Wicketkeeper May 4, 2010

Stumped for choice?

A modern great, a complete package, a natural, and a fighter feature in our wicketkeeper shortlist for Pakistan
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For large tracts of their history Pakistan have not really had to worry about the man behind the stumps. Imtiaz Ahmed wasn't Pakistan's first wicketkeeper - Hanif Mohammad had the gloves for the first three Tests - but he became a calming presence in those first years and into the early 60s.

Through the 70s and mid-80s, Wasim Bari towered above all others, nearly unchallenged, except for a brief period by the late Taslim Arif. In the 90s came a feisty battle between Moin Khan and Rashid Latif, and since 2004, Kamran Akmal has been in sole custody. If opening, to cite one example, has been a migraine, then wicketkeeping has never been more than a very mild headache; and very rarely at that.

Pakistan's many selectors, in fact, have traditionally been loath to chop and change with their keepers. None of the most successful glovemen, from Bari to Moin to Latif to Akmal, have been immune to criticism or calls for their axing at various stages; yet more often than not selectors have refused to tinker. An atypical stability is to be found in this department, so much so that all the names nominated in this list have captained Pakistan - captaincy being reward more often than not for seniority and longevity - and not just as stop-gap appointees.

The demands of modern-day wicketkeeping have changed. What you do with the smaller gloves is now as important, maybe even more. None of these nominees are mugs with the bat, but that probably the best pure batsman of the lot, Akmal, has been overlooked suggests Pakistan would still rather have a man who can first and foremost hold on to the ball. Akmal has more international hundreds - 11 - than all the others on this list put together, but his increasingly unsafe work behind the stumps is a heavy price to pay in Tests. And in reality, as the nominations below show, Pakistan have been blessed with good wicketkeepers who could also hold their own with the bat.

The contenders

Wasim Bari
Still considered by many to be the finest wicketkeeper Pakistan has had. Mostly he was very safe but also always able to pull off the spectacular. He was as comfortable against Imran Khan's prodigious swing - the most difficult bowler he kept to, he says - as he was to Abdul Qadir's spin. So good was he, in fact, that at his peak in 1978, he went through an entire three-Test series against England without conceding a single bye. Amid the great modern keepers - Rodney Marsh, Jeffrey Dujon, Alan Knott, Bob Taylor - Bari's name does not seem out of place. He was a sturdier bat than his average indicates.

Imtiaz Ahmed
Imtiaz was an integral half of Pakistan's earliest, most potent combination: c Imtiaz b Fazal. He wasn't a specialist wicketkeeper but made do, getting by on as few errors as possible. He preferred safety to showmanship and only took up the gloves again (he had given up after being hit in the eye in 1951) because Hanif was struggling. As a package, though, he was ahead of his time, opening the batting and hooking and pulling the best fast bowlers. Omar Kureishi thought him one of the best batsmen Pakistan produced, "a simple man who believed a long hop was a long hop, even if the bowler was Fred Trueman". He was the first wicketkeeper to hit a Test double, and on the 1954 tour of England very nearly became the only tourist to complete the unique double of 1000 runs and 100 victims.

Rashid Latif
In many eyes Latif is the most naturally gifted wicketkeeper Pakistan have had, ahead even of Bari. He didn't play enough Tests to warrant a decisive verdict but certainly very few have made wicketkeeping appear as effortless and clean a discipline as Latif did. No Pakistani has been as stretched and agile in his diving. Against spin, in particular, he was swift on the take. And though Moin Khan, great rival and good friend, was probably the better batsman, Latif actually averages fractionally higher. As a debut fifty at The Oval showed, he was as stylish with the bat as with the gloves.

Moin Khan
Not as clean as others, and prone to errors, but if this were a vote for spirit, bravery and pure guts-out fight, Moin would win hands down. He worked harder than most on his keeping, turning himself from an ordinary one into one fit for international cricket, and on his days he could be very sharp. The heart was most evident in his batting, however, which gave Pakistan real grit and explosiveness down the order. He could win a game with the bat, save it, or counterattack, as shown in his 70 to win a Test when Pakistan were 26 for 6 in Kolkata, or his Test-best 137 in Hamilton.

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

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • Faisal_Sherwani on May 7, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Rashid Latif is far better keeper oin Khan

  • waspsting on May 7, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    @Hasnain Waris - the gentleman Rashid Latif claimed a catch on the half-volley in a tense situation against BANGLADESH. he was asked about it several years later, and admitted that he knew it wasn't legitimate, but that at the time, a loss against Bangladesh would have been disastorous.

    i appreciate his honesty, but that isn't my idea of being a gentleman

  • on May 7, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Just Awsome Record Of Catching by Rashid Latif

  • on May 7, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    My choice is Rashid Latif. For the sheer reason that he symbolizes that cricket is GENTLEMEN' SPORT. His career was cut short. He bore all the brunt but never compromised in values. None of his competitors received death threats for speaking the TRUTH. Unfortunately it cann't be put in the players record. It will be unfair to compare such a gem ( his turmoil full career record) with other legends of his country. He's "ONE OF KIND" as vijay lokapally of SPORTSTAR (India) wrote in 1992. When he had barely started his career.

  • on May 7, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Wasim Bari and Rashid Latif were both equally spectacular behind the stumps but Latif could bat as well therefore I would choose him over the others. Moin Khan was a good batsmen but in terms of Keeping no where near Rashid and Wasim. Kamran Akmal though has to be the worst keeper to play for Pakistan today again he missed a simple run out chance I mean how hard is it to run up to the stumps and knock the bails down, apparently extremly difficult for Mr. Akmal. I think Sarfraz Ahmed is a far better option and should be given a chance ahead of Akmal.

  • on May 7, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    My Choice is Salim Yousuf

  • gonie on May 6, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    A keeper MUST not be judged by the catches he takes but the chances he misses

  • vikasbindra on May 6, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    o dear bro o dear bro whos is this the ultimate keeping personality in the era of cricket world in happening to be the country of fats bowlers the legend called to be the alright in present time. have a good luck. bye............

  • baasad on May 6, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Name Tests Batting Avg. Catches/ St Avg. per match

    Rashid Latif 37 28.77 119/11 3.51 Saleem Yousuf 32 27.05 91/13 3.25 Wasim Bari 81 15.88 201/27 2.81 Imtiaz Ahmed 41 29.28 77/16 2.26 Moin Khan 69 28.55 128/20 2.14

  • baasad on May 6, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Surprisingly, there is no mention of Saleem Yousuf, the man who gave his nine years to Pakistan cricket and appeared in 32 test matches. Wasim Bari was wonderful behind the stamps but his batting capabilities were below average. The man who played key role in supporting devastating fast bowling attack was Rashid Latif. Perhaps, Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz and Abdul Qadir were main challenges for Bari but case of Rashid was entirely different. He provided his amazing support to Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhter and Mohammad Akram on fast and bouncy pitches of England, Australia and South Africa and on uneven tracks of West Indies. In foreign tours of England (1992 & 1996), Australia (1995-96) and South Africa (1998), he took some sharp catches when Mushtaq Ahmed, the leg spinner, was the bowler. He was also very comfortable with bat and a better batsman than Moin Khan before involving in Match fixing controversy, which shaken his career.

    Name Tests Bat

  • Faisal_Sherwani on May 7, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Rashid Latif is far better keeper oin Khan

  • waspsting on May 7, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    @Hasnain Waris - the gentleman Rashid Latif claimed a catch on the half-volley in a tense situation against BANGLADESH. he was asked about it several years later, and admitted that he knew it wasn't legitimate, but that at the time, a loss against Bangladesh would have been disastorous.

    i appreciate his honesty, but that isn't my idea of being a gentleman

  • on May 7, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Just Awsome Record Of Catching by Rashid Latif

  • on May 7, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    My choice is Rashid Latif. For the sheer reason that he symbolizes that cricket is GENTLEMEN' SPORT. His career was cut short. He bore all the brunt but never compromised in values. None of his competitors received death threats for speaking the TRUTH. Unfortunately it cann't be put in the players record. It will be unfair to compare such a gem ( his turmoil full career record) with other legends of his country. He's "ONE OF KIND" as vijay lokapally of SPORTSTAR (India) wrote in 1992. When he had barely started his career.

