The year 2023 for Pakistan Cricket saw a progression of ups and downs, set apart by heavenly performance and eminent disappointments across different formats. While the spotlight generally falls on the men’s senior cricket team, this year saw the ladies’ and junior groups capture everyone’s attention, bringing pride and optimism to Pakistani cricket enthusiasts.
Despite the early exits of the men’s team from the Asia Cup and the Cricket World Cup, the ladies and junior teams displayed their ability, offering a brief look at Pakistan’s seriousness across genders and age groups.
Let’s delve into the standout moments that defined Pakistan Cricket in 2023:
Test Series Win Against Sri Lanka:
- Pakistan’s men’s cricket team secured a huge 2-0 victory against Sri Lanka at home, establishing the vibe for the Test season.
- Captain Babar Azam led the team to progress, turning into the main Pakistani commander to win a Test series in Sri Lanka in eight years.
- Prominent exhibitions included Saud Shakeel’s doubled-century years in the First Test and Agha Salman’s 100 years in the Second Test, displaying the team’s batting strength.
- Spinners Abrar Ahmed and Nauman Ali assumed significant parts in confining Sri Lanka to low totals.
Pakistan Women’s Outcome in New Zealand:
- The ladies’ cricket team accomplished a notable 2-1 victory in a WT20I series against New Zealand on their home turf, turning into the second country after England to accomplish this accomplishment.
- The team’s surprising victory resisted critics who had doubted their ability to perform on foreign soil.
- Regardless of losing the resulting WODI series 2-1, the team showed strength and gave an intense contest to the White Greeneries.
Pakistan’s No#1 ODI Team Ranking:
- On August 26, 2023, Pakistan’s men’s cricket team claimed the best position in the One-Day International(ODI) rankings by overcoming Afghanistan in a reciprocal series in Sri Lanka.
- This accomplishment, however, bantered in cricket circles, denoted a critical second for Chief Babar Azam and the group.
- The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo filled in as the neutral setting for the definitive match.
Pakistan Women’s Whitewash Against South Africa:
- The ladies’ cricket team accomplished a 3-0 whitewash against South Africa in a firmly challenged WT20I series.
- Skipper Bismah Maroof’s reliable performance, supported by Sidra Ameen and Aliya Riaz, played a vital part in the team’s prosperity.
Winning the emerging Asia Cup:
- Pakistan’s emerging cricket team secured triumph in the Asia Cup, coordinated by the Asian Cricket Council, by defeating India’s most outstanding opponent in the last.
- Fast bowler Arshad Iqbal’s 5-wicket-pull in the Semi-Final and Tayyab Tahir’s hundred years in the Final were champion performances adding to the team’s victory.
While the year had its portion of misfortunes, these essential minutes gave looks at Pakistan’s cricketing ability and versatility, leaving fans confident about a promising future.