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Pakistan's first Test match was played in Delhi in October 1952 as part of a five Test series which India won 2–1. Pakistan made their first tour of England in 1954 and drew the series 1–1 after a memorable victory at The Oval in which fast bowler Fazal Mahmood took 12 wickets. Pakistan's first home Test match was against India in January 1955 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), after which four more Test matches were played in Bahawalpur, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi (all five matches in the series were drawn, the first such occurrence in Test history).
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.
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.
“Sarfaraz has his own views but I don’t think he said they were scared directly. To me it is simple, everyone knows the reasons for India not playing against Pakistan. It is all political and has nothing to do with cricket,” Misbah said during the ICC Champions Trophy unveiling at the national stadium here.
The team is considered a strong but unpredictable team. Traditionally Pakistani cricket has been filled with players of great talent but limited discipline, making them a team which could play inspirational cricket one day and then perform less than ordinarily another day. In particular, the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry has always been emotionally charged and provide for intriguing contests, as talented teams and players from both sides of the border elevate their game to new levels to produce high-quality cricket. Pakistani contests with India in the Cricket World Cup have seen packed stadiums and elevated atmospheres no matter where the World Cup has been held. However the fans love their team.
In conventional swing, the ball swings most when it is new. Reverse swing happens – unpredictably – when the ball is old. In conventional swing, bowlers face a trade-off between swing and speed. In reverse swing, the ball actually swings more at higher speeds, particularly when the bowler achieves a yorker length. A Test batsman has to cope with a ball at 85mph or more which at the last moment spears in at his feet or the base of his stumps. This is hard enough now, when reverse swing has become familiar. In the 1980s it seemed devilish – and its origins gave some of its victims another opportunity to display their prejudices against Pakistan and its cricketers.
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.
Noman Ansari is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to several publications, including Images, and is currently working on his own fantasy novel. He tweets @Pugnate. The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.
Carrying the most awkward batting technique I have ever seen, Ijaz was dubbed the 'axe man' for his stance. It is no wonder they called him the butcher from Sialkot. Also a brilliant fielder, Ijaz was pure dynamite when on fire, and could hit any bowling attack to all parts, even the fastest of them. I recall with fondness his low skimming sixers smashed against the Aussies in the World Series Cup Down Under. Ijaz also was useful with his gentle left arm seamers, with a slinging action more awkward than his batting technique. Ijaz scored 10 limited over centuries at a strike rate of over 80, and would have surely been a hit in T20s.
• The ground is best known for the ODI match which India voluntarily forfeited to Pakistan in 1978 when Pakistan fast bowlers, Sarfaraz Nawaz and Imran Khan, began bowling bouncers hurled specifically to injure the batsman. There were no laws against such bowling in ODIs in those days.
2 Imran Khan Imran Khan is the leading wicket-taker in divison one so far. He has taken 57 wickets so far at an average of 16. Imran Khan is a 24 year old medium fast bowler who hails from Peshawar and represents Wapda. Although the current season has been his best by far, he has been decent with the ball throughout his career and has 139 first class wickets to his name at an average of 21. Best every player, stylish, extra ordinary fielder. Imran khan is the best No dout he is the best even better than little tendulakar
The truth is that very few of the people mentioned above would be actual legends in the T20 format. As a nation we have the tendency to over indulge in our ego. Of the people mentioned, only wasim akram, Saeed Anwar, Imran khan, Saqlain Mushtaq could have been legends of this format.
Our players seemed to do as much work as Gandhi’s fashion designer. Our entire performance was worse than the Radcliffe Award. Our bowlers defended totals like French soldiers, our batsmen chased scores like a dog running after its own rail and our fielders took catches as well as a Pakistani man on Tinder. If this performance had taken place a century earlier, all of us would have had to pay dugna lagan.
Sarfraz was a late developer as a cricketer. He never played at school before matriculation and did not take up the game until his late teens when he began working for his father’s construction company in Lahore. His conversion to cricket was a result of Pakistan’s 1965 war with India over Kashmir. It led to the suspension of a major civilian contract for his father’s company. The construction workers who were made idle invited the tall (6ft 4in) son of their employer to join their pickup cricket matches. He proved a natural, and soon he got a trial at the prestigious Government College, in Lahore, and regular club cricket. He confirmed that he did learn in the nets with Farrakh Khan but added “he did not bowl reverse swing but in-cutters. He did not know about reverse swing, or he would have bowled it himself.”
