Allrounder April 27, 2010

One from five

Pakistan were never short of allrounders. Imran Khan would be the overwhelming choice but there are four others, all also captains, in this shortlist
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How often has a Pakistan side turned out on the field without a very decent and capable allrounder in their XI? Not very, for just as the land has always produced fine fast bowlers, it has also provided, if not the same flood, then a steady stream of allrounders from the very off.

Right from AH Kardar in the first Tests, even through men such as Majid Khan and Asif Iqbal, who were good enough bowlers to open early in their careers, through the 1970s trio of Intikhab Alam, Mushtaq Mohammad and Wasim Raja, through Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, Pakistan has been blessed with men who bring enviable balance to their line-up. In his earliest days, even Javed Miandad was a more than useful leggie.

Some have been modest in nature, the extent of their ability being merely to chip in with bat and ball. Others have been unpredictable but explosive game-changers. At least one has bestridden the game like a behemoth, good enough to win matches with bat, ball and both regularly. The best ones, curiously but inevitably, have also captained Pakistan.

The one pick for the all-time XI should not be a difficult one. Imran would probably make it to a number of world XIs as an allrounder, so a Pakistani XI should be a formality. But there has never been, as was the case with Ian Botham, an interminable, debilitating search for the next Imran, proof that Pakistan have been well-served in this role.

Akram's arrival helped but even when his potential with the bat never fully materialised, no one really agonised. Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood don't find their names in this list, but they have both had moments others can only dream of; Razzaq has a Test hundred from one-down and a hat-trick to his name, for example, while Mahmood's three Test hundreds came against strong South African pace attacks.

Imran may tower over everyone, but stiff competition is at hand.

The contenders

AH Kardar
By the time he led Pakistan in their first Test, his best days as a player had gone (he had already played for India and enjoyed a productive spell at Warwickshire). But Kardar still brought a feisty southpaw balance to sides with his left-arm spin - he was once a medium-pacer - and naturally aggressive middle-order batting. If the numbers look ordinary it is because they don't take into account his leadership and that trait nudges him into allrounder territory. Like Mike Brearley, he is almost worth a place in the side for his captaincy, for no Pakistan leader - not even Imran - did as much as Kardar to ensure Pakistan arrived with such gusto to the cricket world.

Imran Khan Imran was widely considered by many to be the most accomplished from cricket's golden quartet of allrounders in the 80s; that he was the most successful captain strengthens the case for favourable comparison alongside Sir Garry Sobers as simply the greatest allrounder ever. A devastating fast bowler for 12 years through the 70s and 80s - among the quickest at one stage - and a technically accomplished middle-order batsman, for the last 10 years of his career Imran averaged over 50 with the bat and under 20 with the ball, almost incomparable anywhere. As well as London's swankiest nightspots, he was most often found at the very heart of all Pakistan's most sensational cricketing moments.

Intikhab Alam After the retirement of Kardar, Intikhab plugged a crucial gap through the 60s and early 70s as Pakistan's leading allrounder. Always a quality legspinner - his first ball in Test cricket got him a wicket, and it was, the legend goes, a wrong 'un - Inti was at his best with the bat lower down the order and the side in a fix. The most memorable of his nine 50-plus scores came from No. 10 - 51 in the epic ninth-wicket 190-run stand with Asif Iqbal at The Oval in 1967. He led Pakistan nobly and with good grace, much needed after the captaincy fiascos of the 60s.

Mushtaq Mohammad Mushtaq was arguably Pakistan's best allrounder pre-Imran. Unlike Inti, his legspinning allrounder contemporary, batting was comfortably Mushtaq's stronger suit. But from the resumption of his career in the late 60s, his bowling improved considerably. On his day, as West Indies found out in 1976, when the flipper came out right, he could be seriously dangerous. He was an imaginative, significant captain as well and is only one of four men in Test history - Jacques Kallis, Sobers and Botham are the others - to have scored a hundred and taken five wickets in an innings more than once; also, one of two to score a double-hundred and take a five-for.

Wasim Akram For many years the heir apparent to Imran, Akram has few equals in Pakistan when it comes to turning matches with a short, sharp burst with the ball, or an equally brief but effective swing of the bat. His batting was never sound enough to form the basis of prolonged, consistent success, but Imran thought him to be more talented than himself and on days - Lord's 1992, the the MCG 1992, Adelaide 1989-90 - he could change a game with the bat and show enough flexibility to strongly suggest greater application might have produced greater results. Bowling, though was, more often than not, where it was at with Akram.

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

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • gallant_cricketer on April 30, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Beat this team:

    1: Hanif; 2: Majid, 3: Zaheer, 4: Miandad, 5: Inzamam, 6. Mushtaq, 7: Imran, 8: Imtiaz, 9: Wasim, 10: Waqar, 11: Fazal.

    Qadir will play instead of Fazal if the wicket is anticipated to be a spinning wicket.

  • Murtaza. on April 30, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    If South africa can choose two all rounders for all time elleven Aubrey Faulkner and Mike Procter, then why not Pakistan as Wasim Akram and Imran Khan in the same elleven. THINK about that...

  • kiraj777 on April 30, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    RezaThahir - man u just posted the best possible 11. So totally agree with u. Other dimwits who mention Afridi and some of the other newer players for an all time pak 11 - go learn your cricket history kiddos. That's the 11...and please don't ever try and compare Shoaib Chuckter with Waqar....plzzzz, it is blasphemy, sacrilage...Waqar was the swing bowling god...he could swing the ball even when god couldn't...with a perfectly legal action and so much more class....

  • on April 30, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    1. Saeed Anwar (A.Sohail, S.K.Afridi) 2. Hanif Muhammad (Mudassar, Mohsin) 3. Javed Miandad (Ramiz Raja) 4. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Muhammad Yousuf) 5. Zaheer Abbas 6. Kamran Akmal (Rashid, Moin) 7. Abdul Razzaq (Sarfaraz Nawaz) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Imran Khan (Fazal Mehmood) 10. Saqlain Mushtaq (M.Ahmed, A.Qadir, I.Qasim) 11. Waqar Younis (Shoaib Akhtar)

  • Faisal_Sherwani on April 30, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Only & Only Imran Khan and also as a Captain.

  • Cricconnoisseur on April 30, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    I am an Indian, but waiting eagerly to see the final All time Pakistan XI. I literally live on Cricinfo, but if they are stupid enough to ask us choose between Wasim and Imran, thereby eleminating one of them, I would stop following this website altogether. Where did you guys get this ridiculous idea from? The last 6 in Pakistan all time XI shoudl read: Imran, Wicket keeper (Latif is my choice), Akram, Waqar, Qadir,Saqlain http://vasusworld.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/fantasia-cricket/

  • vikasbindra on April 30, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    imran khan is a better bowler than wasim akram as i suspect to the knowledge in my bellief there is a bowler named waqar younis who is a really quick but imran khan is a bowler who has make pasistan cricket better in globe.

  • adnan.abid on April 30, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    I'll go for Imran Khan and Wasim will easily be among the bowlers.. rather whosoever you choose, the other one will be among the bowlers. Apart from this, both of them shall be the members for all time Pakistan teams for all 3 formats of the game.

  • Murtaza. on April 29, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    I am going for Great Wasim Akram, We are going to choose team against best batsmen in the world. Wasim was no. at batsman and Imran was no.5 at batting order, No team in the world can be compleet with out Wasim.

  • SomilNanda on April 29, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    i thought this would be the easiest pick till i saw Imaran and Akram both nominated for single slot. This is ridiculous. Both of them can easily fine a place in all time world best XI and here they are competing for 1 place in Pakistan XI.

  • gallant_cricketer on April 30, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Beat this team:

    1: Hanif; 2: Majid, 3: Zaheer, 4: Miandad, 5: Inzamam, 6. Mushtaq, 7: Imran, 8: Imtiaz, 9: Wasim, 10: Waqar, 11: Fazal.

    Qadir will play instead of Fazal if the wicket is anticipated to be a spinning wicket.

  • Murtaza. on April 30, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    If South africa can choose two all rounders for all time elleven Aubrey Faulkner and Mike Procter, then why not Pakistan as Wasim Akram and Imran Khan in the same elleven. THINK about that...

  • kiraj777 on April 30, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    RezaThahir - man u just posted the best possible 11. So totally agree with u. Other dimwits who mention Afridi and some of the other newer players for an all time pak 11 - go learn your cricket history kiddos. That's the 11...and please don't ever try and compare Shoaib Chuckter with Waqar....plzzzz, it is blasphemy, sacrilage...Waqar was the swing bowling god...he could swing the ball even when god couldn't...with a perfectly legal action and so much more class....

  • on April 30, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    1. Saeed Anwar (A.Sohail, S.K.Afridi) 2. Hanif Muhammad (Mudassar, Mohsin) 3. Javed Miandad (Ramiz Raja) 4. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Muhammad Yousuf) 5. Zaheer Abbas 6. Kamran Akmal (Rashid, Moin) 7. Abdul Razzaq (Sarfaraz Nawaz) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Imran Khan (Fazal Mehmood) 10. Saqlain Mushtaq (M.Ahmed, A.Qadir, I.Qasim) 11. Waqar Younis (Shoaib Akhtar)

  • Faisal_Sherwani on April 30, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Only & Only Imran Khan and also as a Captain.

  • Cricconnoisseur on April 30, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    I am an Indian, but waiting eagerly to see the final All time Pakistan XI. I literally live on Cricinfo, but if they are stupid enough to ask us choose between Wasim and Imran, thereby eleminating one of them, I would stop following this website altogether. Where did you guys get this ridiculous idea from? The last 6 in Pakistan all time XI shoudl read: Imran, Wicket keeper (Latif is my choice), Akram, Waqar, Qadir,Saqlain http://vasusworld.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/fantasia-cricket/

  • vikasbindra on April 30, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    imran khan is a better bowler than wasim akram as i suspect to the knowledge in my bellief there is a bowler named waqar younis who is a really quick but imran khan is a bowler who has make pasistan cricket better in globe.

  • adnan.abid on April 30, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    I'll go for Imran Khan and Wasim will easily be among the bowlers.. rather whosoever you choose, the other one will be among the bowlers. Apart from this, both of them shall be the members for all time Pakistan teams for all 3 formats of the game.

  • Murtaza. on April 29, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    I am going for Great Wasim Akram, We are going to choose team against best batsmen in the world. Wasim was no. at batsman and Imran was no.5 at batting order, No team in the world can be compleet with out Wasim.

  • SomilNanda on April 29, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    i thought this would be the easiest pick till i saw Imaran and Akram both nominated for single slot. This is ridiculous. Both of them can easily fine a place in all time world best XI and here they are competing for 1 place in Pakistan XI.

  • ManiMB on April 29, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    1 Anwar 2 Zaheer 3 Yousuf 4 Miandad 5 Inzi 6 Afridi 7 Moin 8 Imran 9 Wasim 10 Waqar 11 Saqlain

  • on April 28, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    The best of the best..We ever produced and they ruled in there times.

  • SPA001 on April 28, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Among the choices we have, there can not possibly be any debate about the selection of Imran Khan, four in one cricketer and easily the most charismatic and accomplished all-rounder since Garfield Sobers. Has anyone given a thought to the All-time hot-headed ill-tampered XI which should read : 1. Aamir Sohail, 2. Mohammad Ilyas, 3. Saeed Ahmed, 4. Javed Miandad, 5. Younis Ahmed, 6. A.H.Kardar (c), 7.Shahid Afridi, 8. Rashid Latif (wk), 9. Sarfraz Nawaz, 10. Abdul Qadir, 11. Shoaib Akhtar. Each individual would spice up the dressing room with their well-publicised antics. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on April 28, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    no other choice....Imran is finest and greatest...!! Wasim will rather fall in fast bowler's category...but where is wasim hassan raja(RIP) ...he was one of greatest batsmen in the world..!!

  • arfanzeb on April 28, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    What's going here Imran is the only choice

  • Shoaibthinks on April 28, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Please!!! There is something wrong. Pakistan all time XI cannot be complete without both Wasim & Imran. Seriously if Wasim is not in the category for fast bowlers than there's no point in having this all time XI. Yes no one can replace Imran as allrounder but than no one can replace Wasim as the first choice fast bowler.

  • on April 28, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    While I beleive Imran stands head and shoulders above the rest, I am wondering what would the best line up be after the 11 players are chosen. The purpose of this exercise is to find a eleven which in their prime could have taken on any strong team in the world and beaten them. But do we have the players to do the same against WI in WI and Aus in Aus? The only +ve we have are our fast bowlers and even they (Ws and Shoaib) could not stop Gilghirst and langer winning the test, at their peak.

  • on April 28, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    There is a flaw in this selection 1.There cannot be a selection of Pak xi by dropping Imran or wasim (Both deserves to be in the best pak xi) 2.If we go by the list of players offered by pane, as we will be left with a team without w.keeper

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  • on April 28, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Posted by adeelnaqvi on (April 28 2010, 04:31 AM GMT) "In fact this has worried me all day."

    Mate, settle down or you'll have a heart attack!

  • Kaaaaaaash on April 28, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Only and only Great Khan. Not for because he won the world cup for us (Pakistan). Because he is a man who set the example in every type of cricketing field. either as a batsman, in the middle order or in the end. as a bowler open the innings or middle or in the final few overs. He always remain the xample for us. so witout a doubt he is a classic classic all rounder cricketing world ever produce.

  • Sajeeb on April 28, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    if wasim is also nominated in the bowlers' category, it's fine. otherwise it would be really ridiculous to choose between wasim and imran khan, two of pakistan's greatest ever. i m waiting for the nominations of the bowlers to be revealed and if wasim does not make that list, then this entire 'Pakistan all-time XI' will have no meaning.

  • RezaThahir on April 28, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    1. Anwar 2. Hanif 3. Abbas 4. Miandad 5. Haq 6. Imran 7. Bari (w) 8. Akram 9. Qadir 10. Saqlain 11. Waqar

  • adeelnaqvi on April 28, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Unless Wasim bhai is also nominated for the fast bowling options, then this selection is utterly flawed. Imran Khan was a great and easily slots into the position of allrounder, and if Wasim Akram cannot get into the team merely because of this like I said, this selection is severely flawed. In fact this has worried me all day.

  • on April 28, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Imran Khan, Ian Botham and Kapil Dev were truly the greatest all rounders of their time. Imran Khan has to be in any team in the world.

  • long_handle9 on April 28, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    dunno why there has to be one all-rounder only? tho imho wasim was good enough as a bowler. also, "swankiest nightspots"? Come on. I don't know why Pakistanis have such a morbid fascination with Imran's former playboy lifestyle--the thing is he's settled down now and is genuinely embarrassed about that stuff. you don't see brits dragging out botham's dirty laundry or aussies obsessing over warne's shameful affairs, because the truth is that that has NOTHING to do with cricket

  • on April 28, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Imran would make it as a Captain, a bowler, and an allrounder (is there any doubt?). No change even if this exercise were to be done a million times and over. Heck, he is even a serious contender purely as a batsman (remember the 2 years when he did not bowl at all?). So this question about Imran is irrelevant. Ditto with Wasim. In fact when it comes to Pakistan team selection, the search should be for 8 members and not 11. There are 3 auto selections: Imran, Wasim, Javed.

    I'm an Indian and have often marvelled at the talent, grit, and performance of these individuals. They impose their will and change fortunes even in seemingly lost causes.

    I have not seen Sobers. But if I were to pick one all arounder for a World all time XI, Imran would take the honors.

  • on April 27, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    I will pick Imran and Wasim as fast bowlers, so my choice for all rounders is Mushtaq Mohammad

  • on April 27, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    i am sure no one will go against imran but if i ask my self that today is a match and you have to play one of the two blokes who would i play a great technical batsman and bowler or the one who is master of swings of both bat and ball one who learned his trade or one who would mesmerise with the abundance of talent and this is my instinct and gutsy that this is pakistan xi and no one should be treated for royalty and in my team my all rounder is wasim akram and will always be him he is king of both bat and ball and it would be stupidity to go for a royal treatment to imran his career was not as romantic and he was consistent but not the greatest for me Wasim akram and if not for his spells imran wouldnt earn the laurels he got be it England test series or a tour of india apart from world cup glories imran couldnt do itor stamp authority without men like akram and miandad

  • on April 27, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    ----I.M.R.A.N.K.H.A.N----

  • hamza1982 on April 27, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Imran Khan is the greatest all rounder in the history of the game .....FULL STOP

  • AyrtonS on April 27, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    I wonder to what degree the 5 of them were tampering with the ball in those days.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on April 27, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    i thought sahid afridi would be here

  • waspsting on April 27, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    waste of time - Imran Khan every, every, every single time. assume Wasim will be up for fast bowlers spot as well

  • on April 27, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    its ridicules to select one from imran and wasim i am selecting imran as allrounder and wasim as bowler.....

  • on April 27, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    YEah its imran khan only but i thnk there shudnt b only 1 all rounder.. evn now in pakistan team dere r alwaz 2 all rounderz n so if 2nd 1 is added it wud b eithr shahid afridi r abdur razzaq... plzzz do mention afridi hez been a great assit 2..

  • riteshjsr on April 27, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    This one's a no-brainer. Who else but Imran Khan?

  • rson on April 27, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    I already entered Mushtaq as a batsman for fear that he would not be included elsewhere.Wasim Akram,a great bowler,was at best a borderline all-rounder.Kardar should not figure in this company at all.Mudassar and Abdul Razzaq are better options.But if one all-rounder is chosen it can be no one but Imran,who to my mind was the best ever.

  • on April 27, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    this is just a formality that judges have to go thru for the allrounder role, I would doubt if someone votes againstt Imran on this one!!!

  • inswing on April 27, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    As many have said, the choice between Imran and Wasim is silly. Also Mustaq was as good a spinner as Qadir (the ave is actually better), but you get his batting for free. There is no need for a second spinner. So the strongest team would be: 1. Hanif 2. Anwar 3. Zaheer 4. Javed 5. Yousuf 6. Inzamam. 7. Mustaq 8. Imran 9. Akram 10. Bari 11. Waqar. You will never get this batting lineup out, and the three pacers and the spinner are good enough for any batting lineup you can put up.

  • on April 27, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Razzaq should be in the list

  • Fayss on April 27, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Now that is ridiculous, I cannot separate the Highs and lows of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. It is not possible for any Pakistani cricket fan to vote against one. As for the BEST ALLROUNDER TAG, yup I have to be a little more careful and I chose Imran Khan

    Sorry Wasim Bhai, I have high regards for you but Mr. Osman (the author) you should know that Wasim Bhai's name must be there in the bowler list cuz he is our BEST BEST BEST bowler!!!

