Former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja has chosen Imran Khan as captain of his All Time X1 cricket team.
The criteria for selection is players they have played with, against or have been influenced by. Rameez Raja was part of the squad which won the World Cup 1992 under captaincy of Imran Khan.
“Imran Khan, I have got as an all-rounder, great athlete, I would have given him the captaincy” he said. “I have played ten years under him and he was a great captain.”
Ramiz Raja chose Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag as his opening batsman calling him the “greatest entertainer after Viv Richards.”
He is paired with another Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsman in cricket history.
“Very tight, very solid, over 10,000 Test match runs, and I have played against him,” said Ramiz.
Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Viv Richards is part of the team which Ramiz Raja describes as the “greatest batsman of all time.”
“I played with him with a lot of respect, and was way ahead of his time.”
The list includes Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar whose “records speak for the genius that he was,” and the West Indian great Brian Lara who was a “fantastic batsman and absolutely brilliant against spin.”
West Indian legend Sir Garfield Sobers, who Ramiz said is the “best all-rounder that ever lived”, makes the list.
Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is also part of Ramiz’s team.
The bowlers include the “absolutely brilliant” Malcom Marshal of the West Indies, and Australian Glen McGrath. The spinner is the “deadly” Shane Warne.