Pakistan national cricket team

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Pakistan
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Pakistan Cricket Crest
Nickname(s) Shaheens (Falcons)
Green Shirts
Men in Green
Cornered Tigers
Association Pakistan Cricket Board
Personnel
Test captain Azhar Ali
One Day captain Babar Azam
T20I captain Babar Azam
Coach Misbah-ul-Haq
History
Test status acquired1952
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull Member (1952)
ICC region ACC
ICC RankingsCurrent [1] Best-ever
Test 7th 1st [2] (01-Aug-1988)
ODI 6th 1st [3] [4] (01-Dec-1990)
T20I 4th 1st [5] (01-Nov-2017)
Tests
First Testv Flag of India.svg  India at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi; 16–18 October 1952
Last Testv Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi; 7–10 February 2020
TestsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [6] 428 138/130
(160 draws)
This year [7] 1 1/0 (0 draws)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 11 February 1973
Last ODIv Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka at National Stadium, Karachi; 2 October 2019
ODIsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [8] 927 486/413
(8 ties, 20 no result)
This year [9] 0 0/0 (0 ties, 0 no result)
World Cup appearances11 (first in 1975 )
Best resultChampions (1992)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv Flag of England.svg  England at the Bristol County Ground, Bristol; 28 August 2006
Last T20Iv Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 25 January 2020
T20IsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [10] 152 92/55
(3 ties, 2 no result)
This year [11] 3 2/0
(0 ties, 1 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances6 (first in 2007 )
Best resultChampions (2009)
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As of 02 May 2020

The Pakistan national cricket team (Urdu : پاکستان قومی کرکٹ ٹیم), popularly referred to as the Shaheens (Urdu : شاہین, lit.'Falcons'), [12] [13] Green Shirts [14] and Men in Green, [15] [16] [17] is administered by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council, and participates in Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International cricket matches.

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Pakistan has played 428 Test matches, winning 138, losing 130 and drawing 160. [18] Pakistan was given Test status on 28 July 1952, following a recommendation by India, and made its Test debut against India at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi, in October 1952, with India winning by an innings and 70 runs. [19] In the 1930s and 40s, several Pakistani Test players had played Test cricket for the Indian cricket team before the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

The team has played 927 ODIs, winning 486, losing 413, tying 8 with 20 ending in no-result. [20] Pakistan was the 1992 World Cup champion, and was the runner-up in the 1999 tournament. Pakistan, in conjunction with other countries in South Asia, has hosted the 1987 and 1996 World Cups, with the 1996 final being hosted at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The team has also played 151 Twenty20 Internationals, the most of any team, winning 92 losing 55 and tying 3. [21] Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and were runners-up in the inaugural tournament in 2007.

Pakistan also won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy for the first time, defeating India. Pakistan has the distinct achievement of having won each of the major ICC international cricket tournaments: ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, and ICC Champions Trophy; as well as the ICC Test Championship. [22] [23]

As of 01 May 2020, the Pakistani cricket team is ranked seventh in Tests, sixth in ODIs and fourth in T20Is by the ICC. [24]

Terrorism in Pakistan has sometimes prevented foreign teams from visiting Pakistan, with no test cricket having taken place in the country since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team. [25] Since 2009, their home matches have been mostly held in the United Arab Emirates. [26] However, due to a decrease in terrorism in Pakistan over the past few years, as well as an increase in security, some teams have toured Pakistan since 2015. [27] These teams include Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and an ICC World XI. In addition, the Pakistan Super League has seen games hosted in Pakistan. [28] [29] [30] [31]

History

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The match held between Sindh & Australia in Karachi on 22 November 1935 was reported by The Sydney Morning Herald

Cricket in Pakistan has a history predating the creation of the country in 1947. The first ever international cricket match in Karachi was held on 22 November 1935 between Sindh and Australian cricket teams. The match was seen by 5,000 Karachiites. [32] Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, cricket in the country developed rapidly and Pakistan was given Test match status at a meeting of the Imperial Cricket Conference at Lord's in England on 28 July 1952 following recommendation by India, [33] which, being the successor state of the British Raj, did not have to go through such a process. The first captain of the Pakistan national cricket team was Abdul Hafeez Kardar.

Pakistan's first Test match was played in Delhi in October 1952 as part of a five Test series which India won 2–1. Pakistan made their first tour of England in 1954 and drew the series 1–1 after a victory at The Oval in which fast bowler Fazal Mahmood took 12 wickets. Pakistan's first home Test match was against India in January 1955 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), after which four more Test matches were played in Bahawalpur, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi (all five matches in the series were drawn, the first such occurrence in Test history [34] ).

The team is considered a strong but unpredictable team. Traditionally Pakistani cricket has been composed of talented players but is alleged to display limited discipline on occasion, making their performance inconsistent at times. In particular, the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry is usually emotionally charged and can provide for intriguing contests, as talented teams and players from both sides of the border seek to elevate their game to new levels. Pakistan team contests with India in the Cricket World Cup have resulted in packed stadiums and highly charged atmospheres. The team is well supported at home and abroad, especially in the United Kingdom where British Pakistanis have formed a fan-club called the "Stani Army". Members of the club show up to matches across the country and are known to provide raucous support. The Stani Army also takes part in charity initiatives for underprivileged Pakistanis, including annual friendly cricket matches against British Indian members of the similar "Bharat Army".

1986 Austral-Asia Cup

The 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, played in Sharjah in UAE, saw a last-ball victory for Pakistan against their arch-rivals India, with Javed Miandad emerging as a national hero. [35] India batted first and set a target of 245 runs, leaving Pakistan with a required run rate of 4.92 runs per over. Miandad came in to bat at number 3 and Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals. Later recalling the match, he stated that his main focus was to lose with dignity. With 31 runs needed in the last three overs, Miandad hit a string of boundaries while batting with his team's lower order, until four runs were required from the last delivery of the match. Miandad received a leg side full toss from Chetan Sharma, which he hit for six over the midwicket boundary. [35] [36]

1992 Cricket World Cup

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Pakistani opener Yasir Hameed playing against Australia at Lord's in England

