Collecting the all-time XI has never been the easiest task, especially for a country with a rich history of cricket like Pakistan.
As such, we’ve enlisted the help of our social media followers to choose XII. More than 30 players were considered as we opened the voting floor.
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Here is the all-time Pakistan Test XI based on the selection considered with the preferences of our followers
Openers: Saeed Saeed Anwar, Hanif Mohammad, Mohammad Hafeez, Mudassar Nazar, Mohsin Khan, Majid Khan
Middle order: Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Azahar Ali, Mohammad Yusuf, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Salem Malik, Asad Shafiq
Wicketkeeper: Rashid Latif, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Moin Khan, Kamran Akmal, Wasim Bari
Spinners: Saeed Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Abdul Qadir, Danish Kanaria
, Pacers: Imran Khan, Sarfaraz Nawaz, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Fazal Mahmood
The last eleven
Saeed Anwar – Opener
The left-hander’s great timing and placement feature in the batting style of Soumya Anwar is Larks. His career began in a disastrous fashion in 1990, when he made his Test debut against the West Indies.
He was not dismissed in Tests until 1994 and returned with a push in reply to his 199 against New Zealand in the Basin Reserve. With 11 tons in just 91 innings, Anwar established himself as one of the best openers in the business. Sadly, a personal tragedy in 2001 forced the batsman to retire prematurely. Although he was back in the ODI format, Anwar could not play any more Tests for Pakistan.
Hanif Mohammad – Opener
Hanif Mohammad could hardly do anything at this cricket ground where he was able to bowl some off-spinners besides keeping all-rounder wickets. However, he really excelled with the bat and the batting has made him one of the first real cricket superstars in Pakistan.
An opener who recorded 12 tons in 55 Tests, Mohammed’s greatest achievement came in 1958 against the West Indies in Bridgetown. The right-hander, who spent more than 15 hours at the crease, became Pakistan’s first triple centurion in a marathon innings of 337 runs. A year later in Karachi, he was first run out for 499 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – a first-class record of 499 for 35 years before Brian Lara’s unbeaten 501 for Warwickshire in 1994.
Zaheer Abbas – Middle Order
Asian Don Bradman All you need to know about Zaheer Abbas’s talent with the bat was always labeled him. The offensive and stylish batsman who liked to trade at the boundary was a sight to behold when the right-hander was in full flow.
Equally strong on the first leg and back foot, Abbas’s talent was evident in his second Test when he hit a double ton against England at Edgbaston (1971). The Pakistani man was particularly keen to change his style when playing against India, with six of his 12 overall Test tons coming against arch-rivals.
He is the only Asian batsman to score a first-class century. Abbas is one of the best batsmen to emerge from the country since he left the Pakistan Test team in 1986.
Younis Khan – Middle Order
While scoring a century during his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2000, Younis’ brilliance really began to come on a more consistent basis in late 2004.
Between 2004 and 2015, he averaged more than 50 at bat every year (2012). Since his retirement in 2013, the right-hander has established himself as the best Test batsman in Pakistan with 10,099 runs and 34 centuries.
He was one of the main pillars of the Pakistan team that achieved the No. 1 ranking in Tests. Earlier, like Zaheer Abbas, Younis also had a tendency to save for the match against India. He averaged 6 against the Indians with five centuries, including a match-winning 2267 in Bangalore in 2005.
Javed Miandad – Middle Order
In the first Test innings against New Zealand in 19 Javed6, Jazvik Miandad played his great Test innings. In the third Test of the series, his star was further enhanced by scoring 20 and 75 runs against the same opponent.
After his explosive introduction to international cricket, Miandad rarely set that high standard on his first series slip. His career batting average has never dropped below 50 and by the time he retired he had scored nearly 9,000 runs at an average of 52.57.
The real match-winner, who got the best performance in both Test and ODI formats, when the team needed Miandad the most. Although Younis finally managed to surpass the tops of his runs and centuries, Miandad is considered to be the best batsman of all time to donate Pakistan’s jersey.
Mohammad Yusuf – Middle Order
A part of the great middle order consisting of Yunus Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yusuf was a rock who liked to bat big.
The elegant right-hander had an almost relaxed style that made batting easier when in full flow. With an average of over 52, his return of 530 runs is admirable in itself, Yusuf’s top spot was something else.
In 2006, he registered an astonishing nine tons in 11 Tests and scored 1,786 runs in the process. It remains by far the most obscure calendar year of any batsman in Test history, both in terms of runs and centuries.
Moin Khan – Wicketkeeper
Although Sarfaraz Ahmed and Kamran Akmal scored more runs, Moin Khan agreed to bat with the tail.
By no means is he the most elegant of the batsmen, but the right-hander was strong effective for the most part. Although he had to compete with Rashid Latif regularly for the wicketkeeper’s slot, Moin did not win often due to his superior batting skills.
Four centuries and 15 fifties in 104 innings are not really the most profitable, although it came at an age where wicketkeepers were not expected to be the best with the bat.
Imran Khan (C) – Fast bowler / all-rounder
A man who is now the Prime Minister of the country, Imran Khan’s leadership skills were evident from the day of his cracking. He is the greatest captain of Pakistan and the best cricketer of all time.
Among the best all-rounders of all time, Imran Khan is at the top of the pile with an average of 38 batting and a bowling average of 22.61. With a skilled batsman on his right, Imran Khan could have been the only batsman in the team.
Although his pace slowed down a bit in the second half of his career, Imran Khan got better as a cricketer with age. In his final ten years in cricket, the all-rounder averaged over 50 with the bat and 19 with the ball.
Abdul Qadir – Spinner
In an era where wrist-spin had moved away from fashion, Abdul Qadir reinvented it with his artistic ball. The leg-spinner had every known difference in his arsenal, be it googly, flipper or straighter.
When he bowled at an average of 51.52 against India, Qadir was a thorn in the side of the then English batsmen. Eighty of his 2366 Test scallops came against England, including a career-best 9-5-5 in Lahore in 1989.
These figures still remain the best produced by any Pakistani bowler in history, and will probably test time.
Walker Younis – pacer
Walker Younis made a name for himself as one of the best supporters of the reverse swing after starting his career as an out and out fast bowler. Learning the art through Imran Khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz, this pacer amazed a lot of batsmen with his swing and two-crushing yorkers.
Of all the bowlers who have been sacked in at least 200 Tests, Walker’s strike-rate has made South Africa’s Dale Steyn better. For the best part of the 1990s, he formed a deadly partnership with Wasim Akram for Pakistan.
The stumper, who prefers to bowl on stumps, ended his Test career with 363 wickets at an average of 23.56.
Wasim Akram – Fast bowler
Arguably the best left-armed fast bowler to play cricket, Wasim Akram has mastered both swing and sim in his nearly two-decade-long career.
This Lahore-born fast bowler could move the ball in two ways with a bowling action that was in the poem of speed. With 414 scalps, Akram is Pakistan’s all-time leading wicket-taker. He was equally significant in the ODI format, and was dismissed at the end of 502 dismissals.
Although his bowling prowess was duly praised, he had no mugs in his left-handed bat. He recorded three Test tons in his career, including an unbeaten 257 against Zimbabwe. The most terrifying new ball in Pakistan’s business in the 1990s was with him and Walker.
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