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Pakistan - World Cup Ladder
11 Apr 2006
By: Harry Warwick


Team Pakistan
World Cup Claim to Fame:
Won it all in 1992 under the captaincy of Imran Khan.
Two-line Profile:
1. Packed with many young pace bowlers, and probably the largest seam 'stockpile' in the international circuit.
2. Woefully inconsistent.

1) Shahid Afridi
A flamboyant all-rounder who is probably most famous for smashing a blistering 101 off of 37 balls, Shahid Afridi has been able to knuckle down recently, especially against some of the more prominent nations, and has thus gained a permanent place in the Pakistan team. His batting enigma and tendency to up his performance for the big games have made him a must for Pakistan's starting XI.

2) Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq is probably best known for his slow, lumbering singles, but a fantastic series in both formats of the game versus England have ensured that his place, as captain, will be kept throughout the World Cup providing that he is fit.

3) Shoaib Akhtar
Probably the quickest and most deadly bowler in international cricket, Shoaib Akhtar, at times, looks as though he carries the seam attack one-handed. Although his commitment to Pakistan was once questioned, some fantastic figures against England in the recent test and one-day series have proved his critics wrong.

4) Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik is an all-rounder with a lot to offer for Pakistan- he is a useful spinner with a great range of deliveries and is useful with the bat: he often comes in after the fall of the first wicket. Still young at 24, Malik is yet to hit his prime but the World Cup will be the ideal stage for him to show his true class

5) Mohammad Yousuf
Mohammad Yousuf, formerly known as Yousuf Youhana, is the pillar of the Pakistan batting line-up. However, he is quite the opposite of a staunch defender, as many wonderful one-day batting performances have shown, including an unbeaten 141.

6) Abdul Razzaq
One of the most flexible batsmen in one-day cricket, Abdul Razzaq has a vast array of strokes that can push his team home. However, Razzaq's talents aren't confined to the bat, as he has proved himself a top-class bowler through a mixture of pace, accuracy and reverse-swing.

7) Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal, Pakistan's first-choice wicketkeeper, is an explosive one-day batsman who is also handy behind the stumps. He often opens the innings as a pinch-hitter whilst the field is in during the first 15 overs.

8) Younis Khan
A fearless middle-order batsman, Younis Khan has an excellent one-day strike rate of 75. However, it was his top-notch innings of 276 against India that cemented his place in the line-up.

9) Mohammad Asif
Mohammad Asif is a fast-medium bowler who came to the forefront of his country's bowling attack having taken ten wickets in a warm up game versus England. Asif is relatively new to one-day cricket, but, if he continues to make the progress that he is now in the run-up to the World Cup, then he could prove to be a vital figure for his team.

10) Salman Butt
A wristy batsman, of the same mould as Saeed Anwar, Salman Butt racked up a number of large scores in Pakistan's recent series against England, and, at just 21, the World Cup will be a great learning curve for the young man.

11) Rana Naved-ul-Hasan
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is a bowling allrounder who has the ability to cause many top order batsmen trouble with his reverse-swinging yorker. He has also developed a slower-ball and is a very hard bowler to get away at any time during an innings.

12) Faisal Iqbal
Faisal Iqbal is a bright middle-order prospect with a sound defence. However, he has yet to prove himself as a top-flight batsman in the shorter version of the game with a one-day-international average of just 21.

13) Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria is an exciting leg-spinner with lots to offer. He has many different, well-disguised deliveries that have worked well in Pakistan's recent test-series versus England, and is certainly one to watch for the World Cup.

14) Azhar Mahmood
Azhar Mahmood is a strong all-rounder with the ability to bowl with a consistent line and length. However, at 31, he is ageing and the World Cup may be his last chance before some of the younger players break through into the first-eleven.

15) Yasir Hameed
Yasir Hameed is a batsman with little in the way of shot power as he relies, mainly, on timing and elegant strokeplay to get his runs. He has a one-day average of 38 and a top score of 127 not out, proving that Hameed is not to be underestimated.

16) Umar Gul
Umar Gul is one of Pakistan's up-and-coming fast bowlers. He bowls with genuine pace and bounce as well as some outswing with the new ball.

17) Yasir Arafat
Yasir Arafat is an all-rounder who hasn't yet proven himself in the shorter version of the game. However, he does have talent as shown by his first-class averages, but he must start converting those results internationally.