At the 1992 World Cup Semi-final, having won the toss, New Zealand chose to bat first and ended with a total of 262 runs. Pakistan batted conservatively yet lost wickets at regular intervals. With the departure of Imran Khan and Saleem Malik shortly thereafter, Pakistan still required 115 runs at a rate of 7.67 runs per over with veteran Javed Miandad being the only known batsman remaining at the crease. A young Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had just turned 22 and was not a well-known player at the time, burst onto the international stage with a match-winning 60 off 37 balls. Once Inzamam got out, Pakistan required 36 runs from 30 balls, which wicket-keeper Moin Khan ended with a towering six over long off, followed by the winning boundary to midwicket. The match is seen as the emergence of Inzamam onto the international stage. [37] [38] [39]

The 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand marked Pakistan's first World Cup victory. It is remembered for the comeback Pakistan made after losing key players such as Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar and being led by an injured captain Imran Khan. Pakistan lost 3 of their first 5 matches and were nearly eliminated in the first round of the tournament after being bowled out for 74 runs against England, until the match was declared as a "no result" due to rain. Imran Khan told the team to play like "cornered tigers", after which Pakistan won five successive matches, including the semi-final against hosts New Zealand and the final against England. [40]

2007 Cricket World Cup

The 2007 Cricket World Cup was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when Pakistan was knocked out of the competition in a shock defeat to Ireland, who were playing in their first competition. Pakistan, needing to win to qualify for the next stage after losing to the West Indies in their opening match, were put into bat by Ireland. They lost wickets regularly and only 4 batsmen scored double figures. In the end they were bowled out by the Irish for 132 runs. The Irish went on to win the match, after Niall O'Brien scored 72 runs. This meant that Pakistan had been knocked out during the first round for the second consecutive World Cup. [41] [42] [43] Tragedy struck the team when coach Bob Woolmer died one day later on 18 March 2007 in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaican police spokesman Karl Angell reported on 23 March 2007 that, "Mr Woolmer's death was due to asphyxiation as a result of manual strangulation" and that, "Mr Woolmer's death is now being treated by the Jamaica police as a case of murder." [44] Assistant coach Mushtaq Ahmed acted as temporary coach for the team's final group game of the tournament. [45] Subsequent to his team's defeat and the death of Woolmer, Inzamam-ul-Haq announced his resignation as captain of the team and his retirement from one-day cricket, stating that he would continue to take part in Test cricket but not as captain. [46] Shoaib Malik was announced as his successor. [47] Following his return to the squad, Salman Butt was appointed as vice-captain until December 2007. [48]

On 23 March 2007, Pakistan players and officials were questioned by Jamaican police and submitted DNA samples along with fingerprints, as part of the routine enquiries in the investigation into Woolmer's murder. [49] Three days after leaving the West Indies for Pakistan, via London, the Pakistan team were ruled out as suspects. The deputy commissioner of Jamaican police. Mark Shields, the detective in charge of the investigation, announced, "It's fair to say they are now being treated as witnesses." "I have got no evidence to suggest it was anybody in the squad." [50] A memorial service was held in Sacred Heart Church, Lahore, for Bob Woolmer on 1 April 2007. Among the attendees were Pakistan players and dignitaries, including Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was quoted as saying, "After Woolmer's family, the Pakistan team was the most aggrieved by his death." [51] After the World Cup ended, serious doubts were raised about the investigation, with increasing speculation that Woolmer died of natural causes. This has now been accepted as fact, and the case has been closed. [52]

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Shahid Afridi batting against Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 Final at Lord's in England

On 20 April 2007, a PCB official announced that former Test cricketer Talat Ali would act as interim coach, in addition to his rôle as team manager, until a new coach had been appointed. [53] On 16 July 2007, Geoff Lawson, previously head coach of New South Wales, was appointed coach of Pakistan for two years, becoming the third foreigner to take on the rôle. [54] In the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, Pakistan exceeded expectations to reach the final but ended as runners-up, after losing the final to India in a nail-biting finish. On 25 October 2008, Intikhab Alam was named as a national coach of the team by the PCB.

2009 ICC World T20

In the final at Lord's, the home of cricket in London, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. The first over was bowled by Mohammad Amir. After failing to score off the first four balls – all short – Dilshan went for his scoop and mistimed it, resulting in him being caught at short fine-leg. Soon after this, Jehan Mubarak top-edged a delivery by Abdul Razzaq which went high in the air and was caught by Shahzaib Hasan, leaving Sri Lanka at 2 for 2.[13] Sanath Jayasuriya was able to stabilise the innings for Sri Lanka hitting 17 runs off 10 balls, however, Jayasuriya soon fell as he dragged a good length ball back on to the stumps. Mahela Jayawardene followed after edging a shot into the hands of Misbah-ul-Haq, leaving Sri Lanka on 32/4.[14] Sangakkara and Chamara Silva added further runs before the latter was caught by Saeed Ajmal playing a pull shot off the bowling of Umar Gul.[15] Shahid Afridi soon after, took the wicket of Isuru Udana with a googly which drifted into the right-hander, knocking the off-stump. This brought in Angelo Mathews, who along with Sangakkara took the score from 70/6 to 138/6, with 17 runs being scored off the last over bowled by Mohammad Amir. Sri Lanka finished on 138/6 from 20 overs.[16]

Pakistan started off well with openers Kamran Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan adding 48 runs for the 1st wicket before Kamran Akmal was stumped by Kumar Sangakkara by the first delivery of Sanath Jayasuriya.[13] Pakistan reached the target in 18.4 overs, with Shahid Afridi, who hit the winning runs, earning Man of the Match[17] while Tillakaratne Dilshan was declared Man of the Series for his 317 runs at an average of 63.40. Pakistan's win often cheered on by crowds of fans from England's Pakistani communities, marked its first world title since Imran Khan's "cornered tigers" had won the 1992 World Cup."We all know how important this World Cup was with so much happening in Pakistan," Afridi said. "The guys motivated themselves for this World Cup."

Afridi had a quiet start to the tournament with the bat but responded strongly with match-winning half-centuries in the semi-final and final. He also took 11 wickets in the tournament.

He said the support staff, including the head coach Intikhab Alam and bowling coach Aaqib Javed, played a role in shaping the team's victory.

"They all really worked hard with the guys and kept them united and close to each other, that's why we had success," Afridi said. Shahid Afridi was the man who won the heart of people of Pakistan

2010 ICC World T20

The 2010 World T20 was held in West Indies, where Pakistan was able to reach for the semi-final stage. Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh were in Group A. Pakistan won the first match against Bangladesh by 21 runs. Salman Butt became the hero of the match with his 73 runs from just 46 balls. The second match for Pakistan was with Australia, where Australia won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 191/10 with 49 ball 81 runs by Shane Watson. In this match, final over of Australian innings was bowled by Mohammad Amir. He took a triple-wicket maiden and there were two run-outs, and eventually five wickets fell in the final over of Australia's innings.

