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A batsman's nightmare

With a bowling line-up in which Imran Khan is an afterthought, Pakistan's all-time team looks well-nigh invincible

Osman Samiuddin

May 24, 2010

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Imran Khan shines the ball, England v Pakistan, 5th Test, The Oval, 4th day, August 10, 1987
Multiple roles: Imran Khan, who makes the side as fast bowler and allrounder, is one of four players in the XI to receive 10 votes © PA Photos
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And so finally, 10 men, six categories and 198 Test players come together to produce one all-time Pakistan XI.

It wasn't, on final balance, as difficult a task as it may have initially appeared. As many as four players were unanimous picks: Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis would in all likelihood be among the top contenders on any such global list. Two more batting greats, Hanif Mohammad and Inzamam-ul-Haq, were near-unanimous selections, with nine votes each. And with Abdul Qadir picking up eight votes as the sole spinner, it means as many as seven of an all-time Pakistan XI pick themselves.

Pleasingly perhaps, the XI takes in players from all eras, recognition of the prolific ability of the land to keep producing talent no matter the circumstances of the time and era: Hanif Mohammad and Fazal Mahmood from the 50s and 60s, Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Imran and Qadir from the 70s through to the early 90s, and the rest from the mid-80s onwards. Tellingly, given how Pakistan have fared this last decade, the latest Test debutant is Rashid Latif (1992). The choice of Latif, in fact, wasn't a straightforward one; his greater batting ability tips the scales in his favour.

Finally, a word about the shape of the line-up. Pakistan have been at their best when they have played attacking, aggressive cricket, Almost exclusively, that has come from the nature of their bowling attack, which is why the all-time XI has a four-man bowling attack and Imran Khan.

Some might argue that another specialist middle-order batsman should have been in the line-up, but the selection assumes picking players at the peak of their skills. So Imran's naturally solid technique provides a robust enough presence at six, around which the line-up pivots. Latif and Akram below him add up to almost another batsman.

That leaves the bowling attack to be as spectacular as any that can be conceived. Just imagine a four-man fast-bowling attack of the variety, skill and pace of this one: Imran, Fazal, Wasim and Waqar. With Qadir backing up, there is enough wicket-taking threat here to trouble any batting side, on any surface, from any era.

The XI

Saeed Anwar
"He used an eclectic approach to batting - classical betrothed to unorthodox, footwork against spin as quick as a hiccup, and wrists supple yet powerful to brush the field like a Picasso." Ramiz Raja

Hanif Mohammad
"Hanif bestrode the cricket world like a Colossus of Rhodes. His patience was monumental, his judgement unique; fearless of his opponents, he shared his respect for them, both in victory and defeat. In common with many great sporting figures of the 20th century, his legend continues to grow with time." Khadim Baloch

Zaheer Abbas
"Zaheer Abbas' consistency both at first-class level and in Tests was phenomenal. Where his contemporaries struggled he remained calm and calculating, displaying his technique against great spinners of time; and not a bad player of fast bowling." Qamar Ahmed

Javed Miandad
"He was positive and aggressive in his approach, and the tougher the situation the more he seemed to revel in the challenge. His enthusiasm was extremely infectious, which made him one of the best team men I have ever had the pleasure to play with or against." Tony Greig

Inzamam-ul-Haq
"Inzamam was colossal in frame, ability, and attitude. He could play strokes all around the wicket with brute strength or exquisite subtlety. But what made Inzi great was his determination to stand firm as his illustrious colleagues collapsed around him. He was the rock that broke the onslaught of Pakistan's opponents. A few last stands would have been remarkable. To do it for over a decade was genius." Kamran Abbasi

Imran Khan
Imran combined thoughtfulness with a natural ability which had always been outstanding. What brought about this transformation, as Imran readily admits, was his appointment to the captaincy of Pakistan. This sense of responsibility turned a fine cavalier into a great cricketer. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Rashid Latif
"Few wicketkeepers in Pakistan have been as athletic and yet as unobtrusive as Latif. A dive in front of first slip was often accomplished with the same ease of a regular, standing take; and to spin, he was outstanding and swift. His errors are difficult to remember. His batting, combative and elegant, was vastly underrated." Osman Samiuddin

Wasim Akram
"If I ever get a chance to be reborn as a cricketer, I would want to be Wasim Akram."
Allan Border

Fazal Mahmood
"Fazal Mahmood was a great human being, always willing to help anyone who sought his advice. He was the doyen of Pakistan bowlers in the formative years and all our wins since we started playing Test cricket were indebted to him. It was just because of his bowling feats that Pakistan achieved the rare honour of beating every country in our early series in the 1950s and 60s." Hanif Mohammad

Abdul Qadir
"In the pantheon of wrist-spinners he [Qadir] surely ranks near the very top. Facing him or Warne at their best must have been as severe a test of a batsman's nerve and capacity as any slow bowler has ever represented. But unlike Warne, Qadir was always on the attack. He knew no other way... When it comes to deception, as in the way in which he disguised his googly and various legbreaks, not to mention his flipper, he was a real little sorcerer." John Woodcock

Waqar Younis
Beyond doubt Waqar is an outstanding bowler, probably the finest to emerge from Pakistan since Fazal Mahmood. This is a bowler of brilliance and élan, a bowler as entertaining in his way as any batsman, as enthralling as any spinner, a bowler who could become, as Imran predicted, the greatest of them all. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Cricinfo readers' XI
We invited readers to vote on the nominees in each segment. Here's who they picked:
Saeed Anwar, Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Bari, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis.

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Posted by known_stranger on (May 27, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

My mind is still confused why yousuf is not placed in all time xi. see below his stats which are stronger then inzimam and miandad.

tests 88 innings 152 runs 7431 average 53.07 strikerate 52.38 centuries 24 fifties 32

ODIs 282 Innings 267 runs 9624 average 42.39 centuries 15 fifties 64

Posted by known_stranger on (May 27, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

@waspsting fully agreed what you have said

Posted by RUQQ on (May 27, 2010, 15:02 GMT)

There is no doubt about these are the best players Pakistan Cricket ever produced. I choose 10 of them out of 11. I chose Saqlain Mushtaq instead of Abdul Qadir. Still no regret as Abdul Qadir is the best Leg Spinner Pakistan ever produced and same on the other side Saqlain Mushtaq is the best off spinner for this country.

Qadir gave rebirth to right arm leg spinner. when he came in Pakistan team it was time of fast bowling. West Indies, Australia, England were very much dependable on Holding, Roberts, Garner, Lille, Thompson, Willis, Old. even in Pakistan Imran and Sarfaraz were main strike bowlers. India was mostly depends on spinner like Bedi and co.

My only problem is in this team, excepts Qadir all other 10 players lead the country in their time. Who will be leading this side..... give a surprise....

WAQAR YOUNUS as he has the best win-loss ratio, If I am right...

Posted by waspsting on (May 27, 2010, 11:50 GMT)

@known_stranger - I agree about the lack of support Yousuf has got from the board, but its the way of the Pakistan in general - disgusts me, actually. The media hyped Lara and Tendulkar - and their reputations got so big that umpires were scared to give the marginal decision against them What about Inzamam-Ul-Haq? THe pakistan press did NOTHING for him, and i believe because of that, he was 'given out' in doubtful situations two to three times more often then a player with a bigger rep would have been. Yousuf has got even less support (i suppose because he was a a minority). look at how Australian board stuck behind Mark Waugh and Warne - they concealed known offenses from the world. Pakistan? - an allegation - and Salim Malik was out of the team. (Ganguly was treated shabbily by the Indian board, IMO). Pakistan hurt themselves, and their teams performance with this type of thing. If Murali were Pakistani, his career would have been over when Hair called him for throwing. Disgraceful.

Posted by rzi-BDML on (May 27, 2010, 8:51 GMT)

my choice was same as selected by readers, only Wasim Bari/Rashid, shoib/Fazal r the differences from the experts great

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (May 27, 2010, 0:41 GMT)

FOR all those who try to compare Zaheer to yousef or Younis should know that a batsman of Zaheers era with 40 average is as good as a batsman of present era with average of 55. Flat piches of today combined with all the protective gear is all together a different story.

Posted by Riazzz on (May 26, 2010, 22:08 GMT)

I am wondering that why Mudassar Nazar was left out from this side. He was a superb opening batsman and with a great medium pace bowling he was a genuine all rounder for Pakistan. He should have been selected in this side. He was the first Pakistani player to take 100 ODI wickets. With over 4000 runs and 66 wickets in test cricket and with over 2500 runs and 111 wickets in ODI he really deserved to be in this side.

Posted by km00 on (May 26, 2010, 21:47 GMT)

Here is what Pakistan 2nd XI will look like: Majid Khan, Imtiaz Ahmed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Mushtaq Mohammad, Asif Iqbal, Wasim Raja, Sarfraz Nawaz, Saqlain Mushtaq, Sohaib Akhter, Mohammad Asif. It has the balance and variety in both pace and spin. And with Imtiaz able to open the innings, it provides the batting depth needed. Picking the captain will be tricky but looking back at the record, Mushtaq should be an easy choice. It'll sure give some good competition to the 1st XI.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2010, 20:59 GMT)

Pakistans Legendaries All time great players Pakistan has always produced such a talent, Nation and Country is proud of. Long Live Pakistan

Posted by IGL2010 on (May 26, 2010, 20:39 GMT)

will BARI the ever present selector or something in PCB approve this team? also is Zaheer Abbas willing to bat at 1 down?

Posted by known_stranger on (May 26, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

@waspsting.... you are absolutely right, yousuf is the most underrated cricketer of modern times and should be included in all time xi, biased PCB lobby destroyed his career and i blame media for not fighting his case well (for not fighting for current number 1 batsman of pakistan) and he got retired. now we have no body of his class in our team. the point here is Indian people, media and board supported sachin, even ganguly and dravid in good and bad till today and they did alot for their country. media had nothing for Yousuf except crying for cricketers like shoaib, fawad alam etc. i hope someday they will know what "CLASS" exactly mean.

Posted by ambreen on (May 26, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

As the bating line of this team is weak I would suggest that Abdul Qadir be replaced by Mushtaq Muhammad and Fazal Mehmood with Asif Iqbal and Saeed Anwar with Majid Khan

Posted by NALINWIJ on (May 26, 2010, 15:24 GMT)

My criticism is the balance of the side. One paceman too many and a batsman too few. Let me analyse the jury's selection. 4 unanimous choices, 3 near unanimous choices and Anwar and Zaheer edging out Majid and yosuf 6 votes to 4. giving 9 majority decisions same as my selection and reeder's XI. Therefore majority selection of 4 bowlers and 5 batsmen and Latif picked ahead of Bari to balance 5 bowlers. The last spot went to Fazal despite 3 votes and the jury was undecided between 5 or 4 bowlers. Let us consider PAK ATXI facing AUS or WI XI in a pace friendly pitch and with IMRAN,WASIM,WAQAR they will not need FAZAL but addition of MAJID at no.3 will reinforce the top order. In flat pitches or spinning pitches or fair pitches a second spinner can be useful. MUSHTAQ MOHOMMOD is a genuine allrounder and can fill the last spot as 6th batsman and 5th bowler. ATXI is 1.HANIF 2.ANWAR 3.ZAHEER 4.JAVED 5.INZAMAM 6.MUSHTAQ 7.IMRAN 8.WASIM AKRAM 9.BARI 10.QADIR 11.WAQAR 12.MAJID KHAN.