  • on May 7, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Wasim Bari and Rashid Latif were both equally spectacular behind the stumps but Latif could bat as well therefore I would choose him over the others. Moin Khan was a good batsmen but in terms of Keeping no where near Rashid and Wasim. Kamran Akmal though has to be the worst keeper to play for Pakistan today again he missed a simple run out chance I mean how hard is it to run up to the stumps and knock the bails down, apparently extremly difficult for Mr. Akmal. I think Sarfraz Ahmed is a far better option and should be given a chance ahead of Akmal.

  • on May 7, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    My Choice is Salim Yousuf

  • gonie on May 6, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    A keeper MUST not be judged by the catches he takes but the chances he misses

  • vikasbindra on May 6, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    o dear bro o dear bro whos is this the ultimate keeping personality in the era of cricket world in happening to be the country of fats bowlers the legend called to be the alright in present time. have a good luck. bye............

  • baasad on May 6, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Name Tests Batting Avg. Catches/ St Avg. per match

    Rashid Latif 37 28.77 119/11 3.51 Saleem Yousuf 32 27.05 91/13 3.25 Wasim Bari 81 15.88 201/27 2.81 Imtiaz Ahmed 41 29.28 77/16 2.26 Moin Khan 69 28.55 128/20 2.14

  • baasad on May 6, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Surprisingly, there is no mention of Saleem Yousuf, the man who gave his nine years to Pakistan cricket and appeared in 32 test matches. Wasim Bari was wonderful behind the stamps but his batting capabilities were below average. The man who played key role in supporting devastating fast bowling attack was Rashid Latif. Perhaps, Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz and Abdul Qadir were main challenges for Bari but case of Rashid was entirely different. He provided his amazing support to Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhter and Mohammad Akram on fast and bouncy pitches of England, Australia and South Africa and on uneven tracks of West Indies. In foreign tours of England (1992 & 1996), Australia (1995-96) and South Africa (1998), he took some sharp catches when Mushtaq Ahmed, the leg spinner, was the bowler. He was also very comfortable with bat and a better batsman than Moin Khan before involving in Match fixing controversy, which shaken his career.

    Name Tests Bat

  • cricketchopper on May 6, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Moin Khan was not a wicket keeper at all. He used to stand far from stumps when spinner was bowling just because he was not capable to catch the ball when standing with the stumps. To stump out a batsman he used to dive or run from behind. That was ridiculous. Moin was able to keep Rashid Latif out of the team just because he was group man of match fixing Mafia of Waseem Akram. The Punjabis who love the game but feel prejudiced when anyone criticize great Waseem Akram for his match fixing just because him being a Punjabi. This is not a rational behaviour. Moin was also a karachiite Urdu speaking like Rashid Latif but he is favoured by Punjabis just because Moin was with Punjabi Waseem Akram.

  • usmanmansur on May 6, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    rashid latif hands down as you dont want a doggy kepper keeping to great bowlers plus he was a better bat than bari

  • on May 5, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    for me its Moin Khan he kept Rashid Latif out of the team for many years one who will eventually be in this list is Kamran Akmal hes a terrific keeper having a lean time

  • ammad123 on May 5, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    How can he miss salim yousaf??? very strange To the order should be like this 1- Wasim Bari 2- Rashid Latif 3- Salim Youasf Although the contest bw Rashid and Salim is very close.

