Dubai, July 20: It seems the 'All Time Greatest Test Team', named by an online poll has already stoked up controversy with former England captain Alec Stewart slamming it as a travesty and a joke.
Stewart expressed shock and surprise that such an elite grouping could actually exclude the likes of Gary Sobers and Malcolm Marshall.
"What a joke team," Stewart said on Twitter. "No Viv Richards, Gary Sobers, Malcolm Marshall to name but three."
It does seem ironical that a sport that has endured for 134 yeas could include just one pre-1970s player in the great Sir Donald Bradman after polling to commemorate the 2000th Test Match, which will begin at Lord's between India and England on Thursday.
One Pakistani, two West Indians, four Australians and four Indians made the list but none of the fearsome quartet of West Indian fast bowlers of the 1970 and 1980s — Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Andy Roberts — were chosen. Surprisingly, not as single Englishman made the cut.
The team was chosen by more than a quarter of a million public votes on ICC's website and CEO Haroon Lorgat admitted that the demographic of the electorate played a huge role in the omission of some great names.
"Selecting from such greats is no easy job, and not surprisingly, the selection mainly reflects modern players seen by present day supporters. There are many greats from the past who would have easily merited selection in this team," he said.