The Pakistan National Cricket Team handled by the Pakistan Cricket Board is an international team that represents Pakistan. It is a complete member of the International Cricket Council and has One day international as well as Test status.
It was in the year 1952 that the Pakistan Test Cricket team was established and started playing test match cricket. In 1954 the team toured England on its first international tour. In a period of about 50 years Pakistan developed to a very challenging but unpredictable team in the world.
The first Test match of Pakistan Cricket Team was played in October 1952 with Delhi as the venue. India won this series by a score of 2-1. In 1954 during the England tour Pakistan had a memorable triumph at the Oval during which 12 wickets were taken by Fazal Mahmood. Pakistan played its first home text match against India in January 1955 at Dacca. The next four Test matches were played at Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Bahawalpur. All the five matches were drawn.
In 1986 the Australasia Cup was played at Sharjah and is more remembered for the popular last ball triumph for Pakistan while playing against India due to which Javed Miandad became the national hero. In this final India set a target of 245 runs for Pakistan while Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals. In the last 3 overs 31 runs were needed for victory and Miandad hit several boundaries till four runs were essential off the last delivery. Chetan Sharma bowled a leg side full toss which Miandad hit for six runs.
Pakistan ODI team won the World Cup for the first time in 1992. Out of the initial five matches Pakistan lost four matches and were nearly eliminated from the Cup. The match against England was announced to be of no result due to rain. The skipper Imran Khan who was injured famously directed the team to play as cornered tigers. Further Pakistan won five continuous matches including the semi final against New Zealand and final with England.
The 2007 World cup season was more than disappointing for Pakistan ODI team. Their Head coach Bob Woolmer was murdered during the World cup season. Geoff Lawson became the third foreigner to take on the role of the coach of Pakistan.
During the ICC World Twenty20 cup in 2007 Pakistan surprised everybody and reached the final where it was defeated by India in a close finish.
Major achievementsWon the World cup in 1992.Pakistan was the runners up in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in September 2007.