Fast bowlers May 10, 2010

Strike fear with three

Fast bowling has been Pakistan's trump card, their national obsession, and a resource they have never been short of. Which men make it to the final XI?
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The one constant in Pakistan cricket, from start to now, through the good days, the bad, the controversies, the scandals, the fights, revolts and madness has been the ability to produce fast bowlers the rest of the world envies.

Pace bowling is a national obsession. Wanting to bowl quick, to hit stumps or hit batsmen is as much a part of growing up in Pakistan as anything and it has been that way since at least the mid-70s. Even before that, with men such as Fazal Mahmood, Khan Mohammad and Mahmood Hussain, Pakistan was never short of a quality fast-bowling options.

Few countries have as rich a tradition of pace bowling as Pakistan; of the 14 fast bowlers who have taken over 350 Test wickets, only the West Indies has as many representatives as Pakistan (three). And unlike the West Indies, Pakistan has benefited from a great variety in its fast-bowling ranks.

There have been the super-quick, men such as Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Zahid. There have been the super-quick and ultra-rounded, like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. And there have also been the not-so-quick, but very smart: Fazal, Sarfraz Nawaz, and from the modern vintage, Mohammad Asif. In reverse swing, they have also given the world the most significant fast-bowling innovation of the modern age. They are mostly the reason why Pakistan have won nearly a third of all their Tests and more or less a quarter of away Tests.

Most Pakistan XIs have used three fast bowlers and thrown a spinner into the mix. But an all-time XI can benefit from greater options, especially as Imran Khan provides such flexibility as an allrounder.

The contenders

Wasim Akram
The greatest left-arm bowler of all time and among the very greatest of any kind, ever. Akram had everything you could ask for in a fast bowler: pace, swing and cut, brains, brawn. Imran Khan said he was the most naturally gifted bowler he had seen and who are we to argue? Akram was a good enough batsman as well to be considered an allrounder. He remains Pakistan's leading Test wicket-taker, the only one with over 400 victims.

Imran Khan
Imran transformed himself from a middling medium-pacer to one of the foremost, most complete fast bowlers the world has seen. At his peak, in the late 70s and early 80s, he was also one of the quickest. He reverse-swung the old ball viciously, bent the new one like a banana, and in his youth, happily and successfully engaged in the bouncer wars of the era. He also had the most athletic, awe-inspiring action to boot. His 12-wicket haul in Sydney in 1976 arguably changed the face of Pakistan fast bowling and cricket forever.

Waqar Younis
Few fast bowlers around the world have been capable of as much instant destruction as Waqar. When he burst onto the scene in the early 90s, he was the quickest bowler around and reverse-swung the ball with greater effect than even Imran and Wasim. Proof of his destructive qualities lies in the remarkable statistic that no bowler with over 200 Test wickets has a better strike rate than him; once he got going, at his peak, he was difficult to stop. The majority of his wickets were bowled or leg-before. Even after losing his pace, he transformed himself into a very good new-ball bowler.

Fazal Mahmood The spiritual father of all Pakistan's pace bowling, Fazal was responsible for all of the country's earliest, greatest triumphs. He wasn't quick, but he had a truckload of stamina, unrelenting accuracy and a vicious legcutter. On matting wickets, or rain-affected surfaces, he could be unplayable. In key triumphs against India, England, West Indies and Australia, he took 12 or more wickets to help put Pakistan on the map. He was also impossibly handsome.

Sarfraz Nawaz
Sarfraz is the father of modern-day reverse swing and was one of the smartest bowlers Pakistan has produced. He didn't have the pace of an Imran or a Waqar, but his nous with the new ball was enough to see him through. He was an essential part of Pakistan's advance in the 70s, forming a very formidable new-ball pair with Imran, and always had the attitude of an out-and-out quick: he was easily drawn into bouncer wars. He remains a vastly underrated link in the chain that joins Fazal to the modern-day greats.

Shoaib Akhtar
Though his career has been ravaged by injuries and scandal, on good days Shoaib could be as dangerous as any modern-day fast bowler. He was always frighteningly quick, but as he got older, he also became much smarter with the ball. He swung the new ball out and brought the old one back in and developed, late in the day, an excellent loopy slower ball.

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

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY ahassan on | May 13, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    I don't understand how some of the readers can pick Shoaib ahead of Fazal. This shows the lack of cricket knowledge. All the Pakistan's earlier victories against the best four teams of that time were due to his bowling. He took 12 or more wickets against Australia, England, West Indies and India and won those tests almost single handedly. Not even Imran, Wasim and Waqar could boast of such a record. With Imran selected as an all-rounder the choice of the rest is very easy. Three fast bowlers for me are Wasim, Waqar and Fazal.

  • POSTED BY Murtaza. on | May 13, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Mr. BoomBoomAdnan, If you are fast its mean not that you are best, If you are thinking that fastes mean best then FORGET WASIM, WAQAR, IMRAN and give the place to MOHD ZAHID, MOHD SAMI and your favourit SHOAIB AKHTARRRRRR... BECAUSE ALL THESE ARE FASTER THEN THREE GREATS. and for kind of your information we are seleceting all time pakistan elleven, not your favourit elleven. please think about it. THANKS

  • POSTED BY IMQGR on | May 13, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I think Imran Khan is an automatic choice for any Pakistan team any time for any format as a fast bowler, all-rounder, specialist batsman, captain.... and the list can go on. Imran at his prime was undoubtedly the most complete first bowler. Wasim Akram joins the list as well, being the best left arm fast bowler the world has seen till date. Even if you have to choose an all time best World XI, both Imran and Wasim will be serious contenders. The third one is tricky. Fazal and Sarfaraz haven't played modern day's cricket with the standard of fielding, and I believe they could have done wonders. Shoeb is an under-achiever and his quest for speed was at times irritating. Waqar was a fantastic fast bower and if he was not on and off for good few years in his carrier, his stats would have looked far better. I am missing Selim Jaffer and Aqib Javed in the list, both of them could end up in any line up in the world with their talent. Finally it has to be Imran, Wasim and Waqar beyond doubt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    No ther choice than the two W's ,imran khan as an allrounder and captain,saqlain as aspinner alongwith abdulqadir and MOin khan as the wicket keeper. the batting must be saeed anwar, hanif mohammad,zaheer abbas, javed miandad and inzaima ul haq

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    wasim,waqar and fazal mahmood are best options .imran khan is best for allrounder and captain position.shoaib akhtar and sarfraz nawaz also good even with their controversies but we are talking about the best.

