Mercurial, majestic and masters of making a mockery of the form book. Pakistan national cricket team have a history of blowing hot and cold like no other team in the history of the cricket. Their ability to verge on the sublime to the ridiculous happens not just from one game to another but also within a game as well.
Ever since the Pakistan cricket got their Test status in 1952, they have had some of the finest players to have played the game and have become synonymous with the word, mercurial. Being consistently inconsistent has seemingly been the mantra of the Pakistan cricket team. They are governed by the Pakistan cricket board.
The other word that has accompanied the Pakistan cricket team more often than they would have wanted is, controversy. From the ball tampering fiasco that surrounded their tour of England in 2006 to the 2010 spot fixing scandal that led to three players (Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and then captain Salman Butt) being found guilty and being banned.
Despite the controversy and their status as an inconsistent team, they have still won the World Cup across formats and been the No.1 ranked Test team in the world. In fact, they are part of a elite few teams to have won the ICC Cricket World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and been the No.1 ranked Test team.
Pakistan cricket team claimed their solitary World Cup in 1992 under the leadership of Imran Khan while their World T20 crown was in 2009 under the captaincy of Younis Khan. Pakistan national cricket team's maiden Champions Trophy came in 2017 when they beat their arch-rivals India in the final.
After the controversy of the spot-fixing scandal and the team's inability to stage home matches in the country and having to shift their home matches to the UAE, Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy saw them make all the headlines for all the right reasons as he led Pakistan to the No.1 ranking in Tests.
Throughout their history, the Pakistan cricket team roster has always had plenty of stars. From the likes of Hanif Mohammad and Javed Miandad to the inspirational Imran Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and the more recent Pakistan cricket players like Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed.
The current pakistan cricket team captain is Sarfraz Ahmed, who led Pakistan to their maiden Champions Trophy and was given the Test captaincy follow the retirement of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. The current Pakistan cricket team coach is Mickey Arthur, who has overseen their resurgence through a turbulent period in their history. As has been the recent trend with hiring foreign coaches, the Pakistan cricket coach hails from South Africa and has Grant Flower as the batting coach with Steve Rixon as fielding coach, representing an international flavor in the coaching department.
As far as the national records are concerned, Younis Khan holds a monopoly over the Test batting records. The right-hander holds the national record for most Test runs, centuries and double centuries. While In ODIs, Inzamam-ul-Haq has the most runs and fifties while Saeed Anwar has the most centuries.
In the bowling department, Wasim Akram holds the record for the most Test and ODI wickets by a Pakistan cricket team bowler. Javed Miandad is the most-capped Test player for Pakistan while Inzamam-ul-Haq holds the record in ODIs.
In T20Is, Shahid Afridi not only holds the national record for most matches played and wickets taken but also holds the world record. Shoaib Malik holds the record for most runs and is on the verge of joining Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptil in the 2,000 club.
The Pakistan cricket fixtures for the first half of 2018 is pretty slim. Aside from their tour of Ireland, Scotland and England beginning in May, Pakistan cricket team don't have a lot on their plate aside from a historic T20I series against West Indies in Pakistan.
The Pakistan cricket schedule for the rest of 2018 sees them hosting Australia in a limited-overs series in October followed by New Zealand's visit for a full tour. Following that they will travel to South Africa in December 2018 for a full tour.
Pakistan upcoming cricket series sees them take on West Indies in three T20Is in Pakistan, starting on April 1.
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