Pakistan’s legendary left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram was picked among the all-time One-day International (ODI) dream team announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.
Wasim, who also captained Pakistan, captured a whopping 502 wickets in 356 ODIs during an illustrious career as the ICC marked the 40th anniversary of ODI cricket.
To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first ODI, fans around the world have cast their votes on the ICC website for what they consider to be the all-time ODI dream team.
Fans from 97 countries cast almost 600,000 votes between Dec 22, 2010 and Jan 2, 2011.
Three players from Australia and India, two from the West Indies and one each from South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have made the final dream 11 with another Aussie named as 12th man while the momentous “438” game between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg in 2006 has been voted the best ODI yet.
Supporters had the chance to select the dream team from a shortlist of 48 players in different categories and they could pick their favourite game from a choice of 10 memorable matches.
ODI Dream Team:
Opening batsmen: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag (both India).
Middle-order batsmen: Brian Lara, Viv Richards (both West Indies), Ricky Ponting (Australia).
All-rounder: Kapil Dev (India).
Wicket-keeper: Adam Gilchrist (Australia).
Spinner: Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka).
Fast bowlers: Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Allan Donald (South Africa).
12th man: Michael Bevan (Australia),