Legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis recently selected his all-time Pakistan Test XI, a list that includes some illustrious names but had just two current active players in the eleven with the most surprising omission being his own name.
The pacer who played 87 Tests and 262 One Day International (ODI) matches picking up 373 and 416 wickets respectively during a 14-year career used the occasion of his country's 400th Test match to announce the best XI players he has seen turn out for the country in the longer format of the game.
Superstar batsman Younis Khan and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed were the only active players named in the side with Imran Khan picked to lead the team. The paceman chose Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Anwar as his openers, providing a right/left combination at the top, followed by Younis Khan at three with Javed Miandad coming in at number four.
Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf were selected to bat at six and seven respectively with the all-rounder spot being filled by Imran Khan. The bowling line-up too looked good with Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar rounding up the pace trio and Abdul Qadir providing the spin option.
There were a number of high profile absentees too, with Waqar not selecting himself along with Misbah-ul-Haq, Saqlain Mushtaq, Moin Khan and Zaheer Abbas who could have easily featured in the side.
Waqar Younis All-Time Pakistan Test XI:
1) Hanif Mohammad
2) Saeed Anwar
3) Younis Khan
4) Javed Miandad
6) Mohammad Yousuf
7) Imran Khan (c)
8) Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)
9) Wasim Akram
10) Abdul Qadir
11) Shoaib Akhtar