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The Pakistan national cricket team, popularly referred to as the Shaheens (), Green Shirts, Men in Green, and Cornered Tigers is administered by the
Pakistan Cricket Board The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is a sports governing body for cricket in Pakistan responsible for controlling and organising all tours and matches undertaken by the Pakistan national cricket team. A List of International Cricket Council membe ...
(PCB). The team is a Full Member of the
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, and participates in
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,
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(ODI) and
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cricket matches. Pakistan has played 441 Test matches, winning 145, losing 134 and drawing 162. Pakistan was given Test status on 28 July 1952 and made its Test debut against
India India, officially the Republic of India (Hindi Hindi (Devanagari: , हिंदी, ISO 15919, ISO: ), or more precisely Modern Standard Hindi (Devanagari: , ISO 15919, ISO: ), is an Indo-Aryan language spoken chiefly in Hindi Belt, ...
at
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Arun Jaitley Stadium is a cricket stadium located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi.http://www.cricwindow.com/Venues/Feroz-Shah-Kotla-New-Delhi.html Established in 1883 as the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, being near the Feroz Shah Kotla, Kotla f ...
, Delhi, in October 1952, with India winning by an innings and 70 runs. The team has played 936 ODIs, winning 490, losing 417, tying 9 with 20 ending in
no-result The result in a game of cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each compr ...
. Pakistan was the 1992 World Cup champion, and was the runner-up in the 1999 tournament. Pakistan, in conjunction with other countries in
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South Asia
, has hosted the
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and
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World Cups, with the 1996 final being hosted at
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in
Lahore Lahore (; pnb, ; ; ur, ; ) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab Punjab (; ; ; ; also as Panjāb or Panj-Āb) is a geopolitical, cultural, and in , specifically in the northern part of the , comprising areas of east ...

Lahore
. The team has also played 189
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s, winning 117, losing 64 and tying 3. Pakistan won the
2009 ICC World Twenty20
2009 ICC World Twenty20
and were runners-up in the
inaugural tournament in 2007
inaugural tournament in 2007
. Pakistan has the distinct achievement of having won each of the major
ICC ICC may refer to: Buildings * International Commerce Centre, a skyscraper in Hong Kong * International Commercial Center, a skyscraper in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia * International Convention Centre (disambiguation), any of several convention centers * ...
international cricket tournaments:
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(1992),
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(2009), and
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(2017); as well as becoming the fourth team to lift the mace of the
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in 2016. As of 13 November 2021, the Pakistan cricket team are ranked fifth in
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, sixth in ODIs and third in T20Is by the
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. The increase in
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as a result of the
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led to a stagnation of foreign teams touring Pakistan. Following the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team, no Test cricket was played in the country until 2019. Between 2009 and 2016, their home matches have been mostly held in the
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United Arab Emirates
. However, due to a decrease in terrorism in Pakistan over the past few years, as well as an increase in security, many teams have toured Pakistan since 2015. These teams include
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,
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (, ; si, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, Śrī Laṅkā, translit-std=ISO (); ta, இலங்கை, Ilaṅkai, translit-std=ISO ()), formerly known as Ceylon, and officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is ...
,
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,
Bangladesh Bangladesh (, bn, বাংলাদেশ, ), officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia South Asia is the southern region of Asia, which is defined in both geography, geographical and culture, ethno-c ...
,
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, and an ICC World XI team. In addition, the
Pakistan Super League The Pakistan Super League ( ur, ; abbreviated PSL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a ...
has seen games hosted in Pakistan.


History

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Cricket
in
Pakistan Pakistan, . Pronounced variably in English as , , , and . officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world's List of countries and dependencies by population, fifth-most populous country, with a popul ...

Pakistan
has a history predating the creation of the country in 1947. The first ever international cricket match in
Karachi Karachi (; ur, ; ; ALA-LC ALA-LC (American Library Association - Library of Congress) is a set of standards for romanization, the representation of text in other writing systems using the Latin script. Applications The system is used to re ...

Karachi
was held on 22 November 1935 between
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Sindh
and Australian cricket teams. The match was seen by 5,000 Karachiites. Ghulam Mohammad was the captain of team
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Sind
and Frank Tarrant was the captain of Tarrant's team. 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
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at
Lord's Lord's Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord's, is a cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch ...
in England on 28 July 1952 following recommendation by India, which, being the successor state of the
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British Raj
, did not have to go through such a process. The first captain of the Pakistan national cricket team was
Abdul Hafeez Kardar Abdul Hafeez Kardar ( ur, عبد الحفیظ کاردار ) or Abdul Kardar (17 January 1925 – 21 April 1996) was a Pakistani cricketer and politician. He was the first captain (cricket), captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Pakistan Test c ...
. Pakistan's first Test match was played in
Delhi Delhi (; ''Dillī''; ''Dillī''; ''Dêhlī''), officially the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, is a city and a of containing , the capital of India. * * * Straddling the river, but primarily its western or right bank, Delhi ...

