. Saeed Anwar (the best match-winning innings by an opener at Calcutta 1998-99), 3. Inzamam-ul-Haq (proven match-winner), 4. Javed Miandad (a genius but actually impossible to describe in words), 5. Mushtaq Mohammad (under-rated all-rounder), 6. Asif Iqbal (Dashing Man of Crisis), 7. Imran Khan (obvious captain). 8. Rashid Latif (the best stumper). 9. Wasim Akram (easily the greatest left-arm pace bowler in the history of the game). 10. Waqar Younis (Mr. 110% in every game he played). 11. Mushtaq Ahmed (an ideal temperament for a spinner). The above team will rise to teh occasion in any given condition against any opposition. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on April 21, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    i thnk it wud inzi , zaheer abbas n younis khan .... duno bout yousuf cuz he scord runz only in 2006 n otha dn tht duno..

  • waspsting on April 21, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    oh well, cricinfo - your not listening.

    it says pick 4 players, and then selection panel only has three choices - do you think someone could actually look at this stuff and fix/address stuff???

    4- zaheer, inzamam, yousuf and miandad. 3 - (for which i can see no reason as far as balance goes) - the last three named.

    Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis plus one spinner (i'd go with quadair) is a good enough attack, not significantly improved by the inclusion of a 5th at the expense of a batsmen - so I'd go with 6 bats and 4 bowlers. I don't even know what the selection bias is on this team that we're being offered right now

  • cricketchopper on April 21, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I never saw a rescuer better then Asif Iqbal. I never saw a batsman having more strokes and being more wristy then Zaheer Abbas. I never saw a batsman more stylish then Majid Khan.I never saw a batman more clever then Jawaid Miandad.

  • on April 28, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    it should like this best 11 (Imran Khan Captain)

    Saeed Anwar Mustaq Muhammad Zaheer Abbas Javeed Miandad Inzi Imran Khan Mion Khan/Rashid Latif as they are good batsman Shahid Afradi/Abdul Razzaq Wasim Akram Waqar Younis Saqlain Mushtaq

  • arfanzeb on April 22, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    1. Majid Khan 2. Aamir sohail 3.Inzamam ul Haq 4. Zaheer Abbas 5. Javed Miandad 6. Imran Khan (C) 7. Rashid Latif (Wk) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Waqar Younis 10. Shoaib Akhtar 11. Abdul Qadir

  • Batman111 on April 22, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    My XI: 1. Imran Khan 2. Wasim Akram 3. Waqar Younis 4. Shoaib Akthar 5. Mohammed Sami 6. Umar Gul 7. Mohammed Ameer 8. Rana Naveed Ul Hassan 9. Azhar Mahmood 10. Aqib Jaweed 11. Sohail Tanvir

  • T.Yousuf on April 22, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    My ALL Time XI 1)Hanif Muhammad 2)Saeed Anwar 3)Zaheer Abbas 4)Inzamam-ulHaq 5)Javed Miandad 6)Asif Iqbal/Muhammad Yousuf 7)Imran Khan 8)Moin Khan 9)Wasim Akram 10)Abdul Qadir 11)Fazal Mehmood/Waqar Younis

    For me Number 6 and Number 11 spots are too difficult to select.

  • ahassan on April 22, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    For ysfcapricorn and cricketchopper. Please do not judge a player on personal likes and dislikes. Look at the records and performances of a player before judging. Zaheer abbas has never won a test match for Pakistan abroad with his century. All his winning centuries(5) were scored in Pakistan on docile wickets. Asif Iqbal was a man of crisis for some, but how many test he won for Pakistan with his centuries. Just three with two outside pakistan. Now look at Younis' performances. He scored six winning centuries outside Pakistan. Pakistan won 22 matches when Younis was in the team(14 abroad). During Asif's period Pakistan won just 10 matches(only 4 abroad). Zaheers period,Pakistan won 22(only 6 abroad) and he played a lot more matches than Younis but scored less runs. So Younis proves to be a better man of crisis than either Asif or Zaheer. Furthermore Younis played in the era of two all time great spinners, Warne and Murli. If you want more details I would be glad to provide.

  • SPA001 on April 21, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Chosing eleven players for an all-time XI will become harder with each passing year. In Pakistan's case to pick 11 players in the period 1952-2010 is a tough ask. Although Younis Khan is not everyone's cup of tea, he has been and still remains an accomplished batsman. Given the right administrative backing, he could rescue Pakistan cricket with a brilliant mix of courage, unorthodox batting technique, and animated humour on the forthcoming tour of England in the summer of 2010. A great team man with a presence to go with positive outlook. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • SPA001 on April 21, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Having followed Pakistan cricket since P VS WI 1974-75, I would like to see the following 11 players representing the country in a Test match. 1. Hanif Mohammad (Rock solid), 2. Saeed Anwar (the best match-winning innings by an opener at Calcutta 1998-99), 3. Inzamam-ul-Haq (proven match-winner), 4. Javed Miandad (a genius but actually impossible to describe in words), 5. Mushtaq Mohammad (under-rated all-rounder), 6. Asif Iqbal (Dashing Man of Crisis), 7. Imran Khan (obvious captain). 8. Rashid Latif (the best stumper). 9. Wasim Akram (easily the greatest left-arm pace bowler in the history of the game). 10. Waqar Younis (Mr. 110% in every game he played). 11. Mushtaq Ahmed (an ideal temperament for a spinner). The above team will rise to teh occasion in any given condition against any opposition. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on April 21, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    i thnk it wud inzi , zaheer abbas n younis khan .... duno bout yousuf cuz he scord runz only in 2006 n otha dn tht duno..

  • waspsting on April 21, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    oh well, cricinfo - your not listening.

    it says pick 4 players, and then selection panel only has three choices - do you think someone could actually look at this stuff and fix/address stuff???

    4- zaheer, inzamam, yousuf and miandad. 3 - (for which i can see no reason as far as balance goes) - the last three named.

    Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis plus one spinner (i'd go with quadair) is a good enough attack, not significantly improved by the inclusion of a 5th at the expense of a batsmen - so I'd go with 6 bats and 4 bowlers. I don't even know what the selection bias is on this team that we're being offered right now

  • cricketchopper on April 21, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I never saw a rescuer better then Asif Iqbal. I never saw a batsman having more strokes and being more wristy then Zaheer Abbas. I never saw a batsman more stylish then Majid Khan.I never saw a batman more clever then Jawaid Miandad.

  • cricketchopper on April 21, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas had the best variety of strokes. He had so many strokes that Viv Richards was impressed with him. Whenever anyone asked Viv Richard that who is the best batsman in the world, Richards used to start criticizing Zaheer that he is not a good scorer. Zaheer was always on the nerves of Viv Richards because he could never played squre cut like Zaheer. Viv used to get out during copying the square cut of Zaheer. Zaheer was the only player who used to play a stroke on the ball of spiiner coming to the legs. He used to play a very very difficult stroke called leg drive. This stroke is little different from on drive. In this stroke u use your wrists to drive the ball like cover drive. Nowadays, batsmen are trying sweep or awkward on drive which is very hard to play with full power. Leg drive is the only solution to play the ball of spinner coming to your legs on good length. But, alas no one can play this stroke in present cricketing world.

  • cricketchopper on April 21, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Though Yousuf and Younus have good batting averages but they were not great in any manner. Asif, Majid & Zaheer & Waseem Raja were treat to watch. Hanif & Jawed were most consistent. Inzimam & Saeed Anwar were good players during 90s. Salim Malik,Ijaz,Mohsin,Mudassir,Amir Sohail etc. were medicore players. Ramiz was good player during a short span during 85 to 92

  • cricketchopper on April 21, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    In semi final of 1979 world cup, 166 runs partnership of Majid and Zaheer had almost snatched the world cup from the hands of West Indies. Great fast bowlers of West Indies were bowling. During those days, rules were not strict about wide balls. The 93 runs innings of Zaheer Abbas is still unmatchable. That was the greatest ever one day innings of history.

  • cricketchopper on April 21, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    In 1979 after the world cup, ICC aranged a single wicket tournament. In this tournament eight (8) best batsmen of the world were invited. Among them Zaheer Abbas and Asif Iqbal were from Pakistan.

  • mustufa on April 21, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    I would go with..so far

    Hanif Mohd Majid Khan Younis Khan Miandad Inzamam Asif Iqbal

  • shaikprg on April 21, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    my alll time XI would be 1)Hanif Muhammad 2) saeed anwar 3) Inzimam 4) javed Miandad 5) muhammad Yousaf 6) Imran Khan (C) 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Waseem Akram 9) Waqar Younis 10) Saqlain 11) Abdul Qadir

  • ysfcapricorn on April 21, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    How younis khan can be in all time XI? how many matches he has won for pakistan? most of the times, he would walk in, get out early and walk out making Funny Faces... My Pakistan Best XI for Test is: 1. Saeed Anwar. 2. Hanif Muhammad 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miandad 5. Inzimam ul Haq 6. Moin Khan 7. Imran Khan 8. Wasim Akram 9. Saqlain Mushtaq 10. Abdul Qadir 11. Waqar Younis

  • Shahab-Jan on April 21, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Pakistan all-time XI: 1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Saeed Anwar 3.Younis Khan 4. Inzimam-ul-Haq 5. Javed Miandad 6. *Imran Khan 7. Rashid Latif 8. Waseem Akram 9. Waqar Younis 10. Saqlain Mushtaq 11. Fazal Mehmood

  • km00 on April 21, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    For games played on home grounds with perfect batting wickets against average bowling attacks. 1. Hanif, 2. Saeed Anwar, 3. Zaheer, 4. Miandad, 5. Yousuf (No need for 6th batsman) For games played away on good "cricket" wickets against above average bowling attacks. 1. Hanif, 2. Saeed Anwar, 3. Majid, 4. Miandad, 5. Asif Iqbal, 6. Wasim Raja

  • fadooo on April 21, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    The all time XI Posted by Rake1 on (April 20 2010, 21:54 PM GMT) ends the entire debate. These world beaters would soundly thrash even the Aussie Invincibles and the fearsome West Indian team of the 80s. Truly the best team to ever grace a cricket field. Especially love the fearsome pace attack !

  • on April 21, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Spot on contenders. To think of a few others to add to this list, albeit, placing them in somewhat of a late middle order position/ line up as well ; are the Late Wasim H Raja and even i hate to admit this, Ejaz Ahmed ranks somewhere up there as well. But if i were to pick three of the best it would be:-

    (1) Javed Miandad (2) Inzamam UL Haque (3) Mohammad Yousof p.s. Younis would be extremely close , but i chose Yousof, just because of his longevity and consistency in Tests and ODI's.

  • ahassan on April 21, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Hats off to Osman Samiuddin for nominating the best middle order batsmen for selection. He had made a mistake last time when he did not put the name of Shoaib Mohammad as nominee for the opener's slot. The selection is getting interesting now. So far player of my choice for the first five positions are 1.Hanif 2. Saeed 3. yousuf 4. Javed and 5.inzamam. I still feel sorry for not selecting Majid and Younis in the team. I don't know what will be the composition of the team that will be selected by the jury but I am sure a lot of personal likes and dislikes will be on the cards. All the jury members know these players personally and their selection will be based on their relations with these players.

