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At the time of independence, Pakistan inherited few world class games, in which it continues to excel even till date. Hockey, squash and Cricket - Pakistan has been world champion in all these three games and its top ranking players decorate the world hall of fame with distinction. Cricket besides hockey is very popular and widely played and liked game in Pakistan. This site pays tribute to its heroes.

The Early Days: Pakistan Cricket Control Board was established in 1948 due to hectic efforts of veteran Fazal Mahmood and Commissioner Lahore Division Syed Fida Hussain. Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Mamdot was appointed its first president and the visiting West Indies team to India was invited to play in Pakistan as well. Thus, the first 3-days match was played between the West Indies and Pakistan on 19 November 1948 at Karachi Gymkhana grounds. In October 1952, Pakistani Team under A H Kardar visited India and played five test matches. Nazar Muhammad became the first Pakistani and 13th in the world Bat Carry batsman and scored 147 runs. In 1955, India became the first country to officially visit Pakistan. The two teams played five tests, which ended in a draw. In October 1956, Australian team came to Pakistan and in the very first test, the entire team was out of the crease just in 80 runs in the first innings. Pakistan won the test by 9 wickets. Fazal Mahmood scored 13 wickets for 113 runs. In January 1958, Hanif Muhammad scored 337 runs in 970 minutes - a world record for maximum length of time on the crease, while playing West Indies. In December 1959, Intikhab Alam bowled Australian batsman Collin in his first ball of the career and became first Pakistani and 8th bowler in the world to achieve this distinction.

The Unforgettable Oval Test: Pakistan Cricket Team's first visit to the UK in 1954 was a great success, specially the defeat of the British squad at the hands of young Pakistani cricketers. Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Fazal Mahmood and Imtiaz Alam were the stalwarts. Fazal Mahmood bagged 12 wickets for 99 and became an instant hero. Pakistan won the fourth Test by 24 runs after losing the second at Trent Bridge to square the series 1-1 and breaking the tradition since no country had ever before won a Test in their first rubber in England.
On Aug 17 2004, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Oval Victory, the Pakistan team which won the Oval Test was awarded medals and cash prizes by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a special ceremony at National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Besides Fazal Mahmood, Imtiaz Ahmed, Alimuddin, Wazir Mohammad, Zulfiqar Ahmad, Khan Mohammad and Shujauddin were also present.

WorldThe 1992 World Cup was lifted by Imran Khan, captain of Pakistan, who won against England by 22 runs in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), after initially faltering and barely managing to qualify for the semi final. Wasim Akram was instrumental in Pakistan's victory earning him the "Man Of The Match" award.

The Sharjah Cup (1987) final and specially its last few minutes shall always liven in the memory of every Pakistani. A match between India and Pakistan and that too a final cannot be taken easily both by the cricket team and the crowd. On that hot summer day, Pakistani batting collapsed in the early overs. Miandad was alone in the field with all the seasoned batsmen back in the pavilion. It was the last ball by Chetan Sharma when Miandad suddenly came forward and hooked the ball for a great six - the silent and white lipped crowd didn't take a second to rise and the quiet arena turned into jubilance. The great SIX had broken the spell.

The Legends that shall always be remembered for their masterly strokes and bowling.

The eldest of three cricket brothers (Mushtaq and Sadiq) Hanif Muhammad is remembered as the Little Master and for his 499 runs (he was run out while taking the 500th run). His 337 runs in 970 minutes continues to be a world record this date.

Javed Miandad's master stroked 6 at Sharjah will be remembered in the history of cricket for ever. Just when Pakistan needed 4 runs with last ball in hand, Miandad rose to the occasion and hit the shot to win last ball victory over India in the finals. Starting with a century on debut against New Zealand at Lahore at age 19, Javed`s Test batting average never dropped below fifty throughout his 20 year career with 8832 Test runs at 52.57.

Imran Khan first hit the headlines during the Sydney Test in 76-77 where he took 6/102 and 6/63 in the 2 innings and bowled Pakistan to a famous away victory, their first win on Australian soil. Some of his great achievements include winning the test series against England in England, beating India in India and of course Captaining Pakistan to its first and only World cup title.
To Imran goes the credit for nurturing bowlers like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. The 1992 world cup in Australia and New Zealand was the last time Imran represented Pakistan and what a befitting way to make an exit as he led Pakistan to victory and put Pakistan's name firmly on the world cricketing map.
Imran would definitely go down in history as one of truly great all rounders that the world has ever seen.

