Pakistan is one of the most dangerous side. Yet, the internal turmoil has made it homeless. Without Pakistan, the World Cricket loses the charm. No other country produces as many varied exceptional talents as Pakistan keeps on doing continuosly. Yet, the unpredictability never leaves the much adored team. No wonder despite winning 18 of their 31 matches, Pakistan has only won Asia Cup once, in 2000. With the challenge to gain trust of people globally not only in Cricket but in their country too, Pakistan needs a tournament victory the most. Can they!!
Pakistan has reached the Asia Cup final only twice. Once they won it emphatically in 2000, when they won all the matches that they played in the tournament. In 1986, they lost the final to Sri Lanka by 5 wickets. Their political tension with India has affected the Asia Cup directly. 1993 Asia Cup was cancelled, when Pakistan was to host and India refused to visit.
Despite winning the title only once and reaching the final only twice, Pakistan has been one of the most colorful side of the tournament. holds many records of Asia Cup:
- Registered 4 of the biggest victories in the tournament.
Forced the opponents succumb twice below 100 runs.
Scored the highest team score of the tournament.
Biggest 2 partnership of the tournament.
Jointly hold biggest partnership record for 3 wickets.
- 385/7 vs Ban, 2010
343/5 vs Hong Kong, 2004
320/3 vs Ban, 2000
309/2 vs Ind, 2008
300/9 vs Ind, 2004
- 122 vs SL, 2004
134 vs Ind, 1984
Biggest Victory by Runs
- 233 runs vs Ban, 2000
173 vs Ban, 1988
173 vs Hong Kong, 2004
Biggest Victory by Wickets
- 10 vs Ban, 2008
Biggest Loss by Runs
- 64 vs SL, 2008
54 vs Ind, 1984
Biggest Loss by Wickets
- 7 vs SL, 2004
6 vs Ind, 2008
Shoaib Malik has scored 3 centuries. 7 players have scored centuries in the Asia Cup. Overall 11 centuries by Pakistan.
- 3- Shoaib Malik
2- Younis Khan, Afridi
1-Moin-ul-Atiq, Ijaz Ahmed, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Yousuf
Inzamam has scored maximum 6 half-centuries from Pakistan.
- 32 by Pakistani batsmen
Highest Run Scorer
- 591 Inzamam (13 innings of 15 matches)
575 Shoaib Malik (10 innings of 12 matches)
490 Mohammad Yousuf (12 innings of 14 matches)
388 Afridi (13 innings of 14 matches)
320 Saeed Anwar (9 innings)
Highest Wicket Taker
- 17 ABdul Qadir (1984-88)
16 Abdul Razzaq (2000-Current)
16 Wasim Akram (1986-2000)
Best Bowling Spell
- 5/19 Aaquib Javed
5/38 Saqlain Mushtaq
5/48 Sohail Tanvir
Most Matches as Captain
- 6 Moin Khan (1995-2000)
5 Inzamam-ul-Haq (2004)
Pakistan Record in Asia Cup
- 1984 – Lost both matches, one each to India and SL.
1986- Won group matches against SL & Ban, lost final to SL.
1988- Won against Ban, lost to SL & Ind.
1990-91 Did Not Participate
1995 – Won against Ban & Ind, lost to SL
1997-Won against Ban, Lost to SL & Ind.
2000- Won all the 4 matches till final.
2004 – Won 2 against Ban, 1 against Hong Kong & Ind, lost to SL
2008 – Won 1 against Hong Kong, Ban and Ind, Lost 1 to SL and Ind
2010 – Won against Ban, lost to SL & Ind.