In Super 8s stage, Pakistan lost to England, and New Zealand, only won against South Africa. They finished only behind England in Group E of Super 8s, reached to the semi-finals The semi-final for Pakistan was again with Australia, where they scored 191/6 with Umar Akmal's not out 56 runs. Australia had a good start, where Michael Hussey scored a match winning unbeaten 64 runs from just 24 balls. Australia scored 197/7 in 19.5 overs and won the match. With this match, Pakistan lost their defended World T20 title.

2011 Cricket World Cup

Pakistan started well in the ICC Cricket World Cup, which was held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, after beating Kenya, Sri Lanka (one of the tournament favourites) and bye a margin, beating Canada. Shahid Afridi clearly stated that his team is capable of qualifying for the Semifinals. After a huge loss against New Zealand, Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 7 wickets. After victory against Zimbabwe Pakistan cemented their shot at playing the ICC CWC 2011 Quarters. One of the highlights of the tournament for Pakistan was when they beat Australia, who were led by 3 brilliant pace bowlers, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. However Pakistan defied the odds and defeated Australia, courtesy of a brilliant bowling display. This saw Australia's record win streak of 27 consecutive world cup games broken which saw them win every game between the 1999 world cup up until this game. In the quarter-finals they played West Indies. Pakistan were ruthless, as they emphatically won against the West Indies side by 10 wickets, due to another brilliant bowling display. In the semi-finals on 30 March, Pakistan had a match with its fiercest rival, India. India managed 260 after they batted first. Not having a good batting line-up along with a slow start to the chase, Pakistan were 29 runs short as India reached the final (India went on to win the final, by defeating Sri Lanka).

2012 ICC World T20

The 2012 edition of World T20 was held in Sri Lanka, where Pakistan grouped in Group D with New Zealand, and Bangladesh. They won comfortably against the two teams, and stood up as top of group D. In super eight contest, Pakistan first played against South Africa, where Pakistan won the match by just 2 wickets. next match was against India, which always given a much publicity by all over the fans. Pakistan bowled out for just 128 runs, where India reached the target with only 2 wickets given. Pakistan won their last Super eight match against Australia by 32 runs, where Saeed Ajmal performed well in the match by taking 3 wickets for 17 runs. Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals after superior net run rate than India.

The Pakistan semi-final was with the host-Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka scored 139/ with Mahela Jayawardena took the gear. Pakistan nearly chased the target, but wickets in crucial interval gave them backward. Skipper Mohammad Hafeez scored 42 runs and all the other batsmen not going well. The match was turned towards Sri Lanka with magical spell by Rangana Herath, who took wickets of Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. Pakistan lost the match by 16 runs.

2014 ICC World T20

The 2014 ICC World T20 was held by Bangladesh. The Pakistani team was in Bangladesh prior to the World T20, due to 2014 Asia Cup, which was held by Bangladesh. Pakistan played for the Group 2, with mighty oppositions. The tournament was a disappointing one for the Pakistanis, where they won 2 and lost 2, finished the group as third and disqualified for the semi-finals.

The first group match was with rivals India, which India won by 7 wickets. The next match was against Australia, where Pakistan scored 191/5 with brilliant batting of Umar Akmal. Australia had a fierce going with 33 ball 74 runs by Glenn Maxwell, but only managed to score 175. Pakistan won the match by 16 runs. The match against Bangladesh was a comfortable win by 50 runs. Pakistani opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad scored the maiden T20I century by a Pakistani. He finished with an unbeaten 111 off 62 balls. The crucial match was with West Indies, where the winning team would go through to the semi-final. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 166/6 in their 20 overs, West Indies scored 82 runs off the last 5 overs giving a fearsome hitting to the Pakistani bowlers. Pakistan's chase was unsuccessful as they were bowled out for just 82 runs. Pakistan was eliminated from the tournament with this result.

2015 Cricket World Cup

Pakistan started poorly in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Their first match was against cricket rivals — India. India batted first and scored 300/7 with Virat Kohli scoring a century. After a poor start to the run chase, Pakistan's skipper Misbah-ul-Haq made a useful contribution of 76 runs but Pakistan lost the match by 76 runs. The second match against West Indies was a disaster. West Indies posted 310/6 on the board. In response, Pakistan lost 4 wickets for 1 run on the board, a first in an ODI match. The team was bowled out for 160 and lost the match by 150 runs.

Pakistan then won their next four games against Zimbabwe, UAE, South Africa and Ireland. Sarfaraz Ahmed scored Pakistan's only century against Ireland and was awarded Man of the Match against both South Africa and Ireland. The victory was Pakistan's first against South Africa in a World Cup match. Pakistan finished third in group B and qualified for the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinal match of Pakistan was against Australia. Pakistan scored 213 runs. Australia started steadily but wickets regularly fell during the middle overs. The match gained a lot of attraction due to the on-field rivalry between Australian all-rounder, Shane Watson and Pakistani pacer, Wahab Riaz. Wahab's spell was praised despite not picking up many wickets. Pakistan dropped catches during the first power-play and conceded many runs. The partnership between Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell allowed Australia to win the match. As a result, Pakistan were knocked out of the tournament. The match was the final ODI for Pakistani's captain Misbah-ul-Haq and experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

After 2015 Cricket World Cup

After the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi ended their ODI careers. As a result, the captaincy of the ODI team was given to newcomer Azhar Ali. Under his captaincy, Pakistan played their first ODI series against Bangladesh. The tour was a disappointment and Pakistan lost all three ODIs as well as the T20 match. Clever bowling coupled with wonderful batting and fielding allowed the hosts to stroll past the visitors. This was Bangladesh's first win against Pakistan since the 1999 Cricket World Cup and first ever series win over Pakistan. However, Pakistan ended the tour on a positive with a 1–0 win in the two-match test series. [55]

Pakistan played a home series against Zimbabwe in May 2015 after 6 years. This was the first tour by a Test-playing nation since the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. Pakistan won the T20I series 2–0 and the ODI series 2–0 after the third match ended in a draw due to rain. During the Sri Lanka tour in 2015, Pakistan won the Test series 2–1, the ODI series 3–2 and the T20I series 2–0. The successful tour allowed Pakistan to qualify for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, removing West Indies from a place in the tournament. The series win pushed up Pakistan's ranking in all three formats of the game.