Delhi
in October 1952 as part of a five Test series which
India India, officially the Republic of India (Hindi Hindi (Devanagari: , हिंदी, ISO 15919, ISO: ), or more precisely Modern Standard Hindi (Devanagari: , ISO 15919, ISO: ), is an Indo-Aryan language spoken chiefly in Hindi Belt, ...
won 2–1. Pakistan made their first tour of England in 1954 and drew the series 1–1 after a victory at
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The Oval
in which fast bowler
Fazal Mahmood Fazal Mahmood ( Punjabi, ur, ), (18 February 1927 – 30 May 2005) was a Pakistani cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre of which i ...
took 12 wickets. Pakistan's first home Test match was against India in January 1955 at
Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangabandhu National Stadium ( bn, বঙ্গবন্ধু জাতীয় স্টেডিয়াম), also known as Dhaka Stadium, and formerly known as Dacca Stadium, is the national stadium and a multipurpose sports arena in Dhaka ...
,
Dacca Dhaka ( or ; bn, ঢাকা, Ḍhākā, ), List of renamed places in Bangladesh, formerly known as Dacca, is the Capital city, capital and the largest city of Bangladesh, as well as the largest city in the Bengal region. It is the eight ...
, East Pakistan (now
Bangladesh Bangladesh (, bn, বাংলাদেশ, ), officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia South Asia is the southern region of Asia, which is defined in both geography, geographical and culture, ethno-c ...

Bangladesh
), after which four more Test matches were played in
Bahawalpur Bahawalpur (), is a city located in the Punjab, Pakistan, Punjab province of Pakistan. Bahawalpur is the List of most populated metropolitan areas in Pakistan, 11th largest city in Pakistan by population as per 2017 census with a population of ...

Bahawalpur
,
Lahore Lahore (; pnb, ; ; ur, ; ) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab Punjab (; ; ; ; also as Panjāb or Panj-Āb) is a geopolitical, cultural, and in , specifically in the northern part of the , comprising areas of east ...

Lahore
,
Peshawar Peshawar (; ps, پېښور ; hnd, ; ; ur, ) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its List of cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by population, largest city. It is the List of most populous cities in Pakistan, six ...

Peshawar
and
Karachi Karachi (; ur, ; ; ALA-LC ALA-LC (American Library Association - Library of Congress) is a set of standards for romanization, the representation of text in other writing systems using the Latin script. Applications The system is used to re ...

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


1986 Austral-Asia Cup

The 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, played in
Sharjah Sharjah ( ar, ٱلشَّارقَة '; Gulf Arabic: ''aš-šārja'') is the List of cities in the United Arab Emirates, third-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman me ...
in
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UAE
, saw a last-ball victory for Pakistan against their arch-rivals India, with
Javed Miandad Mohammad Javed Miandad (Urdu: ; born 12 June 1957), popularly known as Javed Miandad (Urdu: ), is a Pakistani cricket coach, commentator and former cricketer known for his unconventional style of captaincy and batting. ESPNcricinfo described h ...
emerging as a national hero.Going, going...gone
.
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. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
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
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full toss A full toss is a type of delivery (cricket), delivery in the sport of cricket. It describes any delivery that reaches the batsman without bouncing on the cricket pitch, pitch first. A full toss which reaches the batsman above the waist is called ...

full toss
from
Chetan Sharma Chetan Sharma (born 3 January 1966) is a former Indian cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with ...
, which he hit for six over the midwicket boundary.


1992 Cricket World Cup

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 Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi ( ur, , ps, عمران احمد خان نیازی; born 5 October 1952) is a Pakistani politician and former cricketer who is the List of Prime Ministers of Pakistan, 22nd and current prime minister of Pakistan. ...

Imran Khan
and
Saleem Malik Saleem Malik (Urdu: ) (16 April 1963), is a Pakistani former cricketer , he played between 1981/82 and 1999, at one stage captaining the Pakistani cricket team. He was a right-handed wristy middle order batsman who was strong square of the wicket. ...

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 Syed Inzamam-ul-Haq ( ur, ; born 3 March 1970), also known as Inzi, is a Pakistani cricket coach and former Pakistan cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field ...

Inzamam-ul-Haq
, who had just turned 22 and was not a well-known player at the time, burst onto the international stage with a match-winning 60 off 37 balls. Once Inzamam got out, Pakistan required 36 runs from 30 balls, which wicket-keeper
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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.Inzi announces his arrival and India's hat-trick hero
.
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. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
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 Waqar Younis ( ur, ; born 16 November 1971) is a Pakistani cricket coach, commentator and former cricketer who captained Pakistan national cricket team. A right-arm fast bowling, fast bowler, Waqar Younis is regarded as one of the greatest bowl ...

Waqar Younis
and
Saeed Anwar Saeed Anwar ( ur, ; born 6 September 1968) is a Pakistani former cricketer and a former captain for Tests and ODIs. An opening Batting (cricket), batsman and occasional Left-arm orthodox spin, slow left arm orthodox Bowling (cricket), bowler, ...
and being led by an injured captain Imran Khan. Pakistan lost 3 of their first 5 matches and were nearly eliminated in the first round of the tournament after being bowled out for 74 runs against England, until the match was declared as a "no result" due to rain. Imran Khan told the team to play like "cornered tigers", after which Pakistan won five successive matches, including the semi-final against hosts New Zealand and the final against England.


2007 Cricket World Cup

The
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was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when Pakistan was knocked out of the competition in a shock defeat to
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, 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. Tragedy struck the team when coach
Bob Woolmer Robert Andrew Woolmer (14 May 1948 – 18 March 2007) was an English cricket coach, cricketer Cricket is a bat-and-ball gameBat-and-ball may refer to: *Bat-and-ball games Bat-and-ball games (or safe haven games) are field games played b ...

Bob Woolmer
died one day later on 18 March 2007 in a hospital in
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. Jamaican police spokesman Karl Angell reported on 23 March 2007 that, "Mr Woolmer's death was due to
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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." Assistant coach Mushtaq Ahmed acted as temporary coach for the team's final group game of the tournament. 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.
Shoaib Malik Shoaib Malik ( Punjabi, ur, ; born 1 February 1982) is a Pakistani cricketer who plays for the Pakistan national cricket team and Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League The Pakistan Super League ( ur, ; abbreviated PSL) is a profe ...

Shoaib Malik
was announced as his successor.Shoaib Malik appointed Pakistan captain
: ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
Following his return to the squad,
Salman Butt Salman Butt ( ur, , born 7 October 1984) is a Pakistani cricket commentator, cricketer and former captain who played for Pakistan national cricket team The Pakistan national cricket team, popularly referred to as the Shaheens (), Green Sh ...
was appointed as vice-captain until December 2007.Butt named Malik's deputy
.
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. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
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. 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." 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." 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. 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.Talat to act as interim coach
: ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 April 2007.
On 16 July 2007, Geoff Lawson, previously head coach of New South Wales, was appointed coach of Pakistan for two years, becoming the third foreigner to take on the rôle.Lawson named Pakistan coach
.
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. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
In the
2007 ICC World Twenty20 The 2007 ICC World Twenty20 was the inaugural Twenty20 International cricket world championship, contested in South Africa from 11 to 24 September 2007. Twelve teams took part in the thirteen-day tournament—the ten Test cricket, Test-playing na ...

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 Intikhab Alam Khan (Urdu Urdu (; ur, , ALA-LC: ) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken chiefly in South Asia South Asia is the southern region of Asia, which is defined in both geography, geographical and culture, ethno-cultural terms. ...
was named as a national coach of the team by the PCB.


2009 ICC World T20

In the final at Lord's, the home of cricket in London, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. The first over was bowled by Mohammad Amir. After failing to score off the first four balls – all short – Dilshan went for his scoop and mistimed it, resulting in him being caught at short fine-leg. Soon after this, Jehan Mubarak top-edged a delivery by Abdul Razzaq which went high in the air and was caught by Shahzaib Hasan, leaving Sri Lanka at 2 for 2.Sanath Jayasuriya was able to stabilise the innings for Sri Lanka hitting 17 runs off 10 balls, however, Jayasuriya soon fell as he dragged a good length ball back on to the stumps. Mahela Jayawardene followed after edging a shot into the hands of Misbah-ul-Haq, leaving Sri Lanka on 32/4.Sangakkara and Chamara Silva added further runs before the latter was caught by Saeed Ajmal playing a pull shot off the bowling of Umar Gul.Shahid Afridi soon after, took the wicket of Isuru Udana with a googly which drifted into the right-hander, knocking the off-stump. This brought in Angelo Mathews, who along with Sangakkara took the score from 70/6 to 138/6, with 17 runs being scored off the last over bowled by Mohammad Amir. Sri Lanka finished on 138/6 from 20 overs. Pakistan started off well with openers Kamran Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan adding 48 runs for the 1st wicket before Kamran Akmal was stumped by Kumar Sangakkara by the first delivery of Sanath Jayasuriya.Pakistan reached the target in 18.4 overs, with Shahid Afridi, who hit the winning runs, earning Man of the Matchwhile Tillakaratne Dilshan was declared Man of the Series for his 317 runs at an average of 63.40. Pakistan's win often cheered on by crowds of fans from England's Pakistani communities, marked its first world title since Imran Khan's "cornered tigers" had won the 1992 World Cup."We all know how important this World Cup was with so much happening in Pakistan," Afridi said. "The guys motivated themselves for this World Cup." Afridi had a quiet start to the tournament with the bat but responded strongly with match-winning half-centuries in the semi-final and final. He also took 11 wickets in the tournament. He said the support staff, including the head coach Intikhab Alam and bowling coach Aaqib Javed, played a role in shaping the team's victory. "They all really worked hard with the guys and kept them united and close to each other, that's why we had success," Afridi said. Shahid Afridi was the man who won the heart of people of Pakistan


2010 ICC World T20

The 2010 World T20 was held in West Indies, where Pakistan was able to reach for the semi-final stage. Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh were in Group A. Pakistan won the first match against Bangladesh by 21 runs. Salman Butt became the hero of the match with his 73 runs from just 46 balls. The second match for Pakistan was with Australia, where Australia won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 191/10 with 49 ball 81 runs by
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. In this match, final over of Australian innings was bowled by
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. 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
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scored a match winning unbeaten 64 runs from just 24 balls. Australia scored 197/7 in 19.5 overs and won the match. With this match, Pakistan lost their defended World T20 title.


2011 Cricket World Cup

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


2012 ICC World T20

The 2012 edition of World T20 was held in
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, where Pakistan grouped in Group D with New Zealand, and Bangladesh. They won comfortably against the two teams, and stood up as top of group D. In super eight contest, Pakistan first played against South Africa, where Pakistan won the match by just 2 wickets. next match was against India, which always given a much publicity by all over the fans. Pakistan bowled out for just 128 runs, where India reached the target with only 2 wickets given. Pakistan won their last Super eight match against Australia by 32 runs, where
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performed well in the match by taking 3 wickets for 17 runs. Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals after superior net run rate than India. The Pakistan semi-final was with the host-Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka scored 139/ with Mahela Jayawardena took the gear. Pakistan nearly chased the target, but wickets in crucial interval gave them backward. Skipper
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scored 42 runs and all the other batsmen not going well. The match was turned towards Sri Lanka with magical spell by
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, who took wickets of Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. Pakistan lost the match by 16 runs.


2014 ICC World T20

The 2014 ICC World T20 was held by
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. The Pakistani team was in Bangladesh prior to the World T20, due to
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, 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
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scored the maiden T20I century by a Pakistani. He finished with an unbeaten 111 off 62 balls. The crucial match was with West Indies, where the winning team would go through to the semi-final. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 166/6 in their 20 overs, West Indies scored 82 runs off the last 5 overs giving a fearsome hitting to the Pakistani bowlers. Pakistan's chase was unsuccessful as they were bowled out for just 82 runs. Pakistan was eliminated from the tournament with this result.


2015 Cricket World Cup

Pakistan started poorly in the
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. Their first match was against cricket rivals — India. India batted first and scored 300/7 with
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scoring a century. After a poor start to the run chase, Pakistan's skipper
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made a useful contribution of 76 runs but Pakistan lost the match by 76 runs. The second match against
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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,
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,
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and Ireland.
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scored Pakistan's only century against Ireland and was awarded Man of the Match against both South Africa and Ireland. The victory was Pakistan's first against South Africa in a World Cup match. Pakistan finished third in group B and qualified for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal match of Pakistan was against
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. 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,
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. 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
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and
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allowed Australia to win the match. As a result, Pakistan were knocked out of the tournament. The match was the final ODI for Pakistani's captain Misbah-ul-Haq and experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi.