Posted by Ammar.Ashraf on (May 26, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

I am not happy with the inclusion of Zaheer Abbas instead of Younis Khan at No 3 Position. To support my point, I have extracted some stats. Here are they

Averages outside Pakistan Younis Khan = 46.05 ---------- 9 centuries Zaheer Abbas = 36.87 -------- 4 centuries

Average in Pakistan Younis Khan = 59.31----------- 7 centuries Zaheer Abbas = 58.19--------- 8 centuries

1st Inning Average Younis Khan = 49.65----------- 4 centuries Zaheer Abbas = 55.71--------- 6 centuries

2nd Inning Average Younis Khan = 55.41------------ 6 centuries Zaheer Abbas = 56.37---------- 5 centuries

3rd Inning Average Younis Khan = 44.80------------ 3 centuries Zaheer Abbas = 27.31---------- 1 century

4th Inning Average Younis Khan = 51.92------------ 3 centuries Zaheer Abbas = 22.53---------- 0 century

Posted by waspsting on (May 26, 2010, 13:26 GMT)

re: Zaheer and Yousuf. I'd select Yousuf personally (i'd prefer both of them, and not a fourth pace bowler).

Zaheer was something of a "flat track bully" (which doesn't mean he was "useless" otherwise) but most of his big scores were made in against spin (which he undoubtedly played magnificently) or in Bristol. Some people have quoted Imran on Zaheer's class. Well, give the whole picture. Imran also mentioned how Zaheer actually backed away from fast bowling in fear. Malcom Marshall bluntly stated "Zaheer was scared". I understand he was a hell of a player to watch... and maybe I'm biased to Yousuf because I've seen him... but IMO, Yousuf is the most underrated player in modern times. NO ONE mentions him with Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, though his record is right up there with them, and he's as good to watch. If Tendulkar had scored 1900 runs in a year, You'd never hear the end of it - but nobody even seems to remember it of Yousuf.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2010, 10:44 GMT)

As far as i am at pains after not seeing M Yousuf in the line-up, I have to say compare the bastmen selected. We will leave Anwar and Hanif cuz they are openers. Zaheer Abbas - Asian Bradman, cant say anything more than that. Miandad - The most reliable batsman we have ever had. Inzi - Destructive to devastating effect. Only behind Miandad in terms of test runs.

Guys, I'd say these 3 are much more reliable than Yousuf (taking nothing away from him). I agee Yousuf is a class player, very easy on eye, silky batsman. But the only blot in his career has been his performances against top nations under pressure. These 3 have been much more reliable over the course of their careers then Yousuf.

Posted by fahadist on (May 26, 2010, 10:02 GMT)

Bravo for the team selection except for Bari I would not change a thing.

I think the batting is weak against very fast bowling but then again that has always been the case so it is consistent with the character of a Pakistani team. Zaheer vs Majid is a debate I can't really comment on cause I didn't see them in action but I guess one can get equal votes for either

M Yusuf is not an automatic choice for me. He is a great batsman but he is not a matchwinner in the mold of Inzi Javed Hanif or Zaheer. These players have stood like stone in torrid times. A 70 odd in a difficult 4th innings chase of 115 is much more important than a 200 in 1st innings of a drawn match. These guys took the challenge and likes of Yusuf worked around them.

Notice that once Inzi left the scene even with Yusuf Pakistan's wins became rarer.

Posted by alisardar90 on (May 26, 2010, 10:00 GMT)

I'm surprised at ppl suggesting Kamran Akmal as WK in this line up. He has been a nightmare for Kaneria and other Pak bowlers as well consistently dropping dolly catches. Worst WK ever for Pak. Though Moin was also not very much behind also dropped many catches of Wasim Akram and then screaming 'Hard Luck Wasim Bhai' :D. I think reason for not selecting Yousuf was that he had not won many test matches for Pak and throwing his wkt away in much needed situation !

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (May 26, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

I am shocked to read some people arguing for picking M.Yusuf instead of Zaheer Abbas (the Asian Bradman). They probably never actually watched Zaheer batting. I have watched Zaheer batting in England and I know English fans used to travel from far and wide only to watch Zaheer's 'unique' batting display, a master class of its own. All my friends and I think that Cricinfo got it absolutely right. Those arguing for the inclusion of M.Yusuf, Bari and Shoaib Akhtar are missing the whole point of picking an all time XI, its not all about averages my friend, its about the real talent and the real class. Well done Cricinfo.

Posted by BillyCC on (May 26, 2010, 1:33 GMT)

Are you dreaming Ash-USA? You comment as if a Bradman average of 50 in a bodyline series is easy. The bowling attacks are quite equal (a comment I made in a previous post). Reverse swing and pace are great but Australia have blokes like Keith Miller and Dennis Lillee who may not have the swing but this does not mean they are bad bowlers. And McGrath took 500 wickets doing what he normally does in all conditions around the world - taking wickets regularly without giving away runs. Where Australia will crush Pakistan is in the fielding and the batting. Pakistan may win matches because of their bowling but if it was a series of 10 timeless matches in varying conditions, Australia would win comfortably 8-2 or 7-3 if Pakistan are lucky and get swinging conditions.

Posted by sabirshah on (May 26, 2010, 1:30 GMT)

Should include Basit Ali instead of Miandad,,,and where's Shoaib Malik?not included in PakisatnXI? thats ridicolous...Pakistan needs a politician in the team who should make groups in the team and divide them in to 1+n^n groups(where N=11players)...seriously speaking Saqlain Mushtaq should be added as a 12th man , as an off spinner, Pakistan and India have produced the best initial spinners of ball(not to talk about later spinners like Murali and Warne). The concept of having spinners was given by Sub Continent initially. and many countries thought it pathatic to have SPIN BOWLING in any for because of its slowness.But later on it became a 'weapon of mass destruction' in cricket, as we can see the highest wicket takers in test are spinners now, hope to have something new in cricket, apart from spin,medium and pace, what else could be added in cricket? any new discoveries or inventions???

Posted by SaqlainHK on (May 26, 2010, 1:23 GMT)

All the 11 are best, Remove Shoiab Actor and it should be Saqlain Mushtaq.

Posted by alicheema on (May 26, 2010, 0:44 GMT)

Without Mohammad Yousaf Pakistan batting lineup is weak, but this bowling is the strongest of all. Mashallah

Posted by gallant_cricketer on (May 26, 2010, 0:24 GMT)

This team is fundamentally flawed for the simple reason that historically Pakistan's weakness has been batting while bowling has always been aggressive. With five specialist batsmen (Imran would not make all time XI solely based on his batting), this XI will be vulnerable against and Australian or West Indian all time XI on their turf. With four fast bowlers and one spinner, the team is an overkill in the bowling domain while leaving the batting rather weak especially against genuine pace.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2010, 0:16 GMT)

If you go by averages, this team should score 365.34 runs in each innings and the five bowlers should be able to bowl out a side on an avg. score of 254.98....

Posted by   on (May 26, 2010, 0:04 GMT)

In my opinion selectors have done a wonderful job, just imagine players like Yousuf, Bari and Saqlain not been able to find a place... this only shows the strength of the side.

Posted by rizwan_faisal on (May 25, 2010, 23:41 GMT)

I would have picked Wasim Bari over Rashid Latif as he was a far superior gloveman. An argument can be made of having Mohammad Yousuf at number 6 and drop Fazal Mahmood to 12th man , but i can see jury's thought process by strengthening batting by reliance on Imran's batting skills and supporting with Rashid Latif's better batting ability (although in test cricket a superior gloveman should be preferred).

Posted by Damageinc on (May 25, 2010, 21:30 GMT)

Yousuf Deserved to be in the team, in place of Inzamam,Mohd Yousuf is one of the finest batsman that pakistan has ever produced.

Posted by known_stranger on (May 25, 2010, 20:20 GMT)

No Yousuf in xi !!!! i have been playing and following cricket from last 25 years, who in this world says that any of PAKISTAN batsman in last 20 years played better cricket then YOUSUF. i have serious doubts on jury members biased views.

you may compare him with sachin, lara, kallis type of batsmen who middle the ball so well. he remained an excellent timer of the ball much more then inzimam and miandad. better watch his videos, see his stats and then you will agree with what i have said.

Posted by Murtaza. on (May 25, 2010, 19:57 GMT)

Exeptc Abdul Qadir all has been captain of Pakistan side in past, and Wasim Akram has been captain of Asia XI too. Still our readers are writing on selection of Rashid ahead of Moin and Bari, I am agree with all of them, but still Rashid is not bad choice. One thing i couldn´t understand that if jury has choosed XI so why we were invited to vote for the best XI? I am sorry for players like Majid Khan, Mushtaq mohmmad, Mohd Yousaf, younis Khan, Wasim Bari, Moin Khan, Shoaib Mohmmad and Saqlain Mushtaq. I wish we could have choose 22 players not 11 but...

Posted by KEVIN_DRAVID on (May 25, 2010, 19:46 GMT)

I want to make 2 changes in this line up. Saqlain in place of Fazal, and Moin khan in place of Latif .

Posted by Ash-USA on (May 25, 2010, 19:09 GMT)

This XI is superior to Aussie XI - If a hypothetical match is played between them, they will thrash Aussies...Just one Larwood could trouble Don and made him slip to 50s in avg in "Bodyline" this pace battery would be too heavy for Don to handle

Only XI that can beat or draw a test with this XI would be WI all time XI

NZ all time XI is the weakest of all - amongst so far published so far...India XI will be full of great batsmen...But remember you need to takes 20 wkts to win a test match

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 19:03 GMT)

blah blah blah blah blah blah

Posted by Zulu17 on (May 25, 2010, 18:23 GMT)

This is a awesome bowling line-up for sure. Would love to see them attacking on any kinda wicket. Here's a random thought..have a common domestic tournament for Pakistan and India. Think of how much both teams would benefit from this. Better batsmen for Pakistan to choose from and better bowlers for India.

Posted by IMQGR on (May 25, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

I wish I could see this team playing together... I am not a Pakistani, yet I truly believe this is one of the most spectacular XI in term of glamor, grace and sheer talent. Imran Khan would be my pick for captaincy for any cricket XI. Wasim-Waqar combination along with Imran and Fazal with Qadir, the best attacking leg spinner, the bowling attack is as leather as you can imagine. Saeed Anwar and Hanif Mohammed with Zaheer, Javed, Injamam and Imran to follow is a formidable line up, enough to cause sleepless nights for any opposition. Pakistan has produce enough talent to have back ups like Asif Iqbal, Saqlain Mustaq, Shoeb Akhter and may be Majid Khan. As for wicket keeper, I would have picked up Wasim Bari, or even Moin Khan ahead of Rashid Latif, but, never the less he was good enough player to get in to the team. But back to the XI, really the great game of cricket would not be complete without these great players...

Posted by GoldenAsif on (May 25, 2010, 18:06 GMT)

@ Himayun

Don't just look at stats and career averages. Stats are only one determinant of greatness as a player. Stats only reveal quantity rather than quality and class. Kamran Akmal for instance has the best dismissal/innings ratio among Pak wicket-keepers despite missing tons of catches and stumpings!!

