Pakistan’s all-time T20I XI with best performance at International level.
The players have been picked on the base of performance rather than looking at favourite ones. Yes picking up favourite ones would have been choice but this XI is all about performances at International level.
Imran Nazir is favourite among openers but he has no background of much performance to his name as he has played only few games for Pakistan. So that means we are not going to pick him anyways.
How many openers did Pakistan play from 2005 to till now. Well there are many names like Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, and Babar Azam. So we are going to pick only two among them.
Well we have chosen three openers among Ahmed Shahzad, Muhammad Hafeez and Babar Azam. As Muhammad Hafeez has been playing his cricket in middle order since last few years so we are going to pick Ahmed Shahzad and Babar Azam who is considered to be Pakistan’s Test captain as our openers in the Pakistan’s all-time T20I XI.
Obviously 1 down goes to Muhammad Hafeez with second best runs for Pakistan. He is second highest run scorer for Pakistan so picking him is easiest task to do.
Umar Akmal is at 2 down, he has 3rd highest runs for Pakistan in this format and with higher average than Muhammad Hafeez so he comes at 2 down.
Shoaib Malik comes at 3 down, he is Pakistan’s highest run scorer in this format with more than 2000 T20I runs. It was easiest pick though.
Shahid Afridi: he is our first choice allrounder. Not only Pakistan’s but he could have easily features in all time T20I of combined International XI. So he is the man to go with.
Sarfaraz Ahmed: with the brilliant record of winning ratio, he is our skipper in this XI and will keep the wickets as well. Although we could have easily named Shahid Afridi as captain but it would have been injustice to him so Sarfaraz Ahmed is the man.
Imad Wasim: While picking Imad Wasim one thing is pretty sure that we may end up with more spinners in the XI, since this XI is all about performances then Imad Wasim has better numbers and performances to his name.
Wahab Riaz: He is Pakistan’s second choice fast bowler, probably best after Umar Gul with performance and brilliance while bowling in last overs.
Umar Gul: Umar Gul is all time best T20I bowler, according to rankings he is at the top of all time T20I bowlers in the world so he is first pick.
Saeed Ajmal: he is the man to go with, what a performer he was. Never have seen any such player in the history of this format.
Pakistan’s all-time T20I XI
1: Ahmed Shahzad
2: Babar Azam
3: Muhammad Hafeez
4: Umar Akmal
5: Shoaib Malik
6: Shahid Afridi
7: Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK-C)
8: Imad Wasim
9: Wahab Riaz
10: Umar Gul
11: Saeed Ajmal