By the way, these are very good sides as any seides chosen as all time great sides would have to be but there are a couple of choices that do not belong in such rarefied circles and one such is Younis Khan. To include him and not include Zaheer Abbas is blasphemy and I do not use the word lightly. I have read all there is to read which is to read which is negative about him and so much more, much much more, which is positive. But more importantly, I have seen him bat and that guy could bat.
I know things have been said about his batting against the fastest bowling in the world. There could be some merit in that but the same holds for so many of the finest batsmen in the world against the really top class fast bowlers at their peak.
I wrote once about Gavaskar's over hyped prowess agaisnt the best fast bowlers at a time when the world had its richest sources of the fast stuff ; and with statistics for people find it difficult to accept, But like Gavaskar Zaheer was an awesome batsman. The fact that hw may not have relished the best of fast bowling does not deny that he was one of the world's best of almost every other type of bowling and arguably amongst the handful who could play the best spinners on all tracks and murder them.
Why should these qualities not count?
Younis Khan is not fit to hold a candle to Zaheer and against the fast bowling Zaheer had to face, Younis would not have survived.
I am sorry but it is true,
The sad bit is that people from Pakistan have forgotten this great player and that makes me feel that in the sub-continent at least it is more important to continue to live in the news and media and be hyped to have a lasting legacy.