In The Public School
The Slick One

Pakistan's Best XI

Ahsan Butt provides the list.

He has picked perfect openers. The middle order is solid. The first choice bowlers are all there but we get a strange note near the end. Fazal Mahmood?

I think that Shoaib Akhtar should be in his place. Of course, he's an idiot but his ability at peak form cannot be denied. Imagine a Pakistani team which has Imran Khan and Wasim Akram as first-change bowlers and the opening duo is Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Younis!

I still remember the early 90s when Younis was annihilating opponents in Test matches. Akram and Younis would simply divide up the wickets between them. The other Pakistani bowlers didn't even have to bother. And in the late 90s, we got the heir to the throne, Akhtar, firing down thunderbolts on the pitch. The fiery Waqar + Akhtar combination would be hellish for any opposing team from any era.

How can it not be? One can't make a judgment about how to play a shot if one doesn't even see the ball.


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