Sport in Pakistan

Pakistan has a great range of sports but cricket seems to be the most popular followed by hockey and squash. Cricket is played in most districts of Pakistan and a conventional Pakistani has more likely have played it in one time of their life.

Cricket is so popular that Pakistan has become internationally competitive taking home various honors like wining the Cricket World Cup (1992) and the ICC World Twenty20 (2009) as well as being runner-ups in the 1999 Cricket World Cup and 2007 ICC World Twenty20. Some of the best cricketers in the world like Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Ramiz Raja and many more are from Pakistan.

Pakistan has a lot of traditional sports but Kabaddi is by far the most popular. It is a form of contact sport that came from South India and is actually the national sport of other countries like Bangladesh and Nepal. Other Pakistani who has made a mark in the international stage includes Jansher Khan and Jahangir Khan, both played squash. Jansher Khan won the World Open eight times and the British Open six times. He was ranked number 1 in the world for six years. Jahangir Khan is easily the greatest professional squash player of all time with a record of having a 555-game winning streak . And by the way,  Jansher and Jahangir are related.

Pakistan has been in the Olympic Games since the 1948 London Games except when they participated in the 1980 boycott of the Moscow Games. All in all, they have taken home 10 Olympic medals, 8 of which are from field hockey (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze). The other 2 (bronze) came from wrestling and boxing.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Pakistan. Cricket is the most popular sport, with Field Hockey the national sport.

Major sports of Pakistan

Traditional or Regional Sports

Pakistani Sporting Success

Athletes from Pakistan

Pakistan Sports trivia

Pakistan at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Pakistan

Upcoming sporting events in Pakistan

Annual sporting events held in Pakistan

Sporting Facilities in Pakistan

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