ESPNcricinfo Reveals Pakistan’s Greatest Test XI From 1990 To 2020

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A team of experts at ESPNcricinfo revealed what they called Pakistan’s greatest Test XI from 1990 to 2020 and so, we have a look at the dream team and see if there are some surprises there.

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So, Who Made It To Pakistan’s Greatest Test XI

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Those selected included Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Mohd. Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif (wk), Wasim Akram (c), Saqlain Mushtaq, Waqar Younis and Mohd. Asif.

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Any Surprises There?

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Given its a Test XI; the inclusion of Shahid Afridi ahead of Amir Sohail is almost certain to raise an eyebrow or two.

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See, Amir could always be used as a fifth bowler and also he was pretty much a batsman capable of delivering in all conditions while Afridi was more of an opener (even during his prime) who could only be tried in sub-continent or grounds globally that provided similar conditions.

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Also the inclusion of Mohd. Asif ahead of Shoaib Akhtar is somewhat debatable.

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So, Is Wasim Akram The Right Person To Lead The XI

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Misbah-ul-Haq might have been one of the most successful skippers that the green shirts have seen. Still, he for sure cannot lead an XI that comprises of some big names such as Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif (wk), Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. So, the ESPNcricinfo panel deserves credit for having Wasim Akram as the skipper to lead the concerned XI.