Jan 182016

Fresh from the memorable World Cup 1992 campaign, Pakistan embarked on their gruelling four months long tour of England full of confidence. The five match Test series is hailed as one of the best of the 90s, a decade where Australia took over from the West Indies as the best long-format outfit. Meanwhile, South Africa steadily rose from isolation to become the strongest competitor to Australia’s crown.Pakistan backed by the Ws (Wasim and Waqar) threatened to top the world throughout the decade but the fractious nature of the players of that era never allowed the team to string together consistent results.Aamir Sohail who made his Test debut in the same series was one of Pakistan’s stars of the decade. In only his third five-day game he launched a stirring attack on the hosts’ en-route a most magnificent 205 at Manchester’s Old Trafford ground — his highest Test and first-class score.Rarely have the Pakistan batsmen especially the openers displayed such bravado away from home; Aamir’s innings was truly iconic and even 23 years later, no opener from the country has come close to matching the Old Trafford knock especially outside Asia.Test cricket will return to Pakistan in two years: Aamir SohailSaeed Anwar — the other half of Pakistan’s famed opening pair (Sohail and Anwar) of the 90s — played some sublime innings of his own but even the great Southpaw couldn’t quite outdo the Sohail effort.The Old Trafford Test was the third game of the high octane series, after a rain [Read More…]

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