Fazal Mahmood was one of the first genuine right arm fast medium pace bowlers of Pakistan. He made his Test Debut for Pakistan, against India at Delhi in 1952/53. His performances earned him the distinction of being named the Wisden Cricketer of the year for 1955.
Fazal spell bounded the spectators and the English Team when he bagged 12 for 99 in the Oval Test in 1954 and considered to be instrumental for bringing victory to Pakistan. He represented Pakistan 34 times took an impressive 139 wickets (an average of over five a match) at 24.70 and a best of 7 for 42. "If cricket were played as much in those days as now, Fazal would have taken a thousand wickets", said former England bowler Sir Alec Bedser.

Wasim Akram acknowledged as the best left arm fast bowler ever. His pin point control of line and length and seam position provided complete control over both out swing and in swing. He is also credited with being the first to master reverse swing. With a very deceptive all-concealing action, Wasim was gifted with a very effective bouncer and an equally impressive Yorker. Wasim was instrumental in Pakistan's famous World Cup victory in 1992 in Australia. He became the first bowler to take two Hat-tricks (1989 and 1990, both at Sharjah) and only the fourth bowler to take 400+ wickets. In his 104 Test appearances he claimed 414 wickets and surpassed the 500-wicket landmark in ODIs in the last World Cup.
Wasim Akram retired in 2003, leaving behind many stories of success and controversies.

The Trend Setters

Pakistan is gifted with a number of world class cricketers, of whom some have set world records that remain unbeaten till date. Herein under are some of the trend setters of Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan is certainly proud of them.


  • Most runs in a calendar year 2006( a record broken after 30 years) - Muhammad Yousuf - 1788 runs
  • Most centuries in a calendar year 2006 - 9 centuries by Muhammad Yousuf
  • Most Wickets in ODIs - Wasim Akram (502 Wickets)
  • Highest Individual Score (ODI) - Saeed Anwar (194 vs India in Chennai)
  • Fastest Century ( ODIs) - Shahid Afridi (102 off 37 balls vs Sri Lanka)
  • Highest Strike rate (ODIs) - Shahid Afridi
  • Fastest Delivery - Shoaib Akhtar (100.23 mph against England in World Cup 2003 at Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Longest Time on the Crease - 970 minutes (Hanif Muhammad)
  • Most Half Centuries (ODIs) - Inzamam ul Haq (82)
  • Second batsman to score more than 11,000 runs (ODIs) - Inzamam ul Haq
  • Most Hatricks in International Career - Wasim Akram
  • Most SIXES in Test Innings - 12 by Wasim Akram
  • First player to take 400 WICKETS in both Test and ODIs - Wasim Akram
  • Most Man of the Match awards in Test Career - Wasim Akram
  • Most SIXES in ODIs - Shahid Afridi - 11
  • World Record - Top seven batsmen of Pakistan scored more than 50 each during second innings of Karachi test match with India on 1 February 2006

The Cricket Enthusiasts
Whenever any foreign cricket team is in town, it draws a large crowd from all walks of life - women never keeping a step back and are often found cheering the home team with lot of enthusiasm. Rather the event becomes a family picnic day. One Abdul Jalil (below left) has become a mascot of Pakistani crowd over the past many years. Clad in green and white (the Pakistani flag colour) is a source of inspiration both for the home team and the crowd - often called as "Chacha Cricket" (Uncle Cricket).

A H Kardar
Pakistan beat England
in Oval
Fazal mahmood
Fazal Mahmood
The Oval Favourite
Hanif Muhammad
Hanif Muhammad
The Little Master
Imran Khan
Imran Khan
World class All Rounder Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram
Sultan of Swing
Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis
Burewala Express
(300 wickets)

Inzamam ul Haq "Inzi"
The Captain who quit after ouster of his "boys" from World Cup 2007

Younis Khan - present Skipper

Winners of President's Pride of Performance Awards

A H Karadr
A H Kardar



Saeed Ahmed

Mushtaq Muhammad

Imtiaz Ahmed

Asif Iqbal 
Asif Iqbal

Zaheer Abbas
Zaheer Abbas

Imran Khan


Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir

Intikhab Alam
Intikhab Alam

Mudassar Nazar 

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram

 Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis

Saeed Anwar
Saeed Anwar

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