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Pakistan Cricket Crest
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed
Coach Mickey Arthur
Test status acquired 1952
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
Test 7th 1st
ODI 6th 1st
T20I 2nd 1st
First Test v  India at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi; 16–18 October 1952
Last Test v  Sri Lanka at Dubai Sports City, Dubai; 6–10 October 2017
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 412 132/122
(158 draws)
This year [3] 6 2/4 (0 draws)
One Day Internationals
First ODI v  New Zealand at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 11 February 1973
Last ODI v  Sri Lanka at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 18 October 2017
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [4] 882 467/389
(8 ties, 18 no result)
This year [5] 16 10/6 (0 ties, 0 no result)
World Cup Appearances 11 (first in 1975)
Best result Champions (1992)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20I v  England at Bristol County Ground, Bristol; 28 August 2006
Last T20I v World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 15 September 2017
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [6] 118 70/45
(3 ties, 0 no result)
This year [7] 7 5/2
(0 ties, 0 no result)
World Twenty20 Appearances 6 (first in 2007)
Best result Champions (2009)

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T20 kit

As of 13 October 2017

The Pakistan national cricket team (Urdu: پاکستان قومی کرکٹ ٹیم‎), popularly referred to as the Shaheens (lit: Falcons)[8][9] Men in Green[10] and the Cornered Tigers,[11][12] represents Pakistan in international cricket and is administered 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 879 ODIs, winning 464, losing 389, tying 8 with 18 ending in no-result.[13] 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 118 Twenty20 Internationals, the most of any team, winning 70 losing 45 and tying 3.[14] 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.

Pakistan have played 412 Test matches, with winning 132, losing 122 and drawing 158. The team has the third-best win/loss ratio in Test cricket of 1.10, and the fourth-best overall win percentage of 32.19%.[15] 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.[16] 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.

As of 10 October 2017, the Pakistani cricket team is ranked seventh in Tests, sixth in ODIs and second in T20Is by the ICC.[17]


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.[18] 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,[19] 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 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[20]).

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. In particular, the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry has 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. The team is well supported both at home and abroad, especially in the United Kingdom where British Pakistanis have formed a fan-club called the "Stani Army", who show up to matches across the country and provide raucous support. The Stani Army also take part in charity initiatives for needy Pakistanis, including annual friendly cricket matches against British Indian members of the similar "Bharat Army".

1986 Austral-Asia Cup[edit]

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.[21] 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.[21][22]

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.[23][24][25]

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.[26]

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.[27][28][29] 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."[30] Assistant coach Mushtaq Ahmed acted as temporary coach for the team's final group game of the tournament.[31] 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.[32] Shoaib Malik was announced as his successor.[33] Following his return to the squad, Salman Butt was appointed as vice-captain until December 2007.[34]

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.[35] 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."[36] 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."[37] 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.[38]

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.[39] 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.[40] 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 Sri Lanka 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 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[41] 412 132 122 158 16 October 1952
ODI[42] 882 467 389 8 18 11 February 1973
T20I[43] 118 70 45 3 0 28 August 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. 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.[44]

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 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.[45]


On 18 August 2016, Pakistan beat Ireland by 255 runs at Dublin to register their biggest ODI victory.[46][47] They also won the famous 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.[48] 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.


Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who had been the mainstays of the Pakistani batting line-up, announced their retirement from Test cricket (the only format they played) at the completion of the West Indies cricket tour 2017. Pakistan won the T20I series 3–1 and the ODI series 2–1 in the same tour under the captaincy of Sarfraz 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.

2017 ICC Champions Trophy[edit]

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 England, where Hasan Ali took 3 wickets to then 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 Mohammed Hafeez (57 not out) 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.

On the strength of his tournament-leading 13 wickets taken, Hasan Ali was named as player of the tournament. Post match Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain 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 Sarfraz Ahmed as captain, Fakhar Zaman, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali from Pakistan.

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.[49]

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.[50] and Pakistan Super League.

