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Pakistan Cricket Team: History, Match Schedule, Honors and Statistics


The Pakistan men's national cricket team represents Pakistan in international cricket. Nicknamed the Men In Green, the Pakistan cricket team was given Test status on 28 July 1952, following a recommendation by India. Several Pakistani Test players of the 1950s had played Test cricket for the Indian cricket team in the 10930s and 40s before the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup, the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. 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 Mace.

Pakistan is considered a strong but unpredictable cricket team. The team has talented players but limited discipline, which makes their performance unpredictable. The Pakistan cricket team has rivalries with other Test-playing nations, most notably with India. As of January 2020, the team is ranked 7th in Test cricket, 6th in ODIs and 4th in T20Is. The current captain of the team across all formats is Babar Azam.

Terrorism in Pakistan has prevented foreign teams from visiting Pakistan in the past decade. Until 2019, no international cricket matches were played in the country since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team. Between 2009 and 2019, Pakistan’s domestic matches have been mostly held in the United Arab Emirates.

Timeline

Early Years

Cricket in Pakistan has a history even before the creation of the country in 1947. Their first-ever international cricket match was played on 22 November 1935 in Karachi, between Sindh and Australian cricket teams. Following the independence of Pakistan, cricket in the country developed rapidly. Pakistan was given Test status on 28 July 1952, following a recommendation by India. The first captain of the Pakistan national cricket team was Abdul Hafeez Kardar.

Pakistan played their first Test match in Delhi in October 1952, as part of a 5-Test series which India won 2–1. Pakistan made their first tour of England in 1954 and drew the series 1–1 after registering a victory at The Oval. Pakistan's first home Test match was against India in January 1955, at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Four more Test matches were played after that game, which were all drawn, the first such occurrence in Test history.

Rise as a Cricket Nation

Over the next few decades, well-established cricket teams like Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies visited the Pakistan shores for multiple tours. Although Pakistan was successful in winning Test matches against all the sides, a very high percentage of the Test matches were drawn. Pakistan faced series losses against all the teams except the West Indies.

England toured Pakistan three times, once each in 1955-56, 1961-62, and 1968-69. The first series was won by Pakistan 2-1, and England won the next series 1-0. The last series was drawn, with all the three Test matches ending in draws.

The Australian cricket team visited Pakistan in November and December 1959 and played a 3-match Test series against the home side. Australia won the Test series 2–0. Australia were captained by Richie Benaud whereas Fazal Mahmood led the Pakistan team. Day 4 of the third Test in Karachi was notably attended by the then U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, who was visiting Pakistan at that time.

New Zealand toured Pakistan for the second time in March and April 1965 and played a 3-match Test series. Pakistan won the Test series 2–0, just like their previous series against New Zealand played 10 years ago. New Zealand were captained by John Reid and Pakistan were captained by Hanif Mohammad.

Regular Success in the Next Two Decades

Slowly and steadily, Pakistan became a strong force in world cricket. They were dominating in home conditions and were performing admirably on overseas tours. Pakistan lost just one Test match at home between 1970 and 1985.

Players like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir made their debuts in the 70s and played key roles in the dominance of Pakistan in world cricket over the next decade.

After the disappointment of a first-round exit in the first Cricket World Cup, Pakistan were semi-finalists in the next three editions, including the one played in Pakistan in 1987. Their semi-final loss in the 1987 edition against Australia came as a surprise to everyone, given the fact that Pakistan were playing in front of a home crowd and against an inexperienced opponent.

The 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, played at Sharjah in the UAE, saw one of the most famous victories for Pakistan. Javed Miandad emerged as a national hero after hitting a last-ball six against their arch-rivals India.

World Cup Winners

Notable Pakistan players from this period include Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq.

The 1992 Cricket World Cup, played in Australia and New Zealand, marked Pakistan's first World Cup victory. It is remembered for the brilliant comeback that Pakistan made after losing key players like Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar, and being led by an injured captain Imran Khan. Pakistan won only one of their first five matches, including a no-result, and were nearly eliminated in the first round of the tournament.

Captain Imran Khan famously told the team to play as "cornered tigers", after which Pakistan won five successive matches, including the semi-final against the hosts New Zealand and the final against England. The most important part of the final was the 2 important wickets taken by Wasim Akram in the 44th over of the England innings, which made Pakistan lift the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Imran Khan retired after this memorable tournament.

Test Struggles and ODI Success

The team could not maintain the lofty standards as they lost more matches in Test cricket over the next decade, especially overseas. At home, they lost Test matches against the West Indies and New Zealand. They also lost a series each against Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

However, Pakistan’s ODI success continued as they reached the quarter-finals of the 1996 World Cup, losing the match to arch-rivals India. They finished as runners-up in the 1999 World Cup after losing the final to Australia. They also finished as semi-finalists in the Champions Trophy 2000, and won the Asia Cup for the first time in that same year.

Turn of the Century

The start of the 21st century saw the emergence of players like Younis Khan, Mohammed Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Misbah ul Haq on the Pakistan cricket team.

Although Pakistan had a strong team and a good mix of experienced and talented young players in the squad, they were knocked out of the 2003 World Cup in the first round due to their uneven performance in the tournament. They lost to all the big teams in their group: Australia, England and India.

Later Pakistan suffered one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when they were knocked out of the tournament with a shocking first-round defeat to Ireland, who were playing in their first competition. This defeat meant that Pakistan had been knocked out during the first round for the second consecutive World Cup.

Just one day after the team’s first-round exit, more tragedy struck the team when coach Bob Woolmer died on 18 March 2007 in a hospital in Jamaica. Subsequent to his team's defeat and the death of Bob 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 of the team. This was by far the darkest period in Pakistan’s cricket history.

In 2009, Pakistan won their second T20 World Cup, which was played in England. They defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the final, and skipper Shahid Afridi won his second consecutive Player of the Match award. He was also adjudged the Player of the Match against South Africa in the semi-final.

In 2017, Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time, with a 180-run victory over India in the final at the Oval.

Terror Attacks and Playing in the UAE

The safety of touring cricket teams in Pakistan had been a long issue. In May 2002, New Zealand canceled their Test series in Pakistan after a suicide bomb attack outside their hotel. They have not returned to play in the country ever since. Australia also refused to tour Pakistan on safety grounds.

During the second Test against Sri Lanka at Lahore in 2009, the Sri Lankan team’s bus was targeted by masked gunmen in a terror attack. No cricketers were killed but the Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana were listed as injured.

After that incident, international cricket was not played in Pakistan for the next decade. Pakistan played all their home series at the neutral grounds of the UAE, which had conditions similar to Pakistan in terms of pitches and the weather. In terms of the overall results, the team was most successful in Test matches played in the UAE and had mixed results in white-ball cricket.

Since 2019-20, some cricket teams have again started visiting the country for international matches. Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa have already visited the country and played full cricket tours there.

Cricket Match Schedule

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Tournament Records

World Cup

Year Position
1975 Group stage
1979 Semi-finalists
1983 Semi-finalists
1987 Semi-finalists
1992 Champions
1996 Quarter-finalists
1999 Runners-up
2003 Group stage
2007 Group stage
2011 Semi-finalists
2015 Quarter-finalists
2019 Group stage

T20 World Cup

Year Position
2007 Runners-up
2009 Champions
2010 Semi-finalists
2012 Semi-finalists
2014 Super 10s
2016 Super 10s

Champions Trophy

Year Position
1998 Quarter-finalists
2000 Semi-finalists
2002 Group stage
2004 Semi-finalists
2006 Group stage
2009 Semi-finalists
2013 Group stage
2017 Champions

Asia Cup

Year Position
1984 Group stage
1986 Runners-up
1988 Group stage
1990-91 Did not play
1995 Group stage
1997 Group stage
2000 Champions
2004 Super Fours
2008 Super Fours
2010 Group stage
2012 Champions
2014 Runners-up
2016 Group stage
2018 Super Fours

Trophy Honors

World Cup

Winners: 1992

Champions Trophy

Winners: 2017

T20 World Cup

Winners: 2009

Asia Cup

inners (2 times): 2000, 2012

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Cricket Match Statistics

Test

Opponent Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied
Australia 66 15 33 18 0
Bangladesh 11 10 0 1 0
England 86 21 26 39 0
India 59 12 9 38 0
Ireland 1 1 0 0 0
New Zealand 60 25 14 21 0
South Africa 26 4 15 7 0
Sri Lanka 55 20 16 19 0
West Indies 52 20 17 15 0
Zimbabwe 17 10 3 4 0
Total 433 138 133 162 0
Player Matches Runs Average Highest Score 100s
Younis Khan 118 10099 52.05 313 34
Javed Miandad 124 8832 52.57 280* 23
Inzamam-ul-Haq 119 8829 50.16 329 25
Mohammad Yousuf 90 7530 52.29 223 24
Azhar Ali 84 6353 42.92 302* 17
Saleem Malik 103 5768 43.69 237 15
Misbah-ul-Haq 75 5222 46.62 161* 10
Zaheer Abbas 78 5062 44.79 274 12
Asad Shafiq 77 4660 38.19 137 12
Mudassar Nazar 76 4114 38.09 231 10
Player Matches Wickets Average Best Bowling 10W/5W
Wasim Akram 104 414 23.62 7/11 5/25
Waqar Younis 87 373 23.56 7/76 5/22
Imran Khan 88 362 22.8 8/58 6/23
Danish Kaneria 61 261 34.79 7/77 2/15
Abdul Qadir 67 236 32.8 9/56 5/15
Yasir Shah 44* 230 30.68 8/41 3/16
Saqlain Mushtaq 49 208 29.83 8/16 3/13
Mushtaq Ahmed 52 185 32.97 7/56 3/10
Shoaib Akhtar 46 178 25.6 6/9 2/12
Saeed Ajmal 35 178 28.1 7/55 4/10