  • jamshedazhar_3938 on May 5, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Rashid (Rocket) Latif by far! Although Moin Khan was perceived as an equal I am sure RL made far lesser errors. Moin went through a butter-fingers patch that Rashid never experienced. And his batting was actually more conventional and I'd say 'better' than Moin too. Equally good against fast and spin bowling Rahid Latif is the best Pakistan has ever produced. Jamshed Azhar - Karachi, Pakistan

  • ahassan on May 5, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Osman is a very good writer, no doubt, but his knowledge about Pakistan cricket leaves a lot to be desired. Previously, he ommitted Shoaib Mohammad from the list of openers and then he preferred a very mediocre all-rounder AH Kardar over muuch better all-rounders like Asif Iqbal, Wasim Raja and Abdul Razzak. Now Salim Yousuf, one of the gutsiest keepers is not there. As far as wicketkeepers are concerned Wasim Bari was the best. Rashid Latif was also a very good keeper but he was a cheat and such a plyers cannot be my choice at least. Imtiaz was perhaps the safest without being flamboyant. Moin was the gutsiest and the bravest of them all. He came to rescue Pakistan many a times from precarious positions. My choice is Moin because of his match winning qualities. Many readers are qouting statistics to select a wicketkeeper. Kamran has the best rate of dismissals per innings but it does not make him the best wicketkeeper. It all depends how many chances come your way.

  • 4thelement on May 5, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Rashid is the ultimate choice; he is the best wicketkeeper every borned across the globe. You cant compare every Rod Marsh or Wasim Bari. He is the best, a keeper is needed to be an expert in keeping first than batting and undoubtedly he has excelled the art and do not have any comparison. He is also the most honest cricketer Pakistan has ever produced and has paid the price for being honest. He has always been sidelined not because of his poor form or lack of skills but for being honest and Wasim Akram is a true culprit; he has been a genious Captain also who has given the responsibility to form a team after every debacle and every time he came up to the task. His capabilities as a player and his contributions to the can never be forgotten a hard hitting batsman, brave and genious captain and the best wicketkeeper within the entire history of cricket, this man deserves to be the keeper of the all time Cricket XI.

  • waspsting on May 5, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Choice depends on balance of team, largely, With 6 batsmen (and Imran Khan and Wasim Akram beefing up the batting) - go with the best pure keeper. Wasim Bari, I hear it is.

    If 5 batsmen, you might want to consider the keepers batting ability, too. Most of these guys are far better batsmen than Bari.

    The choices aren't much good. I've seen Moin Khan and Latif keep - Moin was out and out sloppy, and Latif after a bright start became quite ordinary also. Imtiaz purely as a keeper wasn't considered as a top gloveman.

    Bari's the only truly outstanding keeper for Pakistan. I would choose him, with 6 batsmen and four pace bowlers. Give the chemistry of this team though, Imtiaz might be the better choice.

  • lateswing_witholdball on May 5, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    altough saleem yousuf should have been there... i would prefer rashid latif... he has kept to wasim/waqar/shoaib, mushtaq ahmed/saqlain... and kept very very well...

  • Murtaza. on May 5, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Moin khan or Wasim Bari. Iknow thher are keepers like Rashid and saleem Yousuf. my first choice is Wasim Bariand then Moin Khan

  • on May 5, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    my pak XI

    1. wajahatulla wasti 2. Fawad Alam 3. Imran Farhat 4. Misbah-ul-haq 5. Shoaib Malik (C) 6. Kamran akmal (WK) 7. Arshad Khan 8. Ata-Ur-Rahman 9. Mohammad Zahid 10. Mohammad Sami 11. Asif Masood

    obviously...i am an indian...and thats what i will want...!!!

    but jokes apart...my pakistan team would be...

    1. Hanif Mohammad 2. Saeed Anwar 3. Zaheer Abbas 4. Inzamam-Ul-Haq 5. Javed Miandad 6. Imran Khan(C) 7. Wasim Akram 8. Wasim Bari(WK) 9. Waqar Younis 10. Abdul Qadir 11. Saqlain Mustaq.

    I feel there is place for two spinners in that line up because of the presence of Imran Khan as a world beating all rounder...and it cant get much better with a genius leg spinner and a wily as a fox off spinner operating in tandem...!!! add to that the world renowned W's...this bowling attack can blast out any batting line up...

  • syed.hassan on May 5, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    for Mr Faisal ... akmal is probably an above average lower middle order batsman ... but its keeper we r talking about ... he is a disgraceful one !!!! he has on his own made us loose plenty of tests ..... i will never forget sydney 2009 .... plus i will never forget his poor keepering in series against england india and south africa ....danish kaneria would have had a shot on many records had he not been there.... thanks osman for not mentioning hiss name ...u would have lost ur credibility then .....down with akmal !!!!!