  • km00 on April 27, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    A couple of important names missing who have won games with their batting and bowling are Wasim Raja and Shahid Afridi. Both Wasim Raja and Mushtaq Mohd. would have had a lot more wickets against their names if it wasn't for Intikhab Alam. We all already know that Imran Khan will be picked. He is some one who was picked by Richie Benaud to captain his all time world XI .... so Imran is an automatic selection. The idea of this article was to honor players like Kardar and Intikhab, but the author once again missed a couple of key names ... like he totally forgot to mention Sohaib Mohammad in the list of openers. Sohaib being famous not only for temperament and fielding but the only player over whose non-selection, Imran gave his resignation which forced the PCB to include him in the team. If it wasn't for Miandad's dislike for Sohaib, he'd have served Pakistan cricket a few more years.

  • nafzak on April 27, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    RELAX GUYS. Of course, Wasim will be on the fast bowlers list. I will go with Imran and leave room to select Wasim and Waqar as my fast bowlers. My Pakistan all time 11 is as follows: Hanif Mohammed, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Mohammed, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari, Waqar Younis and Abdul Qadir.

    There is eough batting at the top and Imran and Wasim Akram are also very capable, hence I included Mushtaq Mohammed before before Mohammed Yousuf and Saeed Anwar because of his bowling. Bari is best w/keeper. Kamran Akmal batting is not suficient to overcome his deficiencies as w/keeper. I think however, that the selectors will leave out Mushtaq and put in someone with higher batting stats., because they only want one spinner.. which in my opinion would be shortsighted, since it would not be best winning combination.

  • ravimenon on April 27, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    ,Over the years Pakistan has produced lots of talented and world class players. Because of this, it will be a tough job for the panel to select the best team. But still they have to select a team. I think both Imran & Wasim should be nominated in bowlers category. Hence, I suggest Mushatq Ahmed as the All Rounder. He is as world class performers with bat and also with ball. So My team so far is,

    Majid Khan, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Mushtaq Mohammed

  • fwb67 on April 27, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    My one pick for the allrounder is Imran Khan. He was simply the best during a career actually starting from 1976 - 1992. In the 1971 series ag. Eng he played in 1 Test, he was totally raw, as Colin Cowdrey facing Imran khan for the first time taking guard from Umpire Charlie Elliot, and Elliot saying to Cowdrey right arm over anywhere. He got another chance in the 1974 series ag. Eng where he could not leave his impact. The 1976-77 Series Ag. Aus was the turning point in his career where he bowled as quick as Dennis Lillee. Sydney 1977, Jamaica 1977, Lahore 1982 vs SL ,Edgbaston 1982, Leeds 1982, Karachi 1982 vs India where he demolished them taking revenge of the 1979-80 series loss. Faisalabad 1983 vs India, Allround performance Century & 11 Wkts. Faisalabad 1986 vs WI performance as a Captain. Bangalore 1987 vs India as captain. 135 at chennai 1987 as captain. Leeds 1987 taking 10 Wkts in the match. 102 at the oval 1987. Georgetown 1988. Saving a test at Adelaide 1990 with a century

  • zzboyz on April 27, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I agree with VinDoshi. I don't want to leave out Wasim Akram but I have to because clearly Imran Khan is a better allrounder. I hope cricinfo gives us another chance to pick Wasim Akram in the fastbowlers list.

  • NALINWIJ on April 27, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    If there is one choice then it is Imran obviously but the only question is whether he is going to bat at 6 or 7 and he is good enough to bat at 6 but will they need a WK batsman to bat at 7. This may be a problem but Rashid Latif may come close and Wasim Akram had potential as a batsman and is almost certainly going to be picked. Why cant 3 ALLROUNDERS be picked with Mushtaq as the 2nd spinner. Giving a batting order of 6.MUSHTAQ 7.IMRAN 8.WASIM AKRAM. This allows the best WK [BARI] to be picked. my preferred XI is 1.Hanif 2.Anwar 3.Zaheer 4.Javed 5.Inzamam 6.Yohanna or Mushtaq 7.Imran 8 .Wasim Akram 9.Wasim Bari 10. Waqar 11.Qadir.

  • ahassan on April 27, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Osman Samiuddin has bungled again as he did in not selecting Shoaib Mohammad as a contender for opener's spot. On what basis AH Kardar is there as a contender for all-rounder's spot. Here we are slecting an all rounder and not a captain of all-time Pakistan Test XI. Asif Iqbal, Wasim Raja, Mudassar Nazar, Abdul Razzak and Shahid Afridi have better figures to qualify for this list. Osman may argue that he wanted an all-rounder from every era of Pakistan cricket but who is there from the present era? I think his home work was not proper for finalising the list. Probably keeping Imran"s stature in mind he did not spend enough time on this list. In the end I would say that only an insane person would select anybody else other than Imran Khan as an all-rounder for all-time Pakistan XI.

  • wanderer1 on April 27, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Imran and Wasim are definite inclusions, but I would actually go with 3, have a deeper batting line up and 5 full time bowlers.

  • chitraj on April 27, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Easy Peasy- Imran as allrounder, and Akram as a bowler (who can also bat). Afridi, Razzaq are lucky to even get a mention in this article! They dont comeremotely close to the class of the Wasims and Imrans. Case closed.

  • HasanMobeen on April 27, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    This is totally ridiculous... How can we choose between Wasim Akram and Imran Khan?? Both shud be part of Pakistan All time XI... How can we choose between two in a single category... Wasim shud have been included in bowler category...

  • Himayun on April 27, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    I think both Imran and Akram would and should be selected for their bowling alone. Neither of them is dubtful as a fast bowler in any Pakistan eleven. This leaves the all rounder's place only for Mushtaq. Even though he was way underbowled to keep the position of Inti safe, his averages in both tests and first class speak for themselves. Needless to say these averages are far better than Inti or any other spinning allrounder.

  • NickHughes on April 27, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    There's only one guy in the frame here and that's Imran. Here's hoping we get to vote for Wasim in the pace bowling category.

  • unchained on April 27, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    only one guy imran khan

  • on April 27, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    my playing xi is... 1)hanif mohd..2.. majid khan/saeed anwar..3..zaheer abbas..4...javed miadad..5...inzamam...6...mohd.yousaf.7..kamran akmal...8...imran khan..9..wasim akram..10..waqar youins...11..abdul qadir..12th man shoiab akhtar....13...mohd asif...14...shahid afridi..15abdul razzaq (odi)

  • realredbaron on April 27, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    (I was told that I must enter 25 characters at the very least in order to post any comment here; so I am writing all this crap before cutting to the point)

    Imran Khan Niazi .

