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Cricket in Pakistan

The history of Cricket in Pakistan predates the creation of the country in 1947. The first ever international cricket match in what is Pakistan today was held in Karachi on November 22, 1935 between Sindhi and Australian cricket teams. The match was seen by 5,000 Karachiites. [1] It was introduced by the British during their colonial rule of British India, which covered the area now known as Pakistan. Cricket is the most popular sport in the country.[2] Pakistan has produced many talented cricketers who have been among the best batsmen and bowlers in international cricket.

The Pakistan Cricket Board controls both all domestic cricket tournaments. Pakistan is an official member of the International Cricket Council and the Asian Cricket Council.

History

In One Day International and Test cricket matches, Pakistan has one of the best winning records among teams from Asia. Pakistan has won the Cricket World Cup in 1992 and the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.

Organization

The Pakistan Cricket Board governs all official domestic tournaments. Pakistan is also an official member of the International Cricket Council and the Asian Cricket Council.

Almost all cities and villages in Pakistan have their own cricket teams and unofficial tournaments. Pakistani children start playing the game at a young age. The game is one of the most popular form of sports in the country.

Domestic cricket

Domestic Cricket in Pakistan is currently sponsored by Faysal Bank. The most important domestic cricket tournaments in Pakistan include:

International cricket

Cricket teams in Pakistan take part in domestic competitions such as the ABN-AMRO Cup, the ABN-AMRO Patron's Trophy, ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup and the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. International Test matches and One Day International matches are played between the Pakistan national team and foreign opponents regularly.

The team has won many international cricket tournaments, including the World Cup and the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. They finished runners up in the 1999 World Cup and the 2007 World Twenty20.

They also take part in officially sanctioned Asian Cricket Council competitions including the Asia Cup, Asian Test Championship, ACC Trophy and the Asian Cricket Junior Tournament.

Famous Pakistani cricketers include Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Mansoor Akhtar, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Younis Khan, Rameez Raja, Aamir Sohail and Saqlain Mushtaq.

Blind cricket

See also

See also

References

  1. ^ "Match against Sindh". Daily Sydney Morning Herald, Australia. Retrieved 1935-11-23. 
  2. ^ Popularity of Cricket in Subcontinent

External links

  • Pakistan Super League Official website
  • Pakistan Cricket Website
  • Pakistan Cricket on ESPN cricinfo
  • Pakistan Cricket Board Official website
  • National Cricket Academy Official website
  • Pakistan Cricket News
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