Picking the All-Time Great Pakistan Test XI

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Picking the All-Time Great Pakistan Test XI
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Picking a bunch of players and labelling them as "all-time greats" or the "best" can be dodgy.

After all, how do you define greatness? Or how do you rate someone as the best? Is it based on stats? On strokeplay? On digging their team out of trouble? On a century in testing conditions, against testing opposition at crucial points? It can be a combination of all, because great players usually show a lot of grit and resolve, there is ample silk flowing off their bats and they can usually be counted upon in times of need.

Pakistan’s Test journey started on October 16, 1952 under Abdul Hafeez Kardar. Three days later, India had bowled them out for under 153 for the second time in the match, sealing an innings-and-70-runs win. Nine days later, roles had reversed and Pakistan now had a maiden Test victory, an innings rout of India courtesy Fazal Mahmood’s 12-wicket haul.

From 1952 to 2013, Pakistan has produced 213 Test players. Here we form an all-time XI based on the combination mentioned earlier. However, with limited capacity, a few greats were forced to miss out from the XI...

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