And Yousuf's test batting average (53.07) is only slightly better than Miandad's (52.57). We are comparing players at the peak of their game and Yousuf and Younus no way better than Zaheer, Miandad and Inzamam. Yousuf was not a good finisher like Miandad or Inzi and most of his big knocks were in the first innings. Besides Yousuf was not as mentally strong as the others.

I rate Viv Richards as the greatest batsman of my time despite his test average being lower than Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Kallis and many other batters of this era. No one can bat like him. He was simply a phenomenal and awesome batsman. Imran Khan called him 'the genius of my time.'

Posted by franken10 on (May 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar's Test debut was against 4 of the 5 bowlers on this list (Wasim, Waqar, Abdul & Imran). Baptism by fire!!!

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 17:08 GMT)

pretty neat team - like it ... it would have been nice to know the number of votes each of these players got. I am just not sure about Qadir - he was a very good bowler but how many matches were won because of him though? unlike Saqlain. But still a pretty good team.

Posted by WRahman on (May 25, 2010, 16:56 GMT)

I dont agree with those who say West Indian 11 and Australian 11 will have better bowling attack than this. The point that is being missed that in 70's and 80's, WI had a bowling attack where all 4 bowlers we tall,quick,agressive which made their attack lethal. They wasnt a single bowler whom you can target, which made things very difficult for bastmen esp with no restriction on bouncers. According to Michal Holding" IF I have to pick best bowler of my era, it would either Dennis Lille or Imran Khan". WI attack wont have a spin bowler to match the magic of Abdul Qadir.

Australian are the ones who come close to Pakistan bowling line up.They had Lillies,Thomsons, McGraths but they still dont match Pakistani bowling line up variety and skill. Shane Warne is the only edge they have and with Qadir on Pakistan side, that edge isnt that big. My point with variety and skill is that you give Australian bowlers Pakistani fielding side and wicket of Faisalabad and see the difference urself.

Posted by ambreen on (May 25, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

I always enjoyed sixes of Waseem Raja. Stroke Play of Zaheer Abbas. With apology to all the males and new generation this is my team:

Hanif,Majid,Zaheer,Asif,Jawed,Mushtaq,Raja,Imran,Bari,Fazal,Sarfaraz

Posted by ambreen on (May 25, 2010, 16:42 GMT)

Well, hope no one minds expert opinion of a woman here. In my childhood I saw great Hanif Muhammad Batting. Then in my youth I saw Zaheer Abas & others. Most of the time whenever our team visited abroad, there were gross batting failures that caused defeats. There were few exceptions. Sometime in West Indies & Australia I saw/heard about nice reply of Pakistani batsmen. We never had a bunch of good 11 cricketers in a single team but after coming of Imran Khan & Javed Miandad we became a complete team. during late 70s we had: Majid, Sadiq, Zaheer, Asif, Mushtaq, Jawed, Imran, Bari, Sarfaraz, Iqbal Qasim etc. in a single team. That was a great teamand in few serious performed heroically. They played well in foreign lands of Australia, WI & NZ. I am habitual to rate any player according to his performance in difficult conditions and patriotism. I always found Hanif, Fazal, Asif, Mushtaq,Jawed & Imran as saviour of the team. I always loved to watch glamourous batting of Majid....contd.

Posted by pakspin on (May 25, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Truly, you did our counrty a disservice by excluding Mohammed Yousuf from this list. He's class and eligence defined. Made more centuries than anyone in one test year. In his prime, he's had the best year of any player in history, culminating with the most hundreds in a year, and that too not on dead tracks at home (like mr. Tendulker) but in England and South Africa. Zaheer Abbass was the greatest stroke maker of his time. He's rated no.2 of all time after viv richards on ICC all-time player ranking in ODIs. Tendulker is not even in the top 10. If we are looking at prime only, then how about Saqlain mustaQ? Moin khan over rashid. The Ws, mindad,Anwar, Imran are a non-issue.

Posted by rohan024 on (May 25, 2010, 16:10 GMT)

Cricket writers have the habit of romanticizing things by using words or phrases like "invincibles', "all time great" etc. Didn't Pakistan have the very same bowling attack - Wasim, Waqar, Imran and Qadir during India tour of Pakistan in 1987-88 ? They couldn't win a single test match in that 5 match test series against an opposition, which had one of the weakest batting attacks of that time. If they were that good as Osman believes then how come they couldn't defeat India even once on that tour ? It all looks so good in hindsight but the fact is this bowling attack played for Pakistan together for a while but was not that successful as it appears to be today.

Posted by delta20 on (May 25, 2010, 15:17 GMT)

@Rustin and Aqeel Don't even think that this is the strongest all time team....... This team has arguably the best bowling still there could be some arguments about that. But batting is not even near to Australia (Trumper, Morris, Bradman, Chappell, Border, Miller, Gilchrist), WI (Haynes, Greenidge, Richards, Headley, Sobers, Lara, Dujon) and even India (Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni). I am wondering how will jury justify Lara's exclusion from WI all time XI when it finally comes out because I believe that he was arguably the best batsman of his time but even then he will not even come close to either Sobers or Headley. Even Clive lloyd will miss out who is one of the best test captains ever and an excellent and uncompromising batsman. Inzamam had the worst record against Aus and SA which questions his inclusion in this team

Posted by Himayun on (May 25, 2010, 14:39 GMT)

The argument that Zaheer Abbass was chosen based upon his performance in his prime. Or any other batsman is chosen on that basis then who can in his right frame of mind ignore M. Yousuf in his prime? On this logic no batsman in the world could compare to Yousuf in his prime! Ignoring M. Yousuf is like ignoring M. Ali among all time great boxers. What are the basis of calling a batsman greatest when the whole career records are ignored. Nobody in Pakistan has a better average than M. Yousuf in test cricket. Nobody is even close to him including Asif Iqbal, Zaheer, Majid, Hanif, etc.

Posted by delta20 on (May 25, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

@ Eliya Abbas.... I totally agree with you about the side being very strong but I would say this side still hasn't got enough batting to match all time Australia and West Indies. I am just wondering how the jury would select an all time WI team? Joel garner, Micheal holding, Malcolm Marshall, Andy roberts, Wesley hall, Curtly ambrose et. al. among the bowlers.. A bowler of high calibre like Sylvester clarke couldn't break into the team because of the high competition. Among batsmen too, it's extremely difficult with Sobers, Weekes, Greenidge, Richards, Lloyd, Headley, Lara, Kanhai, Walcott, Richardson, Fredericks and even Gayle waiting to get selected. However, the bowling line up of Pakistan all time XI is great and I think the bowling combination of Aus, WI and Pak are balanced with no other teams matching them. Its just the batting line up that makes the difference in most of the cases. I think Pakistan's batting line up will be little weak as compared to AUS and WI all time XI.

Posted by AB99 on (May 25, 2010, 14:26 GMT)

It is the same bowling line up against which Sachin Tendulkar made is debut at a ripe age of 16 years ... no wonder he is the God of Cricket

Posted by ShAh00 on (May 25, 2010, 13:45 GMT)

Gr8 Team, Simply Superb.. I am amazed that RASHID was selected over WASIM BARI & So SAD that a gr8 player Like MAJID KHAN cannot be adjsuted in this LINE UP..SAQLAIN was always going to be a 12th MAN in this Squad IN Reply to "Posted by Paki.Fan. on (May 24 2010, 10:06 AM GMT) One simple question, who would open the bowling ?? :)" ...... I think WASIM & FAZAL should get the New Ball, although all 4 Can use the new ball well, But I think, Imran & Waqar can be lethal as 2nd Change aswell, But FAZAL MAHMOOD (The Father of Fast Bowling in PAKISTAN) deserves the NEW BALL above all of them. For all my Friends, specially who are voting for Many Players of the Era of 90s and judging the players just on the basis of STATs, I would Just like to say, STATs do reflect a person's abilities.But while Picking an ALL TIME XI, Means the Greatest Cricketers of the Country, Of the NATION, some other key factors such as a Cricketer's Individual personality & impact on the Game should also be considered

Posted by Farhan166 on (May 25, 2010, 13:22 GMT)

@TRIC can you tell me which team you support so I can shed some light on your great team

Posted by Taz786 on (May 25, 2010, 13:16 GMT)

Don't know about Rashid Latif being ahead of Moin Khan, Khan captained Pakistan to quite a few Series wins in Tests and ODI Series, he wins hands down over Rashid Latif.

As for Errors, I remember Rashid dropping a sitter at Lord's in the Closing and Deciding ODI against England off Shoaib Akhter, and it was the man holding the England Innings together that day the dangerous Marcus Trescothick.

So have a rethink on Rashid Latif ahead of Moin Khan.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (May 25, 2010, 13:14 GMT)

This is why Cricket must be one of the prime passion for Pakistani individuals beside art-music and farming, as Imran Khan said, proper education is the key for success. My Fav. players Inzi, Imran, Wasim and Waqar were probably default choice. Peace

Posted by Farhan166 on (May 25, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

Get Asif Iqbal in place of Zaheer Abbas or Inzamam. The man has played some of the most remarkable and epic innings. He would score runs against top class opposition and when the bowlers are on top and was a great team player. One of the folklore of Pakistan cricket. He is the best man at no. 6 position.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (May 25, 2010, 12:23 GMT)

I agree with Peterhrt that this is as complete a team at home as the Don's invincibles of 1948. The pace bowling would have done outstandingly in any country even on flat tracks. I am not too sure about Abdul Qadir. The Mushtaq's,Mohammed,Ahmed and Saqlain had perhaps greater success playing outside Pakistan. I have seen the legendary Hanif both in his playing days and later as a genial spectator in the Bangalore Test of 2005. I have no doubt that he was one of the all time greats and would have done superbly anywhere in the world.Such was his technical command of the gameJaved Miandad was in a class of his own mostly when it came to grit. Nothing really perturbed him as dennis Lillee found out the hard way. Zaheer was all about finnese. But he was a little suspect against really fast bowling. It could have been because he wore glasses.But he is still a good selection because he played so very late.I would have liked Fazal for sure. His bowling was as classy as his looks.

Posted by nawwabsahab on (May 25, 2010, 11:38 GMT)

wow....love to see all these in action...memories of saeed square cut, zaheerz cover drive, javedz aggression, imranz jump (in run up), waqarz toe crushers, wasimz accuracy, qadirz great gugglys, inzimamz leg side punches and latifz dives will remain in my memory till my last breathe. What a joy to live and see all those..great work Osman and team...

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 10:58 GMT)

I prefer Moin Khan instead Rashid Latif

Posted by JayPmorgan on (May 25, 2010, 10:18 GMT)

@Rosh1

We were obviously talking within the context of cricket not life. Arjuna may have said it , but Allan Border definitely said it . Duke's point was that Alan Border did not say it. I just wanted to clarify that he did as I saw the program on which he said it and coming from a player of his legendary status in the game, it is high praise indeed. It appears, as you say, that a lot of players were huge fans of Wasim.

Posted by peterhrt on (May 25, 2010, 9:33 GMT)

A formidable combination at home. There would be one or two concerns in series outside Pakistan. In away Tests Abdul Qadir's wickets cost 47 apiece. Zaheer's record against pace on bouncy pitches was not very good. A more secure number three would have been Majid or Younis Khan. Wasim Bari was a great wicket-keeper, but could only realistically be accomodated by including all-rounder Mushtaq Mohammad instead of one of the bowlers. Fazal, the finest matting bowler after SF Barnes, has to play. The fielding is not as good as that of the other all-time teams. On the other hand, none of the rival elevens has the capacity of Imran, Wasim and Waqar to take the pitch out of the equation and hit the stumps.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 9:18 GMT)

I agree with the team selection except my choice is shoaib Akhtar instead of fazal mahmood and missing Muhammad yousuf who have the hightest test average of all the batsmen was a tough one...

