Here are some of our regular contributors picking three past cricketers they would like to bring back to the game.
If Nugget was around now, Shane Warne would be in his shadow. This man was more than cricket, and there aren't too many of those in history. The man was part cricketer, part footballer, part fighter pilot, part ladies man and part Superhero, and all legend.
It's hard not to hear a description of Tiger Bill O'Reilly and not want to watch him bowl. He ran in like a quickie, bowled as fast as a medium pacer, and delivered legspin as good as anyone who has ever played the game. No player ever dominated him.
Hall was not just another West Indian quick, he was West Indian quick bowling. Watching old highlights of him bowling is like watching a mythical creature, brutality, speed, grace, and raw power. They don't make humans like this anymore.
Seeing him in a current Ashes series would be worth its weight in gold. Specially bowling to guys like KP & Ian Bell. They'd be sledged left, right and center. Oh, how we miss that snarl.
Imagine the dressing room antics with him and Warne in an IPL team. What kind of shit would be snorted in those backrooms is anyone's guess.
Just to see what kind of sledging he'd receive for his porky size in an Ashes battle. Would the good Dr. agree to 3rd umpires, referrals and what not when given out...who knows!
Damith, Sri Lanka
So much better than any other batsman who has ever played the game that you can be confident that he would have excelled in any era. It would be fascinating to see how he would cope with the game today – particularly cricket on the sub-continent where he never played. Then there's the thought of him wandering out in a bright yellow shirt in a 20/20 international…
England are crying out for a match winning spin bowler who can actually turn the ball – Freeman could, and he was a leg spinner to boot! Would also help out his native county, Kent, as well.
The West Indies have always been the 'soul' of international cricket, so anything that can be done to strengthen their side is a huge plus, not just for them but for the game in general. He is also the main subject of the greatest book ever written about the game (Beyond a Boundary by CLR James) so anything that can be done to help bring that masterpiece to a wider audience must be seen as a positive.
Mark Smith, England
For the very rare combination of flair, style, effectiveness and crowd-pulling, superstar material. West Indies cricket could use him as a player as much as an icon, and world cricket sure could use a resurgent West Indies
The poor guy never got his due with just four Test matches. I have heard and read so much about him it would really be something to watch him play.
Boy, do Pakistan need a magnetic, loyalty commanding, awe-inspiring leader now or what.
Sreeram R, India
Given the absolute paucity of genuine, quick, iconic fast bowlers around in world cricket today (they are all either injured, sporadic, getting drugged or getting divorced), I would go for three fast bowlers
Pace, guile, swing, accuracy, he's got everything that not just made him a great Test bowler, but would also have made him a brilliant bet for T20.
We need a few wild, quick, see-batsmen-hurl-missile kind of bowlers around. Plus, he would give some really interesting press conferences in this drab, media-schooled age of typical and boring responses.
The thing about him was that he was more than a bowler, he was a monster, combining power and strength with almost dangerous childishness in terms of the rage he felt when a batsman hit a boundary off him. It was almost as if he felt the batsman had broken a sacrosanct agreement.
And hell, what would you not give to bring a bowler back who actually celebrated wickets by thumping his chests?
Richard G, South Africa