Pakistan Railways cricket team

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Pakistan Railways (usually known simply as Railways) were a Pakistani first-class cricket side who played in the Patron's Trophy and Quaid-i-Azam Trophy from 1953-54 to 1995-96. They were based in the city of Lahore and sponsored by Pakistan Railways.

Playing record[edit]

The team's most successful season came in 1973-74 when they took out both trophies in a side captained by Arif Butt. Other Pakistani internationals in the side included Saleem Pervez and Mohammad Nazir.

In December 1964 Railways set a new first-class cricket record for the greatest winning margin in a match. Batting first they made 6 for 910 declared and then bowled their opponents Dera Ismail Khan out for 32 and 27 to win by an innings and 851 runs.[1] In that match Pervez Akhtar made 337 not out, and Ahad Khan took 9 wickets for 7, both of which remained Railways' best batting and bowling figures.[2][3]

They played 204 first-class matches, with 68 wins, 68 losses, 67 draws and one tie.[4]

Other Railways teams[edit]

Twice, owing to their playing strength, Pakistan Railways were split into two teams. Altogether these four teams played 15 matches, with three wins, five losses and seven draws.

In 1965-66 the two teams were Railways Greens and Railways Reds. Railways Greens played two matches, drawing both.[5] Railways Reds played four matches, winning one, losing one and drawing two, and reaching the semi-finals of the Ayub Trophy.[6]

In 1970-71 and 1971-72 the two teams were Railways A and Railways B. Railways A played five matches, winning two, losing one and drawing two.[7] Railways B played four matches, losing three and drawing one.[8]

Current status[edit]

Pakistan Railways continue to play in non-first-class competitions in Pakistan.[9]

Honours[edit]

  • Patron's Trophy (2)
  • 1960-61
  • 1973-74
  • Quaid-i-Azam Trophy (2)
  • 1972-73
  • 1973-74

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