Azhar Mahmood and Abdul Razzaq reveal their dream partners


Karachi: Former Pakistan’s all-rounders Azhar Mahmood and Abdul Razzaq have named former captain Imran Khan as their dream bowling partners in the “Dream pairs” campaign.

Azhar who represented Pakistan in 21 Tests scoring 900 runs and collecting 39 wickets recalled that he was inspired by the world-cup winning captain.

“I would like to may my dream pair with Imran Khan as I started playing cricket inspired by him. Imran was a hero for me and my favorite cricketer. Among the present lot of bowlers, I choose Shaheen Shah Afridi; I know his capabilities well having worked with him closely [as bowling coach],” he said.

“Among batsmen, I choose Babar Azam as my batting partner, he is an exceptional timer and I have seen some special innings played by him from the dressing room during my stint with the national team as bowling coach,” he added.

Razzaq who made 46 Test appearances, Razzaq scored 1946 runs and took 100 wickets thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for initiating this unique campaign of acknowledging stars.

“I consider it a matter of pride and honor, my dream was to bowl within tandem with Imran Khan. Among batsmen, I choose Javed Miandad, he was a legend of Pakistan and world cricket and it would have been an honor to have batted with him,” said Razzaq.

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Earlier, the opening duo of Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail was named as the most popular opening pair.

The middle-order pair of Pakistan’s highest Test run-getter Younus Khan and former captain Mohammad Yousaf emerged as the most popular middle-order pair.

The legendary fast bowling duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis who shared 787 Test wickets between them was rated as the most popular fast bowling pair in Pakistan Test history.

Among the spinners, the late legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir and off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq were rated as the most popular dream pair followed by the pair of Saqlain and leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.

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