  • billg454 on May 5, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    wow this is a good list im impressed

  • on May 5, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    for me its between Bari, Latif and Salim yousuf, who's omission is a travesty. i pick Latif. just barely.

  • on May 5, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    I have seen the keepers from wasim bari to kamran akmal. I like Moin Khan the most, purely for his all-out guts in the face of adversity. He was the 'Tiger' in the 'Cornered Tiger'. He is the reason, I am/was so proud of being a pakistani...

  • Mohammad_Imran on May 4, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Rashid Latif was the most talented keeper Pakistan has ever produced!!!

    Unfortunately, his career was cut short by ratting out his teammates for match fixing. He is a very patriotic individual who didn't deserve what happened to him! Also, he is the only ex-cricketer who is doing something for Pakistan cricket through his fantastic cricket academy.

  • prksandeep on May 4, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    It's an insult to Pakistan's talent if you don't include Kamran Akmal in the list :-P

  • SPA001 on May 4, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    A tough choice as Pakistan has been blessed with a number of outstanding gloveman.Imtiaz Ahmed always gave an impression of a front-line batsman who was a capable wicket-keeper and eventually became a strong pillar of the first decade alongside Hanif Mohammad and Fazal Mahmood. Wasim Bari, in his prime (1971-79) was a joy to watch, particularly against pacemen. Bari was a very good team man, played a big hand in our Test victories and was an irritating batsman in the lower order. Saleem Yousuf and Moin Khan were easily two of the gutsiest. Both had an 'attitude' that served Pakistan well and both would score runs when in need. Both came out with tehir best in crisis. Kamran Akmal's stats with bat are good but his keeping is awful and in no way should be entertained. My choice will be RASHID LATIF, by far the most natural and skilful wicket-keeper in Pakistan's 58 years of international cricket.We also know he had a lovely touch with the bat too. A real gem if you asked me.

  • Rake1 on May 4, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I agree with a lot of comments re. Salim Yousuf. Atleast his name deserves a mention. I will go for Wasim Bari as keeper.

  • atif1977 on May 4, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    As everyone has mentioned where is Saleem Yousuf on this list?? Have you forgotten his hooks and pulls?? He was a tall guy and excellent keeper. I'm glad not to see Kamran Akmal on this list since he cost us the Australia series single handedly.

    RASHID LATIF is my choice

  • fataquie on May 4, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    For tests: Wasim Bari (need as safe hands as possible. The batting should depend on batting specialists)

    For ODIs: Moin Khan (you need a decent glove-man who can bat at death if needed)

    For T20s: K. Akmal (an average keeper with a solid aggressive batting is more valuable)

  • GoldenAsif on May 4, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    This is a test XI and a wicket-keeper's primary role is keeping. Hence I w'd prefer Wasi Bari over anyone-else in tests. He is the best keeper that we have had so far. You cannot really afford to drop catches in test matches. A single dropped chance of a great batsman such as Sobers, Viv Richards or Tendulkar might = 150 extra runs gifted to the opposite team

    True Bari's batting was nothing special and for the one-dayers therefore my first choice keeper will be Moin Khan. Latif slightly better keeper than Moin but not as brilliant with the bat. Moin's late-order big-hitting helped us to set challenging totals/win many one-day games. Kamran Akmal is a capable batsman but his keeping is awful and leaves a lot to be desired.

    And Osman you should have atleast mentioned Saleem Yousuf. He was a gutsy batsman and decent gloveman in the late 80s under Imran Khan

  • Mushtanda on May 4, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Salim Yousuf's name is conspicuous by its absence!

  • on May 4, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    why wud u leave salim yousuf out of this list? he was one of the very best!

  • on May 4, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    If you see skill, then no doubt Rashid Latif was better skilled player. But here we are not talking about skill, we are talking about THE WICKET KEEPER. Look who has won you world cup? Pakistan went to two world cup finals, in all two MOIN KHAN was there. And he was in some form then. So my choice will be Moin Khan, no offense.