  • Ooops on April 21, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    I dont know much about Saeed Ahmed and Asif Iqbal, Javed, Zaheer, Inzamam and Mohammed Yousef makes the best middle order

  • sani_405 on April 21, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    my alll time XI would be 1)Hanif Muhammad 2) saeed anwar 3) zaheer abbass 4) javed Miandad 5) muhammad Yousaf 6) Imran Khan (C) 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Waseem Akram 9) Waqar Younis 10) Saqlain 11) Abdul Qadir for onedays i will replace Miandad with inzimam and abudul Qadir with Afridi

  • on April 21, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Wajahatullah Wasti: Good for fewer runs than letters in name Taufeeq Umar: Poster boy for the explosive instability that is Pakistan Opening Yasir Hameed: Only shot: cover drive that always went to mid on Mansoor Akhtar: Provided some of the most stylish clean-bowled's ever Faisal Iqbal: Flat pitch bully; or rather flat-Karachi-pitch-against-Bangladesh-B bully Taslim Arif: Muneer Hussain's favorite, he loved to bat…. in Faisalabad Jalaluddin: Part of a fearsome (for Pak fans) Pace Quintet in the 80's (see below) Saleem Jaffer: Australians love him so much, they granted him diplomatic immunity after the 87 World Cup Semifinal Tahir Naqqash: Flowing run up, flowing runs (Or, length was too short, career, not short enough) Rashid Khan: "Fastish off spin"- per Viv Richards Ehteshamuddin: Secret weapon: hypnotizing batsmen with the simple harmonic motion of his man boobs [Tough to leave out Ijaz, Shoaib Mohd, Zahid Fazal, Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Imran Farhat, Haroon Rashid, Sikander Bakht, Sami]

  • on April 21, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    My Pakistan All-Time XI constitutes of 1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Saeed Anwar 3.Javed Miandad 4. Inzimam-ul-Haq 5. Zaheer Abbas 6. *Imran Khan 7. Waseem Akram 8. Saqlain Mushtaq 9. Waqar Younas 10. Sarfarz Nawaz 11. Salim Malik and 12th Man. Ijaz Ahmed.

  • shahidqadri on April 21, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Wow! what a collection of match winners. Since the players belong to different eras, we tend to rely only on statistics to make our choices, and statistics won't tell you the amazing qualities of players like Asif Iqbal who was the perpetual man of crises. Eight out of his eleven hundreds were made abroad with 3 of them in Australia, two in England and one in the West Indies. He was a gutsy and reliable player who could be relied upon to get his team out of trouble.Same is also true for Wasim Raja. Out of the four choices, I would go for Zaheer,Miandad & Yousuf, with the fourth spot a close tie between Mushtaq, Inzimam and Asif Iqbal.

  • on April 21, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Thanks to Osman for adding Saeed Ahmed and Salim Malik in all time best list.

  • Shahiq on April 21, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Someone above said that Every Single test team of Yousuf's era might not have picked him ... Which one ? Aus ??? He could have replaced anybody except Ponting .. Clarke, hussey, North, Hughes, Martyn ... India ???? He could have replaced Laxman or Ganguly ... South Africa ???? He could have replaced De Villiers , Prince, Mckenzie ... England with KP or Hussain as their best, he could have replaced anyone in the middle order ??? Sri Lanka ??? New Zealand ???? Or you meant Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or West Indies ???

  • wmchamps on April 21, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Javed Miandad, Asif Iqbal, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf

  • krishna_j on April 21, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    I have no issues with the batsman selected - Zaheer , Miandad , Inzi and Asif Iqbal - however if Pak were to play WI in any series , considering his amazing record and consistency against the WI pacers - first on that list of batsman would have to be WASIM RAJA

  • on April 21, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Where is Saeed Anwar in the list ?? He well deserves to be among the top contenders

  • mjanjua on April 21, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    I request CRICINFO to fix the bug as it just allows to select 3 batsmen and the question is to select 4.

  • SPA001 on April 20, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    I have posted my best XI and my heart bleeds for my all-time favourites Majid Khan and the likes of Wasim Raja, Aamir Sohail, Younis Khan and Abdul Qadir, all very competent players all very individual. My choice was based on Test careers with mind rule the heart. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on April 20, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    My best team would have been , 1) Saeed Anwar 2) Majid Khan 3) Qasim Omar 4) Javed Miandad 5) Saleem Malik 6)Inzimam 7)Imran Khan (C) 8) Saleem yousuf (wk) 9) Waseem Akram (VC) 10) Waqar Younus 11) Saqlain Mushtaq 12) Rashid Latif

  • cozico on April 20, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    how about 1) hanif mohammad 2) saeed anwar3)javed miandad 4) mohammed yousuf 5) salim malik 6) mushtaq mohammad 7) imran khan 8) wasim akram 9) wasim bari 10)abdul qadir 11) waqar younis. Strong batting to 8 with bari useful at 9, 3 top class pacers and 2 test quality spinners .

  • Rake1 on April 20, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Best XI : Mansoor Aktar, Shadab Kabir, Asif Mujtaba, Azam Khan, Faizal Iqbal, Hasan Raza, Taslim Arif, Akram Raza, Tahir Naqash, Jalal-ud-din, Fazal-e-Akbar

  • on April 20, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Miandad - an incredible brain, which made batting a form of sledging - no match was ever lost while Miandad was at the crease.

  • ahassan on April 20, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Most of the comments made by readers are based on personal likes and dislikes. The best way to select a batsman is to see his records and consistency. Zaheer always struggled against good fast bowling. He averages just 18.50 against West Indies and has scored only one fifty in 15 innings against them. On this parformance he cannot qualify for selection in all-time pakistan test XI. Same goes for Asif Iqbal as his overall average is just 38.85 which is not good enough for his selection. My three batsmen would be Miandad, Inzamam and Yousuf with Younis missing out just by a whisker. Had there been a 4th spot in the middle order I would have definitely selected Younis. His record in away tests is even better than Miandad and Inzamam. He is also a brilliant fielder and the gutsiest player of them all as mentioned by Osman Samiuddin. ahassan

  • carbandpunk on April 20, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    1. Moin Khan 2. Rashid Latif 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Imran Nazir 5. Saqlain Mushtaq 6. Azhar Mahmood 7. Wasim Akram 8. Ajit Agarkar 9. Salman Butt 10. Inzamamam 11. Waqar Younis

    thats my eleven... anyone agree or disagree??? i think it's perfect

  • richard-munir on April 20, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    There are so many great players in the playing 11 but one have to make choice this is for test team only not for one day, one should remember because i see so many friends have put one day specialist and over 15 players. but to be fair we are choosing all time test team playing 11 not over so here is my selection : 1. Hanif M, 2. Mudasser nazar, 3. younis K. 4. Javaid mian dad, 5. Inzamam-u-haq, 6. Muhammed yousaf, 7. IMRAN KHAN(captain), 8.Wasim akram, 9. Abdul qadir, 10. Wasim bari (wk), 11.Waqar younis. That's my choice the best of PAKISTAN test match11.

  • bashiralam on April 20, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    my all-time-eleven will be 1) Saeed anwar 2) majid khan 3)javed miandad 4)inzamam 5) m yousuf 6) imran khan 7) moin khan 8) wasim akram 9)abdul qadir 10) waqar yunous 11)sarfaraz nawaz. i think that i have selected a very good time.

  • cricketchopper on April 20, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    My team: Waheed Mirza, Mansoor Akhtar, Haroon Rasheed, Shafiq Papa,Azmat Rana,Aftab Baloch, Tasleem Arif, Sikandar Bakht,Akram Raza, Liaquat Ali, Tariq Alam,

  • ElementaryJeeves on April 20, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Is there a bug with the form? It seems to allow only 3 Middle Order Batsmen, while the caption sayd select 4.

    Surely there has to be place for Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Yusuf & Inzy.

  • cricketchopper on April 20, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Everyone is querrelling with each other for his selection of all time Pakistan XI. To solve this problem I hereunder formulate three Pakistani teams belonging to different eras:

    Hanif Muhammad, Imtiaz Ahmed, Khan Muhammad & Fazal Mehmood were the excellent players who were part of very first Pakistani team. The others could not play enough. Then after few years Saeed Ahmed joined the team. Then Mushtaq Muhammad, Intikhab Alam, Asif, Majid joined the team. The Sadiq, Sarfaraz & Waseem Bari joined. Now, we transfer Waseem Bari to second era and select all the others in first Pakistan XI: Hanif, Sadiq, Saeed Ahmed, Majid, Mushtaq,Asif Iqbal,Imtiaz,Intikhab,Sarfaraz,Fazal Mehmood,Khan Muhammad

    Second Pakistan XI: Mudassir, Mohsin, Zaheer, Jawed, Waseem Raja, Saleem Malik,Imran,Waseem,Waqar, Qadir,Waseem Bari

    Third Pakistan XI: Shoaib Muhammad,Saeed Anwar,Amir Sohail,Inzi,Younus,Yousuf,Rashid Latif,Shoaib Akhtar,Saqlain,M.Asif,Umer Gul.

    THIS IS THE SOLUTION.

  • on April 20, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Inzamamul Haq will always be my hero. I was too young when Miandad played (did watch the winning six against India though) and over time, Younis and Yousuf's tactics off-field have kind of made me sick of cricket. I choose Inzamam over all. Zaheer Abbas and Miandad HAVE to make the list then anyway. You couldn't have a middle-order batsmen list without them.

  • Murtaza. on April 20, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    I am surprise, that some of us are talking about Kardar, Aqib Javed, Ijaz Ahmed, Saleem yousaf, Rashid Latif and sarfraz nawaz in the Pakistan´s all time elleven. We have players like Zaheer, Miandad, Inzi and M Yousaf then where is place for Ijaz. and Aqib Ha Ha Ha... 21 tests 54 wickets. Aqib can make place in Shekhupra all time elleven. Please choose the best players not your favourits.

  • nafzak on April 20, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Someone said that Zaheer average agaist WI was apalling. Statistics are for losers my friends. They do not tell the whole store. I was a teenager at Bourda, Guyana and saw Pakistan face the mighty Windies. Pak was bowled out cheaply in the 1st innings, but in the 2nd Majid Khan and Zaheer took charge and Pak went on to score over 500. Sure Majid scored more, but you had to be there to see Zaheer's innings and to read the Guyanese newspapers the next day... Pryor Jonas, a Guyanese cricket writer/teacher wrote of Zaheer Abass - that "without doubt, Zaheer Abass is Pakistan's best batsman and the best strokeplayer in the world today. Majid may have scored more, but it was Zaheer's class and elegance that gave you goose bumps." Like I said, you cannot compare players of different eras based on stats alone. Every single test team of the 70's would have picked Zaheer on their team. Can you say the same for Younis Khan or Mohammad Yousuf? I do not think so.

  • ShaanAgha1 on April 20, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    anwar, hanif, zaheer, inzi, yosuf, javed, imran, rashid, wasim, waqar, fazal/saqi (depending on the track)

  • Shahiq on April 20, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Just checked that Javed Miandad have 6 MoM's off 124 matches .. Poor Zaheer Abbas have only 1 , while Asif Iqbal have two(1 for bowling) ...So going by MoM's, Yousuf have the best MoM/match rate (7/88) , second's Inzamam (9/120) ... Obviously, Pakistan had a better , lot better bowling attack during the days of Miandad & Abbas , and they had to share their awards with them , but doesnt that also means that Miandad and Abbas played with lesser pressure than MoYo And Inzi . And with other aspects (including stats and talent) , I would go with MoYo , Inzi and Miandad ... with Imran Khan to follow ...