  • POSTED BY atif1977 on | May 13, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    This one's easy. Wasim, Waqar, and Fazal. Imran is already in as an allrounder and Shoaib was a mess. Please don't insult the all time Pakistan XI by picking the selfish Shoaib

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    i think Imran , Wasim & Waqar are the example & best.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | May 13, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Sarfraz, fazal & khan may be good bowler but no one is gonna pick any of them at the cost of Shoaib. So its easy choice; wasim, Waqar and Shoaib. And Imran plays as an alllrounder. This 4 man battery will tear any batting line apart. So Now it all looks like this:

    Hanif Said Anwar Zaheer Abass Javed Miandad Inzimam-ul Haq Imran Khan (capt) Rashid Latif Wasim Waqar Shoaib Qader

    Rashid Latif is chosen instead of Bari (the best) to strengthen the batting as we operate with 4 bowlers and one allrounder. But I am sure it will be in good balance as being captain Imran has an average of +50.

  • POSTED BY BoomBoomAdnan on | May 12, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    wasim, waqar and shoaib people who dont like shoaib should pray to god to give them sum brain how can u not have the fastest bowler ever born to be not in the team PATHETIC.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Imran Khan as an all-rounder and captain! Two Ws and Shoaiby as fast bowlers!

  • POSTED BY ahassan on | May 13, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    I don't understand how some of the readers can pick Shoaib ahead of Fazal. This shows the lack of cricket knowledge. All the Pakistan's earlier victories against the best four teams of that time were due to his bowling. He took 12 or more wickets against Australia, England, West Indies and India and won those tests almost single handedly. Not even Imran, Wasim and Waqar could boast of such a record. With Imran selected as an all-rounder the choice of the rest is very easy. Three fast bowlers for me are Wasim, Waqar and Fazal.

  • POSTED BY Murtaza. on | May 13, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Mr. BoomBoomAdnan, If you are fast its mean not that you are best, If you are thinking that fastes mean best then FORGET WASIM, WAQAR, IMRAN and give the place to MOHD ZAHID, MOHD SAMI and your favourit SHOAIB AKHTARRRRRR... BECAUSE ALL THESE ARE FASTER THEN THREE GREATS. and for kind of your information we are seleceting all time pakistan elleven, not your favourit elleven. please think about it. THANKS

  • POSTED BY IMQGR on | May 13, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I think Imran Khan is an automatic choice for any Pakistan team any time for any format as a fast bowler, all-rounder, specialist batsman, captain.... and the list can go on. Imran at his prime was undoubtedly the most complete first bowler. Wasim Akram joins the list as well, being the best left arm fast bowler the world has seen till date. Even if you have to choose an all time best World XI, both Imran and Wasim will be serious contenders. The third one is tricky. Fazal and Sarfaraz haven't played modern day's cricket with the standard of fielding, and I believe they could have done wonders. Shoeb is an under-achiever and his quest for speed was at times irritating. Waqar was a fantastic fast bower and if he was not on and off for good few years in his carrier, his stats would have looked far better. I am missing Selim Jaffer and Aqib Javed in the list, both of them could end up in any line up in the world with their talent. Finally it has to be Imran, Wasim and Waqar beyond doubt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    No ther choice than the two W's ,imran khan as an allrounder and captain,saqlain as aspinner alongwith abdulqadir and MOin khan as the wicket keeper. the batting must be saeed anwar, hanif mohammad,zaheer abbas, javed miandad and inzaima ul haq

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    wasim,waqar and fazal mahmood are best options .imran khan is best for allrounder and captain position.shoaib akhtar and sarfraz nawaz also good even with their controversies but we are talking about the best.

  • POSTED BY atif1977 on | May 13, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    This one's easy. Wasim, Waqar, and Fazal. Imran is already in as an allrounder and Shoaib was a mess. Please don't insult the all time Pakistan XI by picking the selfish Shoaib

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    i think Imran , Wasim & Waqar are the example & best.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | May 13, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Sarfraz, fazal & khan may be good bowler but no one is gonna pick any of them at the cost of Shoaib. So its easy choice; wasim, Waqar and Shoaib. And Imran plays as an alllrounder. This 4 man battery will tear any batting line apart. So Now it all looks like this:

    Hanif Said Anwar Zaheer Abass Javed Miandad Inzimam-ul Haq Imran Khan (capt) Rashid Latif Wasim Waqar Shoaib Qader

    Rashid Latif is chosen instead of Bari (the best) to strengthen the batting as we operate with 4 bowlers and one allrounder. But I am sure it will be in good balance as being captain Imran has an average of +50.

  • POSTED BY BoomBoomAdnan on | May 12, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    wasim, waqar and shoaib people who dont like shoaib should pray to god to give them sum brain how can u not have the fastest bowler ever born to be not in the team PATHETIC.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Imran Khan as an all-rounder and captain! Two Ws and Shoaiby as fast bowlers!

  • POSTED BY karim_s on | May 12, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Imran is in as the all-rounder. So my picks would be Wasim, Waqar, and Fazl. Sarfaraz would be a close second, but the other three beat him.

    Including the clown Shoaib on the same page as the rest is an insult to our greats. Let shoaib to go bollywood or something.

  • POSTED BY tayyab_aslam on | May 12, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Wasim and Waqar are the best pair of fast bowling. To add a bit of medium pace, we could choose between Fazal and Sarfraz. I would choose Fazal personally.No match to the pair of Wasim and Waqar. We are looking at the complete career of the players, not on the episodes of a player when he could be fit enough to be available and play in a series and during most sessions in a test. Wasim and Waqar are a symbol of performance and consistency over a large number of tests (and 1-days).

  • POSTED BY SPA001 on | May 12, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Since Imran has been chosen as an all-rounder, I would opt for the three greats : Fazal Mahmood, for his mastery over seam and swing and deadly accuracy and penetration on rain-effected wickets and the good old matting, Wasim Akram, easily teh finest of his kind and Waqar Younis, always 110% even in the most trying circumstances. Both Sarfraz and Shoaib had their moments but my god how unpredictable and how demoralising they could be on their off days. In my humble view Shoaib Akhtar and Muttiah Muralitharan, both had disgraceful bowling actions and got away with murder on the strength of a strong Asian Cricket Lobby. Despite that Shoaib's dismissal of Tendulkar in Kolkata Test in 1999 was THE most sensational express delivery bowled by a Pakistan bowler.

  • POSTED BY deepaksam on | May 12, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Phew...the PAk all time 11 looks awesome! imagine bowing line up with Imran, Waqar - follwed by Wasim, Sarfraz and maybe Qadir?!

  • POSTED BY AdityaMookerjee on | May 12, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    When it comes to choosing three bowlers to represent Pakistan, I would choose, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar. These three were devastating even on pitches in the sub-continent where there was no help for the pace bowlers. Who can deny, that Wasim Akram won Pakistan the World Cup in 1992? But his strike rate is perhaps not better than Akhtar, when one compares their careers.

  • POSTED BY samad.pak on | May 12, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Wasim, Waqar and Sarfaraz Nawaz would be a good selection out of the above since Imran khan has already been selected in different disciplines

  • POSTED BY WASEEM.SAJID on | May 12, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Although my all time favt is Shoaib Akhtar but the choice shud be Fazal, Imran and Waseem. Waqar and Shoaib can be next after these three. Its a proud for us that we have such golden players, and we have to drop the bowlers like waqar and shoaib from the all time XI. Incredible

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Waqar, Wasim, Imran... where's Aqib Javed btw? I'd put Aqib in if Imran is already there as captain.