  • gyanesh_don on May 4, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Rashid is a good choice but i remember him claiming a dropped catch against bangladesh (the ball bounced out from his hands), so on moral grounds please don't choose him. I think moin is to good a choice, he can be a good captain/vice captain as well.

  • on May 4, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Moin gets my vote as he was good in all forms of the game not just with the gloves but also with bat .

  • on May 4, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    kamral akmal is the best! in this day and age u need your keepers to bat as well so kamran's the best!

  • mohsin2235 on May 4, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    i think it has to be moin khan, purely on the basis of sheer determination and hardwork.he was not a natural athelete .what he had and other pakistani players did'nt have was the ability to improve.his keeping skills improved dramatically from 1996 england tour onwards.

  • on May 4, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    I unfortunately only saw Rashid and Moin play, and I understand why people believe he is Pakistan's best keeper of all-time ( although he was intially picked as a batsman). But after statistical analysis, studying various anecdotes, considering the longevity of his career, contemplating the sheer quality of spin bowlers he keept to, considering his importance to the team (this guy was once made captain) and last but not least seeing him compare very favourably with Alan Knott and Rod marsh, I think he is Pakistan's best keeper of all time. To tell you the truth, I would rank Saleem Yousuf as third on this list , probably higher than even Moin! ( who would obviously be 4th) considering the players he kept to, his regularity and his prowess with the bat, I'm surprised he is not here. Furthermore do not judge Rashid Latif by his off-field exploits!

  • cricketchopper on May 4, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    In fact we have to select a pure and genuine wicketkeeper because we will be having Imran and waseem among bowlers. Alon Knot who is considered to be the best wicketkeeper of cricket history was an admirer of Wasim Bari and always took name of Bari whenever he was asked about the best wicket keeper. I never saw or heard that wassim bari dropped a catch. Our fielding has always been a problem so we cannot afford a weak wicket keeper in exchange of his batting. The second genuine wicket keeper was Rashid Latif. He was better batsman then Bari. Though his wicket keeping can be matched with Bari but in his last years he had lost his sharpness to some extent. Bari is the safest choice. As for as Moin andKamran are concerned they were third class wicket keepers. Saleem Yousuf was better then kamran and moin but was still not genuine and real like bari and rashid. MY CHOICE IS WASEEM BARI.

  • Morfi on May 4, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Osman, my choice is Rashid Latif hands down - despite the injustices and early end to his career through politics in PCB,....but does Salim Yousuf not even deserve mention in your article even???? We grew up in the 80's watching a fearless batsman and a seriously strong gloveman in him after a brief Anil Dalpat sojourn behind the stumps. - do mention him at least....any particular dislikes????

  • asaduzzaman-khan on May 4, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Imtiaz or Bari. moin is good batsman but we are choosing WK. Latif was not so dependent, I think, also a cheat. After all calculation, I think, it should be Bari

  • on May 4, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    for faisal jaan....its all about keeoing the wicket...and if you look arround kamran akmal's wicket keeping its worst of all times...I will never ever forget the sydney test 2009.

  • on May 4, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Before deciding for best WK, I performed some analysis as give below

    Test Matches Imtiaz Ahmed Played 41 Test, victims 93 ,avg / test 2.3 Pakistan won 8 {19.5%} Wasim Bari Played 81 Test, victims 228 ,avg / test 2.8 Pakistan won 17 {21%} Moin Khan Played 69 Test, victims 148 ,avg / test 2.1 Pakistan won 20 {29%} Rashid Latif Played 37 Test, victims 130 ,avg / test 3.5 Pakistan won 25 {67.6%}

    ODIs Wasim Bari Played 51 ODI, victims 62 ,avg / ODI 1.2 Pakistan won 18 {35.3%} Moin Khan Played 219 ODI, victims 287 ,avg / ODI 1.3 Pakistan won 118 {53.9%} Rashid Latif Played 166 ODI, victims 220 ,avg / ODI 1.3 Pakistan won 90 {54.2%}

    After analysing the facts, in my opinion RASHID LATIF is the best wicket keeper ever produced by PAKISTAN.

