Mushtaq Ahmed (PAK)

A bubbly, chubby leg spinner with googlies aplenty, Mushtaq Ahmed is styled on his hero Abdul Qadir, whom he succeeded in the team. He is a match winner with a full house of leg spin variations. At his best he is not far behind Shane Warne, but he does not get the in-drift and rip that makes Warne unique and he gets less bounce because of a lower arm. Mushtaq has also suffered the vagaries of the Pakistan system. But his enthusiasm remains undimmed, despite being out of the team since a poor run of form in 2000-01.

Some of his most memorable performances have been away from home, in England and Australia, and he played a key role in propelling Imran Khan’s Tigers to World Cup glory, memorably snaring Graeme Hick with one of his googlies. In 2003 he became the first bowler in five years to take 100 wickets in the English season, a return which was instrumental in guiding Sussex to the first Championship title in their history. Mushtaq is a compact though not especially competent batsman who fends too gingerly to hint at permanency at the crease.

“Mushie” joins a long line of legendary Pakistani bowlers to turn out for Lashings.