  • cracked on April 27, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    For me one man,the greatest cricketer ever produced by Pakistan soil...IMRAN KHAN. With batting avg of more than 50 and bowing less than 20.i think he is MR perfect for this position

  • Paki.Fan. on April 27, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Wasim will surely be selected as a fast bowlers, he was an occasional all rounder and should not have been included here. this is creating more confusion. Add Razzaq & Afridi.

  • Kayani_the_selector on April 27, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    If you compare Imran with Wasim, my choice will ofcourse be the Great Khan. But how can you keep Wasim out of all time Pakistan XI (even world XI)? Hoping to see Wasim in next (bowlers) list as well.

  • Khanali81 on April 27, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Is it really necessary to poll on this, I think Imran Khan is natural selection here. You can debate for hours and even days on who was better all-rounder (Imran or Wasim) but don't forget we need a skipper for this XI and Imran was a best captain - not only of Pakistan - but in cricket's 130+ years history. Imran is natural selection here.

  • on April 27, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Don't forget Amir sohail's cpabilities with the bat and ball and a safe pair of hands at slip or backward sqare leg..

  • S.h.a.d.a.b on April 27, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    in terms of choosing one, i would select wasim as my 1st choice. imran is more famous of his world cup winning campaign.

  • karthikm_tvk on April 27, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Thanks Cricinfo.You are Making me to Laugh louder and Relaxing me from my pressure.This is Baseless to have Wasim Akram in this List.He is very danger and Aggressive Bowler,I love him and Respect him.But you are giving us two lovely Players and Asking us to select one.Imran Khan,He will nod from all the Individuals and Maximum of vote from this list.This shows Pakistan's IX without Wasim Akram,Whoever accepts this i dont know,i cant bare this.

    From this list i will go for Imran Khan for All Rounder and Wasim Akram for a fure Bowler.

    Guys dont make joke by giving Afridi and Razzaq here.How can you compare these silly guys with Legends like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram.

    Again Thanks Cricinfo,But one thing if you miss Wasim Akram from Pakistan's All Time IX then that might be the Blanceless Team for Pakistan.

    Bye Guys and Cricinfo.Pick Best within Best.

  • on April 27, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Imran Khan is the greatesttttttttttttt

  • Murtaza. on April 27, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Records, Stats... stop this records or stats cant tell you the ability of any player. I think this is not fair, that we have to choce one of the two Greats. totaly crazy, I know Imran Was better batsman then wasim, but Wasim was much better bowler then Imran. If we go after records so of course we have Imran as an allrounder, but If we are going after ability then you can´t drop WASIM or IMRAN as allrouner. both could bowl both could bat as well, good fielders great captains and greart fighters and stunning MATCH WINNERS. I am going for both

  • Supratik on April 27, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Despite an embarrasment of riches with many allrounders from Pakistan, it has to be Khan Saheb who takes the slot eyes closed. As Osman rightly mentions, Kardar was well past his best by the time he played for Pakistan. Wasim 'the left arm of God' Akram will walk in to the side as a fast bowler. However, why not have two allrounders and include Mushtaq too. He was no rabbit with the bat and was a fine leg-spinner though India played him only at the fag end of his career and hence know little about him.

  • AncientAstronaut on April 27, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Surely Cricinfo is not crazy enough to not include both Imran Khan and Wasim Akram in the all time XI. Wasim Akram has to be there in the bowler's list because Imran Khan is the obvious selection here.

  • on April 27, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    For those who say wasim was not an allrounder and bla bla. First of all, click on the three match links given above by osman. In all three, he was man of match because of his ALLROUND performance. And now some of his batting records, most sixes in a test innings (12) unbeaten so far. most runs by a number 8 in an innings 257*. He had 3 centuries in tests. and many fifties. He has got the most number of runs in one days without scoring a century(record as well). Also above 300 runs partnership in test inning. He has won many games on his batting and allround performance. And you call him a bowler only? Wake up. I have never seen a match where when the line up comes only a bowler icon comes with wasim, always allrounder icon used to come. I totally agree with osmans choice.

  • RomanNoseJob on April 27, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    yes, well, who is pakistan's greatest all-rounder is one of the most ludicrously self-evident questions in cricket. Imran Khan is arguably the finest cricketer Asia has ever produced, arguably the greatest all-rounder, certainly the greatest all-rounder who's main forte is bowling anyway, one of the greatest fast bowlers even if he couldn't hold a bat, one of the finest captains in the history of the sport. A monolithic figure, my favourite cricketer ever (I'm not from nor do I have any connection to Pakistan) I feel sorry for you Osman, you must have known while writing this that you were wasting your time. We'll see Wasim later.

  • on April 27, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Well id pick Wasim and Imran both, Imran as an allrounder and Wasim purely as a bowler, so if i have to pick one all rounder that will be Imran no doubt, 2 reasons for that: hez a better allrounder then the rest and most importantly the best captain of the whole pakistani lot!!

  • Engle on April 27, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Fear not ye avid posters. MushtaqM was included amongst the batsman as well as here, so I forsee Wasim Akram amongst the forthcoming bowlers. Perhaps even Imran again amongst the bowlers. That would allow us to pick MushtaqM. Who I would like to see in the #6 spot is Asif Iqbal. Spare a thought for Nasim-ul-Ghani who was a SLA who scored Pakistans 1st century in England, that too as nightwatchman.

  • cricketchopper on April 27, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    If we are going to select two spinners and three pacers then Muhammad is automatic choice. He has better bowling strike rate then Abdul Qadir. I mean he was better leg spinner then Abdul Qadir hence he will be bowling partner of Imran,Waseem,Waqar & Saqlain. In this situation when Pakistan plays with 5 bowlers, my team is: Hanif,Majid,Jawaid,Inzi, Asif, Mushtaq Muhmmad,Imran,Waseem Akram, Bari, Waqar, Saqlain.

  • Zaik18 on April 27, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Thats Totally wrong... We can eliminate one batsman form the last list and can select Imran as a batting all rounder because everyone wants both in the same team.... We cant eleminate anyone from wasim imran from any type of cricket in Pakistan... So Judiry please select both of them to make Pak XI the best one... Rzaaq, Malik and afridi should be given chance in list...

  • osee_bhai on April 27, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Everyone needs to relax, akram will make it as a bowler alone later along with younis. And the calls to have afridi or razzaq on this list are baseless, in the test world they were just not effective enough.

  • on April 27, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    No disrepect to the others in this shortlist, but there is no point even voting for this as IMRAN KHAN is the clear best all-rounder Pakistan EVER PRODUCED. He was a PROPER ALL-ROUNDER. W.Akram was a Bowling All-Rounder.

  • on April 27, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Wasim Akram is surely Pakistan Army's best warrior.... But he shouldn't be included in this part.... He is surely going to make the place in All time XI in bowlers.... but for here my vote is for Imran Khan..

  • kamranwasti on April 27, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Does this mean that Imran and Wasim cannot be in Pakistan's All-time XI together? Lovely if it happens because it would confirm that the selection committee is indeed Pakistani. Wasim Raja or Asif Iqbal (both with 50+ wickets)? I'd have Imran and Mushtaq with Wasim, Waqar and Saqlain. Saqlain and Mushtaq were the only spinners who consistently won tests abroad. The former and Mushtaq would provide the wrist/finger spin combination. Fazal Mahmood or Shoaib Akhtar are a no-no despite their good records. Wicketkeeper - we had two great wicketkeepers in Wasim Bari and Rashid Latif (he gets my nod). Saleem Yousuf, Moin and Kamran were technically inadequate wicketkeepers. And I wish I could have Saeed and Majid (or Mohsin) - serious flair. Hanif will win though thanks to his record. Inzimam remains Pakistan's greatest matchwinner with the bat add Miandad and may be Yousuf or Younis (more guts than most). Sorry Zaheer but he wouldn't do well outside England and Pakistan.

  • unleashedtrojan1 on April 27, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    i hope Wasim is included in the bowlers aswell cuz any1 whose sane wil vote for imran.....

  • asefali on April 27, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    IMRAN KHAN, the best all-rounder world have ever seen. He would also get into even All time World XI let alone All Pakistan XI or Asian XI...

    Just see his super-human like stats: Batting Avg 37.69 & Bowling Avg 22.81... Absolutely Extraordinary.... Far far better than the other 3 All-rounders of his time. Only Hadlee had slightly better bowling average but his batting average was 10 less than Imran.

    For reference: Ian Botham (Bat Avg: 33, Bowl Avg: 28), Kapil Dev (Bat Avg: 31, Bowl Avg: 29.6 ) and Sir Richard Hadlee (Bat Avg: 27, Bowl: 22.2)

    IMRAN KHAN IS THE BEST

  • jblades on April 27, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    i think it's fairly obvious that Wasim will be one of the fast bowlers up for consideration in this Pakistant Best XI series. Therefore both he and Imran will be in the same team. It's only natural.

    I reckon this side is so much cooler than most other countries' best XI. Such ridiculously golden talent and style.

  • Just_Love_Cricket on April 27, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    To all my fellow readers - this is only to choose the All Rounder in the all time Pak 11. there will be another shortlist after this to choose the pace attack and then the spin attack. Wasim & Waqar will be in that shortlist for pace attack while Mushtaq/ Saqlain/ Danish/ Qadir will be in the shortlist for spin attack.

    for all rounder; it goes without doubt - the tiger of Pakistan Imran Khan and no one else.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 27, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    It is unfair that there can only be Imran Khan OR Wasim Akram. They both played in the same side at the same time for a while, so clearly they could both be in the same All-Time XI. Surely Wasim Akram should be in the list of bowlers instead.

  • Anindya_R on April 27, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Everyone seems to have forgotten the "Man with the Golden Arm", Mudassar Nazar. After having followed up the Miracle at Lords with several useful bowling stints, breaking many crucial partnerships every now and then, he surely should get a mention ahead of Inty and (as some people have rightly mentioned), Akram as well. Inty wasn't much of a batsman, as we all know, and Akram (the 235* notwithstanding) wasn't exactly someone one could depend on, with the bat.

    Some of the other names mentioned - Majid and Asif (Iqbal) started off primarily as bowlers who later became specialist batsmen, and stopped bowling altogether. Such 'sequential allrounders' (a la Clive Lloyd) shouldn't really count, in my opinion. Wasim Raja too, was at best a change bowler.

    All told, I'd put Imran at #1, closely followed by Mushtaq.

  • sujanks on April 27, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    I don't think it will be a justice to choose only one among these talents. Must be two. Because if you were to pick only one then the pick is Imran, which is quite obvious, then you're gonna loose the greatest one day bowler ever from the XI in Wasim. What are you gonna do then? And if you take Wasim, then you are going to loose Imran from the XI, which can't be because Imran's just a better allrounder.

  • MFNadeem on April 27, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Wasim as a bowler will make it to XI anyway. But I want to see how many people voted for anyone other than IMRAN in this category???

  • saifkl on April 27, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Silly Choices..

    Wasim will make in as a fast bowler and so will Imran so it is useless to have them in this list.. The team will have four great bowlers no matter what happens, will probably have a weaker batsman in the form of a wicket keeper, so what they truly need is a batsman, otherwise the tram might be weak in the batting...

    As such either a batsman like Salim Malik, or Afridi will be good.. Even Raja would have been fantastic as a great batter of fast bowling and at the same time can bowl...

    Why the author chose Intkhab without giiving readers the chance of voting on Raja, Afridi or even Razzaq is a preplexing....

    In short Bad choices...

  • on April 27, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I'm thinking, why should we play just one all rounder? Why can't we play both Imran Khan and Mushtaq Muhammad. I know there are Wasim's fans here just like me, but Wasim never justified his batting potential and he can still make it to the team as a regular bowler. However, the problem that I am forseeing is with bowling attack. If we play Mushtaq Muhammad as the second all-rounder, I am not sure playing another leg-spinner, i.e. Qadir, will make too much sense when you can play Saqlain as an off-spinner. On the other hand, dropping Qadir from the team needs a lot of courage, and I can't do that. I wish jury good-luck with team selection, they have to make some bold decisions here :)

  • ifzal_XI on April 27, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Very sorry for Wasim Akram.Imran is ever best Allrounder in the history of the world cricket.Wasim had never played as a allrounder in Pakistan team.He always played as a fast bowler.He should have been categorized in fast bowlers.I cant understand what the jury is thinking.I think they are thinking of battle between Imran and Wasim.

