Was the 1999 World Cup squad Pakistan’s best ever?
While the question may be open to debate, it seems Australian great Shane Warne has made his mind up for 9 out of 11 players in his ‘best Pakistan squad over the last 25 years’ are from Wasim Akram’s 1999 squad.
Warne, on his official Facebook page, revealed an 11-man team consisting of his favourite Pakistani opponents, continuing a ‘celebration’ of the best teams he had played against.
The former leg-spinner explained that his selections were based on his on-field experiences against the selected opponents.
“Just to remind you, I have to have played a meaningful game against a player before being selected,” the post said.
Nine out of 11 players from Pakistan’s 1999 World Cup side made the cut in Warne’s team.
Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar — all part of 1999 Pakistan World Cup squad — Aamir Sohail and Younis Khan feature in the eleven.
The Aussie great said it was a dilemma naming the final XI.
“Lots of good players unfortunately miss out,” the post says.
“The toughest player to leave out was my friend and amazing leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, but went with Afridi as the leg spinning all rounder otherwise Saqlain would have had to miss out or would have had to leave out Waqar or Shoaib for Mushie. Razzaq & Azhar Mahmood pushed hard too,” posted Warne.
Warne clarified that he would also select a ‘greatest ever Test team’ which would definitely include Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan, England’s Ian Botham and West Indies’ Viv Richards.
Warne: Pakistan XI- Here’s my best Pakistan team over the last 25 years.
Just to remind you, I have to have played a meaningful game against a player before being selected.
Hence no Botham, Richard Hadlee, Viv Richards or Imran Khan in any teams. I’m sure they will all make my greatest ever test team though, that will be the last team I select…
- S Anwar
- A Sohail
- Younis Khan
- Yousef Yohanna
- Shahid Afridi
- Moin Khan
- Wasim Akram ( C )
- Shoiab Akhtar
- Waqar Younis
Lots of good players unfortunately miss out, the toughest player to leave out was my friend and amazing leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, but went with Afridi as the leg spinning all rounder otherwise Saqlain would have had to miss out or would have had to leave out Waqar or Shoiab for Mushie….
Razzaq & Azahar Mahmood pushed hard too..
Pretty imposing & talented team !!!!