  • POSTED BY Whisperofdeath on | May 11, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    As per my savvy the Pakistan all time team should be...Majid Khan, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Inzamam, Imran khan, Wasim Akram,Abdul Qadir, Wasim Bari, Saqlain Mushtaq, Fazal Mahmood. (12) Hanif Mohammad.

  • POSTED BY usmaqs on | May 11, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    If you are given such extraordinary choices you ought to get miscalculate. But as Imran is the greatest allrounder the world has seen, so it left him out of this contention, and wasim and waqar are unananimous choice in any...i mean any cricket team...that left room for fazal, sarfraz and shoaib. But if I am a captain and have to chose among these i will go for shoaib because of his pace as the fast bowlers are after all "fast" bowlers and shoaib no doubt is fast. So my team is saeed, amir, inzamam, javed, zaheer, imran, rashid, wasim, waqar, shoaib and the spinner would be only and only saqlain.

  • POSTED BY adeelnaqvi on | May 11, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    well Imran will be picked as an all rounder in the other category, so this one will have to be Wasim Waqar and i think its between Shoaib and Fazal.. never saw Fazal play, and saw what Shoaib did to everyone in his heyday so ill go with Shoaib though if Fazal wins it, understandable

  • POSTED BY cricket-crazee on | May 11, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Wasim, Waqar and Fazal ofcourse! And, King Khan as my allrounder with Qadir as spinner. Btw, I am wondering... what a nightmare it will be for the jury to select fast bowlers from West Indies All Time XI :D The options will be Marshall, Holding, Garner, Roberts, Ambrose, Walsh... The Jury will have to choose 3 only :D WOW!

  • POSTED BY rson on | May 11, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    How about this lineup? Hanif,Saeed Anwar,Javed Miandad,Inzamam,Mushtaq,Imran,Moen Khan,Wasim Akram,Fazal,Qadiir and Waqar.4 specialist batsmen,2 genuine all-rounders in Mushtaq and Imran,awicketkeeper who can bat in Moen,left-arm pace and right arm swing in Wasim and Fazal and pure pace in Waqar.The bowling has no weak links and Moen is a better choiceat 7 than Akram,who would have to bat ahead of Wasim Bari if the lattwr were selected.

  • POSTED BY Murtaza. on | May 11, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar in all time eleven? NO WAY!He is a good bowler and can bowl very fast but he is not a team man.The ball wich Wasim Akram bowled to Rahul Dravid at Channai was the ever best delivery cricket has seen, "BALL OF THE CENTERY" The ball wich Waqar Younis bowled to Brian Lara was the best ball I have ever seen. These two GREATS are in my list, and than we have Fazal Mahmood as a third bowler. Remember Imran has been choosed as an all rounder.

  • POSTED BY synergy on | May 11, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    My choice would be Wasim, Waqar and Sarfaraz. Pakistan has been blessed to have Wasim & Imran, who rank amongst the best all rounders of the world, there fore I would like to keep them both in the team. This will also give depth in the batting right down to number 8. the other two that I have choosen are Waqar and Sarfaraz and I am sure no one will dispute it. My all time Pak XI is 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Majid, 3. Inzamam, 4. Javed, 5. Yousuf, 6. Imtoaz, 7. Imran, 8. Akram, 9. Qadir, 10. Sarfaraz & 11. Waqar.

  • POSTED BY wiiCricket on | May 11, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Where is Aqib Javed? Seriously? He was one of the genuine medium pacer with killer slower balls. He was also the instrumental attacker in 90s to open innings to frustrate batsman and then Waqar would come as a change to destroy batsmen. Or am i going to expect another list of medium pacers only?

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | May 11, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Wasim Akram+Waqar Younis+Imran Khan in a bowling lineup ? I offer my full set of prayers to those unfortunate(imaginary)batting lineups that would face them.YUMMY :D

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Very Very Hard To Pick Only Three Frm These But For Me WAQaR WASIM AND IMRAN ARE THE ONES Who Should Make the Cut Loved The way They Served Pakistani Cricket :D

  • POSTED BY RUQQ on | May 11, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Mr Fazal Mahmood, the father of Pakistan fast bowling who single handedly won tests for Pakistan against every major countries. I have great respect for him and no other bowler in the world can compete his records and performance.

    other two places are going to two Ws... Waqar and Wasim

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Saeed Anwar Mohsin Khan Javed Miandad Inzamam Ul Haq Zaheer Abbas Imran Khan Rashid Lateef Abdul Qadir Wasim Akram Shoib Akhtar Waqar Younis

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    I will go with with Wasim, Imran and Shoib, omg!!

  • POSTED BY kayani77 on | May 11, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Its easy choice for 1-Waseem 2-Waqar 3-Shoaib

    Imran is already in the eleven.

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | May 11, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    I think another good combination can be as follows:

    Hanif, Majid Khan/Seed Anwar/Imtiaz Ahmed, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yuousf, Mushtaq, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari, Waqar Younis.

    By bringing in Imtiaz as an onpener and WK, we can include a specialist spinner like Qader, or Saqlain depending upon the condition of the wicket and the opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    1.Waseem Akram 2. Waqar Younis,3. Fazal Mohammad as I have picked Imran Khan as Captin(All-rounder).

  • POSTED BY Bulletdrive on | May 11, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Himayun!! Where is Saeed Anwar? Moin Khan? Saqlain Mustaq???? Only Sachin is better than Saeed Anwar!! Add Saeed to your List!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Gotta go with Wasim, Waqar, and Sarfraz as Imran is already in as an allrounder.

  • POSTED BY realredbaron on | May 11, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    isn't it kind of glitch? Having Imran in both pace bowling and all rounder option that is?! Yes we understand that we ought to pretend Imran is not yet chosen as the all rounder in this XI but c'mon really?! If it was world XI of all time, the only reason why Imran would have missed the all rounder spot is Sir Garfield Sobers. And guess what? Sobers is not a Pakistani. So, Imran in all rounder position, I would go with Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Fazal Mahmood as the three pacers in the squad. Pakistan deserves 3 genuine pacers even if Imran is already there and 2 spinners would be injustice to the contribution the fast men have rendered to Pakistani cricket over the ages. And yes if you ask, it is not a Pakistan all time test XI without the Fazal Mahmood.

  • POSTED BY T.Yousuf on | May 11, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Three quickies:-I will go with Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis and Fazal Mehmood.However Srfaraz Nawaz missis in my lineup marginally. Imran Khan already selected as Allrounder.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    My all-time Pakistani XI is

    1) Saeed Anwar 2) Hanif Muhammad 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Miandad 5) Inzamam ul Haq 6) Imran Khan* 7) Rashid Latif 8) Wasim Akram 9) Waqar Younis 10) Shoaib Akhtar 11) ?

    this team is very fine team

  • POSTED BY unleashedtrojan1 on | May 11, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    easy..... WASIM, WAQAR and SHOAIB..