  • contrast_swing on April 27, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Of course it is Imran but may be I can also have him as bowler. Could we know whether Imran and Akram will be contenders for fast bowlling spots? Its a very difficult selection otherwise.

  • Nayeem_Kohir on April 27, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Imran Khan is a dream cricketer, so is Waskim Akram. There is not a single quality that Imran Khan does not posses as a cricketer or for that matter as a sportman in general. Only a biased individual would not pick Imran Khan in an all time World X1. Cricketers like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram are a rarity like the Viv and Brian of the West Indies. Imran Khan will fill the all rounder slot in all-time Pakistan XI. Wasim Akram will be there as the spearhead of the bowling attack and as second all rounder. For the record, Pakistan produces more all rounders than any other test playing nation. One of the rare quality that Imran had and some of the greatest cricketers posessed and some of them not, was that he never bothered about individual milestones. The three individuals who not only make it to the Pakistan XI by default, but also to the World XI for their talent and watch winning abilities are Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Javed Miandad. No XI can be complete without these cricketers.

  • on April 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    wasim never played in the team as an allrounder he always played as a fast bowler and batting was his extra skill. During his time he always chose allrounders like Azhar, Abdul Razzaq or Afridi. You are asking to chose between imran and wasim?? so one of them will have to miss out of this all time pakistan team?? This is ridiculous.

  • on April 27, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Imran KHAN. wasim akram cant be classified as a allrounder

  • fadooo on April 27, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    This seems to be a rather pointless shortlist. Mushtaq already made it as a batsman, and Akram would no doubt make it as a bowler. Abdul Razzaq is one of the finest and most genuine allrounders produced, and why he is not here is a mystery. Also I would have loved to see Wasim Raja on this one, he just missed the batting by a whisker. Shahid Afridi's record in his very short test career also compares favorably to most.

  • on April 27, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    If there was an option to pick two great all-rounders, I would have selected Imran Khan and Wasim Akram without hesitation. Wasim Akram is considered the greatest left-armer ever and his batting in the late middle-order was also very handy especially when the top order failed to produce. However, Imran Khan was his mentor and Pakistan's greatest captain. A leader who led by example and was capable of uniting eleven players on the field to think and act as one unit. The legendary Imran Khan is my unanimous choice for Pakistan's sole All-time XI all-rounder and also as it's inspirational captain.

  • lateswing_witholdball on April 27, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    When we talk about people who are good enough to make the team on their bowling ability only, then we should have 2 all rounders... can you seriously make a Pakistan all time XI without both Imran & Wasim ?? Here is my team ... in batting order. Hanif Mohammad Saeed Anwar Zaheer Abbas Javed Miandad Inzamam-ul-Haq Imran Khan (c) Wasim Akram Rashid Latif (w) Saqlain Mushtaq Abdul Qadir Waqar Younis

    12th man: Shoaib Akhter

  • omer_rajput on April 27, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Absolutely Imran... No doubt about it...

  • PGW81 on April 27, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    This is a total fix that leaves one in a quandary. I am totally confused on making my choice. Wasim was the God of fast bowling. He made bowling look so graceful, easy and set an example. Every cricketer would some day aspire of having that smooth silky run up and that lovely action not to speak of the way he could speak the language of the ball. Though not a flamboyant Batsman, he could bat when the occassion demanded it. Imran Khan - one of the finest all rounders that the world has ever seen, with a pernicious eye for picking up the right talent, making the unit gel, fantastic bowling, good with the bat, a dominating presence on the field..... Choosing between these two is like a kid trying to select between a sugar candy and a lollipop...The two players should feature in the same team.... Imran as captain and Akram as Vice captain.... Two all rounders of such immense ability is not going to hurt any team.....

  • synergy on April 27, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Imran of course. This one I guess will be a unanimous choice both for allrounder and captain. I feel that Kardar's name shouldnt have been here instead Wasim H. Raja who was a better performer than Kardar and his Test match averages are 57 Tests Batting average 38.25 (4 hundreds) took 57 wickets at 35.75 a peice as against Kardar who played in 21 tests with batting average of 23,70 no centuries, in bowling he took 21 at 45.5 a peice. So I am surprised to see him in the list of possible all time great all rounders of Pakistan.

  • asaduzzaman-khan on April 27, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Mustaq and Intikhab are very good all-rounder. AH Kardar is one of the mentors of PAK crickect. But is it possible to think about anyone over Imran? If you select best 1, not best 11, then he is obviously Imran. The all-time best all-rounder of the game. Obviously, he is in the best 11 of world cricket history. I missed him at his golden time of career because I was very young and also not yet born, but sometimes I watch his greatest action, temperament, ability and leadership in old videos And you can take Wasim as all-rounder or bowler. After Imran, he is the 2nd best cricketer of Pakistan and greatest left arm Fast bowler of all-time.

  • on April 27, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    with Imran Khan der, der can be no other choice for allrounder and captain not even for any World 11

  • on April 27, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    I want both Imran Khan and Wasim Akram in the side. And if one of them is omitted, there will be a revolt.......... I will stop reading this column.....

  • Paki.Fan. on April 27, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    There is no choice here, rest are here just to make numbers but Tiger Khan will make it to any World XI, he was the most complete all rounder one could imagine, tell me how many players were there in the game which were equally effective with both Bat and Ball so consistently as Imran. He was one the most fiersome bowler. With the average around 22-23 which best of bowlers dream of.and lets not even discuss his captaincy, regarded among the best ever. One thing missing was the name of Shahid Afridi, he may not be everyone's cup of tea but he has served Pakistan cricket for long time and deserves at least a mention here,

  • on April 27, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    "One" from five? Does that mean you will pick only one of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram? One of them doesn't feature in the side? How could you even think of this possibility? Are you kidding?

  • shahid6995 on April 27, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Are you serious? You want us to pick ONE of Imran and Akram? Two players who probably should be the FIRST TWO NAMES in any all time Pakistan team, and you want us to CHOOSE between the two? What idiot is making these rules?

