Karachi: Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has picked his all-time Pakistan One-day International (ODI) side led by former and only world cup winning skipper Imran Khan.
Chopra, in a Facebook video, picked the side that comprises of 12 players. Left-handed batsman Saeed Anwar and Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas were picked as the openers.
“He (Saeed) once smashed the Indians, a southpaw, an extremely elegant with the capability of playing long innings and a pure match-winner. As an Indian fan, this guy used to scare us a lot as he could smash us with his batting. Along with Saeed, I would pick Zaheer Abbas, we have not saw him bat on many occasions but he was a dangerous player of his time” he said.
He slotted former Pakistan captains Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad at number three and four spots.
“Inzamam numbers are staggering, he was great against the spin and pace. He used to hit like a democratic way, a top-class batsman. Javed Miandad used to hold a bat like a hockey stick but once it gets going it was fantastic,” Chopra added.
“Imran Khan was a great player and a leader, he was a role model. It’s obvious I will go with Imran at number five. At number six, I am going with Shahid Afridi, He was a hit and miss in his batting but became a great bowler later in his career and was consistent throughout,” he maintained.
Wicket-keeper batsman Moin Khan was picked at number seven and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq was slotted at number eight.
“Moin was a street smart cricketer. He was great behind the stumps and had a great sense of the game. Razzaq was a good bowler but he was one of the first who used to clear his front leg and play big shots,” he added.
The legendary fast-bowling trio of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar was also part of the list as front-line bowler whereas Saqlain Mushtaq was picked as the only spinner.
Aakash Chopra’s all-time Pakistan ODI team
Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi, Moin Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar.
It must be noted that Chopra represented India in ten Tests from 2003 to 2004. He scored 437 runs which included two fifties in his short career.