The new stars of Pakistan

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Saeed Anwar. LHB. Age: 27. Has only played 14 Tests, in spite of making his debut in 1990-91. Not chosen for the 1992 tour. Gifted strokeplayer used more in one-day internationals, but he and Aamir Sohail form what Wasim Akram regards as world's best opening pair.

Shadab Kabir. LHB. Age: 19. Scored 74 against England in a World Cup warm-up match in Karachi, and underlined potential when he made a fluent 99 against Northamptonshire last week. A player for the future, but could find a place in middle-order if either Ijaz Ahmed or Asif Mujtaba falter.

Saqlain Mushtaq. Offspin bowler. Age: 19. His 74 in partnership with Shadab Kabir against Northamptonshire was a bonus. He is primarily a bowler already rated one of the best off-spinners in the game, who could play a highly effective second fiddle to the leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.

Mohammad Akram. Right-arm fast bowler. Age: 21. No relation to his captain. Like Saqlain Mushtaq he made Test debut last winter. He will be challenging Ata-Ur-Rehman, a late call-up for the 1992 tour, for the third seamer's slot behind Wasim and Waqar. Said to be quicker than both of them.

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