Think you know about Pakistan cricket? Prove it.
An Anglo-centric quiz on Pakistan cricket.
It’s time to step up and execute your skills.
Who of these three has the best Test bowling strike-rate?
They’re all half-useful arm-turner-overers, but only one has Pakistan’s best-ever wickets-per-balls ratio.
- Wasim Akram
- Waqar Younis
- Saeed Ajmal
It’s Waqar Younis!
Waqar’s strike-rate of 43.4 is the second best – behind Dale Steyn’s – of any post-war bowler with 100 wickets. Wasim’s is 54.6 and Ajmal’s 65.1.
Who was first to make their ODI debut?
You’ll get it one day.
- Danish Kaneria
- Kamran Akmal
It’s Danish Kaneria!
Kaneria debuted in October 2001 against Zimbabwe, while Misbah followed against New Zealand in April 2002. Akmal was the most recent, making his bow against Zimbabwe in November the same year.
Which of these decision-meisters is Shakoor Rana?
The Pakistani umpire got into an infamous on-field row with England captain Mike Gatting in 1987.
Shakoor Rana is number 3!
Numbers 1 and 2 are both fellow Pakistani umpire Khizar Hayat.
The ugly spat between Shakoor Rana and Mike Gatting led to a standoff that escalated to the level of national diplomacy. England didn’t again tour Pakistan until 2000.
Which two batsmen were at the crease when Pakistan were accused of ball tampering at the Oval in 2006?
Pick a pair.
- Paul Collingwood & Ian Bell
- Kevin Pietersen & Ian Bell
- Kevin Pietersen & Paul Collingwood
It’s Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell!
England were 298-4 when umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove awarded them five penalty runs and offered Pakistan a change of ball. When bad light took both teams from the field, they never returned. The sad fallout from the match lasted years.
Who was bowling at Inzamam when he fell on his own stumps attempting a sweep in the third Test of that same series?
- Paul Collingwood
- Kevin Pietersen
- Monty Panesar
It’s Monty Panesar!
Poor old Inzy – one of his generation’s classiest batsmen – met an undignified end in the first innings at Headingley, out ‘hit wicket’.
Which of these men is Pakistan’s only scorer of 100 first-class hundreds?
Spot the ton-monster.
It’s number 2, Zaheer Abbas!
Number 1, Javed Miandad, made 80 first-class centuries (23 in Tests) and number 3, Salim Malik, made 43 (15 in Tests). Zaheer Abbas made 108 first-class hundreds between 1965 and 1987, with 12 in Tests.
Ian Botham once helpfully described Pakistan as the kind of place you might send…
Which of these?
- An unruly pet
- Misbehaving school children
- Your mother-in-law
It was the mother-in-law!
“The kind of place to send your mother-in-law for a month, all expenses paid” said Botham having returned from the country in 1983. He later apologised.
Which England batsman was dismissed first ball by Wasim Akram in the final of the 1992 World Cup?
It was the third of the great left-armer’s wickets that night.
- Chris Lewis
- Allan Lamb
- Ian Botham
It’s Chris Lewis!
Having got Botham in his first spell, Wasim later got Lamb and then Lewis in consecutive balls.
Which of these players is Pakistan’s current ODI captain?
Oh, captain! My captain! In the 50-over format only!
It’s number 1, Sarfraz Ahmed!
Which of these players has hit the most sixes in Test cricket?
Who’s Mr Maximum?
- Imran Khan
- Younus Khan
- Wasim Akram
It’s Younus Khan!
On the eve of the 2016 series in England Younus had hit 60 sixes, Wasim is next on Pakistan’s list with 57, and third is Imran with 55. They’re all behind Pakistan’s best-ever rope-clearer Misbah-ul-Haq, with 67. What a guy.