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 7 3 4 0 0
India and Pakistan 1987 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 10/16 3 1 2 0 0
India, Sri Lanka 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 11/11 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 3/12 6 4 2 0 0
Bangladesh 2014 Super 10 5/16 4 2 2 0 0
India 2016 7/16 4 1 3 0 0
Australia 2020 -
Total 6/6 1 Title 34 19 14 1 0

ICC Champions Trophy[edit]

Known as the "ICC Knockout" in 1998 and 2000

Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
Bangladesh 1998 Quarter-finals 5/9 1 0 1 0 0
Kenya 2000 Semi-finals 4/11 2 1 1 0 0
Sri Lanka 2002 Group Stage 5/12 2 1 1 0 0
England 2004 Semi-finals 4/12 3 2 1 0 0
India 2006 Group Stage 6/10 3 1 2 0 0
South Africa 2009 Semi-finals 3/8 4 2 2 0 0
England 2013 Group Stage 8/8 3 0 3 0 0
England 2017 Champions 1/8 5 4 1 0 0
Total 8/8 1 Title 23 11 12 0 0

Asia Cup[edit]

Asia Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
United Arab Emirates 1984 Group Stage 3/3 2 0 2 0 0
Sri Lanka 1986 Runners-up 2/3 3 2 1 0 0
Bangladesh 1988 Group Stage 3/4 3 1 2 0 0
India 1990–91 Did not participate
United Arab Emirates 1995 Group Stage 3/4 3 2 1 0 0
Sri Lanka 1997 3 1 1 0 1
Bangladesh 2000 Champions 1/4 4 4 0 0 0
Sri Lanka 2004 Super Fours 3/6 5 4 1 0 0
Pakistan 2008 5 3 2 0 0
Sri Lanka 2010 Group Stage 3/4 3 1 2 0 0
Bangladesh 2012 Champions 1/4 4 3 1 0 0
Bangladesh 2014 Runners-up 2/5 5 3 2 0 0
Bangladesh 2016 Group Stage 3/5 4 2 2 0 0
India 2018 - - - - - -
Total 12/13 2 Titles 44 26 17 0 1

Other tournaments[edit]

Defunct Tournaments
Commonwealth Games Asian Test Championship Austral-Asia Cup World Championship of Cricket


Cricket World Cup (1): 1992

ICC World Twenty20 (1): 2009

ICC Champions Trophy (1): 2017

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 1
Gaddafi Stadium Lahore 40 59 played/2 cancelled 3
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 Cricket 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, 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.[51]

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.


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.


Current squad[edit]

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

  • 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


  • 1 – Player is also an All-rounder
Name Age Batting Bowling Domestic team C/G Forms S/N
Test, ODI & T20I Captain; Wicket-Keeper Batsman
Sarfaraz Ahmed 30 Right-hand bat - Karachi Whites A Test, ODI, T20I 54
Opening Batsmen
Mohammad Hafeez 37 Right-hand bat Right arm off break Lahore Blues A ODI 08
Azhar Ali 32 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin Lahore Whites A Test, ODI 79
Fakhar Zaman 27 Left-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox Peshawar C ODI, T20I 39
Ahmed Shehzad 25 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin Lahore Blues C ODI, T20I 19
Sami Aslam 21 Left-hand bat Right arm medium NBP C Test 31
Imam-ul-Haq 21 Left-hand bat Right arm leg spin HBL D ODI 26
Middle-Order Batsmen
Fawad Alam 32 Left-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox Rawalpindi - Test 25
Asad Shafiq 31 Right-hand bat Right arm off break Karachi Whites B Test 81
Haris Sohail 28 Left-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox ZTBL C Test 89
Usman Salahuddin 26 Right-hand bat - NBP D Test 88
Babar Azam 23 Right-hand bat Right arm off break Lahore Blues B Test, ODI, T20I 56
Shoaib Malik 35 Right-hand bat Right arm off break Islamabad A ODI, T20I 18
Imad Wasim 28 Left-hand bat Slow-left arm orthodox Islamabad B ODI, T20I 09
Fahim Ashraf 23 Left-hand bat Right arm medium Faisalabad D ODI 41
Shadab Khan 19 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin Rawalpindi C ODI, T20I 29
Pace Bowlers
Hasan Ali 23 Right-hand bat Right Arm Fast-Medium Islamabad B Test, ODI, T20I 32
Mohammad Amir 25 Left-hand bat Left Arm Fast Lahore Blues A Test, ODI 05
Rumman Raees 26 Right-hand bat Left Arm Fast-Medium Karachi Whites D ODI, T20I 15
Mohammad Abbas 27 Right-hand bat Right Arm Fast-Medium Rawalpindi C Test -
Junaid Khan 27 Right-hand bat Left Arm Fast Lahore Blues C ODI 83
Wahab Riaz 32 Right-hand bat Left Arm Fast Lahore Whites C Test, ODI 47
Sohail Tanvir 32 Left-hand bat Left Arm Medium-Fast Rawalpindi - 33
Spin Bowlers
Mohammad Asghar 18 Right-hand bat Slow-Left arm orthodox Rawalpindi D Test -
Yasir Shah 31 Right-hand bat Right arm leg spin Faisalabad A Test 86
Correct as of 01st October 2017