Posted by gujratwalla on (May 25, 2010, 9:00 GMT)

On second thoughts everybody have their likes and dislikes!Just to remind the readers this survey is nothing more than opinions of a few individuals!It takes nothing from the greatness and admiration one feels for a certain player.Just a game of thoughts and dreams!

Posted by gujratwalla on (May 25, 2010, 8:50 GMT)

Not a bad line up but with glaring omissions!Zahir Abbas was a fine batsman but i believe Majid Khan ws better!Perhaps his selection owes more to his aggregate than ability.Zahir was not bothered by pace early on but he never was comfortable against it.Majid deserves better!As for Rashid Latif i am surprised he gets the nod over Wasim Bari the complete wicketkeeper we ever had!The rest are fine.

Posted by gallant_cricketer on (May 25, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

Himayun:

Your lack of cricketing knowledge and unsubstantiated support for Yousaf is evident from the fact that you compare players of different era. The lower quality of cricket these days adds 10-15 runs automatically to batsmen. When Majid and Zaheer were playing at their peak, they would get a 3-test series in a year. Even then they proved to be world class in English county and Australian Sheffield Shield (Majid being the only Pakistani who played in it). Majid was the only batsman to have scored over 2000 in 1972 and Zaheer was the only batsman who scored over 2500 runs in 1976, in English summer. Check your facts, Zaheer scored two double hundreds in England and close to 300 runs in Australia against Lillee. You can only compare players of different era only subjectively and if you do that Yousaf is not in the same class. Players like Yousaf are just good commodity batsmen who were lucky to score 1000s of runs in mediocre cricket to compile huge averages.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

Only Australia and West Indies can match Pakistan when it comes to an all time XI. There is misconception among the readers that the all time Pakistan XI is not strong to match their bowling line up. Zaheer Abbas was one gem of a batsman. I have watched Zaheer's videos and found him as talented as any other of the greatest batsmen of all time. And one does not need to mention the batting and fighting capabilities of Javed Miandad. Vivian Richards had famously said that if he had to pick up a batsman to play for his life then it will be Javed Miandad. Inzimam was a match winner. Hanif Muhammad batted for three days against Wendies on those bouncy pitches and Saeed Anwar was as great destroyer of the bowling attack as anybody else. Then you have big hitters down the order. Hence this Pakistan outfit does not only have a lethal bowling attack, which can match or beat an all time Aus or WI attack, but they also have a solid and attacking batting line up. Pakistan Cricket simply best.

Posted by prashant1 on (May 25, 2010, 8:07 GMT)

Just about right. Now get a team comprising Tendulkar,Lara,Ponting,Ambrose,Walsh,Mcgrath,Donald,Warne and co. in a 5 match Test and ODI series VS. these guys...and I'll pay a months salary to watch!

Posted by HLANGL on (May 25, 2010, 8:01 GMT)

A fantastic XI. The only marginal slots would have been those of the wicketkeeper & the spinner, all other 9 slots have to be said quite unanimous. Rashid Latif may have had the upperhand over the likes of Moin Khan & Wasim Bari since he may have been the most naturally gifted if you consider the wicket keeping skills. Also he was quite a useful batsman down the order. Moin Khan may not be quite the match as a keeper, though as a batsman he can be a very unorthodox & gutsy hitter. Wasim Bari would also be somewhere very close. Abdul Qadir may have contirbuted in a generation where spin bowling was considered to be almost a dying art, otherwise both Mushtaq Ahmed & Saqlain Mushtaq would have been very close competitors. But apart from these 2 slots, all other 9 seem to be ones which don't require any guesses. Feel sorry for the likes of Yousuf Youhana/Mohammad Yousuf, Shoab Aktar, etc., they may find places in most XIs, still fell short of this XI mainly due to the presence above 9.

Posted by Rajeshtheboss on (May 25, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

I believe Cricinfo has done a excellent job in bringing the Perfect 10 of Pakistan All time X1..I am only sceptical about Rashid Latif's selection on this. During his playing days i don't think he was recognised as a godd keeper like Ian Healy or Jeff Dujon or Kirmani or More. I am not sure about other keepers, but Moin Khan for his aggressiveness should have been picked. If not Moin then Wasim bari would have been a better option..

Posted by YoBro on (May 25, 2010, 6:59 GMT)

Ah..the quintessential Wazim Akram...what a playa... I am sure all Indians like myself admire this guy not just for his sheer genius and talent as a bowler with such amazing control on swing, seam, pace and bounce...the most gifted pacer in the world ever...and his conduct on and off the field and his work ethic are commendable as well. He could waltz into any side of the world in any decade on his worst day. Enough said.

Posted by TRIC on (May 25, 2010, 6:47 GMT)

Hahaha, the so called Pak great team is nothing so great except for probably 1 or 2 players (Abdul Qadir,Rashid Latif) , while the whole lot the batsmans saeed, zaheer, miandad, haniff all prospered with biased umpiring while matches played at home. See their averages home and abroad that sums up the kind of umpiring done in pak those days, who can forget the umpiring in 1982 series between ind-pak. While for the bowling the less said is better bcos imran admitted to tampering the ball, wasim and waqar always were suspects to match fixing. Not sure about fazal may be its the trait of pakis to use drugs to enhance performances may be he falls in that category. In nutshell, there is no terminology like the all time pak great. I am surprised people want Afridi, salim malik, aamer sohail, kamran akmal.. all these were alledged cheats in one form or the other, few convicted as well. Only missing element could be cricketers in the guise of jihadis and terrorists, y no yousuf strange people.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

It was difficult for you people to pick but, Yousuf should be included.Yousuf's record deserves a place in the all time 11.

Posted by talonzenith on (May 25, 2010, 6:02 GMT)

who should captain the side??? In my view no other than Imran Khan

Posted by GoMushGo on (May 25, 2010, 5:35 GMT)

I think the Cricinfo team nailed the right XI. Probably with Shoaib Akhtar edging out Fazal is because the young generation who grew up in TV and Cable world saw Shoaib's style while never got a chance to see Fazal in action or even read about it(gone are the days of cricket magazines so no one really to blame)

Posted by mk49_van on (May 25, 2010, 5:31 GMT)

Zaheer's average in Pak - 58+, his average outside Pak 36. Now that makes him less than a great. A difference of > 20. A home & flat track bully, if there ever was one.

Posted by Rosh1 on (May 25, 2010, 5:04 GMT)

@JayPmorgan @ Luketheduke... I am not sure who wants to be Wasim Akram if they are reborn. The statement was made by Arjuna Ranatunga (http://blogs.cricinfo.com/tourdiaries/archives/india_in_sri_la_1/) Probably most cricketers wish to be reborn as a Wasim Akram the cricketer.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 4:48 GMT)

Brilliance there.. No two ways about it.. talent aplenty!!!

Posted by GSTenCricWWFSocFan on (May 25, 2010, 4:27 GMT)

My Test XI: 1. Hanif Mohammad, 2. Mudassar Nazar, 3. Zaheer Abbas, 4. Javed Miandad, 5. Inzamam Ul Haq, 6. Mohammad Yousuf, 7. Imran Khan, 8. Wasim Akram, 9. Wasim Bari, 10. Abdul Qadir, 11. Waqar Younis. (12th man: Sarfraz Nawaz or Fazal Mahmood). My ODI XI: 1. Saeed Anwar, 2. Aamer Sohail, 3. Shahid Afridi, 4. Javed Miandad, 5. Inzamam Ul Haq, 6. Imran Khan, 7. Abdul Razzaq, 8. Wasim Akram, 9. Moin Khan, 10. Saqlain Mushtaq, 11. Waqar Younis (12th man: Ijaz Ahmed or Shoaib Akhtar).

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT)

ALL TIME TEST TEAM 1.SAEED ANWER 2.HANIF MUHAMMED 3.ZAHEER ABBAS 4.JAVED MINANDAD VCAPT 5.INZAMAM UL HAQ 6.ASIF IQBAL 7.IMRAN KHAN CAPT 8.RASHID LATIF 9.WASIM AKRAM 10.ABDUL QADIR 11.WAQAR YOUNIS

ODI ALL TIME 1.SAEED ANWER 2.MAJID KHAN 3.ZAHEER ABBAS 4.INZAMAM UL HAQ 5.JAVED MINANDAD VCAPT 6.IMRAN KHAN CAPT 7.RASHID LATIF 8.WASIM AKRAM 9.ABDUL QADIR 10.SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ 11.WAQAR YOUNUS

Posted by Himayun on (May 25, 2010, 2:49 GMT)

I think it is impossible to make most people happy with this kind of selection. However, I would only like to talk facts and records. If there was a batsman in Pakistan who has a higher test average than 53 runs, it is only Mohammad Yousf and nobody else. Batsmen like Majid, Zaheer and some others do not even come close to Yousuf by about 10 runs or more. He has scored almost twice number of centuries than most of these batsmen who are selected. Your selection Zaheer consistently failed on the difficult wickets and was the king when the team scored a lot. On difficult wickets on overseas tours his performance was only mediocre. Too bad that Yousuf does not have a lobby to support him. Only if he were related to some big shot, he would not be treated the way he has been.

One last question, why the lifelong records of the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced was totally ignored? H. Mirza USA

Posted by   on (May 25, 2010, 2:37 GMT)

well balanced - saqlain may be taken for qadir but still quite a formidable side

Posted by bcl4ever on (May 25, 2010, 0:40 GMT)

Though a envious bowling lineup the batting is nothing really special for an all time great team. In recent times SA 1969-70, Aus 1990-2006, WI 1974-84, IND 2000-2009 all had far superior batting. Although Maindad was a world class bat in his era he certainly was not an all time great a la Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting, Richards or greats of yesteryear Bradman (incomparable), Hammond, Headley, Sorbers,etc. In fact everyone would pick the same 8-9 players says something about the quality in depth in Pakistan cricket. Really home they will produce cricketers of quality in far greater numbers but given the infrastructure does not look too hopeful. Unfortunately the once great WI with seemingly inexhaustible talent is heading the same way. Never mind all time g8 WI top 6 in 1980 read: Greenidge, Haynes, Richards, Kallicharan,Rowe, Lloyd,

Posted by gallant_cricketer on (May 25, 2010, 0:27 GMT)

An All-time Pakistan XI without Majid is totally ridiculous and shameless. Majid was the best player of fast bowling Pakistan has produced .... of any era. In terms of sheer talent, no stats, he was better than any of the bastmen listed, except Zaheer. While batting he would protect the likes oh Miandad against the pace of Lillee and Roberts and he i snot even selected.

This team selection shows how poor cricketing knowledge of these "experts" let alone the knowledge of the voting population. Total nonsense.

Posted by Damageinc on (May 24, 2010, 23:51 GMT)

Inzamam slection over Yousuf is bit dodgy, In my team yousuf would be there in place of Inzamam.Yousuf is so under-rated.

