My current World XI will be :-
1. Desmond Haynes
2. Geoff Marsh
3. Martin Crowe
4. Vivian Richards
5. Javed Miandad
6. Allan Border
7. Imran Khan
8. Richard Hadlee
9. Kiran More (wk)
10. Courtney Walsh
11. Abdul Qadir (I do not really want to have Qadir in my team but
I cannot think of any other spinner right now)
the 12th man -- M. Azharuddin
Mark Taylor, Sanjay Manjerakar, Kapil Dev and Wasim Akram will be
I don't think that there is any doubt about the opening pair. Desmond Haynes
is still getting stronger and stronger for this position and Marsh is in great
form these days. I have Taylor in reserves and he is in great form too.
The middle-order seems to very formidable with Crowe, Richards, Miandad and
Border. If any of these go out of form, then Azharuddin and Manjerakar are
there as reserves. But the batting strength does not end here, there are
Imran, Hadlee, and More (still) to follow.
Imran, Hadlee, and Walsh are the best in the world right now, so no question
about that. I am not sure about Qadir's place in the team, but right now
I cannot think of any good spinner playing for any team. I like Maninder also
but I don't know where he stands now. Border and Richards can also help the
spin department. There is not a single match now in which Border does not
bowls and Richards also bowls in almost every match.
Now the big question -- Who will be the Captain? -- I leave it onto the
netters to decide whether Imran or Border should lead the team. As far as I
think, both of them are equally good and Border has already led the Rest of
the World XI once.
-- Manoj Jain.