  • MunnaLahori on April 20, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Hello! After lot of brain-storming I've concluded two sets of options: One= Saeed Anwar, Hanif Mohmmad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzmamul Haq, Imran Khan(Captain), Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari(Keeper), Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis & Fazal Mahmood. Muhammad Yousaf narrowly misses the slot & occupies 12th man's seat. Advantages of this option= Well balanced team with right & left opening combination, solid middle order, classy keeper & outstanding match winning bowlers full of variety capable of getting out twice "All-time World XI" . Two= Hanif Mohmmad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzmamul Haq, Imran Khan (Captain), Wasim Akram, Yousaf (Keeper), Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis & Fazal Mahmood. Saeed Anwar wears 12th man's hat. This option differs from the first in two ways= We get variety in spinning department in shape of Majid Khan alongside adding the flavour of a gutsy keeper in shape of Yousaf. I claim this set also to be the "World Beaters". Challenge with stats...Anyone!!

  • adnan.abid on April 20, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Middle Order: Zaheer, Javed and Inzamam .. Yousuf should be in the squad for any replacement Openers: Saeed Anwar and Hanif Muhammad All Rounders: Imran Khan, Wasim Akram Wicket Keeper: Rashid Latif (Moin and Akmal are not specialists of the job and Bari looks "good" only as a PCB official) Spinners: Abdul Qadir and Saqlain Mushtaq Fast Bowlers: Waqar Younis, Fazal Mahmood, Muhammad Asif, important to mention that Shoaib Akhtar (does not deserve a place as he has never been up to the level of a "professional" international player.) Asif can be chosen if 4 pacers and a spinner and the spinner should be chosen based on the opponents capabilities to play off spin or leg spin. Otherwise both spinners should be included.

  • kelly27 on April 20, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    OK my all time Pak XI has to be : Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam,Mohd Yousuf, Mohin Khan, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlian Mustaq, Abdul Qadir.

    This would definately be a team to reckon with!!

  • sohail.munir on April 20, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    I am adding my two cents worth to others comments. THe choices are straight forward

    1) Hanif, 2) Saeed Anwar, 3) Zaheer, 4) Miandad, 5) Inzimam, 6) Imran, 7) Bari, 8) Akram, 9) Waqar, 10) Qadir, 11) Sarfraz... out of these nine cannot be contested the only choicwes could be Yousuf instead of Zaheer (well maybe not) and Fazal instead of Sarfraz. And by the way this eleven on its day would be a force to reckon with...

  • MunnaLahori on April 20, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    In my reckoning, all-time Pak XI should be: Hanif Muhammad, Imtiaz Ahmad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Muhmmad Yousaf, Imran Khan*, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younis, Fazal Mehmood and Abdul Qadir with Saeed Anwer as 12th man.

  • Omieer on April 20, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    My picked all time PK (test xi) - Hanif Mohammed, Mudassar Nazar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Inzmam-Ul-Haq, Imran Khan (captain), Waseem Akram, Waseem Bari (wk) , Abdul Qadir & Waqar Yunis. Notable + honorable mentions; Saeed Anwar, Mohammed Yusuf, Majid Khan, Asif Iqbal, Rashid Latif, Abdul Hafeez Kaardar, Fazal Mehmood, Moin Khan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Ijaz Ahmed, Mushtaq Mohammed, Iqbal Qasim, Tauseef Ahmed and Shoiab Akhtar.

    But of course it's hard to choose between some players (from six decades) that's why i go for much balanced team + have posted some honorable diginiteries.

  • salik55 on April 20, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    my all time best team 1. Murali jatt 2. Carl hooper butt 3. ranatunga 4.Raja bradman 5. salik rehman* 6. Moods469 7. Addel Shabir Boss 8. Kalu Lafander 9. Murshid 10. Chaudhary Shaun Tait 11. mirza flintoff

  • amajeed on April 20, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I think we have missed all time great opener, Saeed Anwar. He has scored highest number of centuries in ODIs for Pakistan and was a match winner and a very reliable opener. We desperately need one of his class today

  • HafizWAQAS on April 20, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Pakistan's best all time XI my team is : (1) Hanif Muhammad (2) Saeed Anwar (3) Javed Miandad (4) Inzamam-ul-Haq (5) Muhammad Yousaf (6) Imran Khan (7) Moin Khan(8) Wasim Akram (9) Shoaib Akhtar(10) Waqar Younas (11) Abdul Qadir

  • on April 20, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    My All time best Pakistan XI is 1) Saeed Anwar, 2) Hanif Mohaammad, 3) Zaheer Abbas, 4) Javed Miandadad, 5) Inzamam-Ul-Haq, 6) Mohd. Yousuf, 7) * Imran Khan 8) Wasim Akram, 9) Waqar Younis, 10) Abdul Qadir, 11) Sarfaraz nawaaz, The Other 4 players to complete a team is Definately 12) Aaqib Javed, 13) Saqlain Mustaq, 14) Saleem Malik, 15) Rashid Latif or Moin Khan. Extra Keeper should always help in balancing the team.

  • on April 20, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Majid Khan 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Inzamam-ul-Haq 5. Javed Miandad 6. Imran Khan 7. Saleem Yousaf 8. Wasim Akram 9. Waqar Younis 10. Abdul Qadir / Saqlain Mushtaq 11. Fazal Mehmood / Sarfraz Nawaz

  • on April 20, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    all time XI my team is : (1) Hanif Muhammad (2) Majid Khan (3) Zaheer Abbas (4) Inzamam-ul-Haq (5) Muhammad Yousaf (6) Javed Miandad (7) Saleem Yousaf (8) Wasim Akram (9) Imran Khan (10) Waqar Younas (11) Abdul Qadir

  • Farhan166 on April 20, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    My top 6 batsmen are 1. Hanif Mohammad 2. Saeed Anwer 3. Majid Khan 4. Javed Miandad 5. Mushtaq Mohammad 6. Asif Iqbal Mushtaq was also a good legspin bowler (although underbowled) who won matches with his bowling as well. I will always pick Asif Iqbal in any Pakistani All time XI Test, ODI or T20 team for the following reasons He was the best no. 6 Pakistani batsman. Was a delight to watch whether batting or fielding, pure eastern magic. Will add a lot of flair to the team. Has played some of the most amazing innings under pressure and when the bowlers were on top. Was the best batsman to form partnerships with lower order batsmen and tailenders. Batting with Javed Miandad can unsettle any fielding side with quick singles. Was a world class outfielder. Was a team player,great fighter and highly respected man in the team.

  • mudassirrana on April 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Option 1: Zaheer abbas (Avg 45), Javed miandad (Avg 53), Inzamam ul Haq (Avg 50) Option2: Javed miandad (avg 53, Inzamam ul Haq (Ave 50), Mohammed Yousuf (avg 53)

    both of the above options will work equally well for the selection pannel to arrange the rock solid middle order. option1 contains the Class, while option2 contains the top runs getters for Pakistan.

  • on April 20, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Yousuf, Javed and Inzamam

  • cricket4shafiq on April 20, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Zaheer, Javed, inzi

    If one believes to play with Wasim, Waqar, Imran and Qadir is enough....and Fazal Mahmood or M Asi or Saqlain Mushtaq or Iqbal Qasim not required in any surface as 11th player, then i will say k,,,,6 player can be M Yousaf/Asif Iqbal.

    Still feel, trickiest thing is to decide between Majid and Saaed as opener. Wicket keeper rashid Latif or Saleem yousaf. If one want to partner Imtiaz with Hanif then ofcourse imtiaz ahmed can play as open/WK.

  • on April 20, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas , Inzi , Javed Miandad , M Yousuf

  • jblades on April 20, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Not sure how Osman can say Inzamam had many more strokes than Miandad. I think Miandad was as creative as any of these other guys. Still, they are the two best here and naturally must be included. Otherwise, probably Yousuf and Asif Iqbal who, by the sounds of things, would have kicked arse these days.

  • rzi-BDML on April 20, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    I wish there were 4 batters in middle order. Its hard to ignore either Yusaf or Younis, but there is no chance for them in presence of Zaheer, Javed and Inzmam. my team uptil now is (1) Hanif Muhammad, (2) Saeed Anwar, (3) Zaheer Abbas (4) Javed Miandad (5) Inzmam

  • fadooo on April 20, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    All time X1: Amir Sohail, Salman Butt, Ijaz Ahmad, Salim Malik, Misbah ul Haq, Abdur Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Sarfaraz Nawaz, Aqib Javed, Shoaib Akhter, Tauseef Ahmed.

  • Samsyd on April 20, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Well it's a tough task to be honest but not going into details my top 11 would be Saeed Anwar, Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzimam, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis. In reserves I would have Saleem Malik, Fazal Mahmood, Saqlain Mushtaq, Amir Sohail. We need to think without emotions and personal likings, who in the best honesty has really done something great for Pakistan Cricket while picking the greats. Open up the records and stats and you will find contributions from above mentioned players which are much more than other contenders on world/international level and I am sure every one mentioned will justify his place in the top side for Pakistan.In reserves I have kept an option for opener(Amir) with benefit of spin bowling, malik 1 of the greatest in middle order, Fazal fast bowling and Saqlain the inventor of doosra in the world for spin.Remember we r talking bout great names in da world over here not only good players.

  • WaqasNoor on April 20, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Frankly, it's the most difficult thing to select only 11 best players out of 1100. They are so many, literally so many. I mean how can if I pick Inzi and Yousuf and then drop Miandad and Zaheer Abbas? Can you drop "man of crises" or "the Iron man" Asif Iqbal? Well Miandad and Asian Dan Bradman are defiantly there. Now tie is between Inzi, Yousuf , Muqtaq and Asif Iqbal. So I am going to pick Big Inzi as I always believe that he is "Mr. Reliable" but I am feeling very bad by dropping Yosuf, Asif and Mushtaq. And believe you me this selection ll be even more "heart breaking" when It comes to select the blowers. Imran, Waqar, Wasim, Sarfraz, Shoaib, Qadir, Saqlain, Asif, Mushtaq, Aqib, Raqqaz, Gull……………. Dude you just name it and have it.

  • AleemCh on April 20, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    I would go with 1-Hanif 2- Saeed Anwar 3-Javed Miandad 4- -Inamam 5- Zaheer Abbas 6- *Imran Khan 7- Waseem Akram 8- Saqlain Mushtaq 10- Waqar Younis 11- Sarfarz Nawaz 12th Man Mohsin Hasan Khan. i think Javed or Hanif can keep wickets.

  • Archangel_HMS on April 20, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    im surprised no ejaz ahmed on the list....he was an absolute squashbuckler and his record on aussie pitches was exemplary.......i think inzi miandad and yousuf are automatic selections......then it comes down to 1/3 between younis, saleem and zaheer....i would go for Saleem Malik......his record against the terror attacks of australia and the west indies ( of his era) was amazing....some of his innings under pressure were just outstanding i still remember watching his 237 at pindi cricket stadium.....was a pleasure to watch....his handling of warne is probably yet to be surpassed by any batsmen....im still perplexed at no Ejaz Ahmed in the probables even.....i would have put in ejaz over saeed ahmed any day cheers Hamid

  • z_fan on April 20, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Well with due respect to dishNub, he/She may never have watched Zaheer playing but still then, the ignorant comments should not go unnoticed, His everage in England and Australia is much better then Javed miandad you can check the stats,here is something mysteriously funny, if you take out the matches from new zealand ( which was never a great team ) from Zaheer's and Miandad's recordas. well then Zaheer's everages are better then Miandad .. go check out

  • Uzair_Baig on April 20, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Saeed Anwar..... Hanif Mohammad......Inzamam.....Javed Miandad.......Mushtaq Mohammad........Rashid Latif.....Imran Khan.......Abdul Qadir......Waseem Akram......Waqar Younus

  • Shahiq on April 20, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Would like to continue from where I left in my previous comment ... agreed MoYo's record against SA or Aus isnt great but neither's Inzamam's (averaging 31 against aus , 32 against SA) .. And to those who are saying that Yousuf didnt batted well in important matches, every test is an important match ... You dont have an average of 53 after not batting well in important matches or situations ... It's just that he was really underestimated ... And to add to the match winning status , Inzamam has won 9 MoM in 120 tests, while Yousuf has won 7 in 88 tests ... As I said in my last post, it's not just the Ave in matches won which determines (or should determine) who's a better player ... Otherwise, innings like MoYo played in Melboure, 192 against Eng, some 90 odd unbeaten against SA are of no use .. And to add , 202@ lords, 173 as well in the same series ... Unfortunately, his best havent come in wins n you cant blame him for that .. BUT that should not make his any less better ...

  • worldorder on April 20, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    To select 3 or 4 batsmen in the middle order?? It's a tough question. Miandad and Inzi are automatic choices for 4-5. I jut feel that Pakistan never had a great number 6. Specially with Imran khan available, I am not too much worried about number 6. That leaves us with number 3. Now Yousuf, Younis and Zaheer Abbas all can take that spot easily! Without getting into the style marks and stats, I would argue that Younis is the kind of character that you would want to have on your side in a battle. With Miandad at number 4, I can just imagine the crazy running between the wickets these two would manage. Mind blowing! So in my mind it's settled. 3 younis, 4 miandad and 5 inzi.

  • dishNub on April 20, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas? You got to be kidding. He was such a hyped up player. Take away his runs against India and he averages 35.7 against rest. Even against India, he averaged only 27 in India. He wouldn't even count in top 50 batsmen.

  • ali.majaz on April 19, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Dude OSMAN ... i am missing MISBAH UL HAQ in the list ! he is one the best Middle order batsmen ! . He has rescued Pakistan on several Ocassions ! ... MISBAH UL HAQ deserves to in the list of the BEST !! the VERY BEST

  • sxh121 on April 19, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    TEST SIDE:

    1. Hanif M. -opener 2. Saeed A.-opener 3. Mohammad Y. -batsman 4. Javed M. -batsman 5. Inzi H. -batsman 6. Salim M. -batsman 7. Saleem Y. -keeper 8. Imran K. -pacer allrounder 9. Wasim A. -pacer 10. Abdul Q. - spin 11. Waqar Y. -pacer

  • GregFandly on April 19, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Hellow every1. My all time Pakistan 11 is 1. Hanif Mohammad 2.Shoab Mohammad 3. Haroon Rashid 4.Mohammad Yousaf (Captain) 5.Hassan Raza 6.Younas Khan 7.Kamran Akmal(WK) 8.Imran Khan 9. Aqib Jawed 10. Yasir Arafat 11. Iqbal Qasim. My 12th man could be chosen from Fazil Mahmood or Inzmam.

  • shahzadmirza on April 19, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Dear Readers, I would like to participate in forming Pakistan's All time TEST 11. I wd see my 11 as, 1.Majid khan 2.Saeed Anwar 3.Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miandad 5. Inzi/Asif Iqbal 6.Imran Khan (C) 7.Saleem Yousaf (WK) 8.Wasim Akram 9.Waqar Younas 10. Mohammad Zahid/Shoaib Aktar 11.Mushtaq Ahmad/Abdul Qadir There would be other contenders as well for different spots, such as Hanif Mohammad, but someone doesn't fit in my All time 11 who stays on wicket for more than 900 minutes for 334 runs. I have given Hanif Mohammad's spot to Majid Khan and Saeed Anwar whose strokes variety, capability and positive attitude is enormous high. I feel ashamed of not giving Fazal Mahmood place in my 11 but there are fast bowlers in the side who can rip through any kind of batting line up. On no. 5, personally I'wd give this spot to Asif Iqbal, but skills of Inzi puts him automatically in the line up. And fully agreed to Zahidsaltin's post that fastest bowler in this line up is Mohammad Zahid

  • on April 19, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    @ karachi_hibachi : my friend, here we are selecting an all season team: regardless of the pitch conditions, or weather conditions. We can't say Saqlain Mushtaq if the track is turning, or Abdul Qadir if the track is bouncy! So today we select the middle order, ONLY! and my choice would be 3.ZAHEER ABBAS 4. JAVED MIANDAD 5.INZAMAM UL HAQ! Because all these three names hav absolutely nothing to prove. If really i had to make a last minute change, it would YOUNIS KHAN at number 3 after a long reflexion, but i'm happy with my list. between them, they have 61 centuries, most of them match winning(17 by Inzamam alone, just behind Bradman for the highest percentage of match winning hundreds).

  • on April 19, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    I think Javed Miandad for his consistency and unorthodox stance and shots, Zaheer Abbas, the Asian Bradman for his temperament and ability to play long long innings and finally, Mohammed Yousuf for his shots and stabilizing the batting order after early lose of wickets.

  • MFNadeem on April 19, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    Of all the comments, I like manasvi_lingam comments the most. People are normally looking into style, grace and few bright spots in the careers of their choices. I will always go for records, averages, and centuries. Miandad, Inzi, Yousaf, and Younis are automatic choices based on averages and no of hundreds. :)

  • on April 19, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Muhammad Yousuf , Inzamam ul Haq & Younis Khan

  • Rake1 on April 19, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    The jury will surely pick Javed, Inzi & Zaheer. Personally not sure if Zaheer deserves the nod - he averaged 15 vs the West Indies of 80s. My choice would be Younis Khan as 3rd batsmen along with inzi & Javed.

  • MYTIGERS on April 19, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Though a tough pick but I would undoubtedly go with Zaheer, Miandad, Inzi and Mo Yo. It would be a treat to watch these four play together for Pakistan. There would be class, agression, style, elegance and one would get to cherish all textbook shots that the cricket manual has. I think the way these will go to the pavilion will be by getting themselves run out.....;). Having said that it would be difficult to plan a batting order having these legends in your side. All in all I think these guys are really the legends that Pakistan has produced in the batting department. Desperately waiting for the final 11.....!!

  • rohit1709 on April 19, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Re- Posted by Mazhar Kaunain on (April 19 2010, 17:47 PM GMT) Saqlain Mushtaq should be undoubteldy be in the list

    I am sure he should be. But since this is a forum to discuss the 'Middle Order' for Pakistan... an average of 14.48 with 101* as the highest score... Do you really think he commands a place in the middle order?

  • ahassan on April 19, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    It is difficult to select batsmen for just three middle order positions. Five of the best middle order batsmen produced by Pakistan are Zaheer, Miandad, Inzamam, Yousuf and Younis. I will go for Miandad, Inzamam and Yousuf. Almost everybody agrees that Miandad and Inzamam are the two best Pakistani batsmen and they are selected without any arguement. For the 3rd position Yousuf is the best choice because he has a better test average then even Miandad and inzamam. Zaheer was also a great batsman and his supporters argue that he played in an era when West Indies had a formidable pace attack and Australia also had Lillee in their team. Zaheer's performances against both the teams were just mediocre. In fact his average is a poor 18.50 against West Indies. In away Tests his average is 36.87 whereas Yousuf's average in away Tests is 51.87. Also in Yousuf/Younis era two of greatest ever spinners Murlitharan and Warne were playing and a great fast bowler MacGrath was also there. ahassan

  • fabutt on April 19, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    3. Zaheer 4. Miandad 5. Yousuf 6. Inzi

  • karachi_hibachi on April 19, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Javed and Inzi would be my automatic choices regardless of the stats since they are such iconic players for Pakistan. As for the third spot, while Zaheer Abbas is a strong contender just for his finesse, he had a dismal average against west indies, arguably the most potent attack of his times...even Saleem Malik and Asif Iqbal did better then him against WI. My pick wold be Younis since his average in Aus/S.africa and against those teams (two of the more well rounded bowling attacks of the last decade or so) is not so bad compared to his contemporaries...and his gutsy fearless attitude is unmatched by others at the moment. MoYo, while great on paper (barring against aussies and SA) just doesn't exude all time greatness. Shame.

  • Rockyjohnson86 on April 19, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    I am shocked to see some of the teams that have been put on the site by the readers....even little kids know that a cricket team should have atleast 5 bowlers. The Pakistan 11 should be 1. Hanif Mohd. 2. Seed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Inzamam Ul Haq/ Mohd Yousuf 5. Javed Miadad 6.Imran Khan(C) 7. Moin Khan(K) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Waqar Younis/Shoab Akhtar version 1999 10. Saqlain Mushtaq 11. Abdul Qadir/ Mohd Asif. Captain should decide if he wants 2 spinners or 3 seamers depending on track.

  • junziboy on April 19, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    3 choices.........inzi,,,,abbas n ofcursz mindad......with younus also.......

  • NikhilPapad3 on April 19, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    miandad, inzy and one between yousuf/saeed ahmed

  • on April 19, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    i think it shouad be zaheer abbas javed mindad and younus khan

  • Zahidsaltin on April 19, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Dear Osman, As u call it "Pakistan's strongest suit", so I tend to have a best 11 which doesn't necessariy has the best man on a specific spot but on the other hand, does contribute to a best 11. Its about Wasim Bari who in my view should make place for Rashid Latif as I am going for only five batsmen. My middle order is Zaheer, Inzi and Miandad followed by Imran and Rashid Latif. I believe these 5 batsmen aided by Hanif and Saeed Anwer have every chance to score 400 runs against any bowlling attack of cricket history. Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib and Qader or Saqlain can tear any batting order apart before they reach 300. I will like to have MOHAMMAD ZAHID (the fastest bowler on earth) as my 12th man.

  • idsavant on April 19, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    What's all this "strongest suit" nonsense? The expression is "longest suit".

  • khalid4eyes on April 19, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Hanif Mohammed, Majid Khan (Saeed Anwar), Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam Ul Haq, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed.

    Top class 5 batsmen, Top class 5 bowlers with all varieties except a left armer but with these in their prime one could bowl out any side out thrice let alone twice. Imran better than most batsmen during the time he was the captain; Wasim Akram was pretty good and Saqlain also had a test hundred Excellent keeper batsman, Captain - Imran Khan

  • RUQQ on April 19, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    First of all you only give three options for the middle order but in caption you asked for four???? For me Zaheer Abbas is the best ever no 3 position not only for Pakistan but in the world of Cricket. Pakistan never produce such a stylish batsman.

    Javed Minadad without a doubt be at No 4. His brain speak while he was batting, his ability to score torture opposite captain and bowler.

    Inzamam has his own class. Kind a slow starter but he learn a lot from Javed; How to build an innings. Perfect No 5 batsman but his most difficult time will be running between the wicket with Javed and my No 6 batsman

    I will choose Asif Iqbal at no 6 position. He is also master mind of cricket. He has ability to take unusual decisions and make opposition confuse. He is also Captain for me.

  • shahid6995 on April 19, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Several good comments here on this article.. several offering justifications for their selections. I just CANNOT get my head around not having Zaheer Abbas in an all-time Pakistan team. I just cannot. I like how people have justified their own selections but... no Zaheer? Might as well leave Imran Khan out too.

  • Murtaza. on April 19, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Yea... I know we have Players like Saleem Malik, mohd. Yousaf, Younis khan and Asif Iqbal but forme I think #3 Zaheer Abbas, #4 Javed Miandad and #5 Inzmam ul Haq are the best batsmen we have seen. I like Saleem Malik but we are going to choose the best ALL TIME ELLEVEN. Now we have Saeed Anwar, Hanif Mohmmad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, and Inzmamul Haq.The next are Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis, Fazal Mahmood/Saqlain Mushtaq.

  • Kumar_m on April 19, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    My middle order will be:ZAHEER, MIANDAD, INZI,YOUSAF.

