No Pakistani in ‘ICC Teams of the Decade’


Karachi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the teams of the decade of all three formats. No player from Pakistan has been named in each of these teams.

The sides are picked by the ICC’s Voting Academy of journalists and broadcasters. The XI has been selected based on performances from January 1, 2011, and October 7, 2020.

Men’s T20I side of the decade

Players from six countries have made it into the final XI with India having the most representation (4) in the team.

The side is led by former Indian captain and wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni while surprisingly Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and India’s Jasprit Bumrah have been named.

From India, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been named in the XI while Australia’s limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch is also part of the team along with his teammate Glenn Maxwell, while South Africa has a sole representation in AB de Villiers.

West Indies T20 superstars Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle also make it to the XI, along with Sri Lanka veteran quick Lasith Malinga.

Men’s ODI side of the decade

India again has the most representatives in the XI with Rohit,Kohli and Dhoni while Australia (David Warner & Mitchell Starc) and South Africa (AB de Villiers & Imran Tahir) have the second-most representatives with two players each.

Bangladesh, New Zealand, England, the current world champions, and Sri Lanka all have a player each in the XI.

Men’s Test side of the decade

England have most representatives in the XI, with Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson all included in a team led by Kohli.

Australia’s Steve Smith, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and former Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara are the only representations from the country.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin was selected ahead of Australia’s Nathan Lyon while South Africa’s Dale Steyn was the other specialist pacer included in the side.

Shockingly, Pakistan’s Yasir Shah, who has been nominated as ICC Test player of the decade is not named in the side.

Meanwhile, ICC has also named women’s limited-overs sides, men’s and women’s associate player of the decade.

The rest of the ICC Awards of the decade will be announced tomorrow.

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