@shoukat please read carefully before commenting. Where did I say Waqar was terrible or not good? my point is that Waqar was never the best. And I am not sure he would have been a good T20 bowler. A good T20 bowler needs guile and variation above all. Waqar was best during death overs when the ball would begin to reverse swing. During a twenty over match, few balls would begin to reverse. The best younis comparison over the past years is lasith malinga. Would you consider malinga to be a legend of the T20 format? The truth is that very few of the people mentioned above would be actual legends in the T20 format. As a nation we have the tendency to over indulge in our ego. Of the people mentioned, only wasim akram, Saeed Anwar, Imran khan, Saqlain Mushtaq could have been legends of this format.
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?
Who better to partner with Anwar than Aamir Sohail? Although Sohail wasn’t as elegant a batsman as his teammate, in his prime he could score just as quickly, and was particularly strong square of the wicket. Sohail’s aggression, which sometimes led to his downfall, would have been perfect for the T20 format. What’s more, his left-arm finger spin would have been more than useful for the team. Sohail was a classic example of a cricketer who was more than the sum of his parts.
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.
The 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, played in Sharjah in UAE, is remembered for a famous last-ball victory for Pakistan against arch-rivals India, with Javed Miandad emerging as a national hero. India batted first and set a target of 245 runs, leaving Pakistan with a required run rate of 4.92 runs per over. Miandad came in to bat at number 3 and Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals. Later recalling the match, he stated that his main focus was to lose with dignity. With 31 runs needed in the last three overs, Miandad hit a string of boundaries while batting with his team's lower order, until four runs were required from the last delivery of the match. Miandad received a leg side full toss from Chetan Sharma, which he hit for six over the midwicket boundary.
Again with Younus’s help he should get the best from an exciting Pakistan line-up. Misbah’s most difficult task is to guide Mohammad Amir, still only in his rehabilitation, back into Test cricket. If he succeeds, Amir and his partner, Wahab Riaz, could become one of the best left-arm opening attacks in cricket history.
This made-in-Pakistan technique upset long-established theory and practice in the art of swing bowling. In doing so, it dramatically tilted the balance of power from batsman to bowler, in three different ways. In conventional swing, the shine on the ball gives a warning to the batsman of how the ball will deviate in the air. When a right-handed batsman sees the shine on the right side of the ball, he or she expects an outswinger which moves away from him or her. In reverse swing, the ball suddenly moves in to the right-hander although the shine is still on the right side of the ball on release.
There was no need for these comments-(perhaps this is why we were cursed with the Akmals later to balance the scales) Moein and Rashid Latif were not the best, they were ok. Just because all 3 brothers were able to play in the Pakistan, it does not make them a curse. If anyone it is PCB's job to find a replacement.
But Iqbal thinks the form book goes out of the window in limited-overs cricket, saying: "The team that plays well on the day wins, not necessarily the best team. To me, it's a 50-50 opportunity."
Unless the writer has any grudge against Inzimam, no team can stop the gentle giant to walk in as a middle order batsman , an anchor and a match winner. Salim Malik's case can be understood as he is a defamed cricketer, otherwise he was head and shoulders above the likes of Ijaz and an automatic choice before Zaheer.
yahya ghaznavi Mar 10, 2017 08:26am you have an image of Saeed Ahmed batting in the first Test against Australia , can you please clarify the name of your staff photographer who took this picture .I am sure Dawn would be having this record . In 1959, Dawn was not published from Lahore , so a photographer must have been detailed to cover this match . Recommend0
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.