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    I will go for Wasim, Waqar and Sarfarz. I have picked Imran as the all rounder that's why I am not going for him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    1, Imran Khan 2, Wasim Akram 3, Waqar Younis

  • POSTED BY AmanKhan on | May 11, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    My Pak XI is:

    1-Saeed Anwar 2-A. Sohail 3-Y. khan (Best one down in the world) 4-J. Miandad 5-Inzamam 6-Imran Khan (Captain) 7-W. Akran 8-R. Latif 9-W. Younis 10-S. Akhtar 11-S. Mushtaq

    This team can win any where in the world even on green pitches of Australia.

  • POSTED BY Djinxd on | May 11, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Well, now I am looking forward to the two biggest All-time XIs left.

    West Indies and India.

    This should be awesome.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    The Obvious Choice is Imran, Wasim & Waqar

    The is no comparison of their skills & venom.

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | May 11, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    My eleven would be: Hanif, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yuousf, Mushtaq, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari, Waqar Younis.

    With the three top class seamers, Fazal is not needed. In addition, Mushtaq has been the only true allrounder in Pakistan. Even though Intikhab had him underbowl but he still has impressive averages. In fact both Mushtaq and Miandad were origninally selected as allrounders. If needed Majid can be asked to bowl his gentle spins.

    The includsion of Yousuf is a must. He has much better averages than any other batsman including all the above. His exclusion from this team would be the last injustice to him and denying the records and realities.

  • POSTED BY chishtyirfan on | May 11, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I am big fan of Pakistani cricket since I started watching cricket in 80's. In my opinion the best of Pakistan eleven 1.saeed anwar 2. majeed khan 3. zaheer abbas 4. jawed miandad 5. inzamam u haq 6. rashid latif (wc) 7 imran khan (c) 8. wasim akram 9. waqar yonus 10.abdul qadir 11. sarfraz nawaz. imran khan alrounder spot. three genuin fast bowler 1 sppiner two opners 3 middle order batsman.

  • POSTED BY Kaashsindhu on | May 10, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    I am not Picking up Imran Khan Because he will be in the team as Allrounder. No one can take his place as allrounder. My Pick is 1: Wasim Akram Obvious

    2: Sarfaraz Nawaz God Father of reverse perfect swing bowling and teacher and mentor of Imran Khan and all future Pakistani Fast Bowlers.

    3: Shoaib Akhtar He was and is far more superior bowler than Waqar Younas but he is unfortunate that he did not get a mentor and Captain like Imran khan to keep him in control and polish his talent

  • POSTED BY hamza1982 on | May 10, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Hanif Moh'd, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram,Wasim Bari,Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis is my best XII.

  • POSTED BY asraruwant on | May 10, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    I would like to tinker with the combination here because i think Imran khan is a genuine fast bowling allrounder already in the side i would like to have just two more fast bowlers in the team and they are none other than Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis and i will have two spinners in my team i.e best offspinner pakistan has ever produced Saqlain Mushtaq and best legspinner pakistan has ever produced Abdul Qadir, this way the team will have lots of variety in their attack, Three quicks, one of whom is a left arm bowler and all three of them can Swing,Seam and Reverse Swing the ball, a finger spinner who bowls offspin and a wrist spinner who bowls legspin. By having this bowling attack any wicket in the world they bowl on in any conditions they will have a bowler for that condition and wicket. So my final XI is: 1)Hanif Mohammed 2) Majid Khan 3) Zaheer Abbas 4) Javed Miandad 5) Inzamam ul-haq 6) Imran Khan 7) Wasim Akram 8) Moin Khan 9) Saqlain Mushtaq 10) Abdul Qadir 11) Waqar Younis

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    There is absolutly no way you can leave Shoaib Akhtar out of this side. Putting Imran Khan in the all-rounders list leaves room for atleast three pacers and with the pace and consistency of Shoaib Akhtar and hsia gressive attitude, he is a must in any PAK XI

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    For me it is the Two Ws, no brainer, If you want a thrid seamer, I would pick Fazal, since Shoaib and Younis are very similar in styles, Fazal will bring in variety and also, the two most handsomest personalities in Cricketing Field, Imran and Fazal in the same team, it will act as a magnet and a crowd-puller ;) No offense to Sarfaraz, Asif and Zahid, but the irony is Pakistan is so rich in this area, that it is very difficult to squeeze all of them past the corridor of the Two Ws, althouhg these can make any other XI with no problems!!!

  • POSTED BY Fazham on | May 10, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    I guess everbody forgot Saqlain Mustaq. I feel he is too good to be forgotten. I guess three fast bowlers is fine but saqlain should be picked as the spinner. He has staggering stats I believe.

  • POSTED BY Armchairman on | May 10, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    My all-time Pakistan eleven: Hanif Moh'd, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Fazal Mahmood, Wasim Bari, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis

    Also considered: Moh'd Yousef, Imtiaz Ahmed, Saeed Ahmed, Sarfraz Nawaz, Mushtaq Moh'd

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Didn;t we already have Imran to pick in the allrounder category? Did you just switch the selection format on us? Chris Cairns didn;t get in NX XI, because he could only be in one category, right?

    Anyways, I'll pick the two W's and Imran. Problem is I now have an XI with two Imrans :-)

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | May 10, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Since Imran is he best all rounder by far, I'm going with Wasim and Waqar and the third choice has to be azal Mehmood because of his highly impressive stats while being part of a weakish team.

  • POSTED BY aditya196 on | May 10, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Well it would be a selector's dilemma. I feel Shoaib must join Akram and Imran. Shoaib has that fear factor. I am sure the batsmen used to think that he is out there to hunt them. Memories of him humiliating Ganguly are still fresh ( Ha ha... it was hilarious as well I must admit) and I feel even Sachin at times might have been apprehensive facing him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    GO FIGURE THE GREATEST FAST BOWLERS THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN ARE PAKISTANIS (ZINDABAD)

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | May 10, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Imran Khan should already be in as ALL ROUNDER, so it makes no sense to pick him again. That means that Pakistan will have the advantage of having another genuine fast or medium fast bowler to boot. Imagine having Imran Khan & Wasim Akram (Both legit all rounders and Imran averaging over 50 runs per innings over the last 1/3 of his career) plus Waqar Younis and Safraz Nawaz/Fazal Mahmood and Abdul Qadir/Salaqin Musthaq. That would be like having Malcom Marshall, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts and Joel Garner, except that Pakistan would have 2 legit all rounders in Imran and Wasim. I saw Safraz play and I just love his attitude. Also he could throw his bat around a little. I also just absolutely love Abdul Qadir. Why he did not play more for Pak, I just don't know. Well, we all know of how clear headed management in Pakistan, so that should no surprise I guess. I confess that I am West Indian, so I would pick WI to win all the time, but I would be scared of this Pakistan team.

