hile a lot of superstar cricketers managed to get a place in the side, ICC didn’t include even a single Pakistan cricketer in any of the teams. This has left the former Pakistan cricketers and the fans in the country fuming. The country produced some of the decent cricketers during the decade and at least a couple of them deserved a place in different teams according to many.
Former Pak pacer, Shoaib Akhtar also expressed his disapproval with ICC T20I Team of the Decade after Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was left out of the list.
According to ‘Rawalpindi Express’, the governing body of cricket announced the IPL XI rather than the shortest format World team. Pakistan players did not find any spot in ICC Team of the Decade across all formats including women cricketers.
“I think ICC forgot that Pakistan is also a member of ICC and they also play T20I cricket. They did not pick Babar Azam, who is currently the number one batsman in the ICC T20I rankings. They did not pick a single player from Pakistan in the team. We don’t need your (ICC) T20I Team of the Decade because you announced the IPL team, not a world cricket team,” Akhtar said on his official YouTube channel.
Notably, this is the first time that ICC decided to consider the fans’ vote to pick the team of the decade and other awards. 10% of the weightage was given to the fans’ votes while the expert panel’s vote was considered 90% while picking the team. Moreover, none of the Pakistan Women cricketer made it to the ODI and T20I team of the decade in Women’s cricket.