The list containing the Pakistan Cricket team’s first loss to an international side grew a little extensive last night as Afghanistan stunned the T20 World Cup finalists in the first game at Sharjah.
This is the first time Afghanistan has gotten the better of Pakistan in eight international fixtures including 4 ODIs and 4T20Is which is a great excuse to revisit a little history and dig out every first loss of the Pakistan Cricket team to each nation.
For the record Pakistan cricket made its official test debut in 1952, its ODI debut in 1973 and its T20I debut in 2006.
In total, the Green Shirts have played 451 test matches winning 146, and losing 139 with 166 ending in draws or no results.
Pakistan has played in 948 ODIs, winning 499 of them and losing 420 with 9 games ending in ties and 20 in draws or no results. In 216 T20Is, Pakistan has registered 131 wins, 77 losses and 3 ties with 5 games ending in draws or a no-result.
With the history lesson over, let’s revisit some of Pakistan cricket’s lowest points in alphabetical order.
A list of Pakistan Cricket team’s every First loss:
Australia defeated Pakistan for the first time in 1959 by 8 wickets at Dhaka. The Aussies would go on to win the series 2-0.
England defeated Pakistan for the first time in Test cricket in 1954 during the second test of Pakistan’s tour of England at Nottingham. They would win the 4-match series 2-0.
Pakistan lost its very first official test to India in 1952 at Delhi. The hosts would then win the five-match series 2-1.
New Zealand: 1969
After 4 attempts beginning in 1955/56, New Zealand finally got the better of Pakistan in a test match in 1969 at Lahore. They would go on to win the three-match series 1-0.
South Africa: 1995
Pakistan played South Africa in a test for the first time in 1995, losing the game at Johannesburg in the only test.
Sri Lanka: 1986
After a couple of attempts, Sri Lanka finally beat Pakistan in a test match in 1986 at Colombo before the three-game series ended in a 1-1 draw.
West Indies: 1958
West Indies defeated Pakistan for the first time in 1958 during the second of a five-match test series at Port of Spain. The formidable hosts would go on to win the series 3-1.
The African nation managed to get the better of Pakistan for the first time in the inaugural test match of the three-match series in 1995 at Harare. Pakistan would win the remaining two to take the series 2-1.
* Pakistan is yet to lose a test match to Bangladesh and Ireland.
Australia earned its first ODI win over Pakistan in 1975 in the very first match between the two sides. Pakistan would have to wait until 1979 to get its first win over the Aussies.
Bangladesh defeated Pakistan for the first time in ODIs during the 1999 World Cup. Pakistan has dominated the rivalry since, winning 32 of the 37 matches played between the two.
England earned its first ODI win over Pakistan in 1977 at Sahiwal. The visitors would then go on to win the three-match series 2-1 and dominate the rivalry, winning 56 of the 91 contests.
Pakistan’s arch-rivals got the better of them in the very first ODI between the two at Quetta. Their rivalry would become the fiercest in the history of the sport with Pakistan winning 73 of the 132 matches.
Ireland surprisingly defeated Pakistan in the 2007 ODI world cup in what was the first meeting between the two sides.
New Zealand: 1974
New Zealand beat Pakistan for the first time in ODIs in 1974 at Christchurch. The game was only the 5th ODI ever in the history of the sport.
South Africa: 1992
South Arica defeated Pakistan in their very first ODI meeting at Brisbane.
Sri Lanka: 1982
Sri Lanka earned its first ODI win over Pakistan in 1982 at Lahore.
West Indies: 1975
West Indies won the first ODI meeting between the two sides at Birmingham.
Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan in an ODI on their 9th attempt at Harare.
* Pakistan has not lost a single ODI to Afghanistan, Canada, Hong Kong, Kenya, Namibia, the Netherlands, Scotland and the UAE.
Afghanistan finally earned its first T20I win over Pakistan last night (24th March) in their 4th attempt.
The Aussies had to wait until their third meeting to beat Pakistan in a T20 contest which they achieved on February 5th 2010 in Melbourne.
After seven attempts Bangladesh finally beat Pakistan in a T20I at Dhaka.
England defeated Pakistan in a T20I for the first time in 2009 in London during the 2009 T20 World Cup.
India got the better of Pakistan in the very first T20 between the two at Durban in 2007 during the first T20 World Cup. Pakistan would have to wait until December 2012 to get its first win.
New Zealand: 2010
The Blackcaps had to wait until the fifth T20I meeting between the two to beat Pakistan for the first time in the format.
South Africa: 2007
South Africa absolutely demolished Pakistan in their first T20I meeting by 10 wickets at Johannesburg.
Sri Lanka: 2008
Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan for the first time in a T20I in 2008 on their third attempt.
West Indies: 2011
The would-be two-time T20 champions defeated Pakistan in the very first game between the two in St Lucia.
Zimbabwe earned its first T20I win over Pakistan on its 16th attempt at Harare.
*Pakistan has not lost a T20I to Ireland, Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Namibia, Scotland and the UAE.