  • raskalamindit on April 19, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Miandad, Yousuf, Zaheer......are a no brainer If the jury is going to include the 6th middle order batsman, than that batsman has to be Inzi, or arguably Mustaq Mohommad, cause both his balling and batting abilities

  • usmaqs on April 19, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    If we have to play three middle order batsmen from Pakistan, there is no choice to make when there are Inzi, Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad. No one can play the best of the best bowlers like these guys. One is the asian bradman, the other is the great javed miandad and the third is the best batsmen to face fast bowlers (Imran about Inzi). So my choice is Inzi, Javed and Zaheer

  • sreeg on April 19, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    What happened to saeed anwar? He had a tremendous presence in the crease. And a destructive batsman!

  • on April 19, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    You've missed out one of the most flamboyant and classy batsman Pakistan ever produced but courtesy Imran Khan, he had a very short career. None other than Qasim Omar.

    Another great omission is another short career but as devastating as Inzi but as calculated as Javed; you guessed it right. Basit Ali.

  • Dr.Arshad on April 19, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    anwar......hanif mhd....zaheer abbas...javed miandad.....mo.yusuf....inzaamam ul haq .........wasim bari........imran khan.....wasim akram...........waqar yunus... saqlain mushtaq................so 4 middle order batters

  • on April 19, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    For me, Miandad and Inzi are automatic choices, rest I dont care, pick any :), but if you drop these two from the list then you should go to a psychiatirc. It is laughable to see some ppl picking Ijaz before Miandad, I hope they are just kidding!!! We are talking about All Tim XI for Pakistan not Sialkot!!!

  • on April 19, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Saqlain Mushtaq should be undoubteldy be in the list

  • asad114 on April 19, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Selecting the middle order is an immensely tricky job. I believe four aspects of performance need to be considered... a) the performance of the candidates against the three best teams of their generation. b) the longevity of the players c) the talent d) the ability to handle pressure Inzamam ticks the last three points but his performance against Australia and South Africa was quite average. Playing against India under enormous pressure brought out the best in him. I would never play Zaheer. His average against the West Indies was quite appalling and he was simply not a team player. Miandad, like Inzi ticks the last three points but his performance against the West Indies barring one series was disappointing. Asif Iqbal in the latter part of his career was phenomenal against both Australia and West Indies when according to Imran Khan, 'he had figured out which shots were profitable'. I would never pick Mohommad Yousuf because he is a choker... I'd go for Inzi,Miandad and Asif...

  • rkannancrown on April 19, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    It is good to see Osma Saiuddin acknowleding that Salim Malik mastered Shane Warne in 1994. Remember after he reduced Warne to an insignificemt passenger, Warne bowled the biggest googly of his career. He accused Malik of offering him money to bowl badly on the final day of the series. The allegation was laughable, Warne was actually caught accepting money (" for pitch report") but Malik was banned. I was surprised that Cricinfo wrote about this incident because it is pathetically biased towards anything Australian.

  • unchained on April 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    the middle order is a mixture and great balance of zaheer abbass, javed miandad and inzimam ul haq. i never saw zaheer bat but my uncles still talk about him in the west indies. I saw inzi and javed at sabina park. it is a solid middle order this one.

  • shahid6995 on April 19, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Sorry Cricinfo/Usman Samiuddin, but with a potential bowling line-up of Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Qadir/Saqlain, you should not have titled the middle order as our strongest suit!! Just sayin'!! Bowling has clearly always been our strongest suit, EVER. How many times have our bowlers had to bail the batters out inspite of having the luminaries mentioned above.

  • Nuur on April 19, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousaf and Saleem Malik (the king of dead wickets and lesser teams) in all time Pak greats?!...Sad, pure sad

  • imran033 on April 19, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Zaheer, Javed, Inzamam and yusuf easy pick do need any brain to pick these guys

  • nafzak on April 19, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Without doubt and I think that all (or most) of my fellow West Indians would agree that the to three midle order for pakistan would be...

    Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Inzamam up Haq.

    Others like Mohammad Youssuf may have better average and more hundreds, however one should judge players by 2 main factors. 1. How did they play in the big matches or when it really mattered. You will notice that Zaheer, Inzy and Javed almost always played well in teh big matches. You certainly cannot say the same for Younis Khan or Mohammad Yousuf. 2. How do they compare to their peers. I would venture to say that Zaheer, Inzy and Javed would have made anybody's test team of their time. Other than a few teams like Bangladesh or current West Indies, who would pick Y. Khan, M. Yousuf on their team? Would you trade Sachin or Pointing for either? Thank you, Mohamed. Z. Rahaman Guyana

  • on April 19, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Younis Khan Javed Miandad and Inzmam is my Middle Order becoz these are not only good filder as well as very best of every type of bowling yousaf is less effective against Snipers and zaheer is very good batsman of all of type of bowling but he may be com pit wit Younis khan but younis is more consistent then him compare averages

  • crktcrzy on April 19, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I can't understand how could you overlook Majid Khan? To me he was a much better and more complete batsman than Mushtaq, Asif Iqbal and Saleem Malik. I was shocked not to even see a mention of his against mediocre performers like W Raja and Ijaz Ahmad.

  • waspsting on April 19, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    PROBLEM WITH SITE... it says pick 4 middle order players, but only has room for 3.

  • on April 19, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    i would go with the 3 specialist batsman and one all rounder to made flexible inclusion of 2 spinner to handle the subcontinent pitches. i will select the 3) saeed 4) miandad 5) inzi. its very tough condition to drop zaheer, younis and yousaf from 3rd position becoz they are extremely good at this position. But the prob with them is they are spin specialist. by having two giants at 4 and 5 who are master of spin its more good to have saeed at 3.

  • rson on April 19, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Again the limitations by number of choices in specific categories comes into play.Consider this possible team: Hanif,Saeed Anwar,Inzamam,Javed Miandad,Asif Iqba,Mushtaql,Imran,Moenm Khan,Wasim Akram,Abdul Qadir(or Fazal Mahmood),Waqar.Mushtaq's bowling record,although boasting fewer total wickets.is comparable to any of the other spinners.Asif could also be a useful change bowler.Wasim Bari is not sufficiently superoior with the gloves to merit a place over a keeper who could bat like Moen,Imtiaz Ahmed or even Latif. A strong batting lineup is certainly needed against the likes of Australi,ENgland,W.I. & s.A. and the fewer one-dimensional players picked the better.

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

    The #3 position is a specialized one. The contestants for this are Zaheer, S.Ahmed, Younis and Majid. Zaheer, flowing elegance and a delight to watch comes up wanting against extreme pace. S.Ahmed avg 43+ at #3 is a close candidate, but lacked grit/team spirit. Majid avg 38+ at #3 and could have fitted in if Hanif and S.Anwar open. Younis however averages 50+ at #3 and should take this spot. Javed takes #4 uncontested. Inzi, M.Yusuf and Zaheer and Salim fight closely for #5. Salim underperformed at #5, Zaheer is all elegance, no grit; Inzi will find a way to mess up, thereby leaving this for M.Yusuf. The #6 slot is between Mushtaq and Asif. Give it to Asif, he is the quintessential #6, plus has a way of making things happen with ball, fielding or quick singles. So, in order Yunus, Javed, M.Yusuf and Asif Iqbal.

  • Shahiq on April 19, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Well I always thought Yousuf to be at least of same class as that of Inzi , I still do .. Just checked some stats - Of all those years MoYo n Inzi played aside , MoYo has 6641 runs off 76 matches(23 tons) while Inzi managed 5901 off 76 matches(19 tons) , in matches won through out their careers Inzi certainly have a BIG egde (averaging 78 with 17 tons as compared to 58 with 8 tons for MoYo) , but Yousuf have an edge when it comes to last man standing , in lost matches (38 with 8 tons as compared to 28 with 2 tons for Inzi) .. If Inzi is a match winner , Yousuf has saved many more matches (and I mean SAVED matches, not the dead rubbers!!!) Yousuf in his first half(98-03) got 3458 runs off 48 matches@nearly 50 with 10 tons compared to Inzi's 4504 off 67 matches@45 with 11 tons (92-00) , in the second half MoYo has 3973 runs off 40 matches@56 with 14 tons , compared to Inzi's 4326 off 53 matches@54 with 14 tons ... Agreed stats dont reveal everything but they do guide us ..

  • karthikm_tvk on April 19, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    All time Elevens should be picked up with the Best of Best. I can suggest that we can go for Mohammed Yousuf ,Inzimam-Ul-Haq and Javed Miandad. I am seeing Yousuf and Inzy as a match Winners More over They had been a one-man-army to save Pakistan Many times.As of me i cant Reject them from my mind. Miandad good destructive player so he is my next choice,Though i am also having Younis in my mind he is not consistent in all way. Rest are Also best but i cant prever them while best horse are already fixed.

  • Chestnutgrey on April 19, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Asif Iqbal, Javed Miandad and Ijaz Ahmed. Ijaz has a fantastic record against Australia, while the records of Inzamam, Malik, Yousuf and Younis are pretty poor against the leading team of theor times. if it's a subcontinent match, malik would get a look in, as he can be devastating against spinners in flat tracks.

  • on April 19, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    1. saeed anwar 2.hanif mohammad 3.zahir abbas 4.mohammad yousuf 5.javed miandad 6.inzmam ul haq 7.imran khan 8.moin khan 9.wasim akram 10.waqar younis 11. saqlain mushtaq

  • NALINWIJ on April 19, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    If 4 are to be chosen it would be Zaheer,Javed, Inzamam and Yousuf but Mushtaq at 6 allows the option of a spinner and would only need 4 other bowlers including Imran and this would avoid selecting a WKbatsman such as Kamran Akmal or mediocore allrounders such as Afridi. THE 4chosen were the best in the last 4 decades. Zaheer[70s],Javed[80s],Inzamam[90s],Yusuf[00s]. My preferred team is 1.Hanif 2.Saeed 3.Zaheer 4.Javed 5.Inzamam 6.yusuf 7.Imran 8.Wasim Akram 9.Wasim Bari 10.Waqar 11.Qadir 12.Mushtaq Mohommad who could replace a batsman and come in at 6 if a second spinner is needed.

  • asadkum on April 19, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA...

    It's very hard to pick 3rd middle order batsman...... Miandad and Inzaman is always there by default.... Asif or Yousuf.......I will pick Yousuf................Mohammad Asad from USA...

  • nitinm1981 on April 19, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Zaheer, Miandad, Yousuf, and Inzy.. this should be a no-brainer

  • JogeshPanda on April 19, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    middle order has to be zaheer abbas, javed miandad, Inzimam. If 6th is not an all rounder than has to be Mohmmad yousuf ahead of younis khan ... its really problem of plenty

  • atif1977 on April 19, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    This one is easy till #4. 1) Javed Miandad, 2) Inzamam ul Haq, 3)Zaheer Abbas, and 4)Mohammad Yousuf/Asif Iqbal. Mohd. Yousuf had a great 2006 but apart from that he was mediocre especially when the team need him most. Maybe I'm being too hard on him but since I've been disappointed by him especially his premature retirement + horrible tour to Aus and NZ; my vote is for Asif Iqbal for the #4 middle order position.

  • MNIK on April 19, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Osman is trying to build Pakistans strongest suit with emphasis on Best batsman fora Test Team. He may be correct but in my opinion the comparison should be made based on very special skill as a Batsmen who could get in the Team in year 2010. Matches played in 1970's were quite different than what it is palyed today. techniques have changed. technology has changed, In todays team I will not include Hanif or Mushtaq although they were GEMs of 60's and 70s. Rather I will make a room for Shahid Khan Afridi,Saeed Anwar,Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Yousuf Mohammad, Asif iqbal, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, and definitely include spinner as Abdul Qadir. For keepers position I am having challenges with Wasim Bari since he was poor in batting hence I will go for Rashid latif as my favourite. In my selection, Zaheer Abbas, Sarfraz, Hanif and Mushtaq cannot get into team.

