Pakistan National Cricket Team

Nickname: Shaheens (Falcons), Green Shirts, Men in Green, Cornered Tigers
Test Status (Year): 1952
ICC Status: Full Member
ICC Joined (Year): 1952
Head Coach: Saqlain Mushtaq, Abdul Razzaq
Test Cricket
Test Captain Babar Azam
Test Kit Color
Pakistan - ICC Test Team Ranking 5 Matches: 27 Points: 2481 Rating: 92
ODI Cricket
ODI Captain Babar Azam
ODI Kit Color
Pakistan - ICC ODI Team Ranking 6 Matches: 27 Points: 2524 Rating: 93
T20I Cricket
T20I Captain Babar Azam
T20I Kit Color
Pakistan - ICC T20I Team Ranking 3 Matches: 3 Points: 8883 Rating: 261

Pakistan National Cricket Team: Current Squad

Faheem Ashraf Faheem Ashraf Bowler TEST ODI T20I 41 Hasan Ali Hasan Ali Bowler TEST ODI T20I 32

Pakistan National Cricket Team: Facts and Records

Pakistan National Cricket Team is the best T20 side in the world.

Inzamam ul Haq’s very first ball in International cricket.

Wasim Akram has a higher Individual score than Sachin in Tests.

Pakistan National Cricket Team - men's national cricket team

Published: Reading time: ~ 8 min. Comments: 0
Pakistan National Cricket Team

The Pakistan national cricket team is a member of the International Cricket Council, which gives it the right to play in tests, as well as in international competitions such as One Day International and T20I. The Pakistan Cricket Board oversees the national team. Read about the history of cricket development in Pakistan and the main professional achievements of the national team in our article.

Pakistan National Cricket Team - The team plays in a green uniform, the fans call the Men in Green
Pakistan National Cricket Team – The team plays in a green uniform, the fans call the Men in Green

Pakistan national cricket team: a history of cricket development

The Republic of Pakistan is located on the territory of South Asia. The state itself was formed in 1947 as a result of the partition of British India. Therefore, cricket itself appeared long before this historical event. It was brought by the British, who lived on colonized lands at the beginning of the 20th century.

The first international cricket match, which was recorded by history, was held on November 22 in 1935. The game was held in Karachi, and the opponents were the team of Sindh, one of the four provinces of Pakistan, and the Australian national team. 5 thousand spectators attended the match.

When Pakistan became an independent republic, cricket began to develop rapidly throughout the country. In 1952, the country received a status that allowed it to take part in test matches. During the same period, the first test match was played in the autumn against Delhi. As history shows, the first captain of the Pakistan national cricket team was Abdul Hafeez Kardar.

Pakistan held its first international test tour in England in 1954. And the Pakistanis hosted their first home match in 1955 when they hosted a team from India. The game ended in a draw.

On February 11, 1973, the Pakistan national cricket team made its debut in the One Day International. On August 28, 2006, Pakistan made its first appearance at the T20.

The Pakistan national cricket team has its own big fan club, which is called Stani Army. It was formed in 1987. The fans are very supportive of the team and travel for it.

Due to the prevailing military situation in Pakistan, the country had suspended all cricket matches held on the side of the Pakistanis for 10 years from 2009 to 2019. Until 2016, home matches were held mainly in the UAE.

The main achievements of Pakistan national cricket team
The main achievements of Pakistan national cricket team

Pakistan national cricket team: the main achievements

According to the latest statistics, the national team of Pakistan took part in:

  • 437 test matches, in which it collected 142 wins, 162 draws and 133 losses.
  • 933 matches of One Day International, where it was able to win 490 matches, draw 9 matches, and lose 414. Twenty games were considered inconclusive by the umpire.
  • 170 Twenty20 Internationals matches, where it won 104 matches, took 3 draws and lost in 61 games.

