Babar Azam, unrelated to Quaid-e-Azam, at least made an attempt to compete with an admirable strike rate of 47.36 while chasing 445. Babar has as much power in the cricket team as the prime minister does in Pakistan.
Nice team, but I'd rather have someone more reliable instead of the flat track bully Zaheer Abbas. Not Yousuf, because of the cry-baby he is. Maybe Younis Khan (look how many 4th innings centuries he has and a relatively good record in Australia). Rashid Latif is a great pick and lends credibility to the panel's judgement.
Pakistan's One Day and Twenty 20 kits vary from year to year with the team wearing its green color in various shades from kit to kit. Historically, Pakistan's kits have had shades of blue, yellow and golden in addition to green. For official ICC tournaments, 'Pakistan' is written on the front of the jersey in place of the sponsor logo, with the sponsor logo being placed on the sleeve. However, for non-ICC tournaments and matches, the 'Pepsi' logo feature prominently on the front of the shirt. As always the Pakistan Cricket Board logo is placed on the left chest. An example of the different shades of green Pakistan wears from kit to kit can be seen in the 2010–11 kit which was in the lime green color. However, for the World Cup a new jersey with a dark green to light green fade was introduced in February 2011. CA Sports became Pakistan team's sponsor during 2012, and is currently providing kits for all three cricket formats.Now AJ sports are providing kits.
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saif ullah siddiqui Mar 10, 2017 10:34am Sir, You sum up all the history beautifully and revealed potential information which some on us do not know before reading it. The Dawn and his fellows - Put a great effort. Regards, Saifullah Siddiqui Recommend0
i think the best would have been Wasim Raja, he was so far ahead of his times, never got his due . he would have been an ideal cricketer for T 20 cricket..
Roy’s personal travails continued with a second-ball departure, for four, at Edgbaston, taking his tally to 68 runs at an average of 7.56 since his last half-century 10 one-day internationals ago.
By the early 1980s Khan had distinguished himself as an exceptional bowler and all-rounder, and he was named captain of the Pakistani team in 1982. Khan’s athletic talent and good looks made him a celebrity in Pakistan and England, and his regular appearances at fashionable London nightclubs provided fodder for the British tabloid press. In 1992 Khan achieved his greatest athletic success when he led the Pakistani team to its first World Cup title, defeating England in the final. He retired that same year, having secured a reputation as one of the greatest cricket players in history.
Waseem Sarwar Mar 10, 2017 09:11pm Pakistan needs a MCG or Eden Gardens with capacity close to 80,90 thousands but sadly no cricket at home have resulted in lesser money for PCB hence less investment in cricketing facilities. Loved the pictures but you missed Gujrat stadium which hosted few international matches in 90's. It has capacity close to 25k and these days, it's called Zahoor Elahi stadium. Recommend0
He was lucky to bowl at a time when batsmen had no clue how to bat against reverse swing. No doubt, he was a fantastic bowler, but I leave it at that.
As a Test captain, Misbah has the priceless gift of looking as though he always has a plan on the field. In fact, he usually does. He has gained victories with an inexperienced attack since the loss of his former matchwinner, the spinner Saeed Ajmal, with a suspect action. When he led Pakistan to a 2 - 0 victory over England last winter in the UAE, none of his bowlers had taken 100 Test wickets.
Virat Kohli was on the brink of becoming a citizen of Pakistan after our cricket team beat India to the top of the test rankings, but I was only able to personally message 7,310 Indians the news before our ODI performances started. I strongly condemn the anti-Pakistan Zionist cult leader Mark Zuckerberg for banning me from Facebook just because I abused 7,310 people. If I cannot post hateful messages against India after Pakistan wins then what is the point of cricket anyway? Nobody is watching the same game for five days for entertainment purposes.
At that dark hour, there was reason to doubt the survival of Pakistan cricket. That was when Misbah took over. He was not an obvious choice as captain. He had a mixed Test record, and was not even selected for the 2010 Tour, nor the one before in 2006. He was already 36 — ancient for a modern player.
