The Pakistan cricket team represents Pakistan in international cricket and is one of the ten Test-playing nations in the world. Apart from domestic cricket in their own country, the Pakistan team features in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
In terms of major achievements, the Pakistani side won the 1992 World Cup under the leadership of Imran Khan and were runner-up in the 1999 edition of the tournament. In 2009, they went on to lift the T20 World Cup after losing to India in the final of the 2007 edition of the tournament.
The Pakistani players played their cricket as a part of the Indian team before the partition in 1947 and started playing Test matches in 1952. They played in their first ever Test match in October that year and lost their opening match to India. Abdul Kardar was the first captain of the Pakistani side, who led them to the tour of India.
Pakistan has usually been one of the top five cricketing countries in the world but their unpredictable nature has often been a hindrance. What that has also done is to produce some of the very memorable contests involving Pakistan.
So while they won the 1992 edition of the tournament and were quarter-finalists and finalists in the next two World Cups, they crashed out of the first round in 2003 and 2007. Then in the 2011 World Cup, they managed to enter the semi-final where they lost to arch-rivals India.
The Pakistan Cricket Board or the PCB is the governing body for cricket in the country and the chairman of the PCB is appointed by the President of the country.
Some of the best players to have played cricket for Pakistan include Kardar, Fazal Mahmood, Intikhab Alam, Majid Khan, Mushtaq Mohammad, Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Akram , Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Misbah ul Haq.