Pakistan national cricket team

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Pakistan
PakistancricketBoard-logo.svg
Pakistan Cricket Board logo
Test status acquired 1952
Test Captain Misbah-ul-Haq
ODI Captain Azhar Ali
T20I Captain Sarfraz Ahmed
Coach Mickey Arthur
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
Test
ODI
T20I
2nd
8th
7th
1st
1st
1st
Test Matches
First Test v  India at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi; 16–18 October 1952
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 402 130/114
(158 draws)
This year [3] 7 4/3 (0 draws)
Last Test v  West Indies at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah; 30 October - 3 November 2016
One-Day Internationals
First ODI v  New Zealand at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 11 February 1973
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [4] 866 457/383
(8 ties, 18 no result)
This year [5] 11 5/6
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Last ODI v  West Indies at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 5 October 2016
World Cup Appearances 11 (first in 1975)
Best result Champions (1992)
T20 Internationals
First T20I v  England at Bristol County Ground, Bristol; 28 August 2006
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [6] 110 64/43
(3 ties, 0 no result)
This year [7] 15 8/7
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Last T20I v  West Indies at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 27 September 2016
World Twenty20 Appearances 6 (first in 2007)
Best result Champions (2009)
As of 14 November 2016

The Pakistan cricket team (Urdu: پاکستان کرکٹ ٹیم‎), also known as The Green Shirts or The Shaheens) is the national cricket team of Pakistan. Represented by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the team is a full member of the International Cricket Council, and participates in Test, ODI and Twenty20 International cricket matches.

Pakistan have played 866 ODIs, winning 457 (52.77%), losing 383, tying 8 with 18 ending in no-result.[8] Pakistan were the 1992 World Cup champions, and were runners-up in the 1999 tournament. Pakistan, in conjunction with other countries in South Asia, have hosted the 1987 and 1996 World Cups, with the 1996 final being hosted at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The team has also played 110 Twenty20 Internationals, the most of any team, winning 64 losing 43 and tying 3.[9] Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and were runners-up in the inaugural tournament in 2007.

Pakistan have played 402 Test matches, with winning 130, losing 114 and drawing 158. The team has the third-best win/loss ratio in Test cricket of 1.14, and the fifth-best overall win percentage of 32.08%.[10] 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.[11] In the 1950s, several Pakistani Test players had played Test cricket for the Indian cricket team before the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

As of 11 October 2016, the Pakistani cricket team is ranked second in Tests, eighth in ODIs and seventh in T20Is by the ICC.[12]

History[edit]

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 of even before 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.[13] 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,[14] 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 memorable victory at The Oval in which fast bowler Fazal Mahmood took 12 wickets. Pakistan's first home Test match was in Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). in January 1955 against India, 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[15]).

The team is considered a strong but unpredictable team. Traditionally Pakistani cricket has been filled with players of great talent but limited discipline, making them a team which could play inspirational cricket one day and then perform less than ordinarily another day. Over the years, competitions between India and Pakistan have always been emotionally charged and provide for intriguing contests, as talented teams and players from both sides of the border elevate their game to new levels to produce high-quality cricket. Pakistani contests with India in the Cricket World Cup have seen packed stadiums and elevated atmospheres no matter where the World Cup has been held. However the fans love their team.

1986 Austral-Asia Cup[edit]

Main article: Austral-Asia Cup

The 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, played in Sharjah in UAE, is remembered for a famous last-ball victory for Pakistan against arch-rivals India, with Javed Miandad emerging as a national hero.[16] India batted first and set a target of 245 runs, leaving Pakistan with a required run rate of 4.92 runs per over. Javed Miandad came in to bat at number 3 and Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals. Later recalling the match, Miandad 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.[16][17]

1992 Cricket World Cup[edit]

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 wicketkeeper 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.[18][19][20]

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 famously told the team to play as "cornered tigers", after which Pakistan won five successive matches, including, most famously, the semi-final against hosts New Zealand and the final against England.[21]

