ICC Shortlist For All-Time Greatest ODI Team Unveiled
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and dangerous opener Virender Sehwag are among the list of players nominated for an ICC online poll to select the all-time greatest team that coincides with one-day cricket's 40th anniversary celebrations.
Former skipper Sourav Ganguly is also in the list of openers, from which only two will feature in the final dream team.
The ICC’s website is seeking votes from the fans and cricket lovers across the world to pick a dream team from a shortlist of 48 players and choose their favourite game from amongst ten memorable matches.
Fans can choose their dream team and favourite game until 2nd January, with the choices to be announced on 5th January that marks the 40th anniversary of the first-ever ODI match between Australia and England.
"With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 now less than two months away, excitement and interest in the one-day format of the game will certainly intensify. We know that fans will enjoy having the chance to remember some of the great games and great players that have played in ODI cricket during the past 40 years," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.
The Australian ODI team from 1971 will also be presented to the crowd during the innings break of the first ODI match of the series between Australia and England at the MCG on 16th January.
Two matches comprising India (the win over West Indies by 43 runs at Lord's, 25th June 1983 and the victory against Pakistan by five runs at Karachi, 13th March 2004) are amongst the nomination for the greatest ODI match.
The stylish New Zealander Martin Crowe and West Indian great Viv Richards are in the fray for a middle order slot, while attacking wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is pitted against Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.
However, no Indian player has found a place in the shortlist for the slot of middle-order batsmen and fast bowlers, while the legendary Kapil Dev is in the reckoning in the all time greatest ODI team as an all-rounder.
Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh have been shortlisted for the spinner’s role in the dream team.
The two W’s, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are also in the shortlist in the bowler’s category, along side champion spinner Shane Warne.
The shortlist for Dream Team:
Opening batsmen (2) - Saeed Anwar, Sourav Ganguly, Gordon Greenidge, Matthew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Turner.
Middle-order batsmen (3) - Michael Bevan, Martin Crowe, Aravinda de Silva, Inzamam-ul Haq, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards.
All-rounder (1) - Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Andrew Flintoff, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock.
Wicketkeeper (1) - Mark Boucher, MS Dhoni, Andy Flower Adam Gilchrist, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Moin Khan, Alec Stewart, Kumar Sangakkara.
Fast bowlers (3) - Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Waqar Younis.
Spinners (1) - Shahid Afridi, Carl Hooper, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori.
Greatest ODI match of all-time:
West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs at Lord's, 21st June 1975.
India beat West Indies by 43 runs at Lord's, 25th June 1983.
Pakistan beat India won by one-wicket at Sharjah, 18th April 1986.
England won by three wickets against Australia at Sydney, 22nd January 1987.
Australia won by one-wicket against West Indies at Sydney, 12th January 1996.
Australia tied with South Africa at Edgbaston, 17th June 1999.
Pakistan tied with Sri Lanka, at Sharjah, 15thOctober 1999.
India beat Pakistan by five runs at Karachi, 13th March 2004.
Bangladesh beat Australia by five wickets at Cardiff, 18th June 2005.
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