Azhar Mahmood and Abdul Razzaq choose Imran Khan as a dream partner

LAHORE: The Digital Pairs PCB series for test players has gained great popularity among fans, current and former players, experts and journalists. The campaign entered its fifth phase on Thursday, and supporters were asked to name two SUVs of their choice.

The two multi-talented standouts of the 1990s and early 2000s, Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood, have made their choice.

Azhar, who represented Pakistan in 21 races with 900 runs and collected 39 wickets, recalled that he started playing cricket inspired by the legendary captain and off-road. Imran Khan .

Azhar Mahmood said: I would like to make my dream pair with Imran Khan as I started playing cricket inspired by him. Imran was a hero for me and my favorite cricketer. Among the present lot of bowlers, I choose Shaheen Shah Afridi; I know his capabilities well having worked with him closely [as bowling coach].

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Among the hitters, I choose Babar Azam As my batting partner, he is an exceptional timekeeper and I have seen some special innings played by him from the locker room during my period with the national team as a bowling coach.

Razzaq, who stood firm and made his way to a famous inning save game against India in Mohali in 2005 (spent 346 minutes on the fold) also chose Imran as his bowling partner before selecting another legendary Pakistani cricketer. , the hitting master. Javed Miandad as his batting partner.

In 46 test appearances, Razzaq scored 1946 runs and took 100 wickets.

Abdul Razzaq said: I want to thank the PCB for initiating the campaign which is a great way of acknowledging Test stars. During my career, I played with many great cricketers and I consider it a matter of pride and honor, my dream was to bowl with in tandem with Imran Khan.

Among the hitters, I choose Javed Miandad , he was a legend of Pakistan and world cricket and it would have been an honour to have batted with him."

The goal of the Dream Pairs activity is to recognize the services of Pakistan's ancient and current cricket stars. Ahead of the SUVs, spinning campaigns, fast bowlers, openers, and medium-order hitting pairs received a tremendous response.

Among the starters, 90s hitting greats Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail (minimum rating of 1,000 runs as first game) came out as the most popular pair.

The famous left-handed couple was followed by Saeed Anwar's pairing with Majid Khan, considered to be one of the most stylish and productive openers produced by Pakistan.

Among medium-order hitters (2,500 median-run minimum rating, three-to-seven batting positions), Pakistan's famous medium-order batting duo, the highest in testing Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf emerged as the most popular couple followed by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, a pair who remained the backbone of Pakistan Test's hitting in recent history.

The legendary fast bowling duo of Wasim akram and Waqar Younis Who shared 787 Test wickets between them was rated the most popular fast bowling pair in Pakistan Test history, while Mohammad Asif was chosen to share the ball with Wasim as the second most popular fast bowling pair.

Among the spinners, the late legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir and off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq were rated as the most popular dream pair followed by the pair of Saqlain and leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.

The qualification criterion for both fast bowlers and spinners was a minimum of 75 Test wickets.

The two-day long all-rounders campaign will be followed by most popular wicketkeeper and captain.