18) Arshad Khan
An off-spinner for whom the World Cup may be his last tournament, Arshad Khan is a conventional bowler. Experienced and practiced, Arshad always acts well as a foil to Pakistan's pace-attack.

19) Imran Farhat
Imran Farhat is a talented opening batsman with a useful one-day-international average of 33. Farhat's cavalier approach, however, is his fatal flaw.

20) Mohammad Sami
Mohammad Sami is a bowler with genuine pace, swing and bounce. However, in the one-day version of the game, he is often wild and handing him the new ball is always a risky decision.

21) Rao Iftikhar Anjum
Yet another addition to the already bulging group of Pakistani fast-bowlers, Rao Iftikhar Anjum has a bowling action similar to that of Glenn McGrath. Anjum has the ability to reverse-swing the ball in rough conditions and could prove a handful if he gets a chance.

22) Taufeeq Umar
Taufeeq Umar is a left handed opening batsman with the ability to drive confidently and cut well. However, Umar hasn't converted his test success into the one-day game, and averages just 25.

23) Jamshed Ahmed
Jamshed Ahmed, at just 17, must be one of Pakistan's brightest left-arm bowling talents. He has had little experience with the ball during first-class games, but has represented his country at under-19 level.

24) Zulqarnain Haider
Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider is yet another young player who stands a chance of making the World Cup team. He has yet to play internationally but has scored a 125 domestically.

25) Shabbir Ahmed
Shabbir Ahmed, throughout his career, has been blighted with constant speculation over his bowling action. He bowls wicket-to-wicket and tends to extract good bounce from relatively lifeless wickets.

26) Hasan Raza
One of the youngest test debutants ever, Hasan Raza is a batsman with great potential. He averages 50 with the bat domestically.

27) Mansoor Amjad
Mansoor Amjad is a young leg-spinner of just 18 years of age. He has had some success domestically but the real test will come when he bowls to some international batsmen.

28) Rafatullah Mohmand
Rafatullah Mohmand is uncapped internationally but his opening talents are no to be underestimated by any opposition. He has not scored to his potential domestically and averages just 28 in the longer version of the game.

29) Anwar Ali
Under-19 World Cup winner Anwar Ali is another young pace bowler waiting for an opportunity to break through into the test team. He took 5 wickets for just 35 runs, the best figures recorded for an Under-19 final.

30) Bazid Khan
A batsman with a solid technique, Bazid Khan has scored an unbeaten triple-century domestically, where most of his career highlights are situated. He has played one test but has yet to score significantly for his country.

31) Mohammad Khalil
Mohammad Khalil is a left-arm medium pace bowler who is yet to perform to the best of his ability at the highest level. He has played two tests and has conceded 200 runs at an economy of over four runs per over.

32) Imran Nazir
Imran Nazir is a promising opening batsman with a delightful array of back foot shot. He is generally considered as a one-day player with his aggressive style, but a lack of footwork has let him down when facing opposition of a higher-class.

33) Mohammad Irshad
22 year old Mohammad Irshad is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who is yet to represent his country internationally. He has enjoyed moderate success at home, but more may have to be done before he can break-through.

34) Misbah-ul-Haq
A middle-order-batsman with a reasonable technique, Misbah-ul-Haq has a good temperament. However, a recent decline in form hasn't helped his chances of making the test team.

35) Shahid Nazir
Shahid Nazir is another fast-medium-paced bowler on the fringes of the national team. He has played eight tests with a bowling best of 7/98, and looks like one to watch for the future.

36) Moin Khan
At 34 years of age, Moin Kahn is past his prime and his time in the national team has been and gone. He is still a competent wicketkeeper with an exceptional batting average, but new blood has signalled his exit from the team.

37) Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez is an opening batsman and a useful offspin bowler who has shown considerable promise when representing his country.

38) Asim Kamal
A batsman content on holding an innings together rather than dazzling with strokeplay, Asim Kamal is a middle-order 'rock'. He has a good test average of 37, but, at 29, one feels his time may be running out.

39) Junaid Zia
A hard working cricketer with genuine promise, Junaid Zia is well-known by his team-mates as the fittest player in the domestic game. He bowls competently with a medium-fast pace, but has, in the past, had some controversy over his action.

40) Riaz Kail
Pakistan Under-19s player Riaz Kail is certainly a player to looks out for in the future. He has performed well for the Under 19s and bowls his off-breaks competently.

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