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The year 2022 has come to an end. Pakistan cricket have some memorable moments throughout the years. In particular in white-ball cricket. In Test matches, not so much as the national team had the worst time. Here is a recap of Pakistan Cricket in 2022.
Babar Azam and his men have played a total of 44 games, winning 23, losing 18 and drawing 3 matches. Separating the white-ball cricket result from the red ball, it reads as 35 games, 22 wins and 13 losses. The team had better limited-overs matches in the year 2022 which include some world-class chases to remember, a wonderful series win and fruitful multi-nation competitions.
Apart from cricket, there were off moments within the PCB. The absurd removal of the then Chairman Ramiz Raja with Najam Sethi taking over. Shahid Afridi became the Intern Chief Selector of the side. Mickey Arthur, former PAK coach who coached the team from 2016-2019, is in talks to become once again. It has indeed been quite a year.
But we will break down cricket only, dividing the formats and reviewing them each.
Pakistan Cricket in 2022: A breakdown
As stated, the Green Team had the worst time in the sport’s most traditional format. They won only ONE game, that too in their only overseas match; against Sri Lanka where they drew the series 1-1. The remaining seven games were all played at home. In fact, as all the Test series were part of the World Test Championship 2023 cycle, this was considered PAK’s easiest cycle and had the best chance to play the final.
But the year was very disappointing. They failed to win a single match at home, which caused a massive uproar among ex-cricketers, experts, journalists and fans. There was the pitch saga where the former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja was criticised for messing with it. Rawalpindi is the biggest example, where two uneven contest was played and ended in a boring draw. It even earned two demerit points from the ICC.
One Day Internationals
Babar Azam and his men played only three One Day series this year and they won all three of them. Unlike last year where they won just one series out of two (or two matches out of six).
They played nine matches and won eight of them. The only loss came was the opener against Australia where they lost by 88 runs. Since then, PAK won straight eight games, a streak which is their fourth-best currently.
The highlight of the series victories was Pakistan’s first ODI series win over Australia since 2002. Following their defeat in the first game, Babar’s Men chased down Australia’s 348 to record their highest successful One Day run chase. The third ODI was won with nine wickets to spare and they complete a memorable series victory.
With the 2023 ODI World Cup just 10 months away, this will be a good momentum for the team to carry forward.
Pakistan have played almost triple the amount of T20Is as compared to Tests and ODIs combined. 26 games, 14 wins which also include three finals of the multi-nation tournaments.
The national team have played only one T20I series and a one-off T20I match. They lost both of them. But in three competitions they have played this year, they reached finals in all three of them. In those three competitions combined, the Shaheens won 11 games out of 18.
The T20 World Cup 2022 campaign will be memorable for our national side. After two loses to India and a shocking one to Zimbabwe, Babar’s Men made a remarkable comeback to not only qualify for the knockouts but defeated New Zealand to reach the final. They were defeated by England in the final.
They were the Runners-up in the Asia Cup as well. They defeated India in a great run-chase in Super 4 stage and a thriller win over Afghanistan. But lost the final to the inspired Sri Lankan side.
Pakistan were the winner of the New Zealand Tri-Series. After winning three out of four in the group stage, the Shaheens met the hosts the Kiwis and defeated them in the run-chase. It was their second series win in New Zealand, the joint-most by an Asian team along with India.
As the year came to an end, let’s hope 2023 will be better for Pakistan Cricket.