ODIs

Opponent Matches Won Lost Tied No Result
Afghanistan 4 4 0 0 0
Australia 104 32 68 1 3
Bangladesh 37 32 5 0 0
England 88 32 53 0 3
India 132 74 55 0 3
Ireland 7 5 1 1 0
New Zealand 107 55 48 1 3
South Africa 79 28 50 0 1
Sri Lanka 155 92 58 1 5
West Indies 134 60 71 3 0
Zimbabwe 59 52 4 1 2
Total 906 466 413 8 20
Player Matches Runs Average Highest Score 100s
Inzamam-ul-Haq 375 11701 39.53 137* 10
Mohammad Yousuf 281 9554 42.08 141* 15
Saeed Anwar 247 8824 39.21 194 20
Shahid Afridi 393 8027 23.81 124 6
Shoaib Malik 287 7534 34.55 143 9
Javed Miandad 233 7381 41.7 119* 8
Younis Khan 265 7249 31.24 144 7
Saleem Malik 283 7170 32.88 102 5
Mohammad Hafeez 218 6614 32.9 140* 11
Ijaz Ahmed 250 6564 32.33 139* 10
Player Matches Wickets Average Best Bowling 5W/4W
Wasim Akram 356 502 23.52 5/15 6/17
Waqar Younis 262 416 23.84 7/36 13/14
Shahid Afridi 393 393 34.53 7/12 9/4
Saqlain Mushtaq 169 288 21.78 5/20 6/11
Abdul Razzaq 261 268 31.53 6/35 3/8
Shoaib Akhtar 158 241 24.7 6/16 4/6
Saeed Ajmal 113 184 22.72 5/24 2/6
Imran Khan 175 182 26.61 6/14 1/3
Aaqib Javed 163 182 31.43 7/37 4/2
Umar Gul 130 179 29.34 6/42 2/4

T20Is

Opponent Matches Won Lost No Result
Australia 23 13 9 0
Bangladesh 12 10 2 0
England 15 4 11 0
India 8 1 7 0
New Zealand 21 13 8 0
South Africa 14 6 8 0
Sri Lanka 21 13 8 0
West Indies 14 11 3 0
Zimbabwe 11 11 0 0
Total 139 82 56 0
Player Matches Runs Average Highest Score 100s/50s
Mohammad Hafeez 99 2323 27.98 99* 14
Shoaib Malik 115 2323 31.39 75 8
Umar Akmal 84 1690 26 94 8
Babar Azam 44 1681 50.93 97* 16
Ahmed Shehzad 59 1471 25.8 111* 7/1
Shahid Afridi 98 1405 18.01 54* 4
Kamran Akmal 58 987 21 73 5
Fakhar Zaman 40 838 22.05 91 4
Sarfaraz Ahmed 59 812 28 89* 3
Misbah-ul-Haq 39 788 37.52 87* 3
Player Matches Wickets Average Best Bowling 5W/4W
Shahid Afridi 98 97 24.35 4/11 0/3
Umar Gul 60 85 16.97 5/6 2/4
Saeed Ajmal 64 85 17.83 4/19 0/4
Mohammad Amir 50 59 21.4 4/13 0/1
Mohammad Hafeez 99 54 22.83 4/10 0/1
Sohail Tanvir 57 54 26.92 3/12 0/0
Shadab Khan 46 53 22.62 4/14 0/1
Imad Wasim 49 47 22.76 5/14 1/1
Hasan Ali 30 35 25.05 3/23 0/0
Wahab Riaz 36 34 28.55 3/18 0/0

Current Squad

Babar
Azam

Haider
Ali

Azhar
Ali

Abid
Ali

Shan
Masood

Fakhar
Zaman

Imam-ul-Haq

Khushdil
Shah

Haris
Sohail

Fawad Alam
Alam

Asil
Ali

Hussain
Talat

Mohammad
Rizwan

Sarfaraz
Ahmed

Shadab
Khan

Mohammad
Hafeez

Imad
Wasim

Iftikhar
Ahmed

Shoaib
Malik

Faheem
Ashraf

Yasir
Shah

Usman
Qadir

Zafar
Gohar

Shaheen
Afridi

Mohammad Abbas

Naseem Shah

Hasan
Ali

Haris
Rauf

Mohammad
Hasnain

Wahab
Riaz

Musa
Khan

Imran
Khan

Sohail
Khan

Junaid
Khan

Usman
Shinwari