Imagine a Pakistan T20 side with Akram, Anwar and Waqar in the ranks. — Photos by Reuters/AFP Pakistan has produced some of the most exciting cricketers the world has ever seen. Many of these players bowed out of the game before the inception of Twenty20 cricket, a format ideally suited to the country's style of play.As Pakistan gears up for the main round of the National T20 Cup, here is a fantasy eleven of former players, who had all the ingredients to rule the shortest format of the game. 1. Saeed Anwar Perhaps one of the classiest openers Pakistan has ever produced, this wristy left-hander from Karachi could score at the rate of knots, and was playing T20 style cricket long before the format became a reality. A wonderful timer of the ball, Anwar was particularly aggressive against spinners and medium pacers, and would have been one of the most successful T20 openers of all time. 2. Aamir Sohail Who better to partner with Anwar than Aamir Sohail? Although Sohail wasn’t as elegant a batsman as his teammate, in his prime he could score just as quickly, and was particularly strong square of the wicket. Sohail’s aggression, which sometimes led to his downfall, would have been perfect for the T20 format. What’s more, his left-arm finger spin would have been more than useful for the team. Sohail was a classic example of a cricketer who was more than the sum of his parts.3. Ijaz Ahmed Carrying the most awkward batting technique I have ever seen, Ijaz was dubbed the 'axe man' for his stance. It is no wonder they called him the butcher from Sialkot. Also a brilliant fielder, Ijaz was pure dynamite when on fire, and could hit any bowling attack to all parts, even the fastest of them. I recall with fondness his low skimming sixers smashed against the Aussies in the World Series Cup Down Under. Ijaz also was useful with his gentle left arm seamers, with a slinging action more awkward than his batting technique. Ijaz scored 10 limited over centuries at a strike rate of over 80, and would have surely been a hit in T20s. 4. Zaheer Abbas This man was pure elegance, and would have been the perfect batsman to follow the dynamic trio. Although the 'Asian Bradman' was a classical batsman in every regard, he could annihilate slow bowlers, which is a fantastic trait for a T20 no.4 batsman. Abbas boasted a limited overs batting average of 47.62. His strike rate, considering how in the 70s most batsmen scored at a snail’s pace, was an astonishing 84.80.5. Javed Miandad The greatest limited overs batsman Pakistan has ever produced, Miandad would have been the man to oversee the late overs assault, holding the batting order together for the hitters. His strength was his cut shots, innovative reverse sweeps, aggressive running, and a steely determination. T20 games often go down to the last ball, and there was no man better than Miandad to finish a game. 6. Mushtaq Mohammad Until Imran Khan came along, Mushtaq Mohammad was considered Pakistan’s greatest all-rounder, and best captain since Abdul Hafeez Kardar. His brain would have proven useful in the think tank. Mohammad was a fine batsman capable of playing an unorthodox stroke or two, and could easily float up or down this T20 lineup. His legspinners were often quite dangerous, as the great West Indies side of the late 70s learned when they were unexpectedly defeated at home thanks to his incredible flippers. Mohammad would have been the X-factor in this T20 side. 7. Imran Khan The captain of this T20 team, Imran would have been the perfect batsman at no. 7. He was capable of handling a crisis, thanks to a strong technique and an even stronger mind, and equally capable of destroying a bowling attack with his big hitting. As a bowler Imran was not only quick but could swing the ball as well, with lethal yorkers in his armory which are crucial in the T20 format. 8. Moin Khan We were blessed to have two world class wicketkeeper-batsmen during the same era: Moin Khan and Rashid Latif (perhaps this is why we were cursed with the Akmals later to balance the scales). Although both Khan and Latif would have made great T20 players, Khan, the lesser keeper, has the edge with his explosive batting. A man for a crisis, Khan has clubbed many sixes for Pakistan over the years, but the one his fans will remember with the most fondness is the hit he smashed against New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup semifinal.He swept sixes off Allan Donald and Glenn McGrath in the 1999 World Cup, a shot Sarfraz Ahmed so effectively plays now. 9. Wasim Akram This man was a genius, and would have been the king of T20 cricket; easily the most sought after signing for any T20 league. Akram began his career during a time when speed guns were not the norm, but was said to be as fast as anyone. Later, he would cut down his pace, possibly to endure the level of non-stop limited overs cricket Pakistan was playing, and made up for it with deadly accuracy and guile. As a fast bowler who could swing it both ways and bowl lethal bouncers and yorkers at will, that too off a short run up, Akram would have been a diamond in T20 cricket. Few batsmen ever had the better of Akram, and his miserly economy rate would have been priceless in this format. What’s more, Akram could hit the ball as hard as anyone, which is an important characteristic for a late order T20 batsman.10. Saqlain Mushtaq Few slow bowlers would dare bowl in the later stages of the of a limited overs game until 'Saqi' came along. Saqlain could play both the role of a container and a wicket taker. His doosra would have made him unique in the T20 format, especially since he would be the only one bowling with a clean action after an ICC crackdown. 11. Waqar Younis Growing up, Waqar Younis was my favorite cricketer. In his prime, no bowler was greater, not Marshal, not Lillee, not Akhtar, not even Akram. Not only was Waqar bowling faster than 150km/h, he was swinging the ball like a banana, and was impossible to play. At his peak, his strike rate was streets ahead of other bowlers. While Akram was dangerous enough to remove a number of top order batsmen, Waqar would run through the middle and later order, achieving victories which felt magical. His inswinging toe crushing yorker was delivered at pinpoint accuracy, and it would have made him a star in T20 cricket. After losing his pace due to injury, Waqar compensated with swing and accuracy. In a nutshell, Waqar was Lasith Malinga times 20.