Posted by dustydog on (May 24, 2010, 23:49 GMT)

For a true batsmen's nightmare you want the batsmen to know that every chance offered will be taken. Therefore for me Bari ahead of Latif. If Anwar, Hanif, Javed, Zaheer and Inzi can't make enough runs with the help of Imran, Akram and Fazal, then you'll never get enough runs. With these best of teams, simply pick the best keeper, end of. Agree totally with aamirsuberi. Also it should be a 12 and then Saqlain gets the last spot. Why have four seamers arrive on match day and have only Qadir as a spinner only to find that the pitch is a dry dusty turner .... in Sydney or elsewhere. That said if you're only going to have one spinner, from any country ever, Qadir is the man. Great decision

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 22:55 GMT)

This truely shows that Cricket is history in Pakistan since NO current players are selected. We can just dream on and talk about the past. WAKE UP PCB or we should say wake up Ijazz but

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (May 24, 2010, 22:47 GMT)

I think, readers choice is much better. Now imagine Shoaib Akhtar at his best and playing under Imran's captaincy. He was surely a different player and even more destructive. Fazal Mahmood has to be the 12th man. Now lets put up a team which could be as destructive as the chosen one.

Shoaib Mohammad Majid Khan Younis Khan Mohammad Yousef Asif Iqbal Mushtaq Mohammad Moin Khan Shoaib Akhtar Mohammad Zahid Mohammas Aamer Saqlain Mushtaq

Posted by GoldenAsif on (May 24, 2010, 21:24 GMT)

lol @ those who think Zaheer was a flat track bully. Zaheer was one of the finest batsmen produced by Pakistan - pure class, elegance and grace at the wicket, exquisite timing being his hallmark.

The selection assumes picking players at the peak of their skills. and Zaheer in his prime was a glorious sight.

'When both Zaheer and Miandad were at the crease together and in form, Zaheer easily outscored Miandad because of his exquisite timing' (quoting Imran Khan's words from his book All Round View).

Zaheer may not have such a good record against Windies but two of Zaheer's 4 double hundreds were in England, 274 and 240 in swing and seam conditions.

Let's see how many of our current batters even score half-centuries when they visit England soon. Just wait and watch....most of them will be total failures as batsmen because apart from lacking temperament and mental strength, they just cannot play the moving ball.

Posted by Salmanarshadkhan on (May 24, 2010, 20:16 GMT)

what a team..... really a nightmare for any other team specially for batsman. In term of captain i think there would be tie between fazal mehmood n imran khan but at the end Khan come up front because he really deserve that title... Hails off to all these legnd crickters. We are proud of them. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Posted by Murtaza. on (May 24, 2010, 20:14 GMT)

yes, almost perfect XI, exepet Wicket keeper,Wasim Bari was much better choice then any body els in pakistani keepers, If Rashid has been selected for his batting then Moin Khan was far ahead of him. any way I know we can choose team like this.... Hanif, Saeed/ Majid, Zaheer/yousaf, miandad, Inzmam, Imran, Akram, Bari/Rashid/Moin, Qadir/Saqlain, Waqar, and Fazal.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 20:06 GMT)

WoW, What a team, but this surely should give Saqlain to sneak in XI instead of Fazal Mehmood. Fazal was a great bowler but while you have W/W and Imran with the pace i am sure Saqlian is justified with Abdul Qadir. Though it is realy difficult to miss many other greats which Pakistan cricket has produced in last many decades but since there are just XI to be picked we have to leave many i-e Majid Khan, Sarfraz,Shoaib,Yousuf etc. I wish guys from current team i-e Aamir & umer akmal make it in coming many years.

Posted by JayPmorgan on (May 24, 2010, 20:03 GMT)

People who just look at raw stats , with respect you really don't understand the subtleties of cricket. I never saw Fazal Mahmood play therefore we have to bow to the better judgement of people who did. Saying his record is not comparable to that of S Akhter on the basis of stats is ilogical as stats do not take into account quality , just quantity. likewise Abdul Qadir

Posted by dadabhoy on (May 24, 2010, 19:59 GMT)

Great team selection. Only regret is not to see my favorite, Majid Khan. For those who question Fazal Mahmood. Let me say a couple of things. While Hanif was the man behind major saves, Fazal was the man behind Pakistan's every test win against all countries it played against in the 50s. Also he could bowl 60 to 80 overs an inning that would put Rawalpindi Express to shame.

Posted by JayPmorgan on (May 24, 2010, 19:58 GMT)

LukeTheDuke on (May 24 2010, 13:28 PM GMT) "If I ever get a chance to be reborn as a cricketer, I would want to be Wasim Akram." Allan Border This statement is made by Mark Waugh not Alan Border...

@LuketheDuke,

I'll think you will find it was indeed Allan Border, he said it in the ESPN legends of cricket series in the Wasim Akram episode.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 18:52 GMT)

Nice team, but I'd rather have someone more reliable instead of the flat track bully Zaheer Abbas. Not Yousuf, because of the cry-baby he is. Maybe Younis Khan (look how many 4th innings centuries he has and a relatively good record in Australia). Rashid Latif is a great pick and lends credibility to the panel's judgement.

Saqlain Mushtaq could also have been picked ahead of AbdulQadir.

Posted by waspsting on (May 24, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

I disagree with the CHEMISTRY of this side. IMO, 6 batsmen/4 bowlers is a better balance for this side. Put Mohammed Yousuf in place of Fazal Mahmood. Yousuf would SIGNIFICANTLY strenghten the batting. Does Mahood correspondingly strenghten the bowling of Imran, Wasim Akram and Waqar? i don't think so. Also would prefer Wasim Bari to Latif. Haven't seen Bari, but hear he was a grade A keeper - rarely missed a chance. Latif is obviously a better batsmen and a decent keeper, but I've seen him fluff many a chance - many of them simple. With six batsmen, the choice would be much easier, but with five batsmen, maybe Latif is a better choice. also, GIVEN the chemistry of the side, I would favor Fazal over Shoaib Akthar, simply because i'm not satisfied with the legality of the latters action. Otherwise, Akthar is a much more damaging bowler (his strike rate is amazing) - and with 3 other fast bowlers in the side, his lack of stamina wouldn't be a problem. Imran as captain could handle him.

Posted by BoomBoomAdnan on (May 24, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

shoaib akhtar desrves to be there his record is much better than fazal mahmood

Posted by aamirzuberi on (May 24, 2010, 18:16 GMT)

I would have pciked Majid but I can understand Saeed Anwar. I cant understand Rashid over Wasim Bari. In my opinion ( and that of Allen Knott ) he is one of the greatest WK that the world has ever seen.Because he is involved these days in cricket adminstration, there are some "personal grudges" showing up. Mr Bari there is no Pakitan all time eleven without you. A good WK is the one who no one ever notices. He just concentrates all the time and makes no mistakes as he did. Batting is important but the main reason for any selction should be the wicker keeping ability. If not then Akmal should be in. He is a good batsman( not withstanding the dropped catches)

Posted by SIU89 on (May 24, 2010, 18:04 GMT)

well...brilliant line up...can beat any team on any day... n probably the best set of fast bowlers as compareto any team...i m surprised to read some cooments that this team is unable to beat any best X1 team of other countries...well u have the best ever leader to enter the cricket field Imran khan... undoubtedly worlds best pace attack waqar n wasim... abdul qadir (would rate him equally to s.k.warne due to his agressive approch)... in batting department we have asian bradman (zaheer Abbas)...mr. cool headed INzi... 1 of the most stylish n dangerous left handed opening batsmen i've seen ever (Saeed Anwar) ...little master hanif Muhammad... javed miandad... best ever team... :))

Posted by Oxonion on (May 24, 2010, 18:03 GMT)

Anyone who misses out Majid Khan as Pakistan's all time automtic choice as an opener must not have seen or played cricket in Pakistan or for that matter anywhere else in the world. I would like to see Mr Saeed Anwar hooking holding, Roberts, Lillee and Thompson in front of square without a helmet on the worlds quickest tracks.....Are we selecting players on stats or class ?? When Qadir is picked ahead of other spinners with better stats then why majid is missed is beyond any comprehension, specially when considering that statistically as well majid has the one of the 3 best test averages as a opener for pakistan ! Comparing Majid Khan to any other batsmen was like comparing a mercedes to an ordinary car... Mercedes... Class !!!! Leaving him out is only pathetically shameful and in bad taste !

Posted by Whisperofdeath on (May 24, 2010, 17:50 GMT)

Thats the best combination ever. In want to see Wasim Bari instead of Rashid Latif, Rashid Latif was never a team man. He was always part of politics in team. The rest is the best selection ever...

Posted by Cricistan.com on (May 24, 2010, 17:44 GMT)

I can't argue with any name on that list, they all deserve to be there. However I think if we were picking a team for ODI cricket instead of Test cricket then Saqlain Mushtaq has to be there instead of Abdul Qadir.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

I would always pick Shoaib Ahtar of 1999 with 2W's... it cant be better then this having 4 geniun fast bowlers... it will b a nitemare for any batsman in the world to play against these 4 fast bowlers and if v talk abt batting for me M.Yousuf is an automatic choice i dont know y he is not thr at all...

Posted by CiMP on (May 24, 2010, 17:31 GMT)

Very good, nay, great 11 indeed! I agree with your list 10/11. I still stand by my vote for Waim Bari rather than Rashid Latif. IMO, Bari was a better wk and thats enough to give him the nod.

Posted by mrhash11 on (May 24, 2010, 16:56 GMT)

Who is the captain? Excellent team overall though I would add another batsman instead of Waqar/Fazal Mahmood. Though who would not want to see all these players in their prime playing together, it would be hard to imagine how these will perform as a team. We should perhaps also have the best Pakistani to have taken a field together ever

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 16:45 GMT)

This is what makes Pakistan Cricket a unique element in the world of Cricket. I am so delighted to see this bowling attack comprising of Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Abdul Qadir and Fazal Mahmood.

The world would dream to have such a diverse attack that can bowl bouncers, yorkers, reverse swingers at their own will. We have taught the world how to DO IT!

Long Live Pakistan Cricket: forget the chaos in the current situation BUT even the biggest critics of our cricket would be compelled to adore such a formidable Pakistan XI.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 16:39 GMT)

A nice well-rounded team. For those who are wondering whether Allan Border made that comment or not, go to youtube and watch Legends of cricket Wasim Akram, where he says "If I ever get a chance to be reborn as a cricketer, I would want to be Wasim Akram."

Posted by KhoyaRaaz on (May 24, 2010, 16:37 GMT)

great team! If anything I would have maybe gone with Mustaq Mohonmmad instead of Fazal Mahmood - very tough decision, but just to strengthen our batting a bit more. Or maybe a specialist like M Yousuf, leaving us with 4 bowlers.

Our All-time XI can compete with any, but until we get a quality keeper-batsman like gilchrist or dhoni, we will fall a little short .. till then we may need 2 all rounders to compensate .. What a team regardless!!

Bring on the WI XI - they should be able to compete with us ... they have a slight edge on batting, but then our bowlers were better! ;)

Posted by shahid6995 on (May 24, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

@eddy501

You are absolutely right. I shudder to think of the brilliance of a WI all-time XI. However I would venture to say that in a match of all-time XI's from each country, Pakistan will come closest to giving the Windies a real contest. This Pakistan team will give every other team a pasting, and yes that includes an Aussie XI WITH Bradman.