  • HasanMobeen on April 19, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Probably the toughest selection for anyone who is a Pakistani... U cant rule out anyone of the above here... We have men of crises like Miandad, Asif and Inzi and ... And Men of records like Yousuf, Zaheer, Yonus and Malik.... My selections are Miandad, Inzi and Zaheer...

  • on April 19, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Three middle order batsman are enough as there will be great Imran Khan and a wicket keeper batsman to follow; without any doubt Zaheer Abbass, Miandad and the big Inzi are the automatic choice to any Pakistan Middle Order. Yousaf is a great batsman but never won any matches for Pak whilest Younis and others are simply no match for above mentioned 3 stars of Pakistan.

  • cricster67 on April 19, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Pakistan has the least diverse team in the world. I am surprised that so many see past it. To me, that seems very odd. Are we promoting right values by giving Pakistan so much space?

  • DeemiZafar on April 19, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Middle-order Batsmen: Younus Khan, Javed Miandad (v-capt), Muhammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq Opening Batsmen: Haneef Muhammad and Saeed Anwar Wicket-keeper: Waseem Bari Fast Bowlers: Imran Khan (capt), Waseem Akram and Waqar Younus Spinner: Iqbal Qasim

  • Percy_Fender on April 19, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    My full team would be, Hanif Mohammed, Saeed Anwar,Zaheer Abbas,Javed Miandad,Inzammam ul Haq,Md Yusuf,Wasim Bari,Imran Khan,Wasim Akram Abdul Qadir,Waqar Younus, Fazal Mahmood and Abdul Hafeez Kardar. I have taken 13 because no matter what people say about Imran Khan, my captain preference is for Kardar. Also though I know that the two 'Ws' are two of the all time greats, I cannot leave out Fazal Mahmood. I have been fortunate to have seen all the above named players in my life. I would also like to mention Asif Iqbal Rizvi, originally of Hyderabad Deccan. In India he was never a batsman and used to open the bowling. Suddenly he became a great batsman for Pakistan after he migrated.Others that come to mind are Iqbal Qasim. He was a fine spinner also. I remember the way he bowled Pakistan to victory in Bangalore in February 1987.But then there can be only 11 in a team I understand. So we need to most reluctantly strike off two. I would like some reactions to my views

  • khurram.sh on April 19, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    My all time XI is

    Saeed Anwar Hanif Zaheer Javed Inzi Yousaf Imran Khan (C) Moin Wasim Qadir Waqar

  • manihammad on April 19, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    ill go with Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad without any doubt..the last spot is kind of confusing between Inziman and Yousaf...Yousaf has more style...but Inzimam was Inzimam but both were more or less reliable than the first two

  • Thrinax on April 19, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Sorry cricsom but Zaheer didn't play against Australia minus the packer rebels he instead fronted Lillee at his fearsome peak between making a mess of the West Indies in 75/76 and the centenary test. Indeed he was the batsmen that played the shot that caused Jeff Thompson to Collide with Allan Thompson. He faced a good Australian Bowling attack on fast pitches and made a lot of runs in the series 1977 so I cant see him as over rated. Also Asif was one of the best batsmen batting with the tail I have ever seen and a good fieldsmen and always seemed to get runs when it mattered. My final point is do you pick the players purely on their batting or does running between wickets and fielding come into consideration in which case how can you pick Inzamam as he is a liability in both these areas.

  • vatsuak on April 19, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Md. Yousuf, Asif Iqbal... Inzy missing out narrowly... but would always want Asif ahead of Inzy.. for me the Test Team always has 6 batsmen and my 11 reads:

    1. Hanif Md. 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas 4.Javed Miandad 5. Md. Yousuf 6. Asif Iqbal 7. Imran Khan 8. Waseem Akram 9.Wasim Bari/Saleem Yousuf 10.Sarfraz Nawaz/Shoaib Akhtar 11. Waqar Younis

    Deliberately I have no spinner in the 11 since I believe the 4 fast bowlers would be good enough on their day and are perhaps better than Quadir and Saqlain on a man-to-man basis

  • Cric_123 on April 19, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Three batsmen are good enough for middle order, considering that they have to be followed by the great Imran Khan. For me: Miandad, Inzi, Yousaf / Younis is the best combination. Zaheer can certainly not compete with Miandad and Inzi. I will put Yousuf / Younis ahead of him for the third spot because Zaheer might have scored some big hundreds but he didn't score hundreds as often as these guys have. And btw, Yousuf and Younis also have some really big hundreds to their credit.

  • gul_khan on April 19, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    I think as there is only the option of 3 middle order batsmen, the selectors have obviously decided they are going to bat Imran at No 6; which i agree with. You have to bowl sides out to win a test match so the more bowlers you can fit in the better. My XI would be 1.Anwar 2.Hanif 3.Zaheer 4. Miandad 5.Inzi 6.Imran 7. Bari 8.Wasim 9.Qadir 10.Waqar 11.Akhtar

    IMO the most difficult decisions were at one down, where Yousaf has a very legitimate claim to be selected and also at No11. I have gone for Akhtar because I decided to be a little nostalgic and think of a fully fit Akhtar with only cricket on his mind! When in that mood he is a fantastic sight to watch and can be unplayable. If not Akhtar then it's probably got to be Fazal Mahmood or maybe even Mohammad Asif.

  • hemant.brar on April 19, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    I would go for Zaheer, Javed and Inzamam.

  • on April 19, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Just ot answer Aditya Saed Anwar was more known for his exploits as an opener than a middle order batsman ( hence his presence in the nominations for the Pakistan all time XI openers slots), and I think one could argue that Viv Richards, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sourav ganguly and Zaheer Abbas could possibly go in between Tendulkar and Anwar on the list of all time best ODI batsmen. A surpising exclusion i think is Ijaz Ahmed, although it says he just missed out, he performed against the very best and his record is better than Mustaq mohammed and Asif Iqbal ( although he was not as legendary as they were).

  • Zaheerahmed on April 19, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    3) Asian Bradman who once settled down was impossible to dislodge 4) The street fighter from Karachi who would never give up 5) The elegant Yousuf whose cover drive were a match to Zaheer 6) The greatest finisher and the coolest of his generation - Inzi

  • Just_Love_Cricket on April 19, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Javed Miandad and Inzamam are there by default - as no one can question that these two are the greatest Pakistani batsmen ever (along with hanif Mohammad). I think the real debate will be between Zaheer Abbas and Mohammad Yousef. Which one of them comes in at one down. Zaheer was called the Asian Bradman (for good reason) but i would go with Yousef as he was more consistant than Zaheer Abbas.

  • Dayanidhisn on April 19, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Hanif Mohamad for technique,Saed Anwar for class,Zaheer Abbas for elegance,Inzamam Ul Huq for Composure, Miandad for a fight, Imran Khan for the Leadership, Wasim Akram for the aggression, Wasim Bari for the safety, Sarfraz Nawaz for the Fire, Waqar Younis for the sting and Abdul Qadir for the guile in all ekadasarasas in a team.

  • MFNadeem on April 19, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    If I have three choices, then No one can surpass, Miandad, Inzi, and Yousaf with averages of more than 50 and test hundreds of more 23. So there is no need to mention anyone else with these three big guns. It is tricky to choose if I have to choose the 4th batsman. Based on records, it comes to Malik, Younis, and Zaheer. I will go for Younis, purely because he has more 100s and average (50 as compared to mid 40s). So Miandad, Inzi, Yousaf, and Younis. :)

  • Morfi on April 19, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    my all time eleven wd be: Saeed Anwar, Hanif M, Zaheer, Javed, Inzi, Younis Khan, Imran Khan (C), Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis

  • Morfi on April 19, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    I would go for Zaheer, Javed and Inzi at 3,4 and 5 respectively. All have proven their worth in those positions and no one better than them. For 6, Pak has never had a specialist. We need someone who is reliable, able to work with the tail, handle pressure, and most of all be really gutsy and dig deep for something when needed. I would be torn between Malik (for sheer class and guts against even Warne) and Younis (for guts, team spirit and dependability). I would go with Younis in the end. Though he has never played at this spot regularly, but with the 3 giants before him, he will be happy at 6. His team spirit and guts are unquestionable, and Malik is notorious for giving in to temptation....Unfortunately, I have to leave out Yousuf. He would have fit perfectly at No. 4 or 5, but he cannot outdo Jav or Inzi. At 6, he does not fit. He has never been a team man, and 6 is not ideally suited for individual play. Younis fits the bill. So sorry to leave out a class bat.

  • on April 19, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    my choice is miandad,inzamam and yousuf!!

  • cricsom5667 on April 19, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    I am an Indian fan who has been watching Test cricket 1974 onwards. My list for an all time Pakistan XI would be as follows - Hanif, Saeed Anwar, Mohammed Yousuf, Inzi, Miandad, Imran, Rashid Latif, Wasim, Waqar, Qadir, Saqlain. Zaheer Abbas in my opinion is overrated as he has compiled most of his runs against an ageing down the hill Indian spinning attack of 70's and later a one trick pony attack led by Kapil in early 80's,an Aussie attack minus Packer rebels,a toothless English attack of mid/late 70's and not to mention the New Zealanders minus Hadlee and the new babes Srilanka in early 80's. Mohammed Yousuf is technically more solid and has compiled runs all over the world and on different pitches i.e. not the dust bowls served up in India and Pakistan.If Pakistan were to adopt a safety first approach, then one of the spinners would have to make way for either Saleem Malik or Younis Khan. Rashid Latif scores over Moin Khan in the keeping department although Moin was a better bat.

  • cricketchopper on April 19, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    There should be option to select four middle order batsmen. 6 full fldged batsmen are needed for a strong batting line up. My first choice is Asif Iqbal. Out of his 11 centuries 9 were scored in difficult conditions. He was "Man of Crisis" for Pakistan. Without him Pakistani team is like "tea without sugar". My middle order is: Zaheer, Jawaid, Asif & Inzimam.

  • zeesh13 on April 19, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Ask to pick four batsmen but it gives only 3 choices....what a line-up!!! I would definitely pick four middle-order batsmen. Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad pick themselves really, and Inzi for the hard graft he put in when there was not much support in the team. For me Mustaq Mohammad gets the nod ahead of Yousuf, because he can bowl legspin as well, was an astute captain. Also, Yousuf had a slightly big average because of playing games against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • on April 19, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I dont understand why Saeed Anwar not in ths list... I am sure that Saeed Anwar is far better player than Saleem Malik and Younus Khan as I have seen all the three playing in my time. May be better than others, but I have'nt seen them playing...

    I think Osman Samiuddin needs to re-evaluate the listings..

  • on April 19, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Well, i think yousaf, Javed Miandad, & Inzamam deserve seat in the final squad, because these are premium pakistan batsman in terms of averages he had. Many of them insist Zaheer Abbas shall be consider for No 3 positions,and had 100 first class centuries as well, but final consideration should have to be test cricket. At this level all three batsman having great records. Therefore Younis Khan average is threatening to Yousaf positions at one down, but technically he is not good enough to be consider for final positions, furthermore he hasn't finished his career yet. At No 6, without any doubt Imran Khan is the final candidate and at No 7, stiff competitions is expected between Moin,Wasim Bari, Rashid and Kamran. No 8 is Wasim akram, No 9 Abdul Qadir, No 10 Waqar Younis No 11 Fazal Mahmood or Shoaib akhtar.