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | May 10, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    i think omar is guilty of a little exaggeration in parotting the myth of Pakistan's "great fast bowling tradition". In fact it is only since the seventies that Pakistan have started producing genuinely fast bowlers (before that, even the medium pace Sarfraz was considered "quick" by Pakistani standards and it was a truism that the "subcontinent" dd not produce fast bowlers). Nor did the Pakistani matting wickets encourage fast bowling. All that changed with Imran (though even he was a lanky teenage medium pacer to begin with and only later transformed his body to be able to bowl as superbly fast as he did). Until Imran Pakistan did not producer anyone as quick as Mohammad Nissar in the thirties. Anyway that aside, I agree with m-urtaza that Imran is already picked as allrounder, Wasim and Waqar HAVE to be in the side, and Fazal cannot be left out for sentimental reasons. What a pace attack!Add the leggies of Qadir and I don't see any team of batters being able to hold them at bay!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    I agree waqar , wasim , imran as your bowlers and shoaib should be there that would make a frightening foursome. Add abdul qadir as the spinner no side will last long against them

  • POSTED BY GoldenAsif on | May 10, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    On second thoughts we do not need a 6th batsman (Yousuf) with Imran batting at no. 6. Wasim was good enough with the bat as well. But gotta have Fazal Mahmood in the team

    1- Hanif Mohammad 2- Saeed Anwar 3- Zaheer Abbas 4- Javed Miandad 5- Inzamam-ul-Haq 6- Imran Khan (c) 7- Wasim Akram 8- Wasim Bari 9- Abdul Qadir (was a better test bowler than Saqlain. Saqlain was better in ODIs) 10- Fazal Mahmood 11- Waqar Younis

    This team has 5 quality batsmen, a great all-rounder, 4 great fast bowlers (incl. Imran) and Abdul Qadir

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Wasim Waqar and Fazal as bowlers and Imran for allrounder. Since Wasim can bat a bit to This will give depth. We already have three real fast bowlers so Fazal will add a different veriety.

  • POSTED BY manihammad on | May 10, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Wasim, Waqar & Imran..it was difficult to leave out Fazal but he was class of his own on mating wickets and later it all changed..but these 3 came out and outclassed outplayed everyone in the modern day scenerio

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Of course world fastest bowler Shoiab Akhtar (Rawalpindi Express) is my first choice and other two are Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | May 10, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    IMRAN,WASIM ,WAQAR obviously. With 3 great pacemen they do not need another one. Fazal was great but I believe he was great in matting pitches which no longer exist. if we pick 5 batsmen, Wk, 3pacemen and 1spinner the missing link that balances the side would be Mushtaq Mohommad who can bat at 6 and bowl leg spin. My all time XI is 1.HANIF 2.ANWAR 3.ZAHEER 4.JAVED 5.INZAMAM 6.MUSHTAQ 7.IMRAN 8.WASIM AKRAM 9.BARI 10.WAQAR 11.QADIR 12.YUSUF

  • POSTED BY Awad on | May 10, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    This is an embarassment of riches. The first five in this list can be picked in any World XI. I would go for Wasim, Waqar and Imran. They had pace, they were lethal and they were match-winners.

  • POSTED BY Engle on | May 10, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Imran and Wasim Akram walk into the side. The big question, then is which of Waqar and Fazal complement them. Anything that Whacka can do, Imran and Wasim can as well. However, Fazal brings in a new dimension not easily emulated by these two. So, a more varied attack would be Imran, Wasim and Fazal. A more exciting attack, though, would be Imran, Wasim and Waqar.

  • POSTED BY eddy501 on | May 10, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Why is I.K. in this section at all??????????? He is clearly going to be picked in the allrounder section so why not open the fast bowling category for another player? W.A and I.K would open the bowling with W.Y first change!!! For pure artistry and skill with a cricket ball W.A. can only be compared to M.M.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    definately wasim, waqar and imran khan..

  • POSTED BY Shaz1976 on | May 10, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    My dear friends, Imran Khan is one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket, never mind Pakistan. He will therefore occupy the all-rounders slot in this team, so we shouldn't consider him in this section. We now need to select three from the remaining five candidates, which is not an easy task. I don't think you can have a Pakistan team without Wasim and Waqar, so that's two down. From the remaining candidates, I personally wouldn't pick Shoaib. Granted the man has ability, but he is inconsistent, injury prone and the circus he creates is not positive for the team. We already have extreme pace from in Imran, Wasim and Waqar, so I'd pick one of the other two to add some variety with lesser pace but guile. Which one, I don't know, because they are before my time and I can only go by what is documented. In that respect both are regarded as 'Legends' and 'Pioneers' of Pakistani cricket and are therefore worthy candidates.

  • POSTED BY YasirHafeez on | May 10, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    There wasn't any need for including Imran Khan in this list as he's got a sure shot place in the all-rounder category. Khan Mohammad or Aaqib Javed could have been added instead, just to add variety. The three fast bowling slots should go to Wasim, Waqar and Fazal Mahmood. Shoaib Akhtar fails the longevity test in order to be considered an *ALL TIME GREAT*.

  • POSTED BY GoldenAsif on | May 10, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Agree with m-urtaza's team. Imran Khan (already as all-rounder in my team), Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Fazal Mahmood

  • POSTED BY yetigoat on | May 10, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    If I had known Imran was going to be included in the bowlers I wouldn't have picked him as the all rounder, I would've chosen Mushtaq instead. Bugga!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Pakistani pace bowling has no parallel in this world,,,Every now and then we have a new quality fast bowler to the surprise of world. Amir was last one and two youngster with great ability Talha and Irfan waiting for call. To me that is all due one and only the great Imran Khan who created the fast bowling culture in our country on dead rubbers. Thanks to Imran for inspiring generations to follow,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY fadooo on | May 10, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Not selecting Fazal would be a sacrilege ! I hope no Pakistani is ungrateful enough to do that. I am only in my 20s and have only heard about the legend Fazal Mahmood. But seriously, how could you not select the father of Pakistani cricket ?? Without him we would be struggling as all other countries in the world other than australia and england did during their early days. Pakistan is the only country to win a test in its first series against all other countries (except for south africa whom we didnt play until the 1990s). And this was only due to the great Fazal. There was a stat analysis on cricinfo to rate bowlers based on not just records but impact, and according to that Fazal was the second best pace bowler in the world during the middle era of cricket. Truly the greatest medium pacer ever seen. Its not just about pace, look at mcgrath and asif...please everyone select Fazal. Without him, we wouldnt even be on the map of world cricket

  • POSTED BY Khuramp on | May 10, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Without a doubt the great Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and waqar younis.. for the fourth option I'd go for someone like fazal Mahmood or safraz nawaz just to mix it up a bit......

  • POSTED BY Junaeds on | May 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Waqar's runup was the greatest sight in cricket. No fast bowler in world cricket at the moment has the same charisma. I rate his inswinging yorker that removed Lara (and Lara fell over) as the greatest delivery I've ever seen.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | May 10, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Probably Akram should be a default selection. What a bowler!! Imran Khan and Waqar - greats in their own rights. And then we have Sarfraz Nawas. However despite all the hype i dont beleive Shoaib belongs in the same league as the 2 W's and Imran.

  • POSTED BY meem.alif.suad on | May 10, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    As imran will be captaing the side so its obvious he ll b playing, so i dropped Sarfaraz Nawaz because he is famous for his swing, but when we have Wasim and Waqar in the side still do we need any other swing bowler ? Waqars Banana Swings, toe breakers and Wasims Over The Wicket coming back to right handers pitched in line and from the same spot leaving the right handers and taking edge and going to the slips, no need of more swings but Akhters fastest rightly spotted yorkers can do the damage. My All Time XI will be : 1. Hanif Muhammad (Little Master) 2. Saeed Anwer (Wristy very Wristy) 3. Imran Khan (Great Captain) 4. Javed Miandad (Brave/Clever Runs Machine) 5. Inzimam Ul Haq (Sleeping Giant) 6. Muhammad Yususf (Silent Runs Scorer) 7. Rashid Latif (Technicaly Sound Behind The Wickets) 8. Wasim Akram (Swing King) 9. Waqar Younis (Fast & Furious) 10. Saqlain Mushtaq (Mysteryo) 11. Shoaib Akhter (Additional Threat for Oppositions) 12. Ijaz Ahmed ( Fielding at Point )

  • POSTED BY lyoung on | May 10, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Gotta have Imran and Wasim as the new-ball openers, can't beat the left-right arm combination. Third bowler I would pick Sarfraz over Waqar for two reasons: his stamina (he was built like a brick house) and his combative attitude. He was Pakistan's version of Merv Hughes.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus & Imran Khan.

  • POSTED BY jigerz on | May 10, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Waqar and Wasim are the obvious choices My third option for fast bowler slot is Fazal Mahmood. It needs no mention that Imran Khan should be selected as an allrounder.

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | May 10, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Wasim, Waqar and Imran. Imran was a great captain and an all-rounder in his own right, and Wasim could almost be classed as an all-rounder as well. The desicion I had to make is whether you'd have Sarfraz Nawz in place of Waqar Younis...the old toss-up between a 3rd extreme pace bowler, and a 3rd excellent swing bowler, but with less pace.

  • POSTED BY Murtaza. on | May 10, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Oh my God, all GREATS are in short list. I am going for Wsim Akram, Waqar Younis and Fazal Mahmood. Imran Khan is already there as an allrounder. I am sorry for Shoaib Akhtar but for the most of his career he has been UNFIT. In my list we have 1.Hanif Mohd. 2.Saeed anwar, 3.Zaheer abbas 4.Javed mianddad 5.Inzmam 6.Imran Khan 7.Wasim bari 8.Wasim Akram 9 Waqar Younis 10 Fazal Mahmood and 11.1 Spinner (Abdul Qadir/ Saqlain Mushtaq)

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    In this line of really quick bowlers, Pakistan produced so far it is very hard to one or two or even three bowler. All were really genius in their profession and delivered as quick and fast as one can imagine to bowl. Every bowler had full capability to be selected in the All Time XI. I think from this line up of fast bowler, Three bowlers for sure must be part and parcel of every team. One is Imran Khan, second is Wasim Akram and third one is Waqar Younis. Since Wasim Akram was selected Legend of Cricket, therefore he must be awarded with the title of 'Sir'. Imran Khan was previously big contender of this title, but i dont know on what grounds he was not awarded with the same. Anyhow, in next contest for the title of Sir, Wasim Akram is the biggest contender of this title. Any if he will not be awarded with the title, it will clearly show biasedness in the decision as Wasim Akram belong to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY arslan7777 on | May 10, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    since imran will fill the allrounder's role, it should be wasim, waqar and shoaib. frankly, fazal mahmood has a great record and was instrumental in pakistan's early victories but the new generation has not really seen him. he was very effective on the matting wickets and we cannot be sure how good he would be in this era. hence i would go for shoaib as the third one. although he has had his fare share of controversies, i think the best 11 should be picked on ability and we all know that he can be devastating anywhere.

  • POSTED BY omairhr on | May 10, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    The two Ws would have been even more deadly if they had support from better fielders. The fact that Pakistan's fielding during 90s was so sloppy, adds to the value of these two guys. It would be a dream where Jonty Rhodes & co field for Waqar.

  • POSTED BY Paki.Fan. on | May 10, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Test Stats: W A E Wasim --> 414 | 23.62 | 2.59 Imran --> 362 | 22.81 | 2.54 Waqar --> 373 | 23.56 | 3.25 Fazal --> 139 | 24.70 | 2.09 Sarfaraz --> 177 | 32.75 | 2.49 Shoaib --> 178 | 25.69 | 3.37

  • POSTED BY Synaesthesia on | May 10, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Probably gonna have to go with Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. With Aktar maybe as well depending on the selection.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Either Imran should not be in the list, but if he was in the list, there should be four choices. My choice is obviously Imran, and his inheritors: Wasim, and Waqar. Had they go along well, Waqar wouldn't be part of the conspiracy against Wasim's captaincy, things wouldn't get so ugly in the Pakistan cricket. Interestingly both Wasim and Waqar regard Imran Khan as their mentor yet fought each other religiously.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    While nobody can ignore Fazl or Sarfaraz, it is known beforehand the the vote will lie with Waqar, Wasim and Imran. What a dream combination.

  • POSTED BY Shahzad_Tirmizi on | May 10, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Well as Imran already selected as an allrounder, my selection for 3 fast bowlers will be Fazal Mahmood, Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis bcoz they were v. consistant performer with the ball.

  • POSTED BY zingzangspillip on | May 10, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Imran has to be in there as an all-rounder, and Wasim and Waqar are also musts. The question is, do you pick another quick bowler or have two spinners?

  • POSTED BY ShAh00 on | May 10, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    I have already Picked up Imran Khan as All-Rounder so, I will go with Great FAZAL MAHMOOD, as written correctly and mostly will agree, THE FATHER OF PACE BOWLING in PAKISTAN, the ICON, the reason, the inspiration for the likes of Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Sikandar Bakht, Wasim Jaffer and many more.... So, My Final Three Pace Bowlers are FAZAL MAHMOOD, WASIM AKRAM & WAQAR YOUNIS.... Sarfraz might be the inventor of Reverse Swing and Shoaib Akhtar might be the Quickest of all........ BUT When it comes to ALL TIME PAKISTAN XI, we should not our greats like FAZAL MAHMOOD

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | May 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    There is no need to put Imran in this list. He was arguably the best allrounder in tests, ever produced by Pakistan and he already got selected in that category. Leaving Imran aside, 2 Ws are automatic selection. Out of Shoaib, Fazal and Sarfraz: Fazal should be the best choice as he has better average and more 10-fors.