The main achievements of the Pakistan national cricket team:

  • In 1986, it won the first Austral-Asia Cup. The team repeated its success in 1990 and 1994.
  • In 1988, it was recognized as the No. 1 team in Tests.
  • In 1989, it won the only Nehru Cup.
  • Won the ODI Cricket World Cup in 1992.
  • In 1999, it took second place at the World Cup champion.
  • In 2000, it took the Asia Cup trophy. In 2012, it won the title for the second time.
  • In 2007, it took second place at the ICC World Twenty20.
  • In 2009, it became the champion at the ICC World T20.
  • In 2016, it was again recognized as the No. 1 team in Tests.
  • In 2017, the team took the ICC Champions Trophy.
The best players of the Pakistan national cricket team
Position on the field Tournament Player Years of cricket career
Batsman Test Hanif Mohammad from 1952 to 1969
Javed Miandad from 1976 to 1996
Taslim Arif 1980
Inzamam-ul-Haq from 1991 to 2007
Mohammad Yousuf from 1998 to 2010
Shahid Afridi from 1998 to 2010
Younis Khan from 2000 to 2017
Yasir Hameed from 2003 to 2010
Misbah-ul-Haq  from 2001 to 2017
Batsman ODI Inzaman-UI-Haq from 1991 to 2007
Saeed Anwar  from 1989 to 2003
Shahid Afridi from 1996 to 2015
Babar Azam from 2015
Fakhar Zaman from 2017
Batsman Т20 Mohammad Hafeez from 2006
Shoaib Malik from 2006
Shahid Afridi from 2006 to 2016
Babar Azam from 2016
Bowler Test Wasim Akram from 1984 to 2003
Waqar Younis from 1989 to 2003
Bowler ODI Wasim Akram from 1984 to 2003
Waqar Younis from 1989 to 2003
Saqlain Mushtaq  from 1995 to 2004
Bowler Т20 Umar Gul from 2007 to 2016
Shahid Afridi from 2006 to 2018
Saeed Ajmal from 2009 to 2014
Imad Wasim from 2015

Pakistan national cricket team: current squad, coaches

The average age of those playing for the Pakistan national cricket team ranges from about 27-28 years. In total, there are 35 athletes in reserve:

  • Captain for Tests, One Day International and Twenty20, playing in the position of top-order batsman: Babar Azam.
  • Vice-captain for One Day International and Twenty20, playing in the position of an all-rounder: Shadab Khan.
  • Vice-captain in Tests, playing in the position of wicket-keeper batsman: Mohammad Rizman.
  • Top-order batsmen (7): Haider Ali, Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman.
  • Middle-order batsmen (6): Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Hussain Talat, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali.
  • All-rounder (6): Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoad Malik, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz.
  • Wicket-keepers (1): Sarfaraz Ahmed.
  • Pace bowlers (9): Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Musa Khan.
  • Spin bowlers (3): Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Usman Qadir. 

The head coach of the national team is Misbah-ul-Haq. Younis Khan trains the batsmen, and Waqar Younis trains the bowlers. Abdul Majeed is responsible for fielding. 

Pakistan National Cricket Team - Babar Azam - Captain Test, ODI and T20I Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team – Babar Azam – Captain Test, ODI and T20I Team

Pakistan national cricket team: stadiums, logo, uniforms, nicknames

The Pakistan national cricket team has 24 stadiums throughout the country. 

Pakistan national cricket team: stadiums
City Stadium names Year of foundation
Karachi

 

National Cricket Stadium 1955
Defence Housing Authority Stadium 1993
Lahore Gaddafi Stadium 1959
Bagh-e-Jinnah 1880
Rawalpindi Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 1992
Pindi Club Ground 1965
Faislabad Iqbal Stadium 1978
Peshawar Arbab Niaz Stadium 1984
Peshawar Club Ground 1938
Multan Multan Cricket Stadium 2001
Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium 1980
Hyderabad Niaz Stadium 1962
Gujranwala Jinnah Stadium 1982
Sheikhupura Sheikhupura Stadium 1996
Sialkot Jinnah Stadium 1976
Bahawalpur Bahawal Stadium 1955
Sahiwal Zafar Ali Stadium 1977
Quetta Ayub National Stadium 1978
Bugti Stadium 1954
Sagrodha Sagrodha Cricket Stadium 1954
Abbottabad Abbottabad Cricket Stadium 2003

 The logo of the Pakistan national cricket team is a mustard or gold star on a green background. In the center of the star, “Pakistan” is written in Urdu.