In September, Pakistan travelled to Zimbabwe for 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs. Pakistan won the T20I series 2–0 and the ODI series 2–1. As a result, Pakistan concluded their 2015 season rankings as 4th in Tests, 8th in ODIs, and 2nd in T20Is.

2016 ICC World T20

The sixth edition of ICC World T20 was held in India. Pakistan was in group 2 with India, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Pakistan started their World T20 campaign with a victory defeating Bangladesh by a margin of 55 runs. But the remaining campaign was a disaster as Pakistan lost all their three remaining matches against India, New Zealand and Australia in group-stage and, therefore, were knocked out of the tournament early. This was the second time that Pakistan didn't make it to the semi-finals of World T20 (previous in ICC World T20 2014). On 18 August 2016, Pakistan beat Ireland by 255 runs at Dublin to register their biggest ODI victory. [56] [57] They also won the Lord's test against England in July 2016 which was the opening test of the series.

In August 2016, Pakistan achieved the number 1 ranking in test cricket for the first time since 1988, after Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia. Pakistan displaced India as number 1 after rain caused the final test match between India and West Indies to end in a draw. [58] Pakistan became the 1st Asian team and 2nd team overall to win a day-night test match, which was against the West Indies in Dubai.

In a later T20 series in Sep 2016, Pakistan's National Cricket Team won the series with World T20 Winner team West Indies with 3–0. They won by 9 wickets, 16 runs, 8 wickets consecutively. [59]

2017

Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who had been the mainstays of the Pakistani batting line-up, announced their retirements from Test cricket (the only format they played at that time) at the completion of the West Indies tour 2017. Pakistan won the T20I series 3–1 and the ODI series 2–1 in the same tour under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed. In his final Test series, Misbah made history by being the first Pakistani captain to win an away Test series against West Indies in West Indies. Sarfaraz Ahmed was announced as Misbah's successor. In his first series against Sri Lanka, who toured UAE, Pakistan lost both Test matches. It was first time in 10 years that Pakistan lost their home series, the first time they lost was against the Australian team and the first time in the UAE ever since it became Pakistan's adoptive home.

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

The tournament did not start well for Pakistan, losing to their arch-rivals India by 124 runs. But as the group stages progressed the bowling attack improved significantly for Pakistan, winning games against South Africa by 19 runs, and a crucial game against Sri Lanka by 3 wickets. This set up a semi-final against hosts and favourites England, where Hasan Ali took 3 wickets to take Pakistan to their first ICC Champions Trophy Final, a highly anticipated re-match with India.

In the final before a packed house at The Oval, India won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pakistan's batting lineup made India question their decision with opening batsman Fakhar Zaman scoring his maiden One Day International century (114 off 106 deliveries), with major contributions from Azhar Ali (59) and Mohammad Hafeez (57*) pushing Pakistan to a total of 338. India lost their top order quickly with Mohammad Amir getting the key wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Resistance came in the form of Hardik Pandya, who scored a brisk 76. Hasan Ali, Pakistan's star find in this tournament took the final wicket finishing with figures of 3–19, leaving India 180 runs short of the target and handing Pakistan their first Champions Trophy. The margin of victory was the largest in an ICC tournament final.

Hasan Ali was named as player of the tournament. Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed stated (after the opening match against India) "I said to the boys, the tournament doesn't finish here. Good cricket, positive cricket and we will win". After Pakistan's victory, they moved up from 8th to 6th in the ICC ODI rankings. The ICC Team of the Tournament had Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain, Fakhar Zaman, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali from Pakistan.

Test cricket

Pakistan's first Test match was played in Delhi in October 1952 as part of a five Test series. They lost the first test by an innings and 70 runs. India scored 372 runs in their first innings and Pakistan managed 302 runs in combined both innings. However, it just took seven days to turn things around for the Pakistani's. In second Test match, Pakistan blew India away for 106 before Pakistan, with the help of Hanif Mohammad's 124, scored 331 in their first innings, taking a lead of 225. India were bowled out for 182, giving Pakistan a win by an innings and 43 runs. It was Fazal Mahmood's game as he took 12/94. India won the next match by 10 wickets before the final two test went draw, which resulted India winning series 2–1.

Pakistan made their first tour of England in 1954 and drew the series 1–1 after a victory at The Oval in which fast bowler Fazal Mahmood took 12 wickets. Pakistan's first home Test match was against India in January 1955 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), after which four more Test matches were played in Bahawalpur, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi (all five matches in the series were drawn, the first such occurrence in Test history. In the same year, New Zealand toured Pakistan for their first series against them. They defeated New Zealand by an innings and 1 run in the first test and won the 2nd test match by 4 wickets. The final test ended in a draw, resulting Pakistan's first ever Test series win with 2-0 margin.

In 1956 Australia toured Pakistan. Pakistan had a victory against them. They bowled Australia out for 80 in their first innings. Pakistan took a lead of 119 runs when they were dismissed at 199. Pakistan again bowled Australia out for 187 in the second innings, giving the hosts a target of 68. Pakistan won comfortably by 9 wickets. Again, Fazal Mahmood was the chief destroyer, taking 13/114 in the match.

Pakistan visited West Indies in 1958 for five match test series. Pakistan drew the first test against them. It was Hanif Mohammad's match as he saved Pakistan when they were bowled out for 106 in West Indies reply of 579. Trailing huge by 473, Mohammad played the longest test match innings-a marathon 970 minutes for his match saving 337. The next three test went to West Indies favor before Pakistan won their first match against them by an innings and 1 run. In that match, it was another Mohammad performance. This time it was Hanif's brother Wazir Mohammad who score 189 out of Pakistan's 496 in reply of the host's 268. West Indies were bowled out for 227 in their second innings but the series went to them by 3-1.

Performance in 1970s until 1990s

From 1970 to 1979, Pakistan played over 13 Test series, which they won 3, lost 5 and drew 5. In total of 41 Test matches, Pakistan won 6, lost 12 and drew 23. They had a below par performance. But from 1980 to 1989, they did better. Out of 21 Test series they have played from that period, they won 9, lost 5 and drew 7. In terms of matches, they played total of 72 matches, winning 20 and losing 12 with 40 draws. In 1987, Pakistan went to India for five match series. It was Sunil Gavaskar's last test series. The first four test went draw but the final match was thriller. Pakistan scored 116 before India scored 145. Pakistan came back with 249 on board, giving the host a target of 220. India fell 16 runs short and the series was considered as one of the best India-Pakistan series. In 1988, after West Indies tour where they drew 1-1 (3), Pakistan were rated as No.1 Test team. It was one of greatest moments in their history.

