Craze of Cricket in Pakistan
Cricket is the most popular sport in Pakistan since the creation of the country. Internationally Pakistani team is well known as Shaheens. Pakistan have won one ODI world cup in 1992 in the captaincy of Imran Khan and one more time qualified for the final in 1999 world cup in the captaincy of Waseem Akram. Pakistan has also won one champion trophy and one T/20 world cup. In test cricket Pakistan also have great record. In recent past they were number one in the ranking of test teams. Craze of cricket in Pakistan is increasing day by day.
Internationally Popular Players
Many Pakistani players are very popular in the whole cricketing world like Imran Khan, Waseem Akram, Waqar Yunus, Inzmamul Haq, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Shoib Mohammad, Shoib Akhtar, Muhammad Yusuf, Rashid Latif, Mushtaq Ahmad, Abdul Razak, Saqlain Mushtaq, Muhammad Amir, Azhar Mahmood, Javed Miandad, Rameez Raja, Ejaz Ahmad, Saleem Malik, Moin Khan and many more.
Tape Ball / Tennis Ball Cricket
Tape Ball cricket is very popular in streets, villages, towns, schools, colleges and universities of Pakistan. It will be very hard for you to find someone who never played tap ball cricket in Pakistan. Many popular Pakistani players were played tap ball cricket in their childhood or schools. In local towns many Pakistani players were playing tape ball cricket like Saeed Anwar, Moin Khan, Asif Mujteba and many more. The innovation of tape ball cricket began in Pakistan in the 60s in Karachi. Because equipment, grounds and pitches of cricket were expansive and could not be available for everyone so children starts playing cricket with Tennis ball wrapping it with tape. Later tape ball cricket got popularity in Indian, Bangladesh, Austrailia, Newzeland, South Africa and west Indies.
Down fall of cricket in Pakistan
Due to terrorists attack on Srilankan team in Lahore Pakistan all international teams refused to play in Pakistan. After few years of that attack Pakistani players like Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were caught in a spot fixing scandal in England. That was the blackest era of Pakistani cricket.
In The Captaincy of Misba-Ul-Haq
Misba played vital role to bring the smile back in Pakistani cricket fans. He managed the team very well with cool head. During his captaincy Pakistan became number one test team in 2016.
Addition of Pakistan Super League
Pakistan Super League (PSL) is a professional T/20 Cricket League, certified by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was founded in Lahore on September 2015. Currently it includes 6 teams. The league is a single entity with 6 franchises and each franchise is owned and organized by its investors. PSL played an important role in order to get new talent from rural areas of the country. Many unknown players got immense popularity due to PSL and later joined the Pakistan National Team and now are contributing vital role for the country at international level. Due to PSL, it looks possible that international cricket will be back in the country which was stopped due to attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Lahore.
Winning of Champion Trophy Final against India in 2017
Pakistani have won final of champion trophy in England against India in 2017. After this win all current Pakistani players got immense popularity among the people of Pakistan. Now again people’s interest towards cricket is increasing day by day.