  • 5673303 on April 19, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    there are just three options u asked for 4

  • Hammad.Fayyaz on April 19, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    My middle orders go as; 3. Zaheer (class, style, temprament) 4. Javed Miandad (stability, taking the team to the goal, partnership builder) 5. Inzamam (fighter, pressure absorber, gutsy) (with Hanif & Saeed Anwar as an Opener)

  • asefali on April 19, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    You cannot really have 4 middle order batsmen, then 2 have 2 openers, 4 middle order and 1 wicket-keeper. Which means only 4 bowlers which is not enough in both ODI and Tests. Since there is the all-time best all-rounder (Imran Khan) available + wasim akram and a wicketkeeper-batsman, 3 middle order should be enough.

    The thing to decide is whether to go for 2 spinners or 1 spinner. I would prefer Imran, Wasim, Waqar and another pacer (Shoaib or Aaqib Javed) + 1 spinner (Abdul Qadir/Saqlain Mushtaq)

  • on April 19, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Hey man! where is sayeed anowar and imran khan?? its really surprising

  • aamir283 on April 19, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    MY 11 1 SAEED 2 AAMIR SOHAIL 3 INZAMAMUL HAQ 4 YOUSAF 5 JAVAID MIAN DAD 6 MOIN KHAN 7 IMRAN KHAN 8 ABDUL RAZZAQ 9 SHAHID AFRIDI 10 WASIM AKRAM 11 WAQAR YOUNIS

  • aamir283 on April 19, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    I THINK PAKISTAN BEST ELEVEN SHOULD BE SAEED ANWER,AAMIR SOHAIL,INZAMAUL HAQ ,JAVAID MIANDAD,MOHAMMAD YOUSAF,IMRAN KHAN,MOIN KHAN,ABDUL RAZZAQ,WASIM AKRAM,SHAHID AFRIDI,WAQAR YOUNIS

  • on April 19, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Xolile, was it really necessary to compare All-time XI sqauds?

  • shak01 on April 19, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    given the frailties of Pakistani batting, I'd be tempted to go with 4 middle order batsmen. Although having said that not looking forward to looking at the all-rounder and bowling slots!

  • badal on April 19, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I pick Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas and Asif Iqbal for the three middle order spots. As for my "Eleven" are concerned, I would have Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Asif Iqbal, Imran Khan, Mushtaq Mohammad,Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Fazal Mehmood and Abdul Qadir. Aqil Siddiqi(Canada)

  • on April 19, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas is obvious for number 3 , then Javed Miandad, Inzi and than for number 6 one of the best all rounders of Pakistan Mushtaq Mohammad.

  • Mani2292 on April 19, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Hanif, Saeed, Majid khan , Javed miadad and Mushtaq Mohammad .... 2 openers plus three in middle Great Imran at six

  • asaduzzaman-khan on April 19, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Inzamam and Miandad both are equally the best Pak batsman. I think Inzi at no. 4 and Miandad at no. 5, because Imran will come at no. 6 and Miandad- Imran partnership is wonder. At no. 3, Zaheer or Yousuf- anyone (51-49).

    My choice: Hanif, Anwar, Zaheer, Inzamam, Miandad, Imran (C), Imtiaz (wk), Akram, Fazal, Saqline, Waqar

  • on April 19, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    my 11: 1. hanif mohammad 2. saeed anwar 3. zaheer abbas 4. mohammad yousuf 5. javed miandad 6. inzimam-ul-haq 7. rashid latif 8. imran khan 9. wasim akram 10. waqar younis 11. saqlain musthaq/abdul qadir/ danish kaneria

  • Paki.Fan. on April 19, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    What choices, My God!, this is definitely a real tough one. I ll go with, Miandad, Zaheer & Inzi. Miandad and Inzi will add the fighting capabilities which Pakistani middle orderneed regularly while Zaheer will add Class & Style. for me it was hard to choose between Zaheer & Yousuf.

  • Aditya R Kulkarni on April 19, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    No saeed anwar in the list? Quite surprising. Quite a few ODI records in his name - highest ODI score until recently and also second highest century scorer of his time, next only to sachin.

  • usmanmansur on April 19, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    3 batsman would be sufficient one of them has to be miandad the other choice is between inzi/asif. do remember that inzi never played shane warne well. asif could play with the tail. one down is toughest but it cannot be zaheer as he only scored runs in pakistan and england . zaheer never scored any runs in newzealand even. the choice is between younis/saeed . a hounarable mention of musthaq muhammad who was pakistan's greatest captain. tactical he was better than imran and had the ability to gel the team together

  • FaheemAhmed on April 19, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Hey you ask for pickup the 4 middle order batsmen for pakistan, but here are just three options.

  • on April 19, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    ZAHEER, JAVED, INZI AND YOUSUF. NO OTHER CHOICE

  • jokistan on April 19, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Well, to be quite fair Qasim Omar's name should have also been mentioned. Qasim was a great batsman, until he was unfairly removed for telling the truth. He had some great match winning ODI knocks against Australia, and a test double hundred in a partnership with Javed Miandad. He was better than Ijaz Ahmed and Ramiz Raja. He should be considered atleast as an opener,if not middle order, and in the all time ODI Xi.

  • on April 19, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    HANIF, ANWAR, ZAHEER, JAVED, INZI, YOUSUF, IMRAN (CAPTAIN), W.AKRAM, R. LATIF, WAQAR, FAZAL M. (A MUST),12TH QADIR. 13-SARFRAZ 14-I.QASIM 15-SALIM MALIK 16-ASIF IQBAL only two complete keeper are available, Bari and Latif. Latif is preferred due to his batting. among spinners Qadir is the best by a distance followed by Iqbal Qasim, the lefty. few know about the legend Fazal Mahmud who alone won the tests against India, England, Australia and West Indies. Saeed Anwer is preferred over other due to his aggresive scoring ability. solid Hanif and Javed are there to allow Anwer, Zaheer, Inzi and Yousuf to play openly.

  • on April 19, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Middle-order : Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq. For the sake of my father's personal admiration of the man and for that one innings of 274 at Edgbaston, Zaheer Abbas is a no-doubter for the one-down spot. He was one of the few classy players of his era and was especially brutal on the English bowlers. Javed Miandad was the street fighter, the challenger and the maestro at the two-down spot. The Pakistan all-time 1X would certainly be incomplete without him and his services to Pakistan cricket can never be thanked for enough. Inzamam-ul-Haq or 'Inzi' as he was affectionately known, was the team's go-to guy at the three-down spot . Whenever early wickets fell for cheap runs, Inzi would shoulder the responsibility on his bear-like shoulders and on most occasions was successful in taking Pakistan to victory. A trio of brilliance, a trinity of greatness and a triad of excellence, they are the greatest middle-order batsmen the Pakistan has ever played.

  • raulraj on April 19, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    1. Hanif mohammad 2. Saeed anwar 3. zaheer abbas 4. javed miandad 5. inzmam-ul- haq 6. mohammad yousuf 7. moin khan 8. imran khan 9. waquar younus 10. wasim akram. 11. saqulin mustaq 12.

    afridi. sohaib akhtar, younis khan and salim malik are good but they dont belong in all time xi.

  • KSidd on April 19, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzimam ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, thats the ultimate middle order for any Pakistani team....

  • HLANGL on April 19, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    I'd put my XI for Pakistan. In any case, I cannot leave out Saeed Anwar; the fascinatingly gifted opener with magical timing & all the elegance in the world of batting, & similarly skilled but a lot more conventional Yousuf Youhana (or Mohammad Yousuf, doesn't matter which is called ...) in any all time Pakistan XI. Both Miandad & Inzamam may have more runs under their belt but neither of these 2 would match the sheer elegance & the fluent strokeplay of Anwar & Yohana at their best. Also I'd feel players like Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram & Imran Khan would have to be automatic choices as well. 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Hanif Mohammad, 3. Inzamam-ul-Haq, 4. Yousuf Youhana (Mohammad Yousuf), 5. Javed Miandad, 6. Zahir Abbas, 7. Imran Khan, 8. Moin Khan / Kamran Akmal / Wasim Bari (or any better option you may find. I feed this slot to be the weeker link in this side. In my opinion, Pakistan never had a great WK batsman in their history). 9. W. Akram, 10. W. Younis, 11. Abdul Qadir or Mustaq Ahmed

  • on April 19, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    This is really tough to choose... Pakistan has always been a Middle Order Army... There are such greats like Miadad, Salim Malik, M Yousof Zaheeer Abbaaas... Whom to choose and whom to not....???

    But these names memorize the rivalry b/w India and Pakistan... MAN!! Love those days....

  • omer_rajput on April 19, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    My top 5 are: 1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Majid Khan 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Javed Miandad 5. Inzamam ul Haq

  • dineshp97 on April 19, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    zaheer abbas mohammad yousuf javed miandad

  • huss26 on April 19, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Only 3 spaces availiable for picking instead of 4. My picks would definitely be Javed Miandad, Inzimam, Zaheer Abbas and Yousif.

  • on April 19, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    From the above list, picking four is tough. My XI would be:

    1) Hanif Muhammad 2) Saeed Anwar 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Miandad 5) Inzamam ul Haq 6) Saleem Malik 7) Imran Khan 8) Saleem Yousaf 9) Wasim Akram 10) Waqar Younis 11) Abdul Qadir

    Bring on any all time XI against this lot!

  • BellCurve on April 19, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    3 Zaheer Abbas 4 Imamam 5 Miandad 6 Mushtaq Mohammad -- the first three speak for themselves -- I would even consider promoting one of them to opener to make room for Yousuf. Pakistan will need Mushtaq Mohammad at 6 to provide additiional bowling capacity if they want to pick express bowlers like Waqar and Shoaib. Besides, Mushtaq Mohammad was grossly under-bowled in Tests. Look at his First Class and Test bowling averages and strike rates. He could easily have taken 150+ Test wickets. If only his captain asked him to bowl more often. With Imran then coming in at No7 and Akram at No9 - this Pakistan team will be a very tough one to beat. Certainly better than the all-time XI's from NZ, India and Sri Lanka - and about on par with SA and Eng. Only WI and Aus will be better.

  • fadooo on April 19, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Javed Miandad and Inzi are obvious. For the third slot, one of yousaf and zaheer abbas would initially come to mind. But we need a solid one down, as neither inzaman and javed played at that postion. So either Saeed Ahmed or Younis Khan. Might even be a good idea to have Majid there (with Hanif and Anwar as openers). With Imran as the all rounder, a wicket keeper batsman and Wasim Akram in the lower order we do not need a 4th middle order batsmen. Waqar, Fazal Mahmood and Abdul Qadir to complete the tail. I find it sad that so far in the proposed lists, very few readers remember to put Fazal Mahmood, and instead suggest the likes of Sarfaraz, Aqib and Shoaib Akhter. Fazal would be the first pacer that I would pick ahead of even waqar and wasim. He was the very first cricket hero we ever had.

  • srini701 on April 19, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    You say pick 4 but have options to select only 3 :-(

    But I guess it's pretty straight forward....be it the batsman's record, style of play, ability to win/save matches it's hard to look beyond Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Mohhamad Yousuf and Inzamam for spots at 3-6

    An all-time Pakistan XI would probably read: 1. Hanif Mohammad, 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas, 4. Javed Miandad, 5. Mohhamad Yousuf, 6. Inzamam, 7. Imran Khan, 8. Wasim Bari (wk) 9. Wasim Akram 10. Waqar Younis 11. Abdul Qadir. Younis Khan or Asif Iqbal can be your all rounder coz both are great fielders.

