A look back at 2022: Good and Bad that happened for the Pakistan Cricket team

The year 2022 has been one of the most tumultuous of years for the Pakistan Cricket team. From Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 7,  Asia Cup, Common Wealth Games, and T20 World Cup, to the historic home series, 2022 was packed with cricket and a ton load of emotions for the fans. Five international teams toured Pakistan for men’s and women’s cricket while the men in green toured three countries to play different formats of the game. Let’s take a look at all the good and bad that happened for the Pakistan Cricket team in 2022.

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The Year 2022 for the Pakistan Cricket team (Men’s)

PSL 7 saw a new winner 

The PSL 2022 edition finally saw a new winner and it was none other than, the highly anticipated Lahore Qalandars. It was long coming for the Lahore team and to say that the fans were elated would be an understatement. All the other five franchises have managed to grab the tournament trophy except for them. The team was led by the new captain Shaheen Afridi and he proved to be the lucky charm team Qalandar was in search of all these years. 

The Historic Cricket Australia tour 

After the New Zealand cricket team suddenly abandoned their tour last year and the English cricket team quickly canceled their, the Cricket Australia (CA) tour was in jeopardy. But the visit went as planned and on schedule and it was one of the most followed and exciting tours in Pakistan cricket and it attracted a lot of media attention. 

But despite all the excitement, the series did not end very well for Pakistan. Three tests, three ODIs, and one T20 were played but the green team only managed to grab the ODI trophy. The test loss not only put Pakistan’s test championship hopes on the edge but also the pitches brought a lot of criticism with the Rawalpindi pitch being granted a demerit point by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Overall it was a great tour, one that cleared all the security issues especially. 

Series wins

The men in green locked three different series to their names this year.

ODI home series against Australia

Pakistan played three 50-over games with Australia and won the trophy beating the yellow caps 2-1. Not only this, but the Pakistan cricket team also broke their record of highest-ever run chase by making 349 runs successfully. Babar Azam’s and Imam-ul-haq’s record 220-run partnership helped the team achieve this feat. All three matches were house full. 

Home Series against West Indies

In early June, the Caribbean team landed in the country of hospitality to play the ODI format. Notably, this series was to be played last year along with the T20Is but a corona break out in the West Indian team had forced them to depart early. 

For Babar Azam and his men, it was another boost in confidence as the team whitewashed the tourists after three very close and thrilling games. Multan Cricket Stadium was given the honor to host this series after many years and the Multan crowd did not disappoint. All three games were fully packed and the matches were a sight to see.

ODI win in the Netherlands

Mid-August Pakistan cricket team flew all the way to Rotterdam Netherlands to play the 50-over format of white ball cricket. The orange army put up a great fight in all three games but the green team was just too good for them. A great number of Pakistani fans turned out to watch and support their team and it was heart-warming to see the players interacting and thanking them for the turnout. 

Winners of the Tri-series

Just before the start of the T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket teams flew to New Zealand to play a tri-series and team green came out with flying colors. Babar’s men managed to win four out of five games clinching the trophy.

They were oh-so-close

Three instances broke the hearts of millions of Pakistani cricket fans in 2022. The Pakistan cricket team came inches close to winning two tournaments and a series but couldn’t manage to cross the winning line all three times.

Asia Cup 2022

The first of the three heartbreaks came in the Asia Cup. To say that the team green was thriving in the tournament would be the least. The boys were bursting with confidence throughout but when they needed it the most, they ran out of it. But the Pakistan team wasn’t the only one carrying that pride, team Sri Lanka was right beside them. In the final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the latter successfully and completely thrashed our side to be named the Asian champions.

Despite failing in the finals, the fans had much to rejoice including defeating India India in an important match and Naseem Shah’s blazing sixes that turned India’s puny chances of qualifying into dust. 

England T20I Series

In late September, the white ball squad of the England Cricket team landed in Pakistan to play a series of seven T20I matches that also included some extra matches in compensation for canceling their tour a year prior.

Though a lot of experts criticized the boards for playing that many matches, it turned out to be an absolutely exciting series. After six matches the scores were tied with both teams carrying three wins each. The seventh match was to be a decider. Unfortunately for the Pakistan cricket team, it ended in a loss with the tourists being just too good for them. 

T20 World Cup Saga

No loss hurt as much as losing the final of the T20 World Cup did. It really left the fans and followers heartbroken and deflated. But was Pakistan’s journey to the final easy? Nope. Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals through the back door courtesy of a one-run loss against India and Zimbabwe. A lot needed to happen for the Pakistan cricket team to qualify and luckily that ‘A LOT’ did happen.

An electrifying performance in the semi-finals against mighty New Zealand sent Pakistan straight to the finals. But in the typical men in green fashion, the team failed to translate their efforts into a win and snatched loss from the mouth of victory. 

Pakistan cricket team Test regression

The year 2022 proved to be the worst for Pakistan test cricket. Pakistan hosted three big names in cricket i.e. Australia, England, and New Zealand for a series of test matches and it was a horror show. 

While Australia won the three-match series 1-0, team Pakistan was completely whitewashed by the new England test set-up. The Kiwis are currently on tour and have already managed to draw one of two matches. With every passing day, test cricket is regressing in Pakistan, and despite much criticism and debate, no improvements have been so far. 

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The Year 2022 for the Pakistan Cricket team (Women’s)

The year 2022 proved to be really progressive for the girls in green even though it started out on a not-so-positive note. Here’s what the girls did and achieve this year.

Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022

The schedule for Pakistan women’s cricket team started in March. They appeared in the cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand. Even though the girls put in their full efforts, things like opening, middle order, and fielding did not work too well for them throughout the tournament. They managed to win just one match out of five and unfortunately had to return home early.

Commonwealth Games

The commonwealth games, in the 2022 edition, opened its doors to cricket for the very first time. Similar to the World Cup, the commonwealth games did not go the way the team wanted to. They played three pool matches and sadly could not win a single one.

The Women’s Asia Cup

Asia Cup saw a totally different version of the women’s Pakistan cricket team. They beat teams like India, Sri Lanka, UAE, and Malaysia to qualify for the semis. But the team got very unlucky as they lost by just one run in a low-scoring game.

Home Series

Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan

In June this year, the Sri Lankan women’s cricket team toured Pakistan as part of the ICC’s Women’s Championship to play three ODIs. The women in green won the series 2-1 and it was wonderful to see women’s cricket return to the country. 

Ireland tour

For the first time ever, the women from Ireland cricket came to Pakistan to play a series of three ODIs and three T20Is. It was a win-win for both teams. Bismah’s army clean sweeped the 50-format games while the tourists grabbed the 20-over trophy. 

Overall, it was a year full of ups and downs for the Pakistan cricket team. The fans enjoyed many thrilling as well as heart-shattering moments but what is more important is that international cricket resumed fully in the country and as a cricket-loving nation, what more can fans ask for? 

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