UAE and particularly Sharjah has been a place of many golden memories for Pakistan cricket team. Pakistani fans have experience many defining moments in the cricket grounds of UAE. Here is an attempt to relive those memories.
Austral-Asia Cup, 1985/86 Final – Javed Miandad’s last ball Six
There should not be a reason to define this that one shot to the six has a whole story in it.
Austral-Asia Cup, 1990 FinalWasim Akram’s hattrick
Imran called team meeting and said that if he finds anyone playing less than his ability his career will be over. Team put an effort but Wasim Akram stole the show with his second ever ODI hattrick
Sharjah Champions Trophy 1999 Abdul Razzaq Vs Sri Lanka
Pakistan was totally out of the game and there was no hope to win it. Then came in Razzaq to bowl and there was a total turn around.
Coca-Cola Cup 2000 Pakistan ending winning streak of South Africa in UAE
South Africa enjoyed a streak of not losing a game in Sharjah for eight years but then came Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib to end the streak for good.
Coca-Cola Cup 1999 India all out on 125 Wasim Akram taking 3/11 while suffering from high fever
Pakistan team was oozing with confidence and Shoaib Akhtar was on fire. Wasim Akram played that final while suffering from high fever but that did not stop him to cause an early dent to Indian innings.
Wills Trophy 1991 Waqar Younis’ unbelievable last over the edge of the seat thriller
Last over and 2 to win on three balls, Waqar asks Imran – what now skipper? Imran says, do whatever you feel like and rest is history.
Pepsi Champions Trophy 1993 Basit Ali vs West Indies – the master of Deep Extra Cover Drive
Basit Ali was one of the cleanest hitter of the ball especially in deep covers. This innings is a total gem as he had a go on the feared duo of Walsh and Ambrose.
Wills Trophy 1991 Final Aaqib Javed 7/37 vs India
The young man Aaqib single handedly destroyed Indian batting line and in the pursuit he became youngest to take a hattrick and the record holder of best bowling figures in ODI.
Champions Trophy 1989 Wasim Akram’s first ODI Hattrick
Even the best of the best admit that no other fast bowler has as many variations in his quiver as Akram had and this one spell is a true picture of that.
Australia vs Pakistan 2012 – Super Over
Abdul Razzaq was called to ball the last over and there was a substitute fielder Yasir Arafat in the field. The two changed the game and Pakistan won a chance to play a super over to win the game.
South Africa Vs Pakistan 2010 Abdul Razzaq clinching victory for Pakistan
An innings that only Abdul Razzaq can play, Pakistan was 9 down and a pile of runs to make but even that did not stop Razzaq from pulling a wonder.
Pakistan winning first test series against Australia in 20 years
Pakistan did not win a test against Australia in 19 years and a series in 20 years. However, in 2014 the UAE witnessed another epic story. Younis Khan, Misbah, Azhar Ali, and Asad Shafiq held bating front well and it was complimented by the spin twins of Pakistan – Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah.
Pakistan greenwashing England in Test series 2012 Abdur Rahman taking 6 wickets to seal the win
Pakistan was facing England first time after the spot fixing scandal. Team was under immense pressure yet Pakistan outshined England who was at that time number one test team. Abdur Rahman and Saeed Ajmal were the heroes of the series.
Pakistan beating Ashes winning England by 2-0 – Yasir Shah you beauty!
England toured UAE again last year to face Pakistan in yet another exciting series. One game ended in a draw but rest of the two games were won by Pakistan. Yasir Shah headlined the series with his heroic performance.