  • POSTED BY sushantsingh on | May 10, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    The most difficult choice to make, although Imran is selected in allrounder list.

  • POSTED BY JayPmorgan on | May 10, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Currently when one assesses the feeling of a Pakistani supporter, it is not of optimism, but one of nostalgia.This list of great players just emphasises how low Pak cricket has sunk. A great team has to have great fast bowlers and Pakistan were lucky to have some All Time greats . An all time Pak XI would be a match for any all time A N other National XI in history just on the basis of their bowling options.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    i am green with envy :-)

  • POSTED BY S.h.a.d.a.b on | May 10, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    osman sb is doing good job so far. i believe he has done his home work very well. if a kid may read all-time XI, will know the best players immediately.

  • POSTED BY ali.majaz on | May 10, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Wasim , Imran , Shoaib !!! WHAT A BOWLING LINE UP

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Even though I choose Akram, Imran and Waqar, Shoib remain my favourite. I like watching him even if he is hit all around the park. Can't express the sensastion and thrill he privides.

  • POSTED BY deepak_jain103 on | May 10, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    i would go for wasim, imran and nawaz not seen fazal ... waqar was also dam good in any conditions..

  • POSTED BY raisagha on | May 10, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Oh Dear Osman! At least you must have mentioned in your previous article that you are going to include Imran in the fast bowlers' list also. Mushtaq Mohammad missed one vote at least. Further, 2Ws and great Imran will be almost a unanimous choice of modern age or I can say will be the Viewer's Choice. Great Fazal Mahmood will enter through Jury.

  • POSTED BY Paki.Fan. on | May 10, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    What a list, something to die for. I bet most of the other teams would dream of such selection list. Well since Imran is already selected as an All rounder so for me Wasim and Waqar are a definite certainty, I was very confused about the third bowler but chose Fazal to give a different varierty since Imran, Wasim and Waqar are the greatest swing bowlers. Shoaib with all his fuss is a great bowler and it was hard to leave him out.

  • POSTED BY asefali on | May 10, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Interestingly Imran has better bowling average than both Wasim and Waqar but since he ll be already there as an All-rounder, I would go with Shoib Akhter along with 2 Ws.

  • POSTED BY Just_Love_Cricket on | May 10, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Definately Imran, Wasim & Waqar. I have read about Fazal Mahmood & how he had a hand in all of Pakistans initial victories. Its unfortunate he got to play few matches else who knows what could have been. Maybe Aaqib Javed could have had a mention.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Imran, Wasim and Waqar. This has got to be the easiest of selections for us the readers and the selectors themselves.

  • POSTED BY cricket4shafiq on | May 10, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Wow Akram, Waqar and Fazal make it under th leadershp of Imram, the great Khan. And this is a team, whoever will dare to face them.... Suddenly looks Pakistan are unbeatable, especially when Fazal is there too. I hope a spinner like Iqbal Qasim/Abdul Qadir/Saqlain will be enough to kill other sides, and i will go with Qadir to bring terror in eyes of Endland, WestIndies, Newzeland and South Africa.....For Australia, India and Sri Lanka --- our Fast Bowlers,enough on any surface or space. The team suddely looks the World's best Hanif, Saeed/Majid, Zaheer, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Imran Khan (CAP) , Rashid Latif (WK), Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Fazal Mahmmod, Abdul Qadir Saeed Anwar and Majid Khan debate is the toughest (i hope Saeed the left hand edge, how was Majid against outswingers on seaming tracks in intial overs? but again, i am sure, middle order and lower order can take care of any early exit of Saeed). 12th Man:S Akhtar,M Yousaf,Saqlain,Saleem Ysf, Asif Iq,Imtiaz Ahmd

  • POSTED BY vnvaditya on | May 10, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Imran , Wasim , Waqar obvious choice...

  • POSTED BY binkaf on | May 10, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    An easy pick me thinks: Imran, and 2 Ws! As simple as that but in case, Imran is selected as an all rounder, which obviously will happen as there is no one better than Imran, leaving Sir G. Sobbers; a place may fall vacant and I personally will love to place the like of Shoaib Akhtar right there though in sheer quality S. Nawaz may better him. But just think what a fearsome bowling attack this will made, the immaculate accuracy of Wasim, the unbelievable swing of Waqar and unplayable pace of Shoaib! Isn't it jus more than enough to tear any batting line up apart on any day? Do think about it!!!

  • POSTED BY cantexplain on | May 10, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Wasim, Waqar, and Fazal aremy selections here.

    Slight digression - if I hadn't already selected Imran Khan as the one all-rounder, Imran would've been my first choice here. Wasim's natural ability was so freakish that I consider him the only genius fast bowler in modern cricket. However, many of Pakistan's historic wins (Syndey '76, Headingley '87, Georgetown '88) were due to Imran's fast bowling. Pakistan won the match everytime Imran took 10 wickets ... compared to at least one loss in the case of Wasim (NZL in '84/85, Aus in '89/'90, WI in '00) and Waqar (SAF in '98/'99) .

  • POSTED BY waspsting on | May 10, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Undoubtedly - Imran, Wasim and Waqar are the three best here

  • POSTED BY PGW81 on | May 10, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Given the pool that we need to pick from, making a choice is very difficult. But I would definitely pick Akram, Imran Khan and Waqar. Khan and Akram are obvious choices because of their ability to lead as well as hit a few lusty blows. Though Sarfraz Nawaz was a very good bowler, Waqar wkth his ability to bowl scorching yorkers would be a better choice. This kind of a bowling attack is just going to initmdiate any team....

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | May 10, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    the 2 Ws and good ol' Fazal make my XI...Imran has already made it as the allrounder...

  • POSTED BY ahassan on | May 10, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Since Imran is already in the all-time Pakistan XI my three choices are Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Fazal Mahmood. Pakistan has produced so many high quality fast bowlers that it was difficult to select just three. I regret not selecting some very good fast bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar and Sarfraz Nawaz. They were also worthy of selection.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 10, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    For me this is a no brainer as the Americans would say ! It simply has to be Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Fazal Mahmood. I have seen all of them at the hieght of their abilities and cannot think of accomodating anyone else in a 3-some. If you wanted a foursome, then Imran will come in given that he had picked up on the silent education given to him by---in his own words---an illiterate called Sarfaraz. There have been others like Khan Mohammed, Mahmood Hussain, Azeem Hafeez and Sikander Bhakt who made great beginnings and Shoaib Akhtar, a show pony more than a real athlete. But having seen him bowl Pakistan to victory against South Africa in South Africa, I always had great regard for this formidable cricketer in his early days. Later he went off the boil and became a normal human being not a supreme fast bowler. I will not regard him as a contender for the aforesaid reasons. It has to be the first three of the inclusive four. They were indeed great in every sense of the word.

