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The history of Cricket in Pakistan predates the creation of the country in 1947. The first ever international cricket match in what is Pakistan today was held in Karachi on November 22, 1935 between Sindhi and Australian cricket teams. The match was seen by 5,000 Karachiites. It was introduced by the British during their colonial rule of British India, which covered the area now known as Pakistan. Cricket is the most popular sport in the country.
Almost all cities and villages in Pakistan have their own cricket teams and unofficial tournaments. Pakistani children start playing cricket at a young age. The game is the most popular form of sports in the country.
Domestic Cricket in Pakistan is currently sponsored by HAIER PAKISTAN. The most important domestic cricket tournaments in Pakistan include:
As cricket being the most popular sport in the country the locals have been thriving to watch matches since 2009. In the past few years there has been a major progress in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan. Zimbabwe toured Pakistan in 2015, West Indies and Srilanka toured Pakistan in 2017-2018. PCB introduced Pakistan Super League in 2015 with its first addition in 2016. Through PSL several international players played in Pakistan and thus for the revival of cricket in Pakistan. International Test matches and One Day International matches are played between the Pakistan national team and foreign opponents regularly. Though Pakistan doesn't host many international matches as teams refuse to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. The team has won many international cricket tournaments, including the 1992 Cricket World Cup and the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. They finished runners up in the 1999 World Cup and the 2007 World Twenty20. They are also the current champions of ICC Champions Trophy.