Pakistan Twitter users lash out at ICC for not including any cricketer from their country in Teams of Decade

Pakistan Twitter users lash out at ICC for not including any cricketer from their country in Teams of Decade

ICC announced T20I, Test and ODI Team of the Decade on Sunday.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Sunday, announced the Test, ODI and T20I team of the decade. India’s current skipper Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to make it to all the three teams. He was also made the Test team’s captain for the way he led the Indian team from the front. MS Dhoni was named the skipper of the ODI and T20I team of the decade.

While 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.

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.

Babar Azam and Sana Mir are two top cricketers from Pakistan

Interestingly, Pakistan’s current all-format captain Babar Azam wasn’t included in the T20I team of the decade. He is one of the top run-getters in T20 cricket for Pakistan and has been constantly scoring runs in the format over the last few years. Rather he was the number one T20I batsman in the ICC Rankings and was overtaken only recently by Dawid Malan.

In Women’s cricket as well, Pakistan had Sana Mir, the cricketer who became the number one in ICC ODI Women’s Rankings for bowlers in October 2018. She played 120 ODIs and 106 T20Is for her country picking 151 and 89 wickets respectively. Apart from these two, a few other cricketers including Younis Khan did well for Pakistan at the international level in the past decade.

But none of them were included in ICC’s team of the decade in any format and for the same reason, the fans from Pakistan lashed out at the world cricketing body.

Here are some of the tweets: