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Basit Ali names his Pakistan, India lineups for World Cup match

Basit Ali names his Pakistan, India starting XIs for World Cup ...
Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has named his best Pakistan and Indian teams post 1992, if they were to take part in a hypothetical One-day International (ODI) World Cup match taking place at the Gabba, Brisbane.

While picking his Pakistan team first in a YouTube video, the former cricketer made the selection of wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal as an opener to partner the elegant left-hander Saeed Anwar.

“Saeed Anwar was a top class player and could score anywhere in the world,” Basit said. “People might question the selection of Kamran Akmal but he is a really good player on the back foot and is ideal considering this match will take place in Brisbane.”

Former Pakistan batting greats Mohammad Yousaf and Inzamamul Haq were slotted in at number four and five positions, respectively to form a solid middle-order with current batting sensation Babar Azam.

“Babar Azam is my third pick as he will break all batting records of Pakistan,” he said. “Mohammad Yousuf would bat at four, who was an elegant batsman. Inzamam would bat at number five as he will be part of my all-time Pakistan XI as well and not just an XI post 1992.”

“Shahid Afridi will come at six as he can provide big hitting and bowl leg-spin,” he added.

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Finally, the 49-year-old picked Wasim Akram to lead the side and chose a formidable bowling attack to challenge the strong Indian batting.

“Wasim Akram, who would also be my captain, is at seven and if ever there is an all-time World XI made, he will be part of it,” he said. “I will go with Shoaib Akhtar at number eight because of his pace and ability to reverse swing. Abdul Razzaq would come at nine and can hit lower down the order and bowl medium pace. My spinner would be, the founder of doosra,Saqlain Mushtaq. For the last position, I thought of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif as well, but decided to go with Waqar Younis.”

Meanwhile, former captain Sourav Ganguly was chosen to lead the Indian side, who Basit believes was the best captain the Men in Blue ever had.

Multan Sultans has decided to change its stance regarding how to determine the winner of the now-suspended fifth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

According to details, the board officials recently held a meeting with PSL franchise owners via a teleconference, in order to find a favourable solution for the conclusion of the tournament’s fifth edition. The board made it clear in the meeting that it is eager to ensure that the remaining matches of the tournament take place in December. However, Sultans’ officials, during the meeting, argued that according to the tournament’s playing conditions rule, they should be crowned the champions as they finished top in the points table.

According to sources, Sultans’ also sent an email to PCB after the meeting, in which it reiterated their objection regarding rescheduling the event.

Earlier, owner of Sultans franchise, Alamgir Tareen had also spoken out against staging the knockout matches later in the year as it was not feasible.

"We are yet to have a conversation with the PSL management to assess if and when they can find a window to schedule the playoffs," Alamgir said. "However, we do not see the rescheduling of the playoffs to be practical. If the PSL does identify a window for the playoffs in the later part of the year, who knows which players will be able to come and what the composition of the teams will be."

"Alternatively, if we set apart a week at the beginning of the next PSL and choose to play with newly drafted teams, it will be a part of PSL 6 more than a continuation of PSL 5," he added.

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However, co-owner of Sultans, Ali Tareen on Friday, released a statement through his Twitter account, in which he supported the idea of concluding the tournament on the field.

Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan believes moving up the batting order and participating in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), earlier this year, played a massive role in improving his batting.

The 21-year-old all-rounder displayed rich vein of form with the bat in the now-suspended fifth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL), as he scored 263 runs at an average of 37.57 and a strike-rate of 159.39.

While speaking in a YouTube video, Shadab emphasised that self-belief is the key to success as a batsman.

“I changed my number [in the batting order]. Going to play in BPL has been the best decision of my career so far,” Shadab said. “Even though I didn’t play the initial matches, but I used to bat in the nets there for three to four hours against quality bowlers. I also performed with the bat in some matches, which increased my confidence and gave me self-belief.”

