Pakistan have played in every ICC Champions Trophy tournament but the glittering gold trophy has evaded them every single time. The Green Shirts, however, have managed to reach the semi-finals thrice: in 2000, 2004 and 2009.
As Pakistan is going to play his first match in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on 4th June against India, Here is a look back at Pakistan’s best performances in Champions Trophy tournaments over the years.
1. Shoaib Malik
All-rounder Shoaib Malik has the most appearances for Pakistan at the ICC Champions Trophy (15). The upcoming edition will be a landmark tournament for him, as he will become the first ever Pakistani cricketer to feature in his sixth successive tournament.
Malik has played at the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013 editions of the Champions Trophy and is all set to feature in CT17. The 35-year-old also hit Pakistan’s highest score at the tournament with his knock of 128 against archrivals India in 2009.
2. Mohammad Yousuf
Former batsman Mohammad Yousuf is the leading run scorer for Pakistan, with 484 runs across five tournaments.
Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik are also Pakistan’s most successful batting partners in the tournament, with 414 runs between them – which is also the second most in the tournament. The duo also orchestrated Pakistan’s highest partnership in the history of the tournament, with 206 runs for the 4th wicket against India in Champions Trophy 2009.
3. Shahid Afridi
Former captain and all-rounder Shahid Afridi has wreaked the most havoc on his opponents in Champions Trophy tournaments (no surprises there. With 10 sixes, Afridi has the highest number of maximums in the tournament, six of which were hit in one innings against Netherlands in 2002. That was also the match where he blasted the fastest-ever fifty at the tournament off 18 balls – the most by a Pakistan batsman in an innings.
Afridi also has the highest strike rate of any Pakistan batsman at the tournament – 123.62 across his 13 innings. The all-rounder’s performance with the ball has been just as impressive; he has taken the most wickets for Pakistan at Champions Trophy (14). Afridi also has Pakistan’s best-ever figures at the tournament, with 5 for 11 vs Kenya in 2004 – which is also the second-best in the history of the tournament.
4. Shoaib Akhtar
Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar has the best average at the tournament, with 7 wickets at an average of 16.28.
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ also has the best economy rate for his country at the ICC Champions Trophy – a rate of just 3.01 off his 37.5 overs.
In all, Shoaib Akhtar played five Champions Trophy matches for Pakistan, bowled 37.5 overs and took 7 wickets for 114 runs.
5. Saeed Anwar
Saeed Anwar has the highest average from Pakistan, being miles ahead of his countrymen with an extraordinary average of 114.50 at the tournament. He scored 289 runs in just four innings.
209 of Saeed Anwar’s runs came in the 2000 edition – the highest number of runs scored by a Pakistan player at any one edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Anwar also has the most centuries (2) for Pakistan at the tournament. He also sports the record for most scores of 50+ for Pakistan at the tournament with Mohammad Yousuf – both of whom passed the half-century mark on three occasions.
6. Kamran Akmal
Wicket Keeper Batsman Kamran Akmal has the highest tally of dismissals behind the stumps, with 11 catches and 3 stumpings.
7. Saeed Ajmal
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal bagged 8 wickets for his country at the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 – the most in a single edition by a Pakistan bowler.