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Best Ever Pakistan Test Cricket Eleven

There is a bit of hit and miss with this line up and my experience of early Pakistan teams is pretty much limited to the fact that Hanif Mohammed was one of the few test cricketers to top 300 in a test innings in the 1950’s and 60’s. Then of course Javed Miandad became a dominant force in all forms of the game and it is of interest to me that New Zealand’s Peter Petherick was the only bowler to ever trap him LBW in a test in Pakistan. Petherick also took a test hat trick against Pakistan in Lahore in 1976/77 with his victims being – Miandad caught, Wasim Rajah caught and bowled and Intikhab Alam caught at short leg – no bunnies in that lot.

Now for my team:

  1. Hanif Mohammed
  2. Majid Khan
  3. Zaheer Abbas
  4. Javed Miandad
  5. Younis Khan
  6. Imran Khan
  7. Saqlain Mushtaq
  8. Wasim Akram
  9. Wasim Bari
  10. Abdul Qadir
  11. Waqar Younis

Imran Khan would captain the team and 12 man would be Wasim Rajah.

This is a team with a fairly long tail but such is the strength of the top order that runs should not be too much of a problem and the bowling line up is formidable. Maybe current keeper Misbah-ul-haq could have forced his way in ahead of Bari to bolster the batting and others on the fringe were Saeed Anwar, Inzamam ul haq, Mohammed Yousef and Intikhab Alam.

Not quite so contested with the bowlers – but what do you think?

Written by pdm1946

March 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Posted in Sport.

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  1. I refuse to participate in this blatant cultural appropriation. Same with India, Zimbabwe and the West Indies. And please Aussies, lose the emasculating pink ribbon virtue signalling during the Boxing Day test. Can we embattled so-called colonialists please have something to comfort us as we await the “great replacement”? LOLs 🙂


    March 16, 2021 at 10:37 pm

  2. If you have Wasim, Waqar, Qadir and Imran, you don’t need other bowlers. You could stick those four in a World XI and beat all comers.

    That would leave room for your appalling and glaring omission of Inzamam-ul-Haq. What were you thinking?!


    March 17, 2021 at 2:17 pm

  3. By the way, that Peter Pethrick hat-trick is legendary. The only footage I can find of it online is in the documentary From Cloth Cap to Helmet:

    Also featured: Rob Muldoon in the garden, and crappy VHS videos on how to microwave fish for $39.95.


    March 17, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    • I knew Peter Petherick through lawn bowls in the late 90’s early 200s and he told me about the hat trick – I think it is fair to say that he was as surprised as anyone. If you google him Wisden has a quote from Warren Lees about it.

      Inzamam was initially in my team but dipped out to Younis Khan in the final analyses.


      March 17, 2021 at 6:34 pm

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