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Dream Team

Who among Younis, Inzamam, Misbah and Yousuf makes it to Pakistan's greatest Test XI of the last 30 years?

And who opens with Saeed Anwar? Our panelists discuss in the latest episode of Dream Team

Sreshth Shah
Sreshth Shah
In this episode of Dream Team, Osman Samiuddin, Danyal Rasool and Ahmer Naqvi put their heads together to find Pakistan's greatest Test XI since 1990. Watch to find out if your favourites make the cut.
Nothing shouts "1990s Pakistan" like the image of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis delivering toe crushers in tandem. If their pace and wiles aren't enough, throw in Shoaib Akhtar with his menacing speed, and the wristy magic of Mohammad Asif. Spare a thought also for Mohammad Zahid, whose brief career was good enough to earn praise from even Brian Lara. Plenty of contenders, but only three make it. Decisions, decisions.
Saqlain Mushtaq was at one point in this era the second-best spinner in the world. In the mid-90s, Mushtaq Ahmed was outstanding in England, New Zealand and Australia. Saeed Ajmal was a late bloomer, making his Test debut at 32, but swiftly rising to become one of the best offspinners of his generation. Danish Kaneria was great at his peak. And Yasir Shah has alternated between sensational and downright ordinary. Plenty of arguments to make for all five. Who do the pick as their chosen one?
Younis Khan provided Pakistan their batting backbone in the 2000s. Mohammad Yousuf once scored 1788 Test runs in a calendar year. Inzamam-ul-Haq's claims cannot be ignored. Misbah-ul-Haq surprised you whenever you weren't expecting it. Ijaz Ahmed and Azhar Ali are what people call underrated. Asad Shafiq has Sobers-like numbers at No. 6. And of course, there's Babar Azam, who's on his way to greatness. Which four from this lot make the team?

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo