Tauseef Ahmed and Mushtaq Ahmed name their Dream Pairs
Pakistan Cricket Team (PCB) Dream Pairs contest for Test players has gained great popularity among the cricket fans, current and former players, analyzer, and journalists. Pakistan’s Former Test off-spinner Tauseef Ahmed named his former colleague Iqbal Qasim as his dream partner before naming former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as his other partner. Mushtaq thanked Tauseef for nominating him as his spin bowling partner and named former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and the leading Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah as his two dream bowling partners.
- Former Test off-spinner Tauseef Ahmed names Iqbal Qasim and Mushtaq Ahmed as his dream bowling partners.
- Mushtaq chooses Saqlain Mushtaq and Yasir Shah
Tauseef Ahmed, who took 93 wickets in a 34-match-long Test career, said: I am very lucky that in my career I played with the likes of Abdul Qadir and Iqbal Qasim. If asked to pick one spinner as my partner, I would go for Iqbal Qasim who partnered with me in the famous 1987 Bangalore Test win. The performance we gave in that Test match is for all to see and remember. Iqbal remained very helpful and mentored me throughout my career. I would also like to choose Mushtaq Ahmed as my other partner. Although I didn’t play much with Mushtaq, I always admired his skills and temperament. Mushtaq was a very exciting player and never used to get fazed by any situation. He was an attacking bowler who used to take on the batsmen and crack jokes while bowling. We played together for UBL and Mushtaq’s temperament and bravery always stood out for me.
Mushtaq Ahmed, who took 185 wickets in 52 Tests, said: I want to thank Tauseef Ahmed for his complements for me. When I started playing for UBL he was there as a mentor, role model, and someone who always supported me. Among former cricketers, I would like to name Saqlain Mushtaq as my bowling partner. Although I played a few matches with Abdul Qadir, I chose Saqlain as Qadir and I were similar bowlers while Saqlain being an off-spinner provided variety. Saqlain and I featured in a lot of matches and were part of many victories. Among recent cricketers, I would want to bowl with Yasir Shah. Yasir has sped his way to 200 wickets in Test cricket and has broken many records. It would be an honour for me to bowl with Yasir.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) brings an exciting opportunity for the cricket fans to come up with their favorite combinations in the Dream Pairs campaign, which begins on 29 April (Wednesday) at 2 PM LOCAL. The cricket fans are invited to write down their favorite batting (opening and middle-order) and bowling (pace and spin) pairs from a different generation of cricketers who put on Pakistan’s golden star in Test cricket on the PCB’s official Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter platforms. At the end of the campaign, the cricket fans will also be asked to vote for a wicket-keeper who they would want to watch.
Pakistan has produced some of the greatest cricket players and legends who have gone on to make a mark on the most reputable and honoured format of the game. The players have been shortlisted based on the number of runs that they have scored on certain positions and the number of their wickets.
The campaign criteria are below:
- Opening batsmen (position one and two) with minimum 1,000 Test runs as openers
- Middle-order batsmen (position three to seven) with minimum 2,500 Test runs in the middle-order positions
- Fast bowlers with a minimum of 75 Test wickets
- Spinners with minimum 75 Test wickets
- Wicketkeepers with at least 50 Test dismissals