2007 Cricket World Cup[edit]

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.[22][23][24] 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."[25] Assistant coach Mushtaq Ahmed acted as temporary coach for the team's final group game of the tournament.[26] 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.[27] Shoaib Malik was announced as his successor.[28] Following his return to the squad, Salman Butt was appointed as vice-captain until December 2007.[29]

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.[30] 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."[31] 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."[32] 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.[33]

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.[34] On 16 July 2007, Geoff Lawson, previously head coach of New South Wales, was appointed coach of the Pakistan for two years, becoming the third foreigner to take on the rôle.[35] 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[edit]

On 21 June 2009 Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, beating Sri Lanka in the final by eight wickets. Pakistan had begun the tournament slowly losing two of their first three matches but after dismissing New Zealand for 99 runs in the Super 8 stage they had a run of four consecutive wins against teams including previously unbeaten South Africa (in the semi-final) and SriLanka in the Final. Due to his top form, Shahid Afridi emerged as Pakistan's hero in the final taking the last single and making Pakistan win their first Twenty 20 world cup. Shahid Afridi was announced player of the match in both Semifinal and Final of the Tournament vs SA and SL respectively.

2010 ICC World T20[edit]

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 only 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[edit]

Pakistan's results in international matches
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result Inaugural Match
Test[36] 395 126 111 256 - 25 June 1932
ODI[37] 840 444 371 8 17 13 July 1974
T20I[38] 83 43 38 - 1 1 December 2006

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, due to Tendulkar who was as always dominant against the Pakistani bowling attack, 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[edit]

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 runs. 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 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. Finally Pakistan lost the match by 16 runs.

2014 ICC World T20[edit]

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 of 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[edit]

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. Sarfraz 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 quarter finals.

The quarter final 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 World Cup 2015[edit]

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.[39]

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. This was Pakistan's first ODI series win in two years.

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 traveled 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[edit]

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).

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.[40]

2016[edit]

On 18 August 2016, Pakistan beat Ireland by 255 runs at Dublin to register their biggest ODI victory.[41][42]

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.[43]

Governing body[edit]

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.[44]

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 and the Faysal Bank T20 Cup.[45]

Tournament history[edit]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Pakistan

ICC World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
England 1975 Round 1 5/8 3 1 2 0 0
England 1979 Semi-finals 4/8 4 2 2 0 0
England 1983 Semi-finals 4/8 7 3 4 0 0
India and Pakistan 1987 Semi-finals 3/8 7 5 2 0 0
Australia and New Zealand 1992 Champions 1/9 10 6 3 0 1
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka 1996 Quarter-finals 6/12 6 4 2 0 0
England and Netherlands 1999 Runners-Up 2/12 10 7 3 0 0
South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya 2003 Round 1 10/14 6 2 3 0 1
West Indies 2007 Round 1 10/16 3 1 2 0 0
India, SriLanka and Bangladesh 2011 Semi-finals 3/14 8 6 2 0 0
Australia and New Zealand 2015 Quarter-Finals 5/14 7 4 3 0 0
England 2019 -
India 2023 -
Total 10/10 1 title 71 41 28 0 2

ICC World Twenty20[edit]

World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2007 Runners-Up 2/12 7 5 1 1 0
England 2009 Champions 1/12 7 5 2 0 0
West Indies 2010 Semi-finals 4/12 6 2 4 0 0
Sri Lanka 2012 Semi-finals 3/12 6 4 2 0 0
Bangladesh 2014 Super 10 5/16 4 2 2 0 0
India 2016 Super 10 7/16 4 1 3 0 0
Total 6/6 1 title 34 19 14 1 0

Other Tournaments[edit]

Other Major Tournaments
ICC Champions Trophy Asia Cup
Defunct Tournaments
Commonwealth Games Asian Test Championship Austral-Asia Cup

