Glory days of Pak cricket are over, says Basit

Published: Friday, April 30, 2004, 17:38 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistani batsman Basit Ali has said that the current national team was devoid of "true world class players" which resulted in its defeat against archrivals India in the recent cricket series.

Basit said it was really surprising that the Pakistani people expected the team to win against India, which had a battery of match winners in their ranks.

"To me the outcome of the series was never in doubt. Because man to man India were a far superior side with loads of experience and spirit. In contrast Pakistan had only one true match winner in Inzamam-ul-Haq and the rest of the players are still not as yet of the highest calibre," Basit was quoted as saying in a local daily.

"There is no class. To me even a dozen Shoaib Akhtars don't come near the calibre of say Wasim (Akram) or Waqar (Younis). So how do you expect to win against a strong team like India?. People like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly have shown their class time and again while in our team they are number of players who are just playing on reputations alone," he said.

The 33-year-old, who played 19 Tests and 50 One-day Internationals, lamented that the glory days of Pakistan cricket went away with the exit of players like Akram, Younis and Saeed Anwar.

"Gone are the days when you had players of the calibre of Akram, Younis, Saleem Malik, Ijaz Ahmed, Anwar, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Rashid Latif or Moin Khan who are all potential match-winners on their day and can turn a match upside down their individual brilliance."

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