  • owaisvirani on April 19, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    the survey has three options while it is said to pick four batsmen

  • on April 19, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    my pick is zaheer abbas ,javed miandad and inzamam ul haq.u cant keep any of these out of an all time Pakistan11

  • FMK84 on April 19, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    The batting order shld be Hanif Mohammed, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer, Javed, Inzi. A 4th Middle Order bat is not necessary considering that the wicket keeper can bat and the team could hav 2 allrounders. Even Wasim (considered a bowler by me) has a best of 257 so the batting department is pretty solid.

  • on April 19, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas, Javed Mindad, Md. Yusuf, Inzamam

  • SajedM on April 19, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    There are only three batsmen to select while it was written that you should choose four middle order batsmen.

  • manofperfect on April 19, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    1. Hanif Muhammad 2. Saeed Anwar 3. ZaheerAbbas 4. Javid Miandad 5. Muhammad Yousuf 6. Inzimamul Haq 7. Imran Khan (Capitan) 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Wasim Akram 10. Waqar Younus 11. Abdul Qadir. 12 (Shoabi Akhtar)

  • on April 19, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    this one is surely a tough one i can't make up my mind

  • on April 19, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Inzimam Zaheer Abbas Miandad. Aggressive and dependable. I think Muhammad Yusuf can come as #12 or fourth batsmen but I don't see anyone else breaking into this group if we are going with 3 batsmen

  • IndiaGoats on April 19, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul Haq, Javed Miandad - Zaheer for the grace and beauty, Inzamam for the solidity and reassurance, Miandad for the street instincts and aggression.

    Somehow Yousuf's batting never appealed to me. Younis is not good to watch. Salim Malik scared many of the Indian bowlers, but not as much as Miandad.

  • on April 19, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    I would go with 4 batsmen, if 6 batsmen cant do the job, the 7th wont make much of a difference, so i ll go with Miandad, Inzamam, Zaheer and Younus. I pick Younis cuz he is more reliable batting one down which has always been Pakistan's weak point, yes there is a case for Yousuf but he is not comfortable with the new ball and gets out while driving, i wouldnt risk Miandad one down cuz i wouldnt wanna loose my key batsman to the new ball, so hence looking ay Yousif's vulnerability with the new ball ill put in Younis Khan, he will grind some time in the middle and make merry for the rest to come.

  • Dayanidhisn on April 19, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas is the obvious choice for 3 and the gutsy Javed Miandad should follow Inzamam at 5. Imran Khan,Wasim Bari & Wasim Akram lend all round capability to this team and further down Sarfraz Nawaz,Waqar Younis and quintessential Abdul Qadir should complete a strong bowling line up. With Hanif Mohammad & Saeed Anwar opening with left right combination and the classy Zaheer at 1, it is one rare combination of class,technique,elegance,fire,aggression , beauty and boldness.Imran as leader should be able to get the best out of the lot.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on April 19, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    1)Zaheer abbas will make world 11 middle order for sure in mylist 2)inzamam who was once on par with sachin/lara/mark waugh with his timing and placemtent 3) is tough to choose btw miandad and yousuf my vote is for miandad just cosof his more dominating nature when compared to yousuf. 4) there will never be 4th middle order batsmen with imran khan waiting in allrounders list 2 openers ,3 middle order batsmen, 1 allrounder ,1 keeper and 4 bowlers i guess thats tough to choose among one of best middle order players of last 2 decades

  • PakCricFanatic on April 19, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Younis is one of the best of his times not just for Pakistan but worldwide. He is one of the most under rated batsman ever did well on all kind of pitches against all types of bowling and in all kinds of situations coming in at the crucial number 3. The most complete test batsman I have seen play for Pakistan since 1994.Sadly his career has come to a premature end and will never get the respect and accolades he deserves. A very gutsy batsman.

    Rest are automatic contenders

  • Supratik on April 19, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Being an Indian cricket follower, we dreaded the 80's middle-order of Zaheer, Javed & Salim Malik. However, since it is an all-time XI and Zaheer's relatively poor record against real pace, the ideal middle order should be Malik, Inzamam & Javed. The no.6 will be tossup between the wily Mushtaq and the elegant Asif Iqbal, the last being a decent bowler, fantastic runner between wickets and overall an elegant cricketer to look at on the field. They need 4 in the middle order, before the great Khan comes in at 7. Saeed Ahmed will have to miss out. Yousuf & Yunus don't make the cut amongst the above greats.

  • on April 19, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    It's certainly tough job to work out best all-time XI for Pakistan because over the past few decades Pakistan produced so many talent & legend cricketers. But I suppose the following guys deserve to get in best XI: saeed anwar, hanif mohammad, zahir abbas, inzi, yousuf, imran khan, maindad,selim malik, wasim akram, waqar younis, adul qader

  • on April 19, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    My favourite pakistan all-time best XI: saeed anwar, hanif mohammad, zahir abbas, yousuf, inzi, maindad,imran khan, wasim akram, waqar younis, abdul qadir,moin khan

  • Uzair_Baig on April 19, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas should not be on the list. No doubt he was a quality player a genuine stroke maker but he was never being a match winner. Strange to see that Hanif Mohammad is not on the list yet.

  • asefali on April 19, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad are automatic choice. They are indeed 2 of the best batsmen produced not only by Pakistan but also by the subcontinent.

    If you want to go for 3 middle order than the third choice would be between Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf. But I would go with Inzamam for his ability to win matches in impossible situation. I dont think any Bangladeshi can forget that innings by Inzamam where he single handedly snatched the win from us at Multan. Though I am a big fan of Pakistan team & Inzamam, I hated him and cursed him like anything that day where he taught us the difference between a good batsman and a great batsmen. He is really a class batsmen, genuine crisis man & big match player.

  • brlara on April 19, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Helllllllllooooooooooooo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I was searching out for Hanif Mohammed on top of this list,,,,,,,, Do you think 337 in West Indies is that easy to score on uncovered wickets,,, a longest innings ever played in the history of test cricket,,,, and a 499* in first class is simpler to score??? only Lara could cross that one after few decades,, An asian bradman souvenier to Zaheer abbas and a credential to Younis Khan??? remove their runs against India and have a look at their CV. Simply over rated batsmen,,,,, and then,, where is Majid Khan in this list,, By the way,,,, I am an Indian,,,

  • Vivek.Bhandari on April 19, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Zed, Javed, and Inzy bhai are my choice for the middle order...Yousuf and others will probably will be just squeezed out...

  • manasvi_lingam on April 19, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Of all the XI's one of the hardest choice to pick. Javed Miandad and Inzamam pick themselves, because they averaged 50 at a time when there were many great bowlers around and the pitches were more helpful to bowlers. The third choice is virtually impossible. Both Asif Iqbal and especially Mushtaq Mohammed were capable bowlers as well; Mushtaq being an all rounder but they were not they best as batsmen. The choice is between Zaheer Abbas, Younis Khan, Mohd. Yousuf and Saeed Ahmed. Zaheer Abbas' average against the best times of his generation was quite poor and Saeed Ahmed's average while very good, is not in the same league as Younis and Yousuf. Now, Inzamam and Miandad are both crisis batsmen so adding Younis who is another gutsy fighter is not necessary. Thus, I'd go with Mohd. Yousuf.

  • Jay_Sean on April 19, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    were is Afridhi ? Saaed Anwar ? Ramiz Raja ?

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    With the openers, I thought it was fairly easy with Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar at the top, with Majid Khan providing healthy competition to Anwar.

    On the other hand, the middle order is a true conundrum. I would put Zaheer Abbas one down, Inzamam two down, Javed Miandad three down, and Younis/Yousuf four down. I would tend to favor Yousuf because at his prolific best he ousts Younis.

    Really hard decisions to make, but they have to be made to make an All-time XI.

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Osman, you have asked for selecting 4 middle order batsman but the survey is only showing 3 places for selection. The top 4 in my opinion should be Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Muhammad Yousuf or probably Asif Iqba in place of Yousufl since we shouldn't have two run out maestros on the crease (Inzamam and Yousuf).

  • rana_raza on April 19, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    I clicked on the link for picking my middle- order batsmen, but instead of four, as mentioned, there were only three pickings. Anyhow, my middle-order will be Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, and Muhammad Yousuf.

  • Bilal_Choudry on April 19, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    yes wasim raja is missed in this line up ... all of them put together didnt have the flair of the raja

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    For Me: Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Inzamam as middle -order. Sorry Asif Iqbal, you miss out.

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  • on April 19, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    For Me: Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Inzamam as middle -order. Sorry Asif Iqbal, you miss out.

  • Bilal_Choudry on April 19, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    yes wasim raja is missed in this line up ... all of them put together didnt have the flair of the raja

  • rana_raza on April 19, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    I clicked on the link for picking my middle- order batsmen, but instead of four, as mentioned, there were only three pickings. Anyhow, my middle-order will be Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, and Muhammad Yousuf.

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Osman, you have asked for selecting 4 middle order batsman but the survey is only showing 3 places for selection. The top 4 in my opinion should be Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Muhammad Yousuf or probably Asif Iqba in place of Yousufl since we shouldn't have two run out maestros on the crease (Inzamam and Yousuf).

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    With the openers, I thought it was fairly easy with Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar at the top, with Majid Khan providing healthy competition to Anwar.

    On the other hand, the middle order is a true conundrum. I would put Zaheer Abbas one down, Inzamam two down, Javed Miandad three down, and Younis/Yousuf four down. I would tend to favor Yousuf because at his prolific best he ousts Younis.

    Really hard decisions to make, but they have to be made to make an All-time XI.

  • Jay_Sean on April 19, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    were is Afridhi ? Saaed Anwar ? Ramiz Raja ?

  • manasvi_lingam on April 19, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Of all the XI's one of the hardest choice to pick. Javed Miandad and Inzamam pick themselves, because they averaged 50 at a time when there were many great bowlers around and the pitches were more helpful to bowlers. The third choice is virtually impossible. Both Asif Iqbal and especially Mushtaq Mohammed were capable bowlers as well; Mushtaq being an all rounder but they were not they best as batsmen. The choice is between Zaheer Abbas, Younis Khan, Mohd. Yousuf and Saeed Ahmed. Zaheer Abbas' average against the best times of his generation was quite poor and Saeed Ahmed's average while very good, is not in the same league as Younis and Yousuf. Now, Inzamam and Miandad are both crisis batsmen so adding Younis who is another gutsy fighter is not necessary. Thus, I'd go with Mohd. Yousuf.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on April 19, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Zed, Javed, and Inzy bhai are my choice for the middle order...Yousuf and others will probably will be just squeezed out...

  • brlara on April 19, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Helllllllllooooooooooooo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I was searching out for Hanif Mohammed on top of this list,,,,,,,, Do you think 337 in West Indies is that easy to score on uncovered wickets,,, a longest innings ever played in the history of test cricket,,,, and a 499* in first class is simpler to score??? only Lara could cross that one after few decades,, An asian bradman souvenier to Zaheer abbas and a credential to Younis Khan??? remove their runs against India and have a look at their CV. Simply over rated batsmen,,,,, and then,, where is Majid Khan in this list,, By the way,,,, I am an Indian,,,

  • asefali on April 19, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad are automatic choice. They are indeed 2 of the best batsmen produced not only by Pakistan but also by the subcontinent.

    If you want to go for 3 middle order than the third choice would be between Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf. But I would go with Inzamam for his ability to win matches in impossible situation. I dont think any Bangladeshi can forget that innings by Inzamam where he single handedly snatched the win from us at Multan. Though I am a big fan of Pakistan team & Inzamam, I hated him and cursed him like anything that day where he taught us the difference between a good batsman and a great batsmen. He is really a class batsmen, genuine crisis man & big match player.