Welcome to the vibrant world of Pakistani sports, where passion, creativity, and a touch of the unexpected come together to give birth to some of the most bizarre and unique sporting events. Nestled within the rich tapestry of Pakistan’s diverse culture and traditions, these sports defy convention and redefine what it means to compete and celebrate.
Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam jumped three spots to claim the number three spot in the ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings on Wednesday, become the only batter in the world to rank in all three formats— Test, ODIs and T20, to rank among the top three batters in the world. Azam is recognized as one of the world’s best batters in modern-day cricket. He currently occupies the number one spot in the ODI batter’s ranking and the number three spot in the T20 batter’s ranking.
National cricket team’s fast bowler Naseem Shah has achieved the world record for the most wickets in the initial six one day matches. Naseem Shah has taken 20 wickets in his first 6 One Day International (ODI) matches of his career. In the first ODI against New Zealand in Rawalpindi, the Pakistani fast bowler took 2 wickets, breaking the record of New Zealand’s Matt Henry.
Enaam Ahmed, a British-Pakistani Formula racer, set the third-fastest time during the morning session on the 2.4-mile road course at the prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The road course comprises 14 corners and is renowned for hosting some of the world’s most talented racing drivers. Enaam was racing against several experienced drivers in the series which made his third fastest time of 1:14.86 even more impressive.
Dr Salman Khan became the first Pakistani to complete six major marathons in the world which consists of runs in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City under the Abbott World Marathon Majors. A total of 11 Pakistanis or American and British citizens of Pakistani origin participated in the Tokyo marathon on March 5, including five women.
After almost a decade, Pakistan’s team of qualified racers will participate in the final round of the Dubai Endurance Karting Championship 2022. Up to 42 karting teams, including 15 European national champions, will compete in the event. Formula one world champion Fernando Alonso and former F1 driver Pedro De La Rosa will also participate in the race.
The World Cup in Qatar had thrown up yet another stirring upset and in the first tournament to be held in the Arab world, Morocco’s 1-0 win over Portugal ensured that there will be an Arab-speaking team in its final four. This was a win that would not only be celebrated across Morocco but also across the Arab countries, from Saudi Arabia to Algeria.
A Pakistani athlete won a gold medal at the South Asian Karate Championship being held in Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Ali displayed stunning performance as he beat Indian opponent to clinch the title in U-21 category. He has also bagged a gold in another category during this edition of the championship.
Pakistan’s renowned martial artist Irfan Mehsood has achieved another milestone after his 60th Guinness World Record was approved for the highest standing jump carrying a 60lb pack. The previous record for the highest standing jump was held by Silvio Sabba of Italy. Irfan said the highest standing jump he did carrying a 60 Ib pack was 96 cm (3 ft 1.79 in).
Pakistan’s Asim Khan on Sunday won the silver medal in Asian Pacific MMA Championship 2022, held in Pattaya, Thailand. He won the medal in 57kg category. On the other hand, Pakistan Shahzaib khan got bronze medal in 77 kg. This is one of the biggest MMA Championship in Asia. Asim Khan defeated the Thailand fighter in the semi-final.