Once the extremist Hindu party Shiv Sena had removed its threat to disrupt the matches, and the Indian Government had put in place adequate security measures, Pakistan’s first Test matches against India since the drawn series in Pakistan in 1989-90 could proceed.
Pakistan won narrowly at Chennai (former Madras) but India evened the series comfortably at Delhi when Anil Kumble took all ten wickets in the innings.
A third Test played at Calcutta, not part of the series, became the inaugural match of the Asian Test Championship. With India on the brink of defeat, an angry crowd rioted and the police had to exclude all spectators before the few remaining balls of the match could be played to give Pakistan victory.
Middle-order batsmenInzamamul Haq, Ijaz Ahmed, Yousuf Youhana,Saleem Malik
Wicket-keepers Moin Khan
Spin bowlersMushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Nadeem Khan, Shahid Afridi
Fast bowlersWasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Azhar Mahmood,Shoaib Akhtar.
Ijaz Ahmed senior
RHB opener LBG
Average age of players at time of first Test match (28 January 1999)27 yrs2 months.
Test Appearances made before the tour
Saleem Malik 100,Wasim Akram 83,Waqar Younis 55,Inzamamul Haq 51,Ijaz Ahmed 50,Moin Khan 42,Mushtaq Ahmed 41,Saeed Anwar 36,Saqlain Mushtaq 17,Azhar Mahmood 14,Shoaib Akhtar 8,Yousuf Youhana 7,Arshad Khan 2,Nadeem Khan 1, Shahid Afridi 1,Wajahatullah Wasti 0.
Mian Mohammad Munir
Wasim Bari (chairman), Salahuddin, Shafiq Ahmed, Javed Miandad, with Wasim Akram.
The PCB Executive Council (Khalid Mahmood, Chairman) met in Lahore on 3 January to appoint the captain, vice-captain, coach and tour management group.
Tour manager Shaharyar Khan was appointed on 17 January.He was a former diplomat and Minister of Foreign Affairs who later became Ambassador to France.Mian Mohammad Munir, his Assistant Manager, was President of Lahore District Cricket Association.
Training Camp: The selectors named 55 probables for the camp at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, under coach Javed Miandad, but on 29 December 1998 only 42 were called in. Owing to poor weather in the Punjab, the training camp shifted to Karachi National Stadium, the numbers being narrowed down to 22, to which the PCB Executive added Aamer Sohail’s name.
Among those omitted from team at this point were Aamer Nazir, Aaqib Javed, Abdur Razzaq, Arshad Khan, Fazl-e-Akbar, Hasan Raza, Humuyan Farhat, Imran Nazir and Shakeel Ahmed.
The camp concluded on 14 January, with Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Zahid, Mohammad Hussain and the reserves being left out of the tour party.
Unavailable :Aamer Sohail (did not attend the camp, unfit).Azhar Zaidi (as Manager)
Reserves : Asif Mujitaba, Rashid Latif and Shahid Nazir.
Tour party announced 14 January 1999.
The team departed from Lahore Airport on 21 January 1999, flying in to New Delhi only hours after Shiv Sena suspended its threat to disrupt the cricket.
Arshad Khan, 27, from Peshawar was called in for the Calcutta Test because Mushtaq Ahmed had returned home early, but he did not play.