13 December 2014
Brothers in Arms: Pakistan
In this series we look at the unique list of brothers who have immortalised themselves in ICC Cricket World Cup glory. This month, those who have represented Pakistan.
Two sets of brothers have represented Pakistan on the ICC Cricket World Cup stage
Manzoor and Saleem Elahi played in separate ICC Cricket World Cup on their way to becoming Pakistan’s first set of World Cup brothers.
Manzoor, who played 54 matches throughout his one-day international career, was part of the 1987 Cup squad. The quick played one match during that tournament, taking 1-32.
Younger brother Saleem – who is 13 years Manzoor’s junior - was called up for the 2003 tournament, where he played four matches.
His best knock was 63 against Namibia and he finished the tournament with 102 runs in total. The pair’s other cricketing brother, Zahoor, played 14 ODIs for Pakistan but did not play in a World Cup.
The Akmal brothers: Kamran (2007, 2011) and Umar (2011).
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was the first of the family to step on to the ICC Cricket World Cup stage when he represented Pakistan at the 2007 tournament.
He played three games in the West Indies and four years later, was joined by younger brother Umar Akmal – who is eight years his junior - in Pakistan’s squad for the 2011 World Cup.
Kamran played eight matches during that tournament, with his top score of 55 coming against Kenya, while Umar’s best knock from his seven appearances came in the same match when he scored 71.
Umar accumulated 240 runs throughout the tournament at an average of 48, while Kamran’s World Cup career has seen him amass 249 runs.
Kamran and Umar’s brother Adnan Akmal made his one-day international debut in September 2011, but has yet to take part in a World Cup.
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