Honours[edit]

Cricket World Cup (1): 1992

ICC World Twenty20 (1): 2009

List of International grounds[edit]

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within Pakistan
Stadium City Test matches ODI matches T20I matches
National Cricket Stadium Karachi 41 46 0
Gaddafi Stadium Lahore 40 59 played/2 cancelled 2
Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad 24 16 0
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi 8 21 0
Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar 6 15 0
Multan Cricket Stadium Multan 5 7 0
Niaz Stadium Hyderabad 5 7 0
Jinnah Stadium (Gujranwala) Gujranwala 4 9 0
Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore 3 0 0
Sheikhupura Stadium Sheikhupura 2 2 0
Jinnah Stadium Sialkot 1 11 0
Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium Multan 1 6 0
Pindi Club Ground Rawalpindi 1 2 0
Defence Housing Authority Stadium Karachi 1 0 0
Bahawal Stadium Bahawalpur 1 0 0
Zafar Ali Stadium Sahiwal 0 2 0
Ayub National Stadium Quetta 0 2 0
Sargodha Stadium Sargodha 0 1 0
Bugti Stadium Quetta 0 1 0

Pakistan women's cricket team[edit]

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[edit]

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 since the 1990s with their logo displayed on the right side of the chest and sleeve with the Pakistan Cricket star deployed on the left in test cricket. 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.[46]

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. An example of the different shades of green Pakistan wears from kit to kit can be seen in the 2010–11 kit which was in the lime green color.[47][48] However, for the World Cup a new jersey with a dark green to light green fade was introduced in February 2011.[49][50][51][52] CA Sports became Pakistan team's sponsor during 2012, and is currently providing kits for all three cricket formats.

[edit]

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[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

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

Key
  • Domestic teamFirst-class team the player represents in the current or preceding season. If n/a, then Limited overs team is displayed.
  • C/G – The contract grade awarded by the PCB
  • S/N – Shirt number
A/B/C/D Central contract
N/A No contract

General

  • 1 – Player is also an All-rounder
Name Age Batting Bowling Domestic team C/G Forms S/N
Test captain; Middle-Order Batsman
Misbah ul Haq 42 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin SNGPL A Test 22
ODI captain; Top-Order Batsman
Azhar Ali 31 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin KRL A Test, ODI 79
T20I captain; Wicket-Keeper Batsman
Sarfraz Ahmed 29 Right-hand bat PIA A Test, ODI, T20I 54
Opening Batsmen
Khalid Latif 31 Right-hand bat Right arm off break NBP C T20I 35
Sharjeel Khan 27 Left-hand bat Right arm leg spin UBL C Test, ODI, T20I 98
Sami Aslam 20 Left-hand bat Right arm medium NBP C Test 31
Middle-Order Batsmen
Younis Khan 39 Right-hand bat Right arm medium HBL A Test 75
Fawad Alam 31 Left-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox NBP - Test 25
Asad Shafiq 30 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin KD B Test, ODI 81
Babar Azam 22 Right-hand bat Right arm off break SSGC C Test, ODI, T20I 56
Wicket-Keeper
Umar Akmal 26 Right-hand bat SNGPL D ODI, T20I 96
Mohammad Rizwan 24 Right-hand bat SNGPL C Test, ODI, T20I 16
All-Rounders
Shoaib Malik 34 Right-hand bat Right arm off break PIA A ODI, T20I 18
Imad Wasim 27 Left-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox KK C ODI, T20I 09
Mohammad Nawaz 22 Left-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox NBP C Test, ODI, T20I 21
Pace Bowlers
Hasan Ali 22 Right-hand bat Right Arm Medium-Fast PZ C ODI, T20I 32
Mohammad Amir 24 Left-hand bat Left Arm Fast NBP B Test, ODI, T20I 05
Rumman Raees 25 Right-hand bat Left Arm Medium-Fast UBL - T20I
Junaid Khan 26 Right-hand bat Left Arm Fast WAPDA - -
Rahat Ali 28 Right-hand bat Left Arm Fast-Medium KRL B Test, ODI 90
Imran Khan 29 Right-hand bat Right Arm Medium-Fast NBP C Test
Wahab Riaz 31 Right-hand bat Left Arm Fast NBP B Test, ODI, T20I 47
Sohail Tanvir 31 Left-hand bat Left Arm Medium-Fast KRL C T20I 33
Sohail Khan 32 Right-hand bat Right Arm Fast-Medium SSGC C Test, ODI 14
Spin Bowlers
Mohammad Asghar 17 Right-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox UBL D Test
Yasir Shah 30 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin Pakistan Customs A Test, ODI 86
Correct as of 09 December 2016

Coaching Staff[edit]

Records[edit]

Batting[edit]

Test Batting records[edit]

Name Intl. career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Imtiaz Ahmed 1952–62 1955 4th highest test match innings by a wicketkeeper 209
Hanif Mohammad 1952–69 1958
  • 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.

Majid Khan 1964–83 1976–77 Joint 7th fastest Test match century 74 balls
Zaheer Abbas 1969–85 1971 5th highest Test match maiden century 274
Javed Miandad 1976–96 1976
  • Youngest player to score a double century.
  • Only teenager to score a double century.
19y 140d
Javed Miandad 1976–96 1976 7th Highest Test Double Centuries 6
Javed Miandad 1976-96 The only cricketer to score a century in hist 1st, 50th & 100th Test Match.
only player whose batting average throughout his career never went down to 50.00 average.
Career 16th Most Test Runs 8,832 runs Javed Miandad's record is also the 2nd most test runs by a Pakistani
Taslim Arif 1980 1980 3rd highest Test match innings by a wicketkeeper 210*
Shoaib Mohammad 1983–95 1990–91 9th Slowest Test match double century 411 balls
Inzamam-ul-Haq 1991–2007 Career 10th most fifties in Test cricket 98
Career 2nd most fifties in ODI cricket 69
Career 10th most fours in Test cricket 1112
Career Joint 4th most sixes in an innings 9
Career 17th Most Test Runs 8,830 runs Inzamam record is also the 3rd most test runs by a Pakistani
Career 10th most Test half-centuries 46 1st Pakistani
Mohammad Yousuf 1998–2010 2006 Most Test match runs in a calendar year 1,788
2006 Most Test centuries in a calendar year 9
2006 Most centuries in successive Tests 6 centuries/5 tests
Shahid Afridi 1998–2010 1999 7th youngest player to score a test century 18y 333d
2004–05 Joint 2nd fastest Test fifty 26 balls
2006 2nd most runs off one over 27
2006 Joint most sixes off consecutive deliveries 4
2010 9th highest strike rate in an innings 206.66
1999 7th youngest player to score a test century 18y 333d
Younis Khan 2000–present 2009 5th highest individual innings by a captain 313 Younis 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.
Career 13th highest run scorer 9668 runs Younis Khan's record is also the most Test runs by a Pakistani.

Javed Miandad is 2nd with 8832 and Inzamam-ul-Haq is 3rd with 8830 runs.

Career 9th highest Test Hundreds 33 Test Hundreds Younis Khan's record is also the most Test hundreds by a Pakistani and the only Pakistani with more than 30 Test hundreds.
Yasir Hameed 2003–10 2003 Scored centuries in both the innings of his debut test 170 & 105 Yasir 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' Lawrene Row
Misbah ul haq 2007–14 2014 scored fastest half century ever in test cricket history 21 balls
2014 joint fastest century in test cricket history 56 balls
2014 scored two centuries in two innings of same test match 101&101*

T20 International records[edit]

