The Test, ODI and T20I team of the decade was declared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday. The only cricketer to make it to all three teams is India’s new skipper, Virat Kohli. He was also made captain of the Test team for the manner in which he led the Indian team from the front. The skipper of the ODI and T20I team of the decade was called MS Dhoni.
Although many superstar cricketers managed to get a place in the side, in any of the teams, the ICC did not even have a single Pakistan cricketer. This has left Pakistan’s former cricketers and the country’s fans fuming. During the decade, the nation manufactured some of the decent cricketers and according to many, at least a few of them deserved a place in different teams.
Notably, this is the first time the ICC has agreed to consider the vote of the fans to choose the decade team and other prizes. 10 percent of the weighting was given to the votes of the fans, while the vote of the expert panel was considered 90 percent when choosing the team.
Babar Azam and Sana Mir are two top cricketers from Pakistan
Interestingly, in the T20I team of the decade, Pakistan’s new all-format captain Babar Azam was not included. He is one of Pakistan’s top run-getters in T20 cricket and has been regularly scoring runs in the format over the past few years. Instead, he was the number one T20I batsman in the ICC rankings and Dawid Malan only recently overtook him.
Pakistan also had Sana Mir, the cricketer who became the number one in October 2018 ICC ODI Women’s Rankings for bowlers, in Women’s cricket as well. For her country, she played 120 ODIs and 106 T20Is, collecting 151 and 89 wickets respectively.
Apart from these two, in the past decade, a few other cricketers, including Younis Khan, have done well for Pakistan at international level.
But none of them were included in any format in the ICC team of the decade, and for the same reason, the Pakistani fans lashed out at the world cricketing body.