  • IndusKnight on May 4, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    It has to be Rashid Latif by miles, he didn't play enough tests, but that comes down to his problems with broken Pakistani system. Saleem Yousuf is the 2nd best. Bari / Moin / Akmal are there bc they were good with the broken system.

  • on May 4, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    My sentimental favorite is always Moin Khan, whom in my early years as a cricket fan, I wished we could import to India. But in terms of talent it must be Wasim Bari.

  • on May 4, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    My choice is Abbasali Mawji:)

  • ash.m on May 4, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????Saleem Yousuf??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 4, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    My choice is Rashid Latif who is nevertheless the best of all in the field of wicket-keeping.

  • Zee_Waqar_Sheikh on May 4, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Rahid Latif was the finest wicket keeper of all time Pakistan had

  • on May 4, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Saleem Yousuf in my opinion wasnt good enough to come in this list. But like Akmal his name should have been mentioned. I would have wanted the name of Taslim Arif to be here as well. He averaged around 60 with the bat. Was a very clean keeper and he hit a Test double hundred against Australia that included Lillie in the attack. He also scored heavily against India in India. His only bad luck was that during his time Wasim Bari was the keeper and apparently Bari was a better keeper then Arif. I have no doubt if Bari and Arif were competing for the same spot today. Arif would have been the preferred choice because of his batting skills.

  • MFNadeem on May 4, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Why Akmal is not in the list??? He has 11 international centuries to his name which is more than collective number of centuries (8) from all other keepers Pakistan ever had. Ain't it interesting.???? I can't forget Mohali, Karachi and Port elizabeth (2006/07) fightbacks. In current list, I will go for Moin.

  • ShAh00 on May 4, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    How could you people miss SALEEM YOUSAF, the best with Gloves, the best with Mental Toughness, Superb Fighter with Bat, Courageous Man..... as HODBU wrote, I still remember that battle with WestIndies, Bravest Man of all..... He would have been CHOICE of many, if his name was in list....Anyways... no other option left, so I would Pick BARI over LATIF just because WASIM BARI is better Batsman than Latif.

  • on May 4, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    that was indeed tough. I thought for minutes whether I should choose Moin or`Rashid. Equally safe behind the wicket, genuine fighters with the bat. Rashid was even better captain. However, Moin had the ability to change the course of the game altogether with the bat. Most of his efforts with the bat brought favourable results in comparison with Rashid. Moreover, by push of his will and hard work he was able to overcome lack of natural gift. Akmal is a waste; a new wicket keeper should be groom. Any keeper first responsibility should be ball keeping first. Akmal left out from the list very deservedly.

  • realredbaron on May 4, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    it comes down to Wasim Bari and Rashid Latif. However, Rashid Latif was a cheater. The black spot in his reputation should come to play in his exclusion from this team. I go for Wasim Bari.

  • Supratik on May 4, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Without a shadow of doubt it has to be Bari. During his time he was right up there with the Knotts, Taylors, Kirmanis and the Marshes. He was consistently good (which cannot be said of Latif) behind the wickets. And he was a gritty bat too in the lower order. When you select all time best XIs, only the best should be selected to play against another best XI. However, as some others have mentioned, it is funny to see Salim Yousuf missing from the shortlist. He was a brave cricketer with a never-say-die attitude and Imran's go to man even if his career was short. He should have been there.

  • Just_Love_Cricket on May 4, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Osman > Where isnt Saleem Yousuf in this list ?? Rashid Latif himself has regarded Saleem Yousuf as Pakistans greatest keeper and not Wasim Bari.

    i think this list needs one more addition - if not for selection but for honourary mention.

  • Ooops on May 4, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    RAshid Will be agood choice

  • FaheemAhmed on May 4, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I'm afraid why u didn't pick Saleem Yousuf, he is one of the brave guys that pakistan has ever produced.

  • fouzan on May 4, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    go for the specialist .......... Rashid Latif

  • Gohar on May 4, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I'll go for Rashid! A Geniuine wicket keeper Pakistan Ever had!