Posted by johnmal on (May 24, 2010, 16:28 GMT)

The XI almost picks itself except for the debate between Fazal and Saqlain and Latif/Bari/Moin. The very fact that it was easy to pick 75% of the squad means there aren't enough "great" players over the years. There is no doubt that players like Imran, Wasim and Waqar will be discussed even if we are to form a World XI. I don't think any other player would make it to the Word XI.

If you try to form a similar XI with say Australia or West Indies or India or even England, it will generate much more debate as the list of players to pick from is going be bigger.

All said it would be interesting to form best XI for all teams and then pick a Word XI from that group.

Posted by manihammad on (May 24, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

agreed list..other than latif as in for Bari..and may be for me Yousaf should have been there but then you`ll have to kick either inzi or zaheer..and i`ll prefer keeping zaheer

Posted by waqas77 on (May 24, 2010, 16:06 GMT)

I think you cant ask for a better team then this one the best and imran as a captain will make this team a lethal combination............

Style and Aggression at the Top........... Saeed Wat a Class performer

Patience and Class in Middle oder ............ Zaheer and Javed Class against any Bowling Attach and a night mare for Spinners.

Inzi and Imran ........... The hardest hitter of the cricket ball and both has courage and big heart against any attack........ Inzi his ability to hook and pull is awesome.

Wasim and Rashid .............. Hay guys we quick runs ........... both are really class hitters........

Rest Qadir, Waqar l............ Guys we need some fun in the end.....

Qadir Running between the wicket in Dancing style Waqar's Batting against the Short ball ..........

Fazel ---------- Man of Honor to End a great team .......

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (May 24, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

Who questions selection of Hanif? He is the only guy whose selection can not be questioned. Hanif faced the likes of Hall and Griffith in the days of bad pitches and no helmet. I bet Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, and Inzi did not have the guts to face those fast bowlers without helmet, for five days in the scorching heat of West Indies, let alone score a triple century in those conditions. Hanif is a legend and nobody beats a legend. His batting, Fazal's bowling, and Kardar's captaincy is the reason Pakistan is a test playing country. Just like Miandad's batting, Waseem's bowling, and Imran's captaincy was the reason we got the only World Cup.

Posted by 4thelement on (May 24, 2010, 15:43 GMT)

Am glad to see Rashid in the lineup as he has always been victimised during the days he played his cricket, finally gets a reward for his loyalty and honesty with the country. Rest of the team also looks quite balanced and rational; there may be arguements for the place of M. Yousuf and Zaheer and Shoaib and Fazal. Rest of the side looks quite unanimous. Finally for eddy501: Let the WIXI be announced; then we will see whether Ambrose, Walsh and others are comparable with WY or not????

Posted by intcamd on (May 24, 2010, 15:38 GMT)

So many readers commented about the greatness of this attack, but 3 or 4 of them played together in late 80/early 90's, and while Pakistan was pretty good back then, it was not even the best in the world at that time (at least not conclusively), so it is a HUGE stretch to claim this is the best attack of all time, blah blah..

I would take WIndies attack of early 80's, or Warne+McGrath combined with a couple of old timer aussies over this Pak attack, any time.

Also, while the bowling is decent, this batting line does not inspire fear for any bowlers (well, the all time best bowling lineups, anyway). Except Miandad, the rest of them were no better than the best Sri Lankan lineups, and would be behind Aus/WI/Eng/India/SA on that score.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 15:33 GMT)

To those who say Yousaf should had been selected instead of Zaheer Abbas ... Yousaf is tiger of Asian pitches and a lamb of foreign pitches, He is good in first inning only and rubbish in 2nd, He is one of the worst fielders i have ever seen, not a strong character to gel with the team and bit greedy as well. While Zaheer was called Bradman of Asia, elegant and performed under pressure on all type of pitches.

Posted by musabj on (May 24, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

Team is well balanced but i think Mon khan is left out, no offence to Latif he was a great wicket keeper. Moin was a street fighter his record as keeper and batsmen is better than Latif. He was a good keeper on spin bowling as his pair with Saqlain Mushtaq grabbed more than 50 wickets. Good to see 5 regular bowlers in the lineup as its more of an attacking approach unlike Pakistan these days.But its confusing whom to give the new cherry. I will go With Fazal Mehmood and Waqar Younis as Wasim said in an interview that he loved to ball with an old rather than the new one.

Posted by VED8888 on (May 24, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

MOIN KHAN WAS FAR MORE BETTER KEEPER THAN RASID LATIF

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 15:26 GMT)

rashid lateef iz not fit in d 11

Posted by Jipster on (May 24, 2010, 15:23 GMT)

I've watched nearly of those players, from the mid 70's onwards anyway. Have to say it's a fine choice, and a terrifyingly good team. I'm glad to see Qadir get the nod for the spinner's role too - he was hypnotically brilliant.

Posted by Kushh on (May 24, 2010, 15:08 GMT)

@Gulraze_Malik

have u forgottn how fast waqar was in the 90's

Posted by sacricketlegend on (May 24, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

@Benster2

I'm very sorry, but you clearly know nothing about cricket. To say that the slection of Hanif Mohammad and Zaheer Abbas is a 'joke', you are showing to everyone that you have no idea what cricket is about. Hanif Mohammad played the greatest innings ever played in a Test match - his 334 will never be forgotten. As for Qadir, you are once again only looking at statistics. Many who have played against Warne and Qadir put the two in the same boat in terms of guile and deception.

Personally, I think Yousuf has a shot at playing instead of Fazal Mahmood so that the balance of the side was better.

Posted by rizwantakkhar on (May 24, 2010, 14:11 GMT)

I pretty much agree with the list. I am kind of disappointed though that no one mentions Saqlain Mushtaq around Cricinfo.

Posted by Gulraze_Malik on (May 24, 2010, 14:09 GMT)

The best team has been selected for all-time XI, every player in the team deserve his place but i will disagree a little bit. In the presence of bowlers like Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram who are the masters of both conventional and reverse swing and can move the ball in any direction, alongwith them we should include the world fastest bowler, SHOAIB AKHTAR in the line up instead of Fazal Mehmood. No doubt Fazal was one of the best bowlers of his time but as we have already some great swing bowlers in the team so the addition of a bowler capable of bowling at 100 mph would have made this attack even more destructive and fearsome.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

I think Zaheer should be replaced by Muhammad Yousaf. In my view the best batsman of the history of Pakistan cricket is Muhammad Yousaf. He must be in the team and any of the above batsmen can be dropped for Yousaf.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (May 24, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

All my friends and I think that Cricinfo got it absolutely right. Those arguing for the inclusion of M.Yusuf, Bari and Shoaib Akhtar are missing the whole point of picking an all time XI, its not all about averages my friend. Well done Cricinfo.

Posted by mahmood on (May 24, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

its a good XI...but how can you leave a legendary batsman Mohammad Yousuf out, he should have definetly been in there instead of perhaps zaheer abbas, its rediciclous!!

Posted by LukeTheDuke on (May 24, 2010, 13:28 GMT)

"If I ever get a chance to be reborn as a cricketer, I would want to be Wasim Akram." Allan Border

This statement is made by Mark Waugh not Alan Border...

Posted by Fizzy89 on (May 24, 2010, 13:27 GMT)

Come on guys do u really think yousaf should have been selected :S .. he is not even loyal to the country ... N how can u even call yousaf better then inzi .. that's rubbish

Posted by Shaz1976 on (May 24, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

I'd have also picked the same team, but with Wasim Bari as the wicketkeeper, Pakistan's best ever. But with Rashid Latif's batting ability I can understand the reason of his selection. Shame then that he didn't play that many matches for Pakistan. Unfortunately, unlike India and Sri Lanka, none of our batsmen bowl part time spin, so we only have one spinner. I can therefore see the temptation to select Mushtaq Mohammed or Intikhab Alam as the all rounder and Imran as a specialist bowler. That way we could have strengthened the batting and had a second spin option. Anyway with Wasim, Waqar and Fazal as the three fast bowlers and Qadir as the spinner, there is less pressure on Imran as a bowler, so he can concentrate on his batting, a luxury he did not always have in his playing days. Unfortunately reading some of the comments, it does appear a lot of the readers are quite young and do not appreciate the greats of yesteryear. Numbers are not everything, so don't just look at averages.

Posted by eddy501 on (May 24, 2010, 13:04 GMT)

A great, no, a super team. Strong in every dept. Yet i'm sure the up and coming WI all time team will better this. For every player in this super-team i could name a WI player of equal or greater ability. For Wasim you have MM, for Imran you have Sir Garry,in fact Sobers would be the abdul Q bowler with his left arm spin and chinaman. Ambrose, Walsh, Holding, Garner are all on WY's level. As for the Pak batsmen (all great) WI have greater...GG ( better than Anwar), VIV, Lara, Headley Weekes, etc

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 12:59 GMT)

I would have liked to pick Saqlain instead of Fazal. That would make it three great great fast bowlers (and all different in style), one clever offie and one seasoned leggie. That would be a dream combination, and no other team can form an all time XI with such class and variety in its bowling attack.

Posted by DoubleShah on (May 24, 2010, 12:37 GMT)

I second Benster 2, for what he said. Jury is questionable for not including Mohammad Yousuf in the all time XI. This is seriously annoying. A batsman who has the best batting average in history of Pakistani Test Cricket has been left out of the team. Zaheer Abbas's inclusion is surprising. He has never been a match winner for Pakistan. And he scored 12 centuries, only half the number of centuries scored by Mohammad Yousuf. I am extremely disappointed by this selection.

Shoaib Akhtar is the best thing, that happened to Pakistan Cricket and ages and he is also seen no where. Saqlain Mushtaq was a better choice than Abdul Qadir. I am sorry to say that jury was biased and they selected the team on the basis of personal likes and dislikes.

Posted by Adnan143 on (May 24, 2010, 12:32 GMT)

come on man Shoaib in all time XI, you people must be kidding, Yes if you have a world all time XI of worst disciplinary record he will surely be there with shane warn, he might get pass him tocaptiancy. he might come in all time XI of wrost dicipline players of all sports with john macnroo of tenis

Posted by Shahzad.Firdous on (May 24, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

in reply to bensters comment, An average above 40 in those tymes was considered to be as gud as an average of 50 to 55 today cus de conditions used to favor bowlers much more n some of d present batsmen grown up on 'roads' wont even survive in dos conditions. my personal view n also from wot i read on comments Saqlain Mushtaq is a unanimous choice of readers too n most readers would prefer a varied attack rathar dan 4 fast bowlers derfor instead of one pacer i would love to pick Saqlain mushtaq n I would agree with readers pick of Shoaib Akhtar . u need a bowler who has an X-factor n threat about him to get the opposition on the backfoot n give u a superb chance of attacking the opposition . Shoaib Akhtar should get a nod for being an 'enforcer' in the language of cricket

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 12:04 GMT)

I like this team. But I only wonder, with two Ws and great Imran Khan, could not we have two spinners? Saqlain Mushtaq would have been great. Why only one spinner in team allowed?

@ Benster2 Yousuf better than Hanif or Abbas? . Don't go by numbers, friend.

Posted by Benster2 on (May 24, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

I am sorry but how on earth has Mohammed Yousuf been left out? Miandad aside, he is easily better than all the other batsmen.

Choosing Abbas and Hanif Mohammed is an absolute joke. These guys averaged around 44 which, even back when they played, wasn't an average justifiable to make a Pakistan all-time XI. I don't care how graceful they were, in terms of pure output they can't be justified ahead of Yousuf. Anwar is in the same boat - but at least he can argue that he is a specialist opener.

I know Yousuf hasn't been the most popular man of late, but wrongfully denying him a spot in a Pakistan all-time XI is ridiculous.

Also the Qadir decision is laughable. To think that the Pakistani all-time best spinner's average is worse than Nathan Hauritz's (a guy who has been given endless grief/threats of being dropped and bowls on much tougher modern day surfaces).

Aside from the fast bowlers, I'd be embarrassed to be a Pakistani if this was named as my all-time best XI.

Posted by sanzo5 on (May 24, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

I agree that Wasim and waqar have pace but when it comes to playing in dead pitches the rawalpindi express is their best bowler... i can rate him even better than the two W's... the reason is simple... he is the only speester i the world who at his best can bowl with speed swing and perfect length... i dont think anyone can get the wickets of the wall and the little master in sucessive delivaries.... Akthar should have there at the place of fazal....

Posted by NALINWIJ on (May 24, 2010, 11:23 GMT)

This is the best XI if selection is based entirely on CRICINFO FORMULA without considering the balance of the side and variety of pitches. 4 pacemen are unnecessary. If the pitch is pace friendly IMRAN,WASIM and WAQAR can take 20 wickets and you need an extra batsman. If it is not pace friendly you need a 2nd spinner. MUSHTAQ MOHOMMAD can provide this balance in this side and allow the selection of BARI the best WK. Otherwise I selected the same players. 1.ANWAR 2.HANIF 3.ZAHEER 4.JAVED 5.INZAMAM 6.MUSHTAQ MOHOMMOD 7.IMRAN 8.WASIM AKRAM 9.BARI 10.WAQAR 11.QADIR

Posted by ayubshaikh on (May 24, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

wait guys dont get so excited becz we still have westindice team to be picked,, just imagine the west indice team with the likes of garner,holding,viv reachards brain lara and many more

Posted by Nayeem_Kohir on (May 24, 2010, 10:23 GMT)

Only Australia and West Indies can match Pakistan when it comes to an all time XI. There is misconception among the readers that the all time Pakistan XI is not strong to match their bowling line up. Zaheer Abbas was one gem of a batsman. I have watched Zaheer's videos and found him as talented as any other of the greatest batsmen of all time. And one does not need to mention the batting and fighting capabilities of Javed Miandad. Vivian Richards had famously said that if he had to pick up a batsman to play for his life then it will be Javed Miandad. Inzimam was a match winner. Hanif Muhammad batted for three days against Wendies on those bouncy pitches and Saeed Anwar was as great destroyer of the bowling attack as anybody else. Then you have big hitters down the order. Hence this Pakistan outfit does not only have a lethal bowling attack, which can match or beat an all time Aus or WI attack, but they also have a solid and attacking batting line up. Pakistan Cricket simply best.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

This is Best complilation, bowlers are match winners and batsmens are match makers. Pakistan always been a bowling team, i wish we can sneek in Yousaf here

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 10:10 GMT)

@spiritwithin - Perhaps the fact that Waqar had a better strike rate and better average than Wasim would tell you something. While Wasim will rank higher as an ODI bowler, in tests Waqar will edge him out. Waqar's best phase was better than any other bowler's best phase. ANY bowler of any era or nation!

Posted by Paki.Fan. on (May 24, 2010, 10:06 GMT)

One simple question, who would open the bowling ?? :)

Posted by haroonalvi on (May 24, 2010, 9:56 GMT)

Even the batting is very strong, who on earth can dislodge Hanif Mohammad or Inzamam............. I remember a story of a man watching Hanif Mohammad play in West Indies, he was sitting on the tree, and due to extreme heat he felt dizzy and in the process fell off the tree and got unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital where he gained his consciousness the next day, and the first question he asked after gaining his consciousness was if Hanif Mohammad was still batting, and the reply was........yes !

Posted by thestunner316_15 on (May 24, 2010, 9:35 GMT)

readers picked shoaib akhtar in the all time XI?? seriously??? whats wrong with you people...

i do think there shouldve been another spinner for better balance... though the team looks very intimidating..

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 9:23 GMT)

think that one line by Allan Border said it all about Wasim Akram!i

Posted by spiritwithin on (May 24, 2010, 9:06 GMT)

"If I ever get a chance to be reborn as a cricketer, I would want to be Wasim Akram." Allan Border ..................even though i m from india but cant get any comments more inspiring as this....akram ur a legend but y waqar younis is said to b da best bowler to hav emerged after fazal is a mystery to me..he's great but akram is above all

Posted by Ceaser9495 on (May 24, 2010, 9:06 GMT)

Don't pick best player for PAK.. They all are great...just too good. Just make a good cricket board without politics and avoid match-enfocers (not writing match-fix.). They will beat anybody at anytime anywhere.

Posted by Just_Love_Cricket on (May 24, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

I think Saqlain Mushtaq should be there in place of Fazal Mahmood. With due respect to Fazal, having three pace bowlers like Imran, Wasim & Waqar are enough. Saqlain and Qadir would have made a deadly combination here. But i must object to the manner of the voting. Why were Imran & Wasim there in both categories of Allrounder & Fast bowlers ? This lead to a lot of confusion as clear from the reader comments.

Posted by IndiaGoats on (May 24, 2010, 8:38 GMT)

Fantastic bowling team. Matches or beats: Lillee, McGrath, Warne, Thompson, ... Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Walsh, Gibbs

Batting is okay. India, Australia, West Indies, ... probably have better all-time batsmen.

Posted by S.h.a.d.a.b on (May 24, 2010, 8:07 GMT)

This is the best Pakistan team one can imagine. I am unfortunate that i couldn t see fazal mahmood and hanif mohammad but reading the history gives enough idea about their talent. good job done by cricinfo. Thanks.

Posted by Ayyaz.Azeem on (May 24, 2010, 8:06 GMT)

on the flash animation of all times XI; inzimam's runs are mentioned as 830 instead of 8830; plz correct

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 8:05 GMT)

ZAHEER ABBAS alone can smash any bowling attack...

Wish SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ and M.Yousuf were included but GOD... who wud dey replace?????????????

Do i need 2 talk bout da bowling attack... sorry 2 say, but dey wud rip even da all-time batsman team...

PS: how deep is da batting lineup???????????????

Posted by fadooo on (May 24, 2010, 8:04 GMT)

Lets not get carried away. Look at the the English, South African and Aussie batting lineups (already selected). Our looks schoolboyish in comparison. Our batting is as weak as our bowling is strong, but i guess thats the story of pakistani cricket always. But seriously, amongst the top teams of the world, except for sri lanka and newzealand, the batting is seriously brittle.

Posted by Gilliana on (May 24, 2010, 7:58 GMT)

@BillyCC. Never forget that these magnificent Pakistanis were not only bowlers but innovators. More credence should have been given to these great bowlers. Got to be more fair in your comments especially the lbw part of it.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

now tell me if ANY WORLD XI CAN SCORE MORE DAN 100 RUNS agisnt dis xi... Waqar Younis alone can destroy all attacks

Posted by jrw69 on (May 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT)

I agree almost entirely with the team selected, other than possibly Yousuf for Abbas. I would be a touch worried however that it is probably one of the worst fielding sides so far selected. I was privileged enough to see many of these players play and few were considered great or even good in the fielding department. They would have had the devil's own job not fighting amongst themselves with some of the egos involved! I'd pity both teams batsmen if this team ever played to their potential against the West Indies finest. This could also possibly be the team that was the best one day and disappointing on another, an enigma like so many Pakistan teams over the decades.

Posted by Gilliana on (May 24, 2010, 7:25 GMT)

Superb team. I was fortunate to see every one of these magnificent cricketers in my sixty years watching Test cricket. I am glad that Qadir made the XI. For me he is the much greater bowler than Warne.. He was the proverbial 'sly fox'. Every ball of an over told a different story off the pitch. He used the length of the crease and changed the angle with every run up. The angle and rotation changed with every ball. How many of you had the great fortune to see the mastery of this wizard ? He is the real inovator of the variety that the present generation saw when Warne was bowling. Warne infact had just half of Qadir's variety. And what about Wasim. No doubt the greatest leftarmer the game has ever seen. As an Australian I pay tribute to these magnificent Pakistanis.

Posted by cricket4shafiq on (May 24, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

I am happy, i chose the same jury's 11... a justice to ability, commitment and match winners. i am also happy that M yousaf, S Akhtar, Majid Khan, saqlain, Asif Iqbal were in my list from 12th to 16th with either imtiaz ahmed or Saleem Yousaf.

I am sure this team will challenge to autority of invincibles of Don and Richards on any surface of the world.

Though jury made couple of errors by missing saleem Yousaf and shoaib muhammad from short listed players, still thanks, they were spot on when finalizing 11.

Imran is obvious captain. case closed.

Posted by raulraj on (May 24, 2010, 6:55 GMT)

this will be the best bowling attack for sure....batting......yousuf should be there. akhtar should be as 13th man..or waterboy....haha jk....he havent dont enough to be in all time xi

Posted by Sach_is_Life on (May 24, 2010, 6:54 GMT)

Man..That was SOME BOWLING ATTACK.. Definitely Batsmen's Nightmare..Thinking abt facing anyone of them itself will give goose bums to any batsmen from any era and here we've all them in ONE TEAM..Cool..Best ever Bowling attack 4 sure ..and even though we can't say the same abt this Batting line Up..but that is morethan a decent line up ..and I don't think Pak has any better batsmen than these 5 ..may be Yousuf but I'm not a big fan of him..So..Gud Job..!

Posted by AleemZubair on (May 24, 2010, 6:51 GMT)

10 out 11 I picked as above (basically they pick themselves up). And I don't really disagree with the wicket keeper that has been picked here either. So: Way to Go! Awsome team...

Posted by pitch_curator on (May 24, 2010, 6:45 GMT)

I would like to see this team(packed with bowling greats) taking on the All time Indian XI (with Sehwag, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid) etc. Waht a match that would be !!

Posted by mk49_van on (May 24, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

The bowling is by far the best I have seen. What an attack!- but the batting is surprisingly mediocre. Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, do not have the solidity to be in an all-time XI, and Rashid Latif is a so-so bat. Imran makes up for that, of course; still an all-time team with 3 true batting greats - Javed, Hanif and Inzi is less then inspiring. .

Posted by chaithan on (May 24, 2010, 5:55 GMT)

SUPERB TEAM!!! Especially the bowlers.

Posted by fadooo on (May 24, 2010, 5:47 GMT)

Awesome ! Exactly the team that I have been picking in my comments in earlier sections. The Readers XI picking shoaib akhtar is very weird and sad. Shows our nation's tolerance for selfishness and indiscipline. In any case picking Akhtar over Fazal is atrocious to say the least.

Posted by Rosh1 on (May 24, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

@ Inxia. I am note sure whether Allan Border made the same statement. As far as I know the satatement was made by Arjuna Ranatunga (Do a google search). That is the respect Sri Lankan Cricketers had for Wazim. You read any interview and people in the calibre of Arjuna, Aravinda, Sanath and Sanga say Wazim was the toughest bowler they ever faced.

