5 Biggest controversies in Pakistan cricket

5 Biggest controversies in Pakistan cricket

Even though they could not win any ODI World Cup since 1992, Pakistan are considered as one of the strongest teams in the international circuit.

Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif
Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Pakistan cricket team is one of the most successful teams in the history of cricket. During their early stage of cricket, they were dominated each and every opponent in the world. They qualified for semi-finals in three consecutive World Cup tournaments (1979, 1983 and 1987) before becoming the champions of ICC Cricket World Cup 1992.

Even though they could not win any ODI World Cup since 1992, Pakistan are considered as one of the strongest teams in the international circuit. With the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Inzamam Ul Haq and Saeed Anwar in the team, they have dominated a lot of teams in the 1900s and early 2000s. However, the Pakistan cricketers have been involved in a lot of controversies over the years.

In this article, we will take a look at the five biggest controversies in Pakistan cricket:

5. Bob Woolmer’s mystery death

Bob Woolmer
Bob Woolmer. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for ICC)

It was 18th March 2007, when the Pakistan team lost their coach, Bob Woolmer. After having lost the game against Ireland, they were knocked out of the ICC World Cup 2007. Pakistan had lost the game by 3 wickets against Ireland the previous day and the then Pakistan’s coach was unconscious in his hotel bathroom. He was taken to the hospital, however, the doctors could not save him.

The Jamaica Police soon launched an inquiry about the incident. But, they could not find any trace to find the reason behind the coach’s death. There were rumours that he had a plan to write a book to expose more on bookies and match-fixing. Some even went on to say the Pakistan players would have killed him as the coach had enough details on players who have involved in match-fixing. The reason behind his death is still unknown even 13 years later.