  • BillyCC on April 27, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Imran Khan is an easy pick out of this lineup. The inclusion of Wasim Akram made me think for only a brief second and then I went straight for Imran Khan again. Of course, Wasim would be part of the bowling picks anyway (and Imran Khan for that matter should also be on that list). The fact is, Imran Khan's credentials stack up against Sobers as the best all-rounder ever. The question is whether Sober's bowling was better than Imran's batting. The stats suggest that Imran holds an edge in this, but since Sobers played his cricket earlier, he gets most of the accolades. Averaging over 50 with the bat and under 20 with the ball for a 10 year period has never been done before and never will be done again (I'm quite confident because not even the best bowlers in the world today can average under 20).

  • Hamadthepuddi on April 27, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Why hasn't Shahid Afridi been choosen? He has to be by far the greatest all rounder the world has seen. Me and my cousin Bubbly have been huge fans since he first started playing. His the only player who could change in the game in a few overs. No one in all cricket nations have seen a player like Afridi. We are glad they have finally seens sense and made him captain. Afridi for president

  • TheRealRockNRolla on April 27, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Osman: this article does not do justice to greats you mention of.... please try harder next time to not leave the fans bewildered as to why such less content

  • Vivek.Bhandari on April 27, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Imran Khan Niazi..hands down...who else...

  • richard-munir on April 27, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    There is no other true all-rounder from Pakistan then the greatest IMRAN KHAN, the man have every thing from anger to guts, speed to shots, and above all the captain of the century. Imran khan is the captain who have shown us how to lead how to win a cricket match to the world. Only those peoples can understand how big and difficult and full of bumps the job of leading a cricket team, whom have led any team, that is no where and to change them into winning unit and keep them on the top, that's what separate him from other great all-rounder's, they all have been failed on the task of captaincy, that's how much big job and pressured it is being a captain, that no one can perform for long term but Imran Khan took it and performs better both with the BAT and BOWL, then when he was not captain, that is what make him the GREATEST ALL-ROUNDER OF ALL TIME IN WORLD CRICKET. so with the grace beauty passion he have played the game, he is THE CRICKET ALL-ROUNDER OF PAKISTAN AND THE WORLD.

  • vparisa on April 27, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    what? Imran or Wasim? I hope Wasim makes the cut in the bowling category!!!

  • on April 27, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    really? i don't even think this is necessary.. i didn't read the article because everyone knows who's gonna win this one... ONLY IMRAN KHAN!! <3

  • karim_s on April 27, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    This one isn't even a question. Imran Khan is probably the greatest allrounder to have ever played the game (yes, I consider him better than Sobers).

    Wasim would make the team anyways as a specialist bowler.

    Like the author said, AH Kardar deserves a mention for his services to Pakistan Cricket. We would have not probably never seen Imran or Wasim if weren't for AH Kardar.

    However, on pure cricketing ability, Imran still gets the slot, in my opinion.

  • on April 27, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Imran Khan is an automatic choice as an allrounder, and the skipper for that matter. Wasim Akram was more of 'a fast bowler capable of batting' as categorized by Michael Holding.

  • on April 27, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Imran Khan is an automatic choice as an allrounder, and the skipper for that matter. Wasim Akram was more of 'a fast bowler capable of batting' as categorized by Michael Holding.

  • rdr_1019 on April 27, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    This is so unfair for the voters. You really can't pick between Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. If this is all-time XI, you have to have both Khan and Akram in the same team.

  • on April 27, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Is this even a contest? Imran hands down. And also, why the heck is Wasim in this list? He should be in the bowlers' list. He better make the cut in that list too...

  • manasvi_lingam on April 27, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Intikhab Alam and Wasim Akram simply do not have good enough records as batsman. Their averages are only slightly higher than bowlers like Vaas. Remove Akram's 257 and his average will drop by quite a bit. Abdul Kardar was one of Pakistan's first major cricketers but his record is definitely poor. The obvious choice is Imran Kan. If there was no Imran, I'd have gone with Mushtaq Mohammad. And I believe that Mudassar Nazar, Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi deserved to be in the list.

  • peeeeet on April 27, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Imran for sure. Wasim will be in the team as a bowler anyway, so I don't see the need for him to be included in this shortlist.

  • Shash28 on April 27, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    I hope Wasim will be available for the fast-bowler catergory... there's no doubt that Wasim-Waqar & Imran will make up the All-time pace attack for PAK

  • cantexplain on April 27, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    The King's the obvious choice here ... no contest.

  • 29qw on April 27, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    wasim and imran all da way

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  • 29qw on April 27, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    wasim and imran all da way

  • cantexplain on April 27, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    The King's the obvious choice here ... no contest.

  • Shash28 on April 27, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    I hope Wasim will be available for the fast-bowler catergory... there's no doubt that Wasim-Waqar & Imran will make up the All-time pace attack for PAK

  • peeeeet on April 27, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Imran for sure. Wasim will be in the team as a bowler anyway, so I don't see the need for him to be included in this shortlist.

  • manasvi_lingam on April 27, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Intikhab Alam and Wasim Akram simply do not have good enough records as batsman. Their averages are only slightly higher than bowlers like Vaas. Remove Akram's 257 and his average will drop by quite a bit. Abdul Kardar was one of Pakistan's first major cricketers but his record is definitely poor. The obvious choice is Imran Kan. If there was no Imran, I'd have gone with Mushtaq Mohammad. And I believe that Mudassar Nazar, Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi deserved to be in the list.

  • on April 27, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Is this even a contest? Imran hands down. And also, why the heck is Wasim in this list? He should be in the bowlers' list. He better make the cut in that list too...

  • rdr_1019 on April 27, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    This is so unfair for the voters. You really can't pick between Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. If this is all-time XI, you have to have both Khan and Akram in the same team.

  • on April 27, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Imran Khan is an automatic choice as an allrounder, and the skipper for that matter. Wasim Akram was more of 'a fast bowler capable of batting' as categorized by Michael Holding.

  • on April 27, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Imran Khan is an automatic choice as an allrounder, and the skipper for that matter. Wasim Akram was more of 'a fast bowler capable of batting' as categorized by Michael Holding.

  • karim_s on April 27, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    This one isn't even a question. Imran Khan is probably the greatest allrounder to have ever played the game (yes, I consider him better than Sobers).

    Wasim would make the team anyways as a specialist bowler.

    Like the author said, AH Kardar deserves a mention for his services to Pakistan Cricket. We would have not probably never seen Imran or Wasim if weren't for AH Kardar.

    However, on pure cricketing ability, Imran still gets the slot, in my opinion.