After 2015 Cricket World Cup

After the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi ended their ODI careers. As a result, the captaincy of the ODI team was given to newcomer
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. Under his captaincy, Pakistan played their first ODI series Pakistani cricket team in Bangladesh in 2014–15, 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. Pakistan played a Zimbabwean cricket team in Pakistan in 2015, home series against Zimbabwe in May 2015 after 6 years. This was the first tour by a Test-playing nation since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team, 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 Pakistani cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2015, the Sri Lanka tour in 2015, Pakistan won the Test series 2–1, the ODI series 3–2 and the T20I series 2–0. The successful tour allowed Pakistan to qualify for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, removing West Indies from a place in the tournament. The series win pushed up Pakistan's ranking in all three formats of the game. In September, Pakistan travelled to Pakistani cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2015, Zimbabwe for 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs. Pakistan won the T20I series 2–0 and the ODI series 2–1. As a result, Pakistan concluded their 2015 season rankings as 4th in Tests, 8th in ODIs, and 2nd in T20Is.


2016 ICC World T20

The 2016 ICC World Twenty20, sixth edition of ICC Men's T20 World Cup, ICC World T20 was held in India. Pakistan was in group 2 with India, Australia, New Zealand national cricket team, New Zealand and
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. Pakistan started their 2016 ICC World Twenty20, World T20 campaign with a victory defeating Bangladesh by a margin of 55 runs. But the remaining campaign was a disaster as Pakistan lost all their three remaining matches against India, New Zealand and Australia in group-stage and, therefore, were knocked out of the tournament early. This was the second time that Pakistan didn't make it to the semi-finals of World T20 (previous in ICC World T20 2014). On 18 August 2016, Pakistan beat Ireland by 255 runs at Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin to register their biggest ODI victory. They also won the
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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. Pakistan became the 1st Asian team and 2nd team overall to win a day-night test match, which was against the West Indies in Dubai. In a later T20 series in Sep 2016, Pakistan's National Cricket Team won the series with 2016 ICC World Twenty20, World T20 Winner team West Indies with 3–0. They won by 9 wickets, 16 runs, 8 wickets consecutively.


2017

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and Younis Khan, who had been the mainstays of the Pakistani batting line-up, announced their retirements from Test cricket (the only format they played at that time) at the completion of the Pakistani cricket team in West Indies in 2016-17, West Indies tour 2017. Pakistan won the T20I series 3–1 and the One Day International, ODI series 2–1 in the same tour under the captaincy of
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. 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.
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was announced as Misbah's successor. In his first series against
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, who toured
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, Pakistan lost both Test matches. It was first time in 10 years that Pakistan lost their home series, the first time they lost was against the Australia national cricket team, Australian team and the first time in the UAE ever since it became Pakistan's adoptive home.


2017 ICC Champions Trophy

The tournament did not start well for Pakistan, losing to their arch-rivals
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by 124 runs. But as the group stages progressed the bowling attack improved significantly for Pakistan, winning games against
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by 19 runs, and a crucial game against
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by 3 wickets. This set up a semi-final against hosts and favourites England national cricket team, England, where Hasan Ali (cricketer), Hasan Ali took 3 wickets to take Pakistan to their first
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Final, a highly anticipated re-match with India. In the final before a packed house at
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, India won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pakistan's batting lineup made India question their decision with opening batsman Fakhar Zaman (cricketer), Fakhar Zaman scoring his maiden
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century (114 off 106 deliveries), with major contributions from
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(59) and
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(57not out, *) pushing Pakistan to a total of 338. India lost their top order quickly with
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getting the key wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and
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. Resistance came in the form of Hardik Pandya, who scored a brisk 76. Hasan Ali (cricketer), Hasan Ali, Pakistan's star find in this tournament took the final wicket finishing with figures of 3–19, leaving India 180 runs short of the target and handing Pakistan their first Champions Trophy. The margin of victory was the largest in an ICC tournament final. Hasan Ali was named as player of the tournament. Pakistan captain,
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stated (after the opening match against India) "I said to the boys, the tournament doesn't finish here. Good cricket, positive cricket and we will win". After Pakistan's victory, they moved up from 8th to 6th in the ICC ODI rankings. The ICC Team of the Tournament had Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain, Fakhar Zaman, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali from Pakistan.


