Only two current players in Waqar’s all time Pakistan XI

Published: October 16, 2016
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Waqar Younis used national side’s 400th Test as occasion to announce his favourites. PHOTO: AFP

Waqar Younis used national side’s 400th Test as occasion to announce his favourites. PHOTO: AFP

Legendary pacer Waqar Younis named just two current players in his all time Pakistan Test playing eleven.

Pakistan are currently playing the West Indies in Dubai in what is the national side’s 400th Test and Waqar used the occasion to announce the best eleven players he has seen represent the country in the five-day format.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed was the only player under the age of 30 selected in the high-quality side. Furthermore, the 29-year-old, alongside veteran right-handed batsman Younus Khan, was the one of two active players picked.

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The former coach opted to select late Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar at the top of the order, with Younus at three, followed by Javed Miandad, Inzamamul Haq, and Mohammad Yousuf.

Waqar also picked World Cup winning skipper Imran Khan as the team’s sole all-rounder, with Sarfraz lower in the batting order.

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Waqar’s former teammates, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, made up the fast-bowling combination, with leggie Abdul Qadir providing the spin option.

The most notable omissions from the side are of current Test captain Misbahul Haq and batsman Zaheer Abbas.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Amer
    Oct 16, 2016 - 3:12PM

    Waqar himself makes the list in place of Shoaib AkhterRecommend

  • Najaf
    Oct 17, 2016 - 4:20AM

    A All time Pak team which can play in all conditions specially abroad.
    1) Hanif Mohammed 2) Saeed Anwar 3) Javid Miandad 4) Saleem Malik 5) Inzamam ul haq 6) Mushtaq Mohammed captain 7) Imtiaz Ahmad wk 8) Imran 9) Fazal Mahmood 10) Waseem 11) Iqbal Qasim
    Mushtaq was the cricket genius, he was the best captain Pakistan has ever had, if Asif Iqbal hadn’t messed up Pak cricket Mushtaq would have taken to new highs and Fazal introduced reverse swing, if he was playing in present time he would’ve have about 600 wickets. Yousaf and waqar are my replacement if necessaryRecommend

  • Sami
    Oct 17, 2016 - 9:05AM

    Team is fine except for 3 changes:
    Hanif Muhammad to be replaced by Amir Sohail
    Sarfaraz Ahmed to be replaced by Moin Khan
    Shoaib Akhtar to be replaced by Waqar YounisRecommend

  • Victor
    Oct 17, 2016 - 10:10AM

    Is he going with 4 bowlers?
    Not the ALL TIME best team i think of…….Recommend

  • Najaf
    Oct 17, 2016 - 10:34AM

    Sami,
    Hanif was very reliable and far superior batsman, he was not afraid of any bowler and he could hold the one end. Sarfraz is good but shaky at times and Moin was a average batsman, Imtiaz Ahmad was a very good keeper and a batsman. Unfortunately all the young cricket fans don’t know much about old players Recommend

  • fazee;
    Oct 19, 2016 - 1:58PM

    yousuf to be replaced by an allrounder like razzaq or an other spin bowling allrounderRecommend

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