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Australia’s senior batsman Usman Khawaja, in a phone conversation from his home in Brisbane with The Sydney Morning Herald, explained why he spoke up after a new documentary on Amazon Prime brought to light a heated confrontation between Australian coach Justin Langer and top-order batsman Usman Khawaja, before a Test match against Pakistan in 2018.

The 33-year-old claimed that he was speaking up for everyone in the team.

 “I was just speaking up for the team. I've never been the 'yes man' type, but I also don't want to speak unless it's really prudent, especially when the coach or a senior player is speaking,” Khawaja said. “I'll only really speak when I feel strongly about something, and I pick and choose a lot of my battles. It probably came across in the documentary that I spoke up for a couple of things but it was only because I felt personally very strongly about them.”

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The batsman claimed that he had never walked around eggshells with the management but felt voicing his opinion was necessary in the circumstances.

“I was just speaking up for the team. I never walked around on eggshells with JL or I rarely did because I didn't really sit up in the viewing box much anyway even before I batted. I sat downstairs in the change room ... it's just what I do,” he said. “Unfortunately, we had a very quiet group and a lot of the guys spoke up to Painey about what happened but then when Painey brought it up [with Langer], no one wanted to speak up. I remember [Travis Head] speaking up and I was like 'I'm not going to let the guy who's only played three Test matches speak up, one of the senior players has got to speak up'. I was just speaking for the team, I wasn't necessarily speaking for myself on that occasion whereas the first one [in Dubai] was directly for myself as to how I want to be preparing to play.”

Australia’s batsman Aaron Finch claimed that he wanted a proper representation of the behind-the-scenes part of the team in the critically acclaimed documentary.

“I just wrote back and said 'yep, go for it',” Finch said. “I was pretty clear on that from the start. I'd rather it be under-edited than over. Whether it's a blow-up or a confrontation between captain and coach or players, I think that's really important because you want to get what's real out there. The more vulnerability the better.”

The Mianwali-born cricketer shared his experience of leading Islamabad United and also revealed his favourite innings of PSL 5.

“I enjoyed my experience as a captain and my performances also improved because of it as I thrive under pressure,” he said “My favourite moment in PSL was when I scored 77 against Peshawar. I particularly enjoyed scoring against Wahab bhai because we had challenged each other earlier in BPL.”

When Shadab was asked to pick the toughest batsman he has bowled to in his international career, he took the names of Australian batsman Steve Smith and Indian opener Rohit Sharma.

“I had difficulty bowling to Steve Smith as I bowled him in Australia where ball doesn’t spin much,” he said. “After Steve Smith, I found Rohit Sharma to be the most difficult as there is very little margin of error against him. If you bowl into his zone, then he will hit you for a six.”

"Regarding how to finish PSL 5. Finishing at No.1 means we were the most dominant/consistent team, but it doesn’t mean we won. It would be ridiculous for the PCB to just give us the trophy. All 4 teams have the same chance of winning. Trophies should be won, not given," Ali tweeted. "And as I’ve always said, trophies are not important. Helping players develop, giving them a platform and watching them excel is so much more rewarding. So that’s why I want the remaining games to be played later in the year so our local players get more opportunities to shine."

Sources further added that other franchises were surprised after learning about Ali’s recent statement. They said if Multan ultimately had to agree with PCB’s stance, then what was the point of raising objection in the meeting and later though email?

Former Pakistan cricketer decided to demote Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli from their usual batting positions, in order to accommodate the legendary opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

In the end, batting legend Javed Miandad and former Indian cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad were selected to coach their respective country’s team.

Pakistan Team post 1992

Saeed Anwar, Kamran Akmal (wk), Babar Azam, Mohammad Yousaf, Inzamamul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Wasim Akram (C), Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Saqlain Mushtaq, Waqar Younis, Ijaz Ahmed (12th man)

Coach: Javed Miandad

Indian Team post 1992

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly (C), MS Dhoni (wk), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh (12th man)

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