  • POSTED BY sweeperATcover on | May 10, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Dream combination - Imran, Waqar, Wasim - throw in Fazal if not satisfied or pitch is damped or playing at Oval. One comment - I think Aqib has contributed more to pak cricket than Shoaib, though, I do agree that Shoaib can be a better poster boy of PakFast Inc.

  • POSTED BY fouzan on | May 10, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    go with Imran Khan, Wasim, and Waqar

  • POSTED BY ehkhan on | May 10, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Wasim and Waqar are the obvious choices... The third bowler is a bit confusing Shoaib is an excellent bowler but his fitness level has let him down ... I would go ahead with Fazal Mehmood the father of Pakistan Cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    nice job.......loved it..

  • POSTED BY WI-NZ-SA-ENG on | May 10, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    i would pick imran buts hes in for allrounder already

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | May 10, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Easy choice again if you want to consider the balance of the team. If you choose Imran, Wasim and Waqar, and change the all-rounder to be a batting all-rounder, then the team will bat down to Number 9. Throw in Abdul Qadir as the spinner and you may well have the most balanced bowling attack side ever seen on paper and the most likely team to take 20 wickets against the other nations' best XIs. Only Australia's team could rival that balance.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    This is a tough one, as all of these bowlers can be classified as all-time greats and are without a doubt the best six fast bowlers Pakistan, or maybe even Asia (with the exception of Kapil Dev) produced. I am very tempted to put Fazal Mahmood in as he was to Pakistan what Wes Hall was to the West Indies, i.e the forefather to their procession of great fast bowlers ( although it can be argued he was better than Wes hall). Mahmood was so lethal he was once compared Sydney Barnes , who was widely considered to be the best of all time! However considering their extraordinary skill and how they revolutionised the art of fast bowling, it is hard to look past a bowling line up of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis ( in the order they would bowl for Pakistan), who apparently played together several times. So in conclusion, Waqar, Wasim and Imran, and Fazal just misses out.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Imran takes allrounder spot and I will Akram and Waqar in fast bowling options.. Would add Qadir and Saqlain in the Spin department....

  • POSTED BY asaduzzaman-khan on | May 10, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Obviously the greatest Pak fast bowlers are Imran, Waqar and Wasim. But as we are taking Imran Khan as all-rounder, here we have another option- it is Fazal Mahmood. Imran was the complete all-rounder and complete fast bowler- a combination of pace, bounce, swing and dependency. Waqar was like a tornado- his in-swing yorker...wow. Wasim- a man of variation and a man of crisis. And at an early days, Fazal was best. Sarfaraz was good but not great I think. Shoaib is not consistent and also not good enough in tough situation. These guys do not deserve in all time eleven. However, in this list, I expected Khan Mohammad. As best Pak bowlers: 1. Waqar, 2. Imran 3. Wasim, 4. Fazal, 5. Khan. Here my choice Waqar, Wasim, Fazal as bowlers and Imran as all-rounder

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  • POSTED BY asaduzzaman-khan on | May 10, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Obviously the greatest Pak fast bowlers are Imran, Waqar and Wasim. But as we are taking Imran Khan as all-rounder, here we have another option- it is Fazal Mahmood. Imran was the complete all-rounder and complete fast bowler- a combination of pace, bounce, swing and dependency. Waqar was like a tornado- his in-swing yorker...wow. Wasim- a man of variation and a man of crisis. And at an early days, Fazal was best. Sarfaraz was good but not great I think. Shoaib is not consistent and also not good enough in tough situation. These guys do not deserve in all time eleven. However, in this list, I expected Khan Mohammad. As best Pak bowlers: 1. Waqar, 2. Imran 3. Wasim, 4. Fazal, 5. Khan. Here my choice Waqar, Wasim, Fazal as bowlers and Imran as all-rounder

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Imran takes allrounder spot and I will Akram and Waqar in fast bowling options.. Would add Qadir and Saqlain in the Spin department....

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    This is a tough one, as all of these bowlers can be classified as all-time greats and are without a doubt the best six fast bowlers Pakistan, or maybe even Asia (with the exception of Kapil Dev) produced. I am very tempted to put Fazal Mahmood in as he was to Pakistan what Wes Hall was to the West Indies, i.e the forefather to their procession of great fast bowlers ( although it can be argued he was better than Wes hall). Mahmood was so lethal he was once compared Sydney Barnes , who was widely considered to be the best of all time! However considering their extraordinary skill and how they revolutionised the art of fast bowling, it is hard to look past a bowling line up of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis ( in the order they would bowl for Pakistan), who apparently played together several times. So in conclusion, Waqar, Wasim and Imran, and Fazal just misses out.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | May 10, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Easy choice again if you want to consider the balance of the team. If you choose Imran, Wasim and Waqar, and change the all-rounder to be a batting all-rounder, then the team will bat down to Number 9. Throw in Abdul Qadir as the spinner and you may well have the most balanced bowling attack side ever seen on paper and the most likely team to take 20 wickets against the other nations' best XIs. Only Australia's team could rival that balance.

  • POSTED BY WI-NZ-SA-ENG on | May 10, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    i would pick imran buts hes in for allrounder already

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    nice job.......loved it..

  • POSTED BY ehkhan on | May 10, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Wasim and Waqar are the obvious choices... The third bowler is a bit confusing Shoaib is an excellent bowler but his fitness level has let him down ... I would go ahead with Fazal Mehmood the father of Pakistan Cricket...

  • POSTED BY fouzan on | May 10, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    go with Imran Khan, Wasim, and Waqar

  • POSTED BY sweeperATcover on | May 10, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Dream combination - Imran, Waqar, Wasim - throw in Fazal if not satisfied or pitch is damped or playing at Oval. One comment - I think Aqib has contributed more to pak cricket than Shoaib, though, I do agree that Shoaib can be a better poster boy of PakFast Inc.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 10, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    For me this is a no brainer as the Americans would say ! It simply has to be Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Fazal Mahmood. I have seen all of them at the hieght of their abilities and cannot think of accomodating anyone else in a 3-some. If you wanted a foursome, then Imran will come in given that he had picked up on the silent education given to him by---in his own words---an illiterate called Sarfaraz. There have been others like Khan Mohammed, Mahmood Hussain, Azeem Hafeez and Sikander Bhakt who made great beginnings and Shoaib Akhtar, a show pony more than a real athlete. But having seen him bowl Pakistan to victory against South Africa in South Africa, I always had great regard for this formidable cricketer in his early days. Later he went off the boil and became a normal human being not a supreme fast bowler. I will not regard him as a contender for the aforesaid reasons. It has to be the first three of the inclusive four. They were indeed great in every sense of the word.