From 1990 to 1999, Pakistan did even better. They played 29 series, winning over 15 and losing 9 with 5 drawn. In terms of matches, they played 74, winning 40, losing 21 and drawing 13. In this period, the lowest point of for Pakistan came in 1998 where they lost to Zimbabwe 1-0 in three match series. The biggest moment came in Asian Test Championship in 1998 where they defeated Sri Lanka in the final by an innings and 175 runs.

21st century

In 2002, Pakistan participated in their second Asian Test Championship. It was originally planned to include all four Asian ICC full-members (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). However, before the tournament started, India's participation was put in doubt. After defeating Bangladesh in the 1st Test to meet Sri Lanka in the final, they were defeated by them by 8 wickets.

A major controversy occurred in 2006 when the team toured England for a four-match Test series. England led the series 2-0 going into the final Test. In the first innings of that match, they were bowled out for 173 and Pakistan scored 504 in reply. In the second innings, after the dismissal of Alastair Cook for 83 off a reverse-swinging from Umar Gul, umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove called a halt to play as they adjudged Pakistan to be guilty of ball tampering. The ball was replaced and England was awarded 5 penalty runs. This event was the catalyst for the subsequent refusal to continue the match after tea by the Pakistan team. Based on the Laws of Cricket, the umpires declared Pakistan to have forfeited the game. The ICC later changed the result of the match to a draw, and subsequently reinstated the original result on 1 February 2009.

2010 spot-fixing scandal

The Pakistan cricket team toured England from 29 July to 22 September 2010. The tour consisted of four Tests, two T20Is and five ODIs. During the Test series, Pakistan lost the first two Test by 354 runs and 9 wickets. They came back to win the third Test by 4 wickets. However, in the fourth Test, the spot-fixing took place. On the third day of the 4th Test, British newspaper News of the World published a story with allegations that an agent loosely affiliated with some of the Pakistani players (later identified as Mazhar Majeed) had accepted a £150,000 (US$232,665) bribe from undercover reporters for information that two Pakistani bowlers (Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir) would deliberately deliver no balls at specific points during the match. The third player was also caught. It was Pakistan's Test skipper Salman Butt, who was revealed to be the master mind of this case. On 1 November 2011, Asif, Amir, and Butt were found guilty for their part in the spot-fixing and were given prison sentences, ranging from six months to 30 months and now Amir played well.

Under Misbah-ul-Haq

After Amir, Asif and Butt were dismissed, Pakistan made Misbah ul Haq the new captain of Pakistan. In subsequent series against South Africa in the UAE he led Pakistan in tests. After resignation of Shahid Afridi as test captain and suspension of Salman Butt due to spot-fixing scandal, Misbah was preferred over Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal as captain. Wasim Akram stated that although the decision was surprising, if Misbah bats and fields well everything else will go according to plan.

Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson stated that he believed Misbah has the best cricketing brain within Pakistan and he will do incredibly well in the plans for the captaincy Misbah hit back at those who criticised the decision to appoint him captain and stated that he should be given a chance to prove himself.

In Misbah's first series against South Africa in UAE 2010, he led the two match Test series to draw 0-0. Later the team toured New Zealand where they won two match Test series 1-0. Pakistan also went to West Indies and Zimbabwe for two Match and lone Test match. They drew 1-1 and won 1-0 over West Indies and Zimbabwe respectively. They also won against the touring Sri Lankan team, winning 1-0 (3) and whitewashed Bangladesh 2-0 (2).

One of the most biggest moment for Pakistan under Misbah's captaincy was when they whitewashed England, the then no.1 side, who toured UAE in early 2012. Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan coach, compared his team's whitewash against England to the 1992 Cricket World Cup triumph. "Today is like a dream come true," Mohsin told Sky Sports. "It's not a very experienced team but it's very talented. Today, the captain and all the players have proved they are one of the best in the world. It's a great achievement for the Pakistan team."

Against the South Africa cricket team in 2013 tour, they were badly whitewashed by the Proteas by 3-0 (3). In first Test, they were bowled out for 49, the worst in their history. That was considered to be worst performance against top side. At the same year, they also got their second defeat to Zimbabwe when Pakistan toured for two match Test series. The series was drawn 1-1. In early 2014, against Sri Lanka who toured UAE for 3 match series, Pakistan were down 1-0 after two match. In the final match, the first four days went nowhere until the early fifth day when Pakistan managed to bowl out the Sri Lankan cricket team for 214 and were asked to chase 301 in last two and a half session. Pakistan chased it down in 57.3 overs, the fastest chase in Test cricket history.

Another greatest performance from Pakistan is when they whitewashed the touring Australian cricket team. After beating Pakistan 1-0 in T20Is and 3-0 in ODIs, Pakistan were doubtful to win a two match Test series against the tourist. However, Pakistan won the matches by 221 runs and 356 runs. The win in the second Test was their highest winning margin against any opposition in their history. Also in the same match, Misbah equaled the then fastest Test match century off 56 deliveries.

Against New Zealand, who toured Pakistan for 3 Test match series. After winning the first Test, Misbah became Pakistan's most successful Test captain win 15 wins, taking over Imran Khan and Javed Miandad's joint 14 win record. The series went to draw 1-1 (3).

Another moment for Pakistan under Misbah was when Pakistan toured Sri Lanka and defeated them in three match Test series. There, it was the first time Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka after 9 years. And when England toured UAE for three match Test series, Pakistan defeated them 2-0 (3). As a result, they climbed to No.2 in Test rankings, also after 9 years.

Rise to No.1 in Tests

In 2016, Pakistan became No.1 Test team after their tour of England, where they drew series 2-2 (4). It was the first time since the ranking system were introduced, they were crowned No.1 and first time since 1988. It was another great achievement in Pakistan's Test history. They were also given Test mace in Lahore. However, their No.1 rank was short lived as their downfall began. After winning the series against the West Indies 2-1 (3) in UAE, Pakistan toured New Zealand and Australia for two match and three match Test series. They lost all five matches plus one lost against West Indies. They were down at No.5 in rankings. Misbah was considering retirement after the Australia tour but stayed till West Indies tour, saying he had 'one last job to do'.