Posted by AsifRathod on (May 24, 2010, 5:37 GMT)

Wow, just imagine all these greatest fast bowlers bowling in one team. Surely, best of the best batting line up could have collapsed against this sort of attack. They might look batsman sort but they have enough all-rounders capable to bat well, lower down the order. Akram's Highest test score is 200 + :). Well, I bet this is the best bowling line up amongst all the All time XI teams. Just imaging guys, if Waqar,Wasim & Imran bowled on Aus, Eng, SA pitches, they could have taken 500 + wickets quite easily in 100 odd test matches.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

Overall the team is good .. but would beg to differ with fazal mahmood and abdul qadir .. shoaib akthar clearly has been pakistan's flag bearer after wasim n waqar n has probably one of the most fearsome bowlers ever in the history of cricket .. and as of abdul qadir i personally feel saqlain should ve been ahead of him though ...

Posted by h4haseeb on (May 24, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

Muhammad Yousaf and the World's fastest bowler to date Shoaib Akhtar (despite his other issues) should have been there in Pakistan's all time XI... anyways still a very formidable 'All-time XI'

Posted by WaqasNoor on (May 24, 2010, 5:30 GMT)

Wow! What a brilliant team this is. Just imagine Pakistan is blowing first and started with two W's followed by Fazal Mahmood and Imran Khan. And in the middle overs, we've Qadair's magic. OMG, who will face them? A nightmare for the batsmen. And when it comes to batting, the style and aggression of Saeed Anwar combined with patient and technique of Hanif Muhammad makes it perfect formula for opening both in ODI and test. Do I need to say anything about the Asian Don Bradman, the majestic Javeed and the match winner of his era, "the big Inzi?" Perhaps the unanimous choice of all the Paki cricket fans would be Imran Khan and he simply deserved it. He is the most stylish and grace full cricketer I've ever seen. Sometime it looks like he is not a cricketer but infect a character of a fantasy story. Nice job done Osman, Pakistan Rockssssssssssssss

Posted by Rosh1 on (May 24, 2010, 5:27 GMT)

A great team. However, I feel that Mohamed Yousuf and Saqlain Mushtaq are left out. Not sure where they could be replaced either. Coz this is such a wonderful team. As a Sri Lankan I've always enjoyed watching Pakistan except the matches that they beat us:( Personally I feel that Pakistan breeds the most talented cricketers in the World with any new guy can just come into the scene and either bat or bowl as someone who had played initernational cricket for years. I can still remember the Afridi's fastest century against Sri Lanka in Kenya when he was like 17 years old. That Innings virtually made me cry in front of the TV and eventually stopped sri lanka from reaching the finals. To the author please note that I am not sure whether Allan Border made that comment about Wazim but I am pretty sure it was made by Arjuna Ranatunga (As I read it even before I typed this). Remember to get praise of that nature from Arjuna is not easy.

Posted by Engle on (May 24, 2010, 5:21 GMT)

No major qualms with this team. In fact, on reflection, I would say the selectors, by and large, got it right. Would have been nice to see Majid Khan, Wasim Bari and Saqlain Mushtaq, but places are at a premium, and they barely missed the cut, I dare say, by the width of a walrus' whisker. Pakistan has given the cricket world much to admire; the most patient batsman, the fastest bowler, the best left-arm bowler, the inventors of reverse swing, doosra, the resurrector of spin in the 80's and finally one of the most charismatic leaders of all time.

Posted by binkaf on (May 24, 2010, 5:14 GMT)

Nothing much to disagree with the Pak- XI for the jury has, to me, done their best. But I would have rather liked to see Shoaib Akhtar in place of Fazal Mahamood for his sheer pace and the terror he creates among the opponents but agree too that his temperament and injury proneness might has cost him his place in all time great plus my sympathy is with Saqlain too, & his is either similar case with Akhtar. All in all a brilliant side to cop with for any team in the history! I wish we could see all players from all Cricinfo national XI in actions playing against their rival side. This is just a fantasy which I know won't come true ever. But this is the power of imagination.

Posted by arunti on (May 24, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

This is a pretty good team .... The bowling attack look fearsome, next to great WI lineup..... Next Comes Indian XI ... which I see is going to be pretty simple , and in direct contrast to pak, it will contains many from the current era which i like a lot :) .... my XI ....

1. Gavaskar 2. Viru 3. Dravid 4.Sachin 5.Laxman 6.Dhoni 7. Kapil 8. Kumble 9. Zak 10. Prasanna/Bedi/Chandra

... I have selected 2 spinners keeping in mind our strength ...... most will agree with this except some who will protest for the person @ # 6 ... I took him for his captaincy/luck ;) .... or maybe, we can replace Dhoni with the great Engineer and make anil bhai the captain ... what say ?!!!

Posted by FaheemAhmed on (May 24, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

where is saqlain??? he is the only pakistani spinner who can adjust himself at any condition. he was athe only spinner who took wickets in indian soils.

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (May 24, 2010, 5:05 GMT)

Abbas ahead of Yousuf...??

That's the only place I disagree with the all-time XI. An excellent team possessing enough bowling options to take 25 wickets per match!

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (May 24, 2010, 5:02 GMT)

selection of Shoaib in the Readers's pick is strange...there're many others who could have made the list...

Posted by hijabhassan on (May 24, 2010, 4:50 GMT)

A great eleven to rule the cricketing world.

Posted by inxia on (May 24, 2010, 4:48 GMT)

I love how Wasim Akram has been summed up in one line from Allan Border. I would have had Bari ahead of Latif but either way, it's an incredible side.

Posted by BillyCC on (May 24, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

So far, this is the only bowling team who could match it against the balance of Australia's all-time XI on conditions anywhere around the world. Fielding is probably the weak link in this side, but no matter given the high percentage of lbws and bowled victims that Wasim and Waqar get. West Indies lack the spinner, New Zealand and Sri Lanka lack one or two fast bowlers, and England's bowling attack is a case of "anything we can do, Australia can do just a little better".

Posted by rustin on (May 24, 2010, 4:21 GMT)

Probably the strongest all-time team. Australia comes very close, but I feel Pakistan has a better bowling attack(or more balanced).

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 4:02 GMT)

LOOK ANY WHERE AROUND THE WORLD AND YOU WONT FIND A BETTER ALL TIME XI IN ANY COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Fizzy89 on (May 24, 2010, 3:59 GMT)

Great Team. I dont think any other team in the world would be able to make such a brutal bowling force !!!! They surely have everything as a bowling unit.

As a batting unit it looks very good but not one of the greats. As always the bowling of pakistan is of more importance and has an edge over batting department.

Posted by asaduzzaman-khan on (May 24, 2010, 3:58 GMT)

That's the greatest PAK team. Thanks selectors (however, I would miss Wasim Bari). Imran is obviously the captain. What a bowling attack man! probably the all time best bowling attack.

Posted by invincible-fighter on (May 24, 2010, 3:52 GMT)

absloutely amazing 11....this one could surely beat any side in da world ....n i m happy dat ma chosen 11 was also da same one :p

Posted by asad114 on (May 24, 2010, 3:50 GMT)

In Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq, you've picked three batsmen who all had terrible records against the best teams of their era. It shows a lack of imagination on the part of the jury.

Zaheer Abbas had an abysmal average against the West Indies. How can you consider playing him against the best teams from all ime? If you're picking Zaheer then why not pick Yousuf who has the better average? Both Yousuf and Zaheer in my book are gutless stylists..if you left Yousuf out then you should also have left out zaheer.... Inzamam struggled against both the Aussies and the Saffers..I would always select Miandad for his tactical genius and for the fact that he finally conquered the west indies attack in 1988...but inzi and zaheer are very debatable selections... It would have been advisable to have Majid and Asif Iqbal for their fighting capabilities...

Posted by Himayun on (May 24, 2010, 3:18 GMT)

I know it is almost impossible to select an all time Pakistan XI, but I do have some reservations on this selection. The team has four specialist fast bowlers which is not practical except only very fast wickets, which are few and far in Pakistan and India. That means it is not a balanced side in all domestic games. No doubt Fazal was great but his most achievements were on the matting wickets called "majic carpet". On real wicket Sobers scored his first test century againt his attack and went on to make 365 N. O. I would drop a fast bowler especially considering the dead wickets of Pakistan. Instead I would bring in a true all rounder like Mushtaq to reduce the long tail ot this team. H. Mirza USA

Posted by sAm2sAm on (May 24, 2010, 3:14 GMT)

Awesome line up. Yes i agree, a nightmare for any batting line up. But more than that, it would have been most charming cricket experience to see them all play in one team in their primes. If only I could have my one wish granted in cricket (just for once), i would have asked to see this team play. Very good selection. Regards

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Osman Samiuddin Osman spent the first half of his life pretending he discovered reverse swing with a tennis ball half-covered with electrical tape. The second half of his life was spent trying, and failing, to find spiritual fulfillment in the world of Pakistani advertising and marketing. The third half of his life will be devoted to convincing people that he did discover reverse swing. And occasionally writing about cricket. And learning mathematics.

Pakistan Jury

Arif Abbasi
Arif Abbasi
Served Pakistan cricket in a number of administrative capacities through the 1980s and 90s. Was a key member of the organising committee for the 1996 World Cup.
XI: Aamer Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Mohsin Khan, Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Waqar Younis, Rashid Latif, Mohammad Zahid
Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi
A cricket writer for Dawn, Cricinfo and The Wisden Cricketer. Advised on the change in the throwing law; once hit Michael Atherton for three successive boundaries, and also bowled former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis
Qamar Ahmed
Qamar Ahmed
Played first-class cricket for Sindh, South Zone and Hyderabad, and coached in Holland. Has reported on 370 Tests, over 700 ODIs and eight World Cups for such media outlets as the BBC, Reuters, AFP, The Times, The Guardian, Dawn, ABC, ESPN and Ten Sports.
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Waqar Younis, Abdul Qadir, Sarfraz Nawaz
Intikhab Alam
Intikhab Alam
Played 47 Tests (captained in 17) and four ODIs for Pakistan as a legspinning allrounder between 1959 and 1977. Was manager-coach of the 1992 World Cup-winning side, and had two stints as coach of the national side.
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Bari, Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Abdul Qadir
Khadim Baloch
Khadim Baloch
The Pakistan Cricket Board's first advisor on Archives, Museum and Library. Has written on the history of Karachi cricket as well, and an encyclopedia of Pakistan cricket.
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari, Fazal Mahmood, Mushtaq Ahmed, Waqar Younis
Shaharyar Khan
Shaharyar Khan
Managed the Pakistan side on the 1998-99 tour of India. Served as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board in the 2000s. Has also written two books on the game.
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Fazal Mahmood, Waqar Younis
Chishty Mujahid
Chishty Mujahid
Former director of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Radio and television commentator for over 40 years, for the likes of PTV, Ten Sports, SABC and All India Radio.
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Mudassar Nazar, Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Abdul Qadir
Salahuddin Mulla
Salahuddin Mulla
Played five Tests for Pakistan in the 1960s, and club cricket in Scotland. Served on nine different national selection committees from 1980 on, twice as chief selector.
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Wasim Bari, Waqar Younis, Abdul Qadir
Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja
Played 57 Tests (five as captain) and 198 ODIs for Pakistan between 1984 and 1997. Served as CEO of the PCB in the first half of the 2000s. Currently a commentator.
XI: Saeed Anwar, Hanif Mohammad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Khan, Wasim Bari, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis.
Osman Samiuddin
Osman Samiuddin
Pakistan editor of Cricinfo
XI: Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Abdul Qadir.

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