@known_stranger - I agree about the lack of support Yousuf has got from the board, but its the way of the Pakistan in general - disgusts me, actually. The media hyped Lara and Tendulkar - and their reputations got so big that umpires were scared to give the marginal decision against them What about Inzamam-Ul-Haq? THe pakistan press did NOTHING for him, and i believe because of that, he was 'given out' in doubtful situations two to three times more often then a player with a bigger rep would have been. Yousuf has got even less support (i suppose because he was a a minority). look at how Australian board stuck behind Mark Waugh and Warne - they concealed known offenses from the world. Pakistan? - an allegation - and Salim Malik was out of the team. (Ganguly was treated shabbily by the Indian board, IMO). Pakistan hurt themselves, and their teams performance with this type of thing. If Murali were Pakistani, his career would have been over when Hair called him for throwing. Disgraceful.
This man was a genius, and would have been the king of T20 cricket; easily the most sought after signing for any T20 league. Akram began his career during a time when speed guns were not the norm, but was said to be as fast as anyone. Later, he would cut down his pace, possibly to endure the level of non-stop limited overs cricket Pakistan was playing, and made up for it with deadly accuracy and guile. As a fast bowler who could swing it both ways and bowl lethal bouncers and yorkers at will, that too off a short run up, Akram would have been a diamond in T20 cricket. Few batsmen ever had the better of Akram, and his miserly economy rate would have been priceless in this format. What’s more, Akram could hit the ball as hard as anyone, which is an important characteristic for a late order T20 batsman.
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As far as i am at pains after not seeing M Yousuf in the line-up, I have to say compare the bastmen selected. We will leave Anwar and Hanif cuz they are openers. Zaheer Abbas - Asian Bradman, cant say anything more than that. Miandad - The most reliable batsman we have ever had. Inzi - Destructive to devastating effect. Only behind Miandad in terms of test runs.
After a frenetic 32 days – jam-packed with four Test matches – England and Pakistan’s contest ends with honours even, the Investec Series all square at 2-2. In a closely fought battle, the tourists seemed to save their best for the capital, routing England on both sides of London, but comfortably outplayed as soon as the action moved anywhere north of the Watford Gap.
The 24 year old Aqeel Anjum hails from Mirpurkhas, Sindh and represents Hyderabad. He's a left handed middle order batsman, something that Pakistan hasn't had for quite some time now. Aqeel has been a consistent performer over the last few seasons and averages in mid forties in both First-class and List A. In current season, Aqeel has averaged over 70 so far and scored 2 hundreds and 3 fifties.
bilal Sep 05, 2015 09:16pm @shoukat please read carefully before commenting. Where did I say Waqar was terrible or not good? my point is that Waqar was never the best. And I am not sure he would have been a good T20 bowler. A good T20 bowler needs guile and variation above all. Waqar was best during death overs when the ball would begin to reverse swing. During a twenty over match, few balls would begin to reverse. The best younis comparison over the past years is lasith malinga. Would you consider malinga to be a legend of the T20 format? The truth is that very few of the people mentioned above would be actual legends in the T20 format. As a nation we have the tendency to over indulge in our ego. Of the people mentioned, only wasim akram, Saeed Anwar, Imran khan, Saqlain Mushtaq could have been legends of this format. Recommend 0
• The ground is best known for the ODI match which India voluntarily forfeited to Pakistan in 1978 when Pakistan fast bowlers, Sarfaraz Nawaz and Imran Khan, began bowling bouncers hurled specifically to injure the batsman. There were no laws against such bowling in ODIs in those days.
Muhammad Pervez Sep 06, 2015 02:01am Dear Mr.Ansari, Strange that you chose Amir Sohail who has a very average if not mediocre record in both Tests ana ODIs but you neglected the player who is only non Australian to score a hundred before lunch on the first day of a Test match. Who scored first ODI hundred for Pakistan who hit 13 sixes in a first class innings and was called "mighty" khan all over the english county circuit because of the power and belligerance of his shots and who was a more than useful off spinner and an excellent slip fielder. Recommend 0
The life ban lasted only 10 months but by the time he returned Misbah was in charge. Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt had done the job in the time in between, one was banned, one quit, and the other was caught fixing. The captaincy was cursed but Misbah lifted it. He led Pakistan to the top of the world rankings for the first time and did it even though his team were stuck in perpetual exile, away from their families and their fans, had lost their two best fast bowlers to spot-fixing bans and their leading spinner after he was called for chucking and made to remodel his action.