Despite having major upsets in the southern continent, Pakistan were triumphant in the West Indies tour of 2017, having won the T20 series 3-1, the ODI series by 2-1, and winning a thriller in the 3rd test to seal it 2-1. This was Pakistan's first ever test series win in the Caribbean. [60] Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan retired after, with the captaincy going to Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Governing body

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is responsible for all first class and Test cricket played in Pakistan and by the Pakistan cricket team. It was admitted to the International Cricket Council in July 1953. The corporation has been run by former cricketers, professional administrators and trustees, who are often respected businessmen. The Board governs a network of teams sponsored by corporations and banks, city associations and clubs including advertising, broadcasting rights and internet partners. [61]

The PCB's experiment with the Twenty20 cricket model has also proven popular and hopes to similarly revive popular interest in domestic games, which it did. The PCB also set up major domestic competitions such as the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, the Faysal Bank T20 Cup, [62] the Pakistan Super League and the National Twenty20 Cup.

Tournament history

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Pakistan

ICC World Test Championship

World Test Championship record
YearRoundPositionGPWLDTNR
Flag of England.svg 2019–21
Total

ICC Cricket World Cup

World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
Flag of England.svg 1975 Group stage5/831200
Flag of England.svg 1979 Semi-finals4/842200
Flag of England.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1983 Semi-finals4/873400
Flag of India.svg Flag of Pakistan.svg 1987 Semi-finals3/875200
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 1992 Champions1/9106301
Flag of India.svg Flag of Pakistan.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 1996 Quarter-finals6/1264200
Flag of England.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Ireland.svg 1999 Runners-up2/12106400
Flag of South Africa.svg Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Flag of Kenya.svg 2003 Group stage10/14 [63] 62301
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg 2007 Group stage10/16 [63] 31200
Flag of India.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Flag of Bangladesh.svg 2011 Semi-finals3/14 [63] 86200
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 2015 Quarter-finals6/14 [63] 74300
Flag of England.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 2019 Group stage5/10 [63] 95301
Flag of India.svg 2023
Total12/121 Title80453203

ICC T20 World Cup

T20 World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
Flag of South Africa.svg 2007 Runners-up2/1275110
Flag of England.svg 2009 Champions1/1275200
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg 2010 Semi-finals4/1262400
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 2012 Semi-finals3/1264200
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 2014 Super 105/1642200
Flag of India.svg 2016 Super 107/1641300
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2020
Flag of India.svg 2021
Total6/61 Title34191410

ACC Asia Cup

Asia Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1984 Group stage3/320200
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 1986 Runners-up2/332100
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 1988 Group stage3/431200
Flag of India.svg 1990–91 Did not participate
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1995 Group Stage3/432100
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 1997 31101
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 2000 Champions1/444000
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 2004 Super Fours3/654100
Flag of Pakistan.svg 2008 53200
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 2010 Group stage3/431200
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 2012 Champions1/443100
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 2014 Runners-up2/553200
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 2016 Group Stage3/542200
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2018 Super Fours3/652300
Total13/142 Titles49282001

Other tournaments

ICC Champions Trophy

Known as the ’ICC Knockout’ in 1998 and 2000

Champions Trophy record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 1998 Quarter-finals5/910100
Flag of Kenya.svg 2000 Semi-finals4/1121100
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 2002 Group Stage5/12 [63] 21100
Flag of England.svg 2004 Semi-finals4/12 [63] 32100
Flag of India.svg 2006 Group Stage8/10 [63] 31200
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009 Semi-finals3/8 [63] 42200
Flag of England.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 2013 Group Stage8/8 [63] 30300
Flag of England.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 2017 Champions1/8 [63] 54100
Total8/81 Title23111200
Defunct Tournaments
Commonwealth Games Asian Test Championship Austral-Asia Cup World Championship of Cricket Nehru Cup (cricket)

Honours

ICC Cricket World Cup (1): 1992

ICC T20 World Cup (1): 2009

ICC Champions Trophy (1): 2017

Asia Cup (2): 2000 2012

Nehru Cup (cricket) (1): 1989

Austral-Asia Cup (3): 1986 1990 1994

Asian Test Championship (1): 1999

List of international grounds

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Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within Pakistan


StadiumCityTest matchesODI matchesT20I matchesTotal matches
National Cricket Stadium Karachi 4146491
Gaddafi Stadium Lahore 40616107
Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad 2416040
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi 921030
Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar 615021
Multan Cricket Stadium Multan 57012
Niaz Stadium Hyderabad 57012
Jinnah Stadium (Gujranwala) Gujranwala 49013
Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore 3003
Sheikhupura Stadium Sheikhupura 2204
Jinnah Stadium Sialkot 111012
Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium Multan 1607
Pindi Club Ground Rawalpindi 1203
Defence Housing Authority Stadium Karachi 1001
Bahawal Stadium Bahawalpur 1001
Zafar Ali Stadium Sahiwal 0202
Ayub National Stadium Quetta 0202
Sargodha Cricket Stadium Sargodha 0101
Bugti Stadium Quetta 0101
Abbottabad Cricket Stadium Abbottabad 0011
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Pakistan's Women's T20 Cricket team
Correct as of 15 December 2019

Pakistan women's cricket team

The Pakistan women's cricket team has a much lower profile than the men's team. For all national women's cricket teams, the female players are paid much less their male counterparts and the women's teams do not receive as much popular support or recognition as the men's team. The women's teams also have a less packed schedule compared to men's teams and play fewer matches. The team played it first match during 1997, when it was on tour of New Zealand and Australia and were invited to the World Cup later that year and in the Women's Asia Cup during 2005 the team came third place. During 2007, the team with face South Africa and later in the year travel to Ireland to play in the Women's World Cup Qualifier. The team also played at the T20 England World Cup, the team finished 6th place, beating Sri Lanka and South Africa in 2009.

Team colours

In Test matches, the team wears cricket whites, with an optional sweater or sweater-vest with a green and gold V-neck for use in cold weather. The team's official sponsors have been Pepsi & Junaid Jamshed since the 1990s with their logo displayed on the right side of the chest, sister brand Lay's on the sleeves, and the Pakistan Cricket star deployed on the left in test cricket. The fielders wear a green cap or a white (or green in ODI and T20 matches) sunhats, with the Pakistan Cricket Star in the middle. Also the helmets are colored green. Boom Boom Cricket signed a deal with Pakistan Cricket Board in April 2010 to become the kit sponsors of the Pakistan team; the deal ended at the end of 2012 Asia Cup. [64] Currently, as of 2019, Pakistan is sponsored by AJ Sports [65] , replacing CA Sports, which was the sponsor between 2015 and 2019. [66] Pakistan's One Day and Twenty 20 kits vary from year to year with the team wearing its green color in various shades from kit to kit. Historically, Pakistan's kits have had shades of blue, yellow and golden in addition to green. For official ICC tournaments, 'Pakistan' is written on the front of the jersey in place of the sponsor logo, with the sponsor logo being placed on the sleeve. However, for non-ICC tournaments and matches, the 'Pepsi' logo feature prominently on the front of the shirt . As always the Pakistan Cricket Board logo is placed on the left chest.

