Three Pakistanis feature in ICC's 2015 Test team

Published: December 2, 2015
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After a phenomenal year in the longest format of the game, three Pakistanis were included on Wednesday in International Cricket Council’s Test playing XI, alongside some of the modern day greats.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, right-hand batsman Younus Khan and wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfarz Ahmed represent Pakistan in the Test team of the year. However, no Pakistani player has been included in the ODI team of the year.

The qualification period ran from September 18, 2014 to September 13, 2015.

Yasir picked 61 wickets in 10 matches, with an average of 24.81, and is now ranked second in the ICC Test bowler’s rankings.

Younus recently became the leading run-scorer in Tests for Pakistan, and also became the first Pakistani to score more than 9,000 Test runs. He scored 1,204 runs in that period, with an impressive average of 80.26, which included six tons and a half-century.

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Sarfraz had a more than remarkable 12-month period, where he scored 669 runs in 10 matches, at an average of 83.62, including two centuries and three fifties.

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The selection panel included cricketing greats like West Indies Ian Bishop, former England batsman Mark Butcher, former Australian women’s captain Belinda Clark and deputy editor of The Hindu and Sportstar Mr G Viswanath.

ICC Test Team of the Year 2015 (in batting order):

David Warner (Aus)

Alastair Cook (Eng) (captain)

Kane Williamson (NZ)

Younus Khan (Pak)

Steven Smith (Aus)

Joe Root (Eng)

Sarfraz Ahmed (Pak) (wicketkeeper)

Stuart Broad (Eng)

Trent Boult (NZ)

Yasir Shah (Pak)

Josh Hazlewood (Aus)

12th: Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind)

ICC ODI Team of the Year 2015 (in batting order):

Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)

Hashim Amla (SA)

Kumar Sangakkara (SL) (wicketkeeper)

AB de Villiers (SA) (captain)

Steven Smith (Aus)

Ross Taylor (NZ)

Trent Boult (NZ)

Mohammed Shami (Ind)

Mitchell Starc (Aus)

Mustafizur Rahman (Bang)

Imran Tahir (SA)

12th: Joe Root (Eng)

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Asad
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:24AM

    Misbah should have been test team captain … Can’t believe he’s not even on the list !Recommend

  • Jajjwa
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:57AM

    No MISBAH!!!?? :( :(Recommend

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