Junaid Khan reveals his all-time Pakistan T20I XI

From Imran Khan to Wasim Akram, Pakistan has produced some of the best talents in the cricketing world. No wonder picking an all-time XI for the ‘Men in Green’ is a challenging task. Not so long ago, Junaid Khan was asked to select his all-time Pakistan XI but for the shortest format, and the 31-year-old…

Junaid Khan reveals his all-time Pakistan T20I XI

From Imran Khan to Wasim Akram, Pakistan has produced some of the best talents in the cricketing world. No wonder picking an all-time XI for the ‘Men in Green’ is a challenging task. Not so long ago, Junaid Khan was asked to select his all-time Pakistan XI but for the shortest format, and the 31-year-old had no problem whatsoever in revealing his team.

Starting with the openers, Junaid mixed youth with experience by naming Babar Azam and Saeed Anwar as opening batters. Babar has already proved his dexterity across formats. On the other hand, Anwar never played a T20 game, but his aggression at the top-order was enough to puzzle any bowler during his playing days.

Junaid went with the all-rounder duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik for the third and fourth place, respectively. Both Hafeez and Malik are veterans of the T20 format who have played all around the world in various leagues.

Even in the international circuit, both the players are the leading run-scorers for Pakistan. While Hafeez has 2388 runs to his credit, Malik has amassed 2355 runs.

For the wicketkeeping duties, Junaid gave the responsibilities to Mohammad Rizwan, who has been remarkable this year. After Rizwan, Junaid picked out of favour batsman Umar Akmal.

The left-arm pacer further named former international Shahid Afridi for No. 7 slot. Afridi is the leading wicket-taker for his nation, with 97 scalps under his belt..

Among the bowlers, Junaid went with three pacers and one specialist spinner. He picked Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir as fast bowlers and Saeed Ajmal as the lone spinner. Both Gul and Ajmal are Pakistan’s second and third highest wicket-taker in T20Is. Both the bowlers have taken 85 scalps in the shortest format.

Here is Junaid Khan’s all-time Pakistan XI:

Babar Azam, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir.

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Some People Have Mental Constipation – Salman Butt Hits Out At Michael Vaughan

Salman Butt, a former Pakistan cricketer has responded to former England skipper Michael Vaughan’s scathing remarks on Twitter and described the “match-fixing” jibe as a “below the belt” hit. Salman Butt, in a video on his Youtube channel, had questioned Michael Vaughan’s remarks on India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. Michael Vaughan, in an interview on Spark Sport, had said that had Kane Williamson been an Indian, he would be called the world’s best batsman, directing that Virat Kohli’s huge fanbase in India is the reason most believe he alone is the best in the world.

Some People Have Mental Constipation – Salman Butt Hits Out At Michael Vaughan

Salman Butt, a former Pakistan cricketer has responded to former England skipper Michael Vaughan’s scathing remarks on Twitter and described the “match-fixing” jibe as a “below the belt” hit. Salman Butt, in a video on his Youtube channel, had questioned Michael Vaughan’s remarks on India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Michael Vaughan, in an interview on Spark Sport, had said that had Kane Williamson been an Indian, he would be called the world’s best batsman, directing that Virat Kohli’s huge fanbase in India is the reason most believe he alone is the best in the world.

Michael Vaughan (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Salman Butt Said Michael Vaughan Picked The Topic In The Wrong Context And His Reaction Was Below Average And Below The Belt

Salman Butt, in a video on his Youtube channel on Saturday, asked Michael Vaughan to back his remarks with necessary statistics and called his remarks “irrelevant”. In response, the former England captain took to social media and slammed Salman Butt for “corrupting” the sport with “match-fixing”

Now, in another video uploaded on his Youtube channel on Sunday, Salman Butt responded to Michael Vaughan and said that some people have “mental constipation”.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

“I don’t want to get into details. I just want to say that he’s picked the topic in the wrong context. There is no justification for a reaction like this. This is very below-average, below-the-belt. If he wants to live in the past and wants to talk about it, he surely can. Constipation is an illness. Things get stuck and they don’t come out that easily. Some people have mental constipation. Their minds are in the past. That doesn’t matter,” Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel.

Salman Butt, who played 33 Tests, 78 ODI, and 24 T20Is for Pakistan and is believed to have sharp analytical skills, explained that Virat Kohli is the best because he has the record to be called the best. Salman Butt is a Pakistani cricket commentator, cricketer, and former captain who played for Pakistan national cricket team between 2003 and 2010, before getting banned for five years for his involvement in the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Salman Butt: There Wasn’t Any Need For Michael Vaughan To Take The Matter Of Comparing Two Great Cricketersw Into A Different Direction

The 46-year old Michael Vaughan has commented that Kane Williamson is behind Virat Kohli only because he is not an Indian. The 2005 Ashes-winning captain feels that most people say Virat Kohli is the best to get more likes and followers. He claimed that Kane Williamson is equally the best all-format player and admired the Kiwi skipper for his humility and calmness at whatever he does.

“We spoke about two great players and there was no need to take it into a different direction. But he has opted to. The year he has mentioned, he can go on. It’s the past and it’s gone. But that doesn’t change the actual fact, which we spoke about. Had he provided some statistical presentation, some logic, some experienced-based observation, it would have been better. We too could have learned something.”

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New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson (L) hugs India’s captain Virat Kohli after New Zealand’s win (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)
“Had he spoken about cricket and proved us wrong or proved himself right, it would have been fun. But that didn’t happen. To go below the belt is an option everyone has. It just defines what you pick to do, it defines you. Now that he has done, it, he can keep on doing it as much as he can. It doesn’t affect anyone, but he has just defined himself,” he signed off.

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will come head to head in the much-anticipated World Test Championship final on June 18 in Southampton.

Virat Kohli has aggregated 7,490 runs from 91 Tests at a remarkable average of 52.37. The impressive tally includes 27 tons besides having a record seven double-tons in Tests. His highest score of 254* came against South Africa in 2019. Kane Williamson has scored 7,115 runs from 83 Tests with the best score of 251. In fact, Kane Williamson has a better Test average than Virat Kohli (54.31). He owns 24 tons and four double-centuries.

Notably, the ICC had banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Asif for 10, 7, and 5 years respectively, which was later reduced after they were found guilty of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test in 2010.

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