Former suppliers were CA Sports (2015-2019), Hunt [67] , Slazenger [68] and AJ Sports.

Pakistan's cricket team's logo is a star, usually in the color gold or green, with the word "Pakistan" (پاکِستان) written inside in Urdu, Pakistan's national language.

Personnel

Current squad

On 13 May 2020, The PCB published new central contracts for the Pakistan Cricket team for the 2020-2021 season. Central contracts were awarded to 18 players in three different categories, along with 3 players being named in emerging category. Three players were given A category contracts, while nine players were given contracts in the B category and the C category consisted of 6 players. [69]

This is a list of all the players with the forms of cricket in which they recently played.

Key
SymbolMeaning
Domestic team First-class team the player represents in the current or preceding season. If n/a, then Limited overs team is displayed.
C/GThe contract grade awarded by the PCB
S/NShirt number
Format denotes the player recently played in which particular format, not his entire career
N/A Not available
NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleDomestic teamC/GFormatS/N
Test Captain and top-order batsman
Azhar Ali 35Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Central Punjab ATest79
White-ball formats captain and top-order batsman
Babar Azam 25Right-handed Right-arm off break Central Punjab ATest, ODI, T20I56
Test vice-captain and middle-order batsman
Asad Shafiq 34Right-handed Right-arm off break Sindh BTest81
Top-order batsmen
Abid Ali 32Right-handed Right-arm leg break Sindh BTest, ODI60
Shan Masood 30Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium Southern Punjab BTest, ODI94
Imam-ul-Haq 24Left-handed Right-arm leg spin Balochistan CTest, ODI, T20I26
Fakhar Zaman 30Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CODI, T20I39
Middle-order batsmen
Haris Sohail 31Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Balochistan BTest, ODI, T20I89
Fawad Alam 34Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Sindh N/ATest25
Hussain Talat 24Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Balochistan N/AT20I20
Khushdil Shah 25Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Khyber Pakhtunkhwa N/AT20I72
Asif Ali 28Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Northern N/AT20I, ODI45
All-rounders
Shadab Khan 21Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Northern BTest, ODI, T20I29
Iftikhar Ahmed 29Right-handed Right-arm off break Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CTest, ODI, T20I95
Imad Wasim 31Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Northern CODI, T20I9
Mohammad Hafeez 39Right-handed Right-arm off break Southern Punjab N/AODI, T20I8
Shoaib Malik 38Right-handed Right-arm off break Southern Punjab N/AT20I18
Faheem Ashraf 26Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium Central Punjab N/ATest, ODI, T20I41
Mohammad Nawaz 26Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Northern N/AODI, T20I21
Bilal Asif 34Right-handed Right-arm off break Central Punjab N/ATest30
Kashif Bhatti 33Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Sindh N/ATest
Wicket-keepers
Mohammad Rizwan 27Right-handed Right-arm medium Khyber Pakhtunkhwa BTest, ODI, T20I16
Sarfaraz Ahmed 32Right-handed Right-arm off break Sindh BTest, ODI, T20I54
Pace bowlers
Shaheen Shah Afridi 20Left-handed Left-arm fast Northern ATest, ODI, T20I40
Mohammad Abbas 30Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Southern Punjab BTest, ODI38
Naseem Shah 17Right-handed Right-arm fast Central Punjab CTest71
Usman Shinwari 26Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CTest, ODI, T20I36
Mohammad Hasnain 20Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Sindh EmergingODI, T20I87
Haris Rauf 26Right-handed Right-arm fast Northern EmergingT20I--
Hasan Ali 26Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Central Punjab N/ATest, ODI, T20I32
Wahab Riaz 34Right-handed Left-arm fast Southern Punjab N/AODI, T20I47
Mohammad Amir 28Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium Northern N/AODI, T20I5
Musa Khan 19Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Northern N/ATest, T20I70
Imran Khan 32Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Khyber Pakhtunkhwa N/ATest17
Rahat Ali 31Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium Southern Punjab N/ATest90
Rumman Raees 28Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium Sindh N/AODI, T20I15
Junaid Khan 30Right-handed Left-arm fast Khyber Pakhtunkhwa N/AODI83
Mohammad Irfan 37Right-handed Left-arm fast Southern Punjab N/AT20I76
Spin bowlers
Yasir Shah 34Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Balochistan BTest86
Usman Qadir 26Left-handed Right-arm leg-break Central Punjab N/AT20I91

The monthly salaries for each category are as follows:

Coaching and managing staff

NamePosition
Flag of Pakistan.svg Misbah-ul-Haq Head Coach
Flag of Pakistan.svg Misbah-ul-Haq Batting Coach
Flag of Pakistan.svg Waqar Younis Bowling Coach
Flag of Pakistan.svg Shahid AsalmAssistant Coach
Flag of New Zealand.svg Grant Bradburn Fielding Coach
Flag of Pakistan.svg Mansoor Rana Team Operations, Logistics & Administrative Manager
VacantStrength & Conditioning Coach
Flag of South Africa.svg Cliffe DeaconPhysiotherapist
Flag of Pakistan.svg Yasir MalikTrainer
Flag of Pakistan.svg Talha ButtPerformance Analyst
Flag of Pakistan.svg Raza KitchlewMedia Manager
Flag of Pakistan.svg Malang AliMasseur
Correct as of 13 May 2020

Records

Head-to-head record

International match summary

Pakistan's results in international matches
 MatchesWonLostDrawnTiedNo resultInaugural match
Test [70] 42213512815916 October 1952
ODI [71] 90247739881911 February 1973
T20I [72] 14290493028 August 2006

Batting

Test batting records

NameInternational career spanYear setRecord descriptionRecordNotes
Hanif Mohammad 1952–691958
  • 8th highest Test match innings
  • Slowest Test triple century
  • Highest Test innings on foreign soil
  • 4th highest Test innings by an opener

337 runs
970min

Hanif scored 337 runs against the West Indies in 1958, which was also the first triple century by an Asian cricketer, and at the time the longest innings by any batsman in terms of time spent at the wicket.