The next surprise in bowling was the “chinaman” – the mirror image of a leg-break, the stock delivery of a left-arm wrist spinner. It entered the cricket lexicon in 1933 after a racist complaint by one of its early victims. “Fancy being done by a bloody Chinaman,” grumbled England’s Walter Robins, stumped in 1933 off a rather ordinary West Indian bowler called Ellis “Puss” Achong. Garry Sobers bowled the chinaman in his early career, and more recently Paul Adams of South Africa beguiled batsmen and spectators with his unique “frog-in-a-blender” action.
“Sarfaraz has his own views but I don’t think he said they were scared directly. To me it is simple, everyone knows the reasons for India not playing against Pakistan. It is all political and has nothing to do with cricket,” Misbah said during the ICC Champions Trophy unveiling at the national stadium here.
i am following this zafar kid for a long time. he is a constant performer. he can bat well as well. given opportunity he can outshine sahid afridi. but i think before making an international debute he should be properly groomed in A-TEAM tours. in the mean time the old guns like hafeez, shoib, afridi etc. should be shown the door if they are not able to deliver results.Recommend
Asad Ali is just 23 years old but has a 6 year experience in first class cricket. He made his first class debut 2 days after his 17th birthday. He has played 66 first class matches so far taking 294 wickets averaging 23. In his List A career, he has taken 69 wickets in 37 games at an average of 20. In the current season, he's representing SNGPL and has taken 41 wickets so far in 8 games averaging below 20.
Pakistan needs a MCG or Eden Gardens with capacity close to 80,90 thousands but sadly no cricket at home have resulted in lesser money for PCB hence less investment in cricketing facilities. Loved the pictures but you missed Gujrat stadium which hosted few international matches in 90's. It has capacity close to 25k and these days, it's called Zahoor Elahi stadium.
If it had not been for Younis, Misbah would not have become captain. And if it had not been for Misbah, Younis would not have become Pakistan’s greatest batsman. The captaincy was meant to be Younis’s. He was groomed for it by the PCB chairman, Shaharyar Khan. He picked Younis to be Inzamam-ul-Haq’s deputy early in 2005. When the time came for him to take over, before the Champions Trophy in 2006, he refused to do it. He said he did not want to be a “dummy captain” and, though he never said it in public, the problem was the selectors had insisted on picking Faisal Iqbal when Younis wanted Misbah instead. In 2007, when Inzamam stepped down, Younis refused the job again, because he was so upset by the fallout from the World Cup.
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. However the fans love their team.
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.
Pakistan have played 874 ODIs, winning 460, losing 388, tying 8 with 18 ending in no-result. Pakistan were the 1992 World Cup champions, and were runners-up in the 1999 tournament. Pakistan, in conjunction with other countries in South Asia, have hosted the 1987 and 1996 World Cups, with the 1996 final being hosted at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The team has also played 110 Twenty20 Internationals, the most of any team, winning 64 losing 43 and tying 3. Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and were runners-up in the inaugural tournament in 2007.
You can say that Waqar in his prime was the best, but that doesn't make it true. You should realize that you are biased. He was lucky to bowl at a time when batsmen had no clue how to bat against reverse swing. No doubt, he was a fantastic bowler, but I leave it at that. Wasim cut down his pace and became the most lethal bowler ever. Waqar lost his pace and became an average bowler. This alone tells you the difference between wasim's mental strength and guile and Waqar's mental strength and guile. I also disagree with a lot of your selections.
Once again, NFP at his best. This is for sure a well researched article about various cricket stadiums in the "land of the pure" where a test match, ODI or T/20 game has been played so far. Some wonderful pictures add color and value to it. At least three cricket venues have missed the list where first class/test matches against visiting cricket teams were held as following: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Mall Road, Rawalpindi Cantt. Built by the Britishers a century ago, I remember watching a first class three day match here as a school boy between Pakistan & England in which Z.A. Bhutto, former Prime Minister was the chief guest. Polo Ground, Fort Colony, Multan Cantt. This famous cricket ground where I have also played as a school boy, is the one where Amin Lakhani of Pakistan in the 1980s, took a rare hat-rick in each inning of a first class match against the West Indies. Bahawalpur Cricket Stadium also held first class/test matches against visiting cricket teams.