In test matches, the Pakistan national cricket team is required to wear a white uniform. In addition to it, a sweater or a vest can go in case of cold weather. On the sleeves of the players, the star of Pakistani cricket is depicted on the left side.

Athletes who play in the One Day International and Twenty20 tournaments usually wear a green uniform. The baseball cap also has a green color, and the hat is white.

The nicknames of the Pakistan national cricket team are Shaheens, Green Shirts, Men in Green, Cornered Tigers.

Pakistan national cricket team: the cricket stadiums of Pakistan
Pakistan national cricket team: the cricket stadiums of Pakistan

Pakistan national cricket team: scandals

The Pakistan national cricket team has often been involved in scandalous situations. In 2007, Pakistan participated in the Cricket World Cup. Then the team in the first round unexpectedly lost to the newcomer of the championship – the national team of Ireland. The next day, the head coach of the Pakistani national team, Bob Woolmer, suddenly dies. During the investigation, the Jamaican police found that the man’s death was caused by strangulation. Of course, all the players who represented Pakistan were automatically suspected in the murder case. This event stirred up the public a little, but three days later, all suspicions were removed, and detectives came to the conclusion that Woolmer still died of natural causes. The case was closed.

In 2009, a bus with players from Sri Lanka, heading to a match hosted by the national team of Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium, was fired at by 12 militants. As a result of the attack, six national team members were injured, and six more Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed. It was from that moment that Pakistan stopped hosting cricket competitions for 10 years.

In 2010, several players of the Pakistan national cricket team were accused of participating in match-fixing. They were bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, as well as skipper Salman Butt. The athletes were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 6 to 30 months.

Pakistan women’s National Cricket Team

As for the Pakistan women’s national cricket team, unlike many other countries where women perform much more successfully than men, the situation in Pakistan has the opposite side. First, the women’s team has a lower status than the men’s team. Therefore, athletes earn a priori much less. Secondly, the women’s national team does not have such a busy schedule of cricket games.

The national team played its first match in 1997 when it was invited to New Zealand and Australia tour. The most impressive achievements of the women’s team were demonstrated in 2005 at the Asian Cup, where the team took 3rd place.

The Pakistan National Cricket Team is one of the strongest teams in the world, which is very interesting for fans to follow. We regularly publish cricket tips for betting, including for the “Men in Green”.

Pakistan National Cricket Team: FAQ

Where is the Pakistan National Cricket Team in the ranking table?

As of September 2021, the Pakistan National Cricket Team occupies the following places: Test Cricket - 5rd place, ODI Cricket - 6rd place, T20I Cricket - 3th place.

In what year was the Pakistan National Cricket Team formed?

The Pakistan cricket team made its Test cricket debut in 1952 and has since become one of the most successful teams in modern cricket.

How successful is the Pakistan National Cricket Team?

The team reached the semi-finals of the 1979,1983, 1987 and 2011 World Cups, and finals in 1992 and 1999, and won the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup by defeating England in the final with the captaincy of Imran Khan They are one of the most successful T20 sides but faced a big failure in T20 2016 having won the T20 World Cup in 2009 and been runner-up in 2007. And after that they have defeated India by big margin of 180 in the Final of Champions Trophy 2017 at Oval.Pakistan has also been ranked as the Number 1 Test Team twice (summers of 1988 & 2016) and Number 1 across all formats (Test, ODI and T20) at various points.

Nisha Bhavani
Author: Nisha Bhavani Position: Cricket Expert

Comments on Article

No Comments for this post

Leave Your Comment

Do you need help?

Ask your question

Write us the details in support and we will get back to you

Open Form

0%