Javed Miandad 1976–961976Only teenager to score a double century19y 140d
Career6th most Test double centuries6
CareerOnly player to score a century in his 1st, 50th & 100th Test match
CareerOnly player whose career batting average never fell below 50
Career16th most Test runs8,832 runsJaved Miandad's record is also the 2nd most Test runs by a Pakistani
Taslim Arif 198019803rd highest Test match innings by a wicketkeeper210*
Inzamam-ul-Haq 1991–2007CareerJoint 4th most sixes in an inning9
Career17th Most Test Runs8,830 runsInzamam's record is also the 3rd most Test runs by a Pakistani
Mohammad Yousuf 1998–20102006Most Test match runs in a calendar year1,788
2006Most Test centuries in a calendar year9
2006Most centuries in successive Tests6 centuries/5 Tests
Shahid Afridi 1998–20102004–05Joint 5th fastest Test fifty26 balls
2006Joint most sixes off consecutive deliveries4
Younis Khan 2000–201720095th highest individual innings by a captain313Younis scored 313 against Sri Lanka in 2009, becoming the third Pakistani to reach a triple century, and also attaining the third highest Test Innings by a Pakistani
Career13th highest run scorer10099 runsYounis Khan's record is also the most Test runs by a Pakistani
CareerJoint 6th most Test hundreds34 Test HundredsYounis Khan's record is also the most Test hundreds by a Pakistani
20171st Pakistani batsman (13th overall) to reach 10,000 Test runs
Yasir Hameed 2003–102003Scored centuries in both the innings of his debut test170 & 105Yasir Hameed, in 2003, on his Test debut he scored 170 runs in Karachi. This is the highest score by a Pakistani on debut. He also scored 105 in the second innings of the same match, becoming only player to do so after West Indies' Lawrence Row
Misbah-ul-Haq 2001–20172014Fastest half-century21 balls
2014Joint second-fastest century56 balls
2017Most sixes hit by a captain in Tests69

One-Day International batting records

NameInternational career spanYear setRecord descriptionRecordNotes
Inzamam-Ul-Haq 1991–2007Career6th highest career ODI runs11,739
Saeed Anwar 1989–20031997Joint 9th highest ODI innings194
Shahid Afridi 1996–20151996Third-fastest ODI century37 ballsAfridi scored his maiden century in his maiden innings in 1996, against Sri Lanka at Kenya. He was originally in the team as a bowling replacement for Mushtaq Ahmed, and walked out as a pinch-hitter up the order using Waqar Younis's bat
CareerMost sixes in ODI351 sixes [73]
Babar Azam 2015 – present2017Joint-third fastest to 1000 ODI runs [74] 21 innings
2018Joint-second fastest to 2000 ODI runs [75] 45 innings
2019Second fastest to 3000 ODI runs [76] 68 innings
2016–17First batsman to score 5 consecutive centuries in one country in ODIs [77] He had scores of 120, 123, 117, 103, 101 in UAE
Fakhar Zaman 2017–present2018First Pakistani player and sixth overall to score a double century in ODIs [78] 210
Fastest to 1000 ODI runs [79] 18 innings
Most runs in 5 match ODI series [79] 515 runs

T20 International batting records

NameInternational career spanYear setRecord descriptionRecordNotes
Mohammad Hafeez 2006–presentCareer8th most runs in career1,908
Shoaib Malik 2006–presentCareer3rd most runs in career2,263
Shahid Afridi 2006–1620103rd highest innings strike rate357.14
Babar Azam 2016–presentCareerFastest to score 1,000 runs26 innings

Bowling

Test bowling records

NameInternational career spanYear setRecord descriptionRecordNotes
Wasim Akram 1984–2003Career12th most Test wickets414

Akram also holds the record of most Test wickets by a Pakistani bowler

Waqar Younis 1989–2003Career8th-best strike rate (more than 2000 balls bowled)43.4

One-Day International bowling records

NameInternational career spanYear setRecord descriptionRecordNotes
Wasim Akram 1984–2003Career2nd most ODI wickets502Akram's record was surpassed by Muttiah Muralitharan. Akram still holds the record of most ODI wickets by a Pakistani bowler
CareerOne of three bowlers to take 2 ODI hat-tricksThe other bowlers were Saqlain Mustaq and Chaminda Vaas
Waqar Younis 1989–2003Career3rd most ODI wickets416Waqar also holds the record of second most ODI wickets by a Pakistani bowler
Saqlain Mushtaq 1995–2004CareerFastest to reach 100, 150, 200 and 250 wickets
First spinner to take a hat-trick in an ODI
He has taken 2 ODI hat-tricks

T20 International records

NameInternational career spanYear setRecord descriptionRecordNotes
Umar Gul 2007–16CareerJoint 4th most wickets in career (with Saeed Ajmal)85
CareerMost 4 wicket hauls in career4
Shahid Afridi 2006–18CareerMost wickets in career98
CareerMost wickets in T20 world cups41
Saeed Ajmal 2009–14CareerJoint 4th most wickets in career (with Umar Gul)85
Career2nd most wickets in T20 World Cups32
Imad Wasim 2015–presentFirst spinner to take 5 wickets in a T20 International5 wickets / 14 runs

Miscellaneous records

NameInternational career spanYear setRecord descriptionRecordNotes
Wasim Akram 1984–2003CareerFirst bowler to take a hat-trick in both Test and ODIMohammad Sami (see below) has since taken a hat-trick in all forms of the game
CareerOnly bowler to take four hat-tricks Lasith Malinga has since matched and broken this record
Career1st bowler to take 400 wickets in both Test and ODI Muttiah Muralitharan has since achieved this
Mohammad Sami 2001–presentCareerFirst bowler to achieve a hat-trick in all three formats of the game

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Pakistan national cricket team record by opponent

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The 2016–2017 international cricket season was from September 2016 to April 2017. During this period, 41 Test matches, 87 One Day Internationals (ODIs), 43 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), 4 first class matches, 16 List A matches, 41 Women's One Day Internationals (WODIs), and 15 Women's Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is) were played. Of the 41 Test matches that took place in this season, 3 were day/night Test matches. The season started with Pakistan leading the Test cricket rankings, Australia leading the ODI rankings, New Zealand leading the Twenty20 rankings, and Australia women leading the Women's rankings.

Sri Lanka national cricket team record by opponent

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