Former Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis selected his modern ODI playing eleven, with only one fellow countryman making the cut.
In a tweet, Waqar revealed his preferred line-up of contemporary players, which includes three players from Australia and England each, as well as two cricketers from India. However, the former pacer only picked one player from Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh respectively, with New Zealand’s Martin Guptill as the twelfth man.
The 44-year-old selected left-arm bowler Mohammad Amir as the lone representative from the Men in Green.
Mustafizur..12th.M Guptil. My modern day ODI #World12 you agree ?
— waqar younis (@waqyounis99) September 3, 2016
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Waqar, who was a vocal advocate for Amir’s return to international cricket following the spot-fixing controversy of 2010, oversaw the early stages of the young pacer’s comeback.
Joining Amir in the pace attack are fellow left-armers Mitchell Starc and Mustafizur Rahman.
Other players in the squad include David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Moeen Ali. However, Twitter users were quick to point out notable names which Waqar omitted from his squad.
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One household name which the former coach did not include was of England batsman Joe Root.
@waqyounis99 no Joe root … Moin in world X1… hmmm….can’t agree on that
— Waqas ur Rahman (@WakasRahman) September 3, 2016
@waqyounis99 I think rohit won’t be fitting in this playing XI; root is in fantastic form n he can replace ro-hit.
— Danish Lalani (@danishlalani) September 3, 2016
@waqyounis99 Joe Root instead of Rohit…!
— Sarfraz Ahmad (@sarfrazrandhawa) September 3, 2016
@waqyounis99 why not root? He is more consistent i guess
— Sam Khan (@osamasiddiquefm) September 3, 2016
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Others also pointed out how India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was left out as well.
No Dhoni @waqyounis99
— Mrs. Shah Rukh Khan (@SRKkiSoni) September 3, 2016
@waqyounis99 @SRKswarrior1 Dhoni
— #SRK21Million (@cricketharshit) September 3, 2016
And even though many agreed on the overall outlook of the playing eleven, the inclusion of Sharma was a point of contention, with suggestions of replacing him with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson or South Africa’s Hashim Amla.
@waqyounis99 you forgot Kane Williamson he should be there instead of rohit cause he can bat anywhere not a flat track bully like rohit!
— Manzoor Syed (@manzoor2599) September 3, 2016
@waqyounis99 Williamson in place of rohit
The rest looks good
— mohid pirzada (@PirzadaMohid) September 3, 2016
@waqyounis99 why rohit …why not amla….but your team is nice world eleven….
— waqar haider (@wnaqvi110) September 4, 2016
Courtesy : Express Tribune