Name Intl. Career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Mohammad Hafeez 2006–13 Career 6th most runs in career 1250
Kamran Akmal 2010 2nd highest innings by a wicketkeeper 73
Shahid Afridi 2006–16 Career 11th most runs in career 1044
2010 1st highest innings strike rate 357.14
2006 2nd highest innings strike rate 280.00
2007 3rd highest innings strike rate 260.00
Umar Akmal 2009–13 2010 4th most runs in a calendar year 385

One Day International batting records[edit]

Name Intl. Career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Saeed Anwar 1989–2003 1997 Joint 5th highest ODI innings. 194
Zaheer Abbas 1969–85 Career 6th highest batting average in ODI 47.62
Inzamam-Ul-Haq 1991–2007 Career 4th highest career ODI runs 11,739
Shahid Afridi 1996–2015 1996 Third fastest ODI century 37 balls Afridi 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 wielding Waqar Younis' bat.
Career Most sixes in ODI 333 sixes[53]

Bowling[edit]

Test Bowling records[edit]

Name Intl. Career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Wasim Akram 1984–2003 Career 9th most Test wickets 414

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

Waqar Younis 1989–2003 Career Best strike rate with +200 Test wickets 43.4
Career 14th highest Test wickets 373 Waqar also holds the record of second most Test wickets by a Pakistani bowler.

One Day International Bowling records[edit]

Name Intl. Career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Wasim Akram 1984–2003 Career 2nd most ODI wickets 502 Akram's record was surpassed by Muttiah Muralitharan. Akram still holds the record of most ODI wickets by a Pakistani bowler.
Career One of three bowlers to take 2 ODI hat-tricks The other bowlers were Saqlain Mustaq and Chaminda Vaas
Waqar Younis 1989–2003 Career 3rd most ODI wickets 416 Waqar also holds the record of second most ODI wickets by a Pakistani bowler.
Saqlain Mushtaq 1995–2004 Career Fastest 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.
Shahid Afridi 1996 – present Career most wickets in single world cup as Captain 21 Shahid Afridi also holds the record.

T20 International records[edit]

Name Intl. career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Umar Gul 2007–10 2009 2nd best bowling figures in a Twenty20 International 5 wickets / 6 runs This was surpassed by Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka) against Australia
Career 2nd most wickets in career joint with Saeed Ajaml 85
2009 Joint 3rd most wickets in a calendar year 19
Career Most 4 wicket hauls in career 4
Shahid Afridi 2006–12 Career 1st Most wickets in career 97
Career 1st most wickets in T20 world cups 41
2009 7th most wickets in a calendar year 18
Career Joint 2nd most 4 wicket hauls 2
Saeed Ajmal 2009–12 Career 2nd most wickets in career joint with Umar Gul 85
Career 2nd most wickets in T20 World cups 32
2009 and 2010 Joint 3rd most wickets in a calendar year 19
Career Joint 2nd most 4 wicket hauls in career 2
Mohammed Asif 2008–2011 Career First T20 Maiden 1
Aamer Yamin 2015–present Career First ball in maiden wicket on debut 1
Imad Wasim 2015–present Career First spinner to 5 wicket in T20 International 5 wicket / 14 runs

Miscellaneous records[edit]

Name Intl. Career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Wasim Akram 1984–2003 Career One of 2 bowlers to achieve a hat-trick in both Test and ODI The other bowler is Mohammad Sami, also from Pakistan.
Career Only bowler to achieve four hat-tricks
Career 1st bowler to achieve +400 wickets in both Test and ODI Muttiah Muralitharan has since achieved this.
Shoaib Akhtar 1997–2011 Career Official fastest delivery in cricket
  • 161.3 km/h
  • 100.2 mph
Mohammad Sami 2001–present Career One of 2 bowlers to achieve a hat-trick in both Test and ODI The other bowler is Wasim Akram, also from Pakistan.
Career Only bowler to achieve a Hat-trick in all three formats of the game
Career Unofficial fastest delivery in cricket

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