  • Paki.Fan. on May 4, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    For me Rashid Latif was the most natural keeper I ve ever seen. He always had so much time and never rushed things, for me he is the choice although his batting might not be as good as few others.

  • on May 4, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    yes indeed . PAkistan alwasy pruduce good crickter whole year of cricket ,, thats good thing .. Allah Help our cricket to win T20 WC

  • hoodbu on May 4, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Yes, somehow Pakistan has always been blessed with stability in this area. Saleem Yousuf deserves an honorable mention though for the 4 years he was at the helm. Who can forget his gutsy innings against the West Indies in their pomp? Whether it was the 61 at Faisalabad or the sequence of 62, 39, 35, 32*, and 28 (batted with a broken nose and a runner) on the tour of the West Indies, Saleem Yousuf really knew how to stick it to the man.

  • Engle on May 4, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Has to be Bari. Considering that Pakistan's bowling attack is going to be varied and volatile, they need a reliable and secure set of gloves behind the furniture. As well considering the volatile nature of Pakistan, an excellent catch could inspire, while a dropped one could deflate. Admitedly, while the modern 'keeper contributes well with both glove and bat, in the case of Pakistan, with all things considered, Bari seems the most reassuring.

  • manasvi_lingam on May 4, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Hard choice! Imtiaz Ahmed and Moin Khan were the better batsmen. Rashid Latif and Wasim Bari were the better keepers. But, Latif has an average that is almost equal to that of Imtiaz Ahmed and Moin Khan. And he was an excellent keeper as well. My vote for him.

  • wiiCricket on May 4, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Many fail to understand that keeping is keeping business and that should not be combined with batting first and keeping later. Which has been a case in Moin and Akmal. There is without any doubt Rahid Latif was one of the finest Pakistan ever produced. But I wanted to see Saleem Yousuf name on the list as well.

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  • wiiCricket on May 4, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Many fail to understand that keeping is keeping business and that should not be combined with batting first and keeping later. Which has been a case in Moin and Akmal. There is without any doubt Rahid Latif was one of the finest Pakistan ever produced. But I wanted to see Saleem Yousuf name on the list as well.

  • manasvi_lingam on May 4, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Hard choice! Imtiaz Ahmed and Moin Khan were the better batsmen. Rashid Latif and Wasim Bari were the better keepers. But, Latif has an average that is almost equal to that of Imtiaz Ahmed and Moin Khan. And he was an excellent keeper as well. My vote for him.

  • Engle on May 4, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Has to be Bari. Considering that Pakistan's bowling attack is going to be varied and volatile, they need a reliable and secure set of gloves behind the furniture. As well considering the volatile nature of Pakistan, an excellent catch could inspire, while a dropped one could deflate. Admitedly, while the modern 'keeper contributes well with both glove and bat, in the case of Pakistan, with all things considered, Bari seems the most reassuring.

  • hoodbu on May 4, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Yes, somehow Pakistan has always been blessed with stability in this area. Saleem Yousuf deserves an honorable mention though for the 4 years he was at the helm. Who can forget his gutsy innings against the West Indies in their pomp? Whether it was the 61 at Faisalabad or the sequence of 62, 39, 35, 32*, and 28 (batted with a broken nose and a runner) on the tour of the West Indies, Saleem Yousuf really knew how to stick it to the man.

  • on May 4, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    yes indeed . PAkistan alwasy pruduce good crickter whole year of cricket ,, thats good thing .. Allah Help our cricket to win T20 WC

  • Paki.Fan. on May 4, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    For me Rashid Latif was the most natural keeper I ve ever seen. He always had so much time and never rushed things, for me he is the choice although his batting might not be as good as few others.

  • Gohar on May 4, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I'll go for Rashid! A Geniuine wicket keeper Pakistan Ever had!

  • fouzan on May 4, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    go for the specialist .......... Rashid Latif

  • FaheemAhmed on May 4, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I'm afraid why u didn't pick Saleem Yousuf, he is one of the brave guys that pakistan has ever produced.

  • Ooops on May 4, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    RAshid Will be agood choice