Test cricket

Pakistan's first Test match was played in
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in October 1952 as part of a five Test series. They lost the first test by an innings and 70 runs. India scored 372 runs in their first innings and Pakistan managed 302 runs in combined both innings. However, it just took seven days to turn things around for the Pakistani's. In second Test match, Pakistan blew India away for 106 before Pakistan, with the help of Hanif Mohammad's 124, scored 331 in their first innings, taking a lead of 225. India were bowled out for 182, giving Pakistan a win by an innings and 43 runs. It was
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's game as he took 12/94. India won the next match by 10 wickets before the final two test were drawn, which resulted
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winning series 2–1. Pakistan made their first tour of England in 1954 and drew the series 1–1 after a victory at
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in which fast bowler
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took 12 wickets. Pakistan's first home Test match was against India in January 1955 at
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,
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, East Pakistan (now
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), after which four more Test matches were played in
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,
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,
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and
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(all five matches in the series were drawn, the first such occurrence in Test history). In the same year, New Zealand national cricket team, New Zealand toured Pakistan for their first series against them. They defeated New Zealand by an innings and 1 run in the first test and won the second test match by 4 wickets. The final test ended in a draw, resulting in Pakistan's first ever Test series win, with 2-0 margin. In 1956
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toured Pakistan and played one test, which Pakistan won. They bowled Australia out for 80 in their first innings. Pakistan took a lead of 119 runs when they were dismissed at 199. Pakistan bowled Australia out for 187 in the second innings, giving the hosts a target of 68. Pakistan won comfortably by 9 wickets. Again, Fazal Mahmood was the chief destroyer, taking 13/114 in the match. Pakistan visited West Indies in 1958 for a five-test series. Pakistan drew the first test. It was Hanif Mohammad's match as he saved Pakistan after they were bowled out for 106 in reply to West Indies' first innings of 579. Trailing by 473, Mohammad played the longest test match innings - a marathon 970 minutes for his match-saving 337. The next three tests went in West Indies' favour before Pakistan won their first match against them by an innings and 1 run. In that match, it was another Mohammad performance. This time it was Hanif's brother Wazir Mohammad who scored 189 out of Pakistan's 496 in reply to the hosts' 268. West Indies were bowled out for 227 in their second innings but the series went to them by 3–1.


Performance in 1970s until 1990s

From 1970 to 1979, Pakistan played over 13 Test series, which they won 3, lost 5 and drew 5. In total of 41 Test matches, Pakistan won 6, lost 12 and drew 23. They had a below par performance. But from 1980 to 1989, they did better. Out of 21 Test series they have played from that period, they won 9, lost 5 and drew 7. In terms of matches, they played total of 72 matches, winning 20 and losing 12 with 40 draws. In 1987, Pakistan went to India for five match series. It was Sunil Gavaskar's last test series. The first four test went draw but the final match was thriller. Pakistan scored 116 before India scored 145. Pakistan came back with 249 on board, giving the host a target of 220. India fell 16 runs short and the series was considered one of the best India-Pakistan series. In 1988, after West Indies tour where they drew 1-1 (3), Pakistan were rated as No.1 Test team. It was one of greatest moments in their history. From 1990 to 1999, Pakistan did even better. They played 29 series, winning over 15 and losing 9 with 5 drawn. In terms of matches, they played 74, winning 40, losing 21 and drawing 13. In this period, the lowest point of for Pakistan came in 1998 where they lost to
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1–0 in three match series. The biggest moment came in 1998-99 Asian Test Championship, Asian Test Championship in 1998 where they defeated Sri Lanka in the final by an innings and 175 runs.


21st century

In 2002, Pakistan participated in their second Asian Test Championship. It was originally planned to include all four Asian ICC full-members (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). However, before the tournament started, India's participation was put in doubt. After defeating Bangladesh in the 1st Test to meet Sri Lanka in the final, they were defeated by them by 8 wickets. A major controversy occurred in 2006 when the team toured England for a four-match Test series. England led the series 2-0 going into the final Test. In the first innings of that match, they were bowled out for 173 and Pakistan scored 504 in reply. In the second innings, after the dismissal of Alastair Cook for 83 off a reverse-swinging from Umar Gul, umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove called a halt to play as they adjudged Pakistan to be guilty of ball tampering. The ball was replaced and England was awarded 5 penalty runs. This event was the catalyst for the subsequent refusal to continue the match after tea by the Pakistan team. Based on the Laws of Cricket, the umpires declared Pakistan to have forfeited the game. The ICC later changed the result of the match to a draw, and subsequently reinstated the original result on 1 February 2009.