Coaching staff[edit]



Test Batting records[edit]

Name Intl. career span Year set Record description Record Notes
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

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 1976–96 1976 Only teenager to score a double century 19y 140d
Career 6th most Test Double Centuries 6
Career Only player to score a century in his 1st, 50th & 100th Test Match.
Career Only player whose career batting average never fell below 50.
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*
Inzamam-ul-Haq 1991–2007 | 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
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 2004–05 Joint 5th fastest Test fifty 26 balls
2006 3rd most runs off one over 27
2006 Joint most sixes off consecutive deliveries 4
Younis Khan 2000–2017| 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
Career Joint 6th most Test Hundreds 34 Test Hundreds Younis Khan's record is also the most Test hundreds by a Pakistani.
2017 1st Pakistani batsman (13th overall) to reach 10,000 Test runs
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 2001–2017 2014 Fastest half-century 21 balls
2014 Joint second-fastest century 56 balls
2017 Most sixes hit by a captain in Tests 69

T20 International records[edit]

Name Intl. Career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Mohammad Hafeez 2006–13 Career 10th most runs in career 1619
Shoaib Malik 2006–13 Career 9th most runs in career 1625
Shahid Afridi 2006–16 2010 3rd highest innings strike rate 357.14
Umar Akmal 2009–present Career 6th most runs in career 1690
2010 9th most runs in a calendar year 441
Babar Azam 2016–present Career Second most runs after first 10 T20I 384
2017 Second Most runs in a three-match T20I series 179

One Day International batting records[edit]

Name Intl. Career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Inzamam-Ul-Haq 1991–2007 Career 6th highest career ODI runs 11,739
Saeed Anwar 1989–2003 1997 Joint 7th highest ODI innings. 194
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's bat.
Career Most sixes in ODI 333 sixes[52]
Babar Azam 2015 – present 2017 Joint fastest to 1000 ODI runs 21 innings
2017 Fastest Pakistani and second fastest batsman in the world to score first 5 ODI hundreds[53] 25 innings
2017 Most runs after first 25 ODI innings[54] 1306


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 1996–2015 Career most wickets in single world cup as Captain 21
Hassan Ali 2017–Present Career First Pakistani bowler who get most wickets in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 13

T20 International records[edit]

Name Intl. career span Year set Record description Record Notes
Umar Gul 2007–10 Career 2nd most wickets in career joint with Saeed Ajmal 85
Career Most 4 wicket hauls in career 4
Shahid Afridi 2006–12 Career Most wickets in career 97
Career Most wickets in T20 world cups 41
Saeed Ajmal 2009–12 Career 2nd most wickets in career joint with Umar Gul 85
Career 2nd most wickets in T20 World cups 32
Mohammed Asif 2008–2011 Career First T20 Maiden 1
Aamer Yamin 2015–present Career Wicket with first ball on debut 1
Imad Wasim 2015–present Career First spinner to take 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 First bowler to take a hat-trick in both Test and ODI Mohammad Sami (see below) has since taken a hat-trick in all forms of the game.
Career Only bowler to take four hat-tricks
Career 1st bowler to take 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 Only bowler to achieve a Hat-trick in all three formats of the game
Hassan Ali 2017–Present Career Only Pakistani bowler to get the Golden Ball award in champions trophy

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