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My Green Dream Team for Cricket World Cup 2011

With ICC World Cup 2011 fast approaching, this is obvious that all teams are working hard to be the best. The only team which is not focused due to variety of reasons is Pakistan. From last couple of years, non-cricketing incidents, internal rifts, spot fixing and other issues hampered focused approach towards World Cup. Pakistan is under fire on international level and friendly fire from inside which spoiled the very game we all are fond of. Being a Pakistani I am optimistic that our team will come out of it and will perform better than expected.

This is quite true that in last two world cups, Pakistan despite presence of prominent stars failed to perform well. Although on paper our teams were A-One but their internal differences, professional jealousies, in fights and unprofessional approach paid heavy price. We lost key stars in terms of early retirements, our popular coach died and our team lost their association with nation.

In recent past Pakistan was unable to play any international cricket in front of home crowd after major security lapse when Sri Lankan team was attacked. Since then Pakistan is playing international cricket in more hostile environments where Pakistan faces media challenges in terms of negative coverage of their activities.

In my opinion, Pakistan is not under pressure in terms of being considered as favorites, but every team member should realize that our nation needs this cup to lift their moral. After Asian Games win, we can say that Hockey has played its part along with Squash and other sports, but its time for Cricket.

After watching recent series one must say that this is high time to finalize our squad so each member should focus on their preparation and put cent per cent effort. Being a close follower of cricket in all dark and bright days my dream team is as follows.

1-      Muhammad Hafeez – He is a useful all-rounder showed some maturity recently

2-      Taufiq Umar – He has produced some promising opening partnerships with Muhammad Hafeez

3-      Asad Shafiq – Can be used as a wicket keeper. He is a good batsman with excellent technique

4-      Younus Khan – Highly experienced player and motivator plus a reliable slip fielder

5-      Fawad Alam – Played some exciting knocks in Dubai and showed patience on crease

6-      Misbah ul Haq – Highly experienced and senior player can become a backbone of middle order

7-      Umar Akmal – Explosive and Talented player who can lift the game for team

8-      Abdul Razzak – Highly dangerous player who can single handedly win games for Pakistan

9-      Shahid Afridi – Motivator and peaceful captain with all-round capabilities

10-   Abdul Rehman – Showed his strength with ball and bat showed more maturity than Saeed Ajmal

11-   Umer Gul – Highly competitive cricketer. His record is great and bowled exciting spells recently.

12-   Shoaib Akhtar – Not as good as he used to be but still a threat to opponents.

13-   Tanveer Ahmed – Displayed excellent bowling skills in dead pitch of Abu Dhabi recently

14-   Sohail Tanveer – A good player of T20 and One-days and explosive batsman

15-   Wahab Riaz – Emerging all-rounder, little damped by injury and controversies but showed promise

I know that my team might not be the exact one selected by our selection committee but I feel that much of my players will be part of the team. We all should pray for their success and encourage them as they need our faith and support again.

Wish you all the best – My team “Pakistan”.

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