2010 spot-fixing scandal

The Pakistan cricket team toured England from 29 July to 22 September 2010. The tour consisted of four
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, two Twenty20, T20Is and five One Day Internationals, ODIs. During the Test series, Pakistan lost the first two Test by 354 runs and 9 wickets. They came back to win the third Test by 4 wickets. However, in the fourth Test, the spot-fixing took place. On the third day of the 4th Test, British newspaper News of the World published a story with allegations that an agent loosely affiliated with some of the Pakistani players (later identified as Mazhar Majeed) had accepted a £150,000 (US$232,665) bribe from undercover reporters for information that two Pakistani bowlers (Mohammad Asif (cricketer), Mohammad Asif and
Mohammad Amir Mohammad Amir ( ur, ; born 13 April 1992) is a Pakistani cricketer Cricket is a bat-and-ball gameBat-and-ball may refer to: *Bat-and-ball games Bat-and-ball games (or safe haven games) are field games played by two opposing teams, in ...

Mohammad Amir
) would deliberately deliver no balls at specific points during the match. The third player was also caught. It was Pakistan's Test skipper
Salman Butt Salman Butt ( ur, , born 7 October 1984) is a Pakistani cricket commentator, cricketer and former captain who played for Pakistan national cricket team The Pakistan national cricket team, popularly referred to as the Shaheens (), Green Sh ...
, who was revealed to be the master mind of this case. On 1 November 2011, Asif, Amir, and Butt were found guilty for their part in the spot-fixing and were given prison sentences, ranging from six months to 30 months and now Amir played well.


Under Misbah-ul-Haq

After Amir, Asif and Butt were dismissed, Pakistan made Misbah-ul-Haq, Misbah ul Haq the new captain of Pakistan. In subsequent series against South Africa in the UAE he led Pakistan in tests. After resignation of Shahid Afridi as test captain and suspension of
Salman Butt Salman Butt ( ur, , born 7 October 1984) is a Pakistani cricket commentator, cricketer and former captain who played for Pakistan national cricket team The Pakistan national cricket team, popularly referred to as the Shaheens (), Green Sh ...
due to spot-fixing scandal, Misbah was preferred over Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf (cricketer, born 1974), Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal as captain. Wasim Akram stated that although the decision was surprising, if Misbah bats and fields well everything else will go according to plan. Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson stated that he believed Misbah has the best cricketing brain within Pakistan and he will do incredibly well in the plans for the captaincy Misbah hit back at those who criticised the decision to appoint him captain and stated that he should be given a chance to prove himself. In Misbah's first series against South Africa in UAE 2010, he led the two match Test series to draw 0-0. Later the team toured New Zealand where they won two match Test series 1–0. Pakistan also went to West Indies and Zimbabwe for two Match and lone Test match. They drew 1-1 and won 1–0 over West Indies and Zimbabwe respectively. They also won against the touring Sri Lankan team, winning 1-0 (3) and whitewashed Bangladesh 2-0 (2). One of the most biggest moment for Pakistan under Misbah's captaincy was when they whitewashed England, the then no.1 side, who toured UAE in early 2012. Mohsin Khan (Pakistani cricketer), Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan coach, compared his team's whitewash against England to the 1992 Cricket World Cup triumph. "Today is like a dream come true," Mohsin told Sky Sports. "It's not a very experienced team but it's very talented. Today, the captain and all the players have proved they are one of the best in the world. It's a great achievement for the Pakistan team." Against the South Africa cricket team in 2013 tour, they were badly whitewashed by the Proteas by 3-0 (3). In first Test, they were bowled out for 49, the worst in their history. That was considered to be worst performance against top side. At the same year, they also got their second defeat to Zimbabwe when Pakistan toured for two match Test series. The series was drawn 1-1. In early 2014, against Sri Lanka who toured UAE for 3 match series, Pakistan were down 1-0 after two match. In the final match, the first four days went nowhere until the early fifth day when Pakistan managed to bowl out the Sri Lankan cricket team for 214 and were asked to chase 301 in last two and a half session. Pakistan chased it down in 57.3 overs, the fastest chase in Test cricket history. Another greatest performance from Pakistan is when they whitewashed the touring Australian cricket team. After beating Pakistan 1–0 in T20Is and 3–0 in ODIs, Pakistan were doubtful to win a two match Test series against the tourist. However, Pakistan won the matches by 221 runs and 356 runs. The win in the second Test was their highest winning margin against any opposition in their history. Also in the same match, Misbah equaled the then fastest Test match century off 56 deliveries. Against New Zealand, who toured Pakistan for 3 Test match series. After winning the first Test, Misbah became Pakistan's most successful Test captain win 15 wins, taking over
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Imran Khan
and
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's joint 14 win record. The series went to draw 1-1 (3). Another moment for Pakistan under Misbah was when Pakistan toured Sri Lanka and defeated them in three match Test series. There, it was the first time Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka after 9 years. And when England toured UAE for three match Test series, Pakistan defeated them 2-0 (3). As a result, they climbed to No.2 in Test rankings, also after 9 years.


