Pakistan’s Shahid Khan Afridi, a leading wicket-taker in cricket World Cup 2011 was included in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup team of the tournament named on Sunday.
Kumar Sangakkara has been named the captain of this team of 12 that also features three Sri Lankans —Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Muttiah Muralitharan.
According to a media release by ICC, the team was chosen by a select group of experts who were given the task of picking a balanced side for sub-continental conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.
South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn also found a berth in the side while India had three representatives, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.
Shane Watson was the only Australian representative while New Zealand pacer Tim Southee was named the 12th man. No England player featured in the team.
Team of the Tournament:Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara , Mahela Jayawardena, Muttiah Muralitharan (all from Sri Lanka), AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn (both South Africa), Shane Watson (Australia), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan (all from India). 12th man: Tim Southee (New Zealand).