Rise to No.1 in Tests

In 2016, Pakistan became No.1 Test team after their tour of England, where they drew series 2-2 (4). It was the first time since the ranking system were introduced, they were crowned No.1 and first time since 1988. It was another great achievement in Pakistan's Test history. They were also given Test mace in Lahore. However, their No.1 rank was short-lived, as their downfall began. After winning the series against the West Indies national cricket team, West Indies 2-1 (3) in UAE, Pakistan toured New Zealand national cricket team, New Zealand and
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for two match and three match Test series. They lost all five matches plus one lost against West Indies. They were down at No.5 in rankings. Misbah was considering retirement after the Australia tour but stayed till West Indies tour, saying he had 'one last job to do'. Despite having major upsets in the southern continent, Pakistan were triumphant in the Pakistani cricket team in the West Indies in 2016-17, West Indies tour of 2017, having won the T20 series 3–1, the ODI series by 2–1, and winning a thriller in the 3rd test to seal it 2–1. This was Pakistan's first ever test series win in the Caribbean.
Misbah-ul-Haq Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi ( ur, ) (born 28 May 1974) is a Pakistani cricket coach and former international cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at t ...

Misbah-ul-Haq
and Younus Khan retired after, with the captaincy going to
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.


Governing body

The
Pakistan Cricket Board The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is a sports governing body for cricket in Pakistan responsible for controlling and organising all tours and matches undertaken by the Pakistan national cricket team. A List of International Cricket Council membe ...
(PCB) is responsible for all first class and Test cricket played in Pakistan and by the Pakistan cricket team. It was admitted to the
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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. The PCB's experiment with the Twenty20 cricket model has also proven popular and hopes to similarly revive popular interest in domestic games, which it did. The PCB also set up major domestic competitions such as the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, the Faysal Bank T20 Cup, the
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and the National Twenty20 Cup.


Tournament history

''A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Pakistan''


ICC World Test Championship


ICC Cricket World Cup


ICC T20 World Cup


ICC Champions Trophy

Known as the ’ICC Knockout’ in 1998 and 2000


ACC Asia Cup


Other tournaments


Honours

*ICC Cricket World Cup, World Cup: ** Champions (1): 1992 Cricket World Cup, 1992 ** Runners-up (1): 1999 Cricket World Cup, 1999 *ICC Men's T20 World Cup, T20 World Cup: ** Champions (1): 2009 ICC World Twenty20, 2009 ** Runners-up (1): 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2007 *ICC Champions Trophy, Champions Trophy: ** Champions (1): 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, 2017 *Asia Cup: ** Champions (2): 2000 Asia Cup, 2000, 2012 Asia Cup, 2012 ** Runners-up (2): 1986 Asia Cup, 1986, 2014 Asia Cup, 2014


List of international grounds

''Correct as of 15 December 2019''


Pakistan women's cricket team

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


Team colours

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


Logo

During the early years, Pakistan cricket team's logo was a shaheen with star and crescent on it but this crest changed in 1959. Pakistan's cricket team's current 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

On 2 July 2021, The PCB published new central contracts for the Pakistan Cricket team for the 2021–2022 season. Central contracts were awarded to 17 players in three different categories, along with 3 players being named in emerging category. Four players were given A category contracts, while 6 players were given contracts in the B category and the C category consisted of 7 players. The monthly salaries for each category are as follows: * Category A: * Category B: * Category C: This is a list of all the players with the forms of cricket in which they recently played.


Coaching and managing staff

''Correct as of 13 September 2021


Records


Results summary

International match summary


Batting


Test batting records


One-Day International batting records


T20 International batting records


Bowling


Test bowling records


One-Day International bowling records


T20 International records


Miscellaneous records


See also

* 2012–13 Faysal Bank T20 Cup * Cricket in Pakistan * India–Pakistan cricket rivalry * Pakistan blind cricket team * Pakistan cricket team records * Pakistan national women's cricket team * Pakistan U-19 cricket team * Pakistani national cricket captains * Politics and sports * List of Pakistan Test cricketers * List of Pakistan ODI cricketers * List of Pakistan Twenty20 International cricketers


References


Further reading

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External links

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