Tour of England 1996 Captain: Wasim Akram
34th official Test tour
Tenth Test-playing tour of England by Pakistan
(June - September 1996)
This trip was the first visit to England since the fractious 1992 tour. Yawar Saeed and captain Wasim Akram were praised for improving relations between Pakistan and English cricket. Helpfully, England were captained by Wasim’s Lancashire colleague and friend, Mike Atherton.
As before when appointed captain, Wasim Akram’s own playing performance dipped slightly but he did reach 300 Test wickets at The Oval. The Pakistan side was far stronger than England’s, especially in bowling. Mushtaq (17 wickets), Waqar (16) and Wasim (11), aided by five century-makers, all helped Pakistan to a 2–0 victory.
In the second Test match at Headingley, 120 people were ejected from the ground and 11 arrested after allegedly racist disturbances.
Other Pakistan Tours
Sri Lanka 1996-97
Next tour of England
Members of the Test tour party (17)
Opening batsmen Aamer Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Shadab Kabir, Shahid Anwar.
Middle-order batsmen Inzamamul Haq, Ijaz Ahmed, Asif Mujitaba, Saleem Malik
Wicket-keepers Moin Khan, Rashid Latif
Spin bowlers Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq
Fast bowlers Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Ata-ur-Rehman, Shahid Nazir, Mohammad Akram.
LHB opener vice-capt
RHB opener (RM)
LHB LF captain
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(25 July 1996) 25 yrs 8 months.
ODI Played in ODI series
Test Appearances before tour
Saleem Malik 87, Wasim Akram 67, Waqar Younis 38, Aamer Sohail 30, Inzamamul Haq 30, Ijaz Ahmed 27, Asif Mujitaba 21, Mushtaq Ahmed 21, Moin Khan 18, Rashid Latif 18, Saeed Anwar 14, Ata ur Rehman 11, Saqlain Mushtaq 4, Mohammad Akram 4, Shadab Kabir 0, Shahid Anwar 0, Shahid Nazir 0.
Dr Zafar Altaf (chairman), Naushad Ali, Salahuddin with Wasim Akram (co-opted) formed the panel.
Trials : 41 players were invited to the trials.
Wasim Akram was chosen to captain the tour party on 5 May.
Team announced 21 May 1996.
There were 9 reserves, including Aaqib Javed and Basit Ali. The manager’s name was announced after 22 May, Intikhab Alam being dropped.
Training Camp : at Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore, from 29 May. Ian Chappell was asked to help prepare the team but could not do so and Wasim Akram led the practices.
Assembled at Lahore on evening of 16 June and flew to Amsterdam, arriving at 5am on 17 June.
Played two one-day matches in Holland (19/20 June) before flying in to Birmingham from The Hague on 21 June. After 3 days of practice at Edgbaston, travelled to London by team coach on 24 June for practice at Lord's.
Won 2 w
† Den Haag
Won 148 r
NCA England XI
Won 8 w
Won 105 r
Won 170 r
† Shenley Park
Won r rate
Lost 7 w
Won 8 w
ENGLAND First Test
WON 164 r
Won 108 r
Won 7 w
ENGLAND Second Test
Won 101 r
Won 271 r
ENGLAND Third Test
WON 9 w
§ Old Trafford
England (1st ODI)
Lost 5 w
England (2nd ODI)
Lost 107 r
§ Trent Bridge
England (3rd ODI)
Won 2 w
† not first-class
§ one-day international
Test appearances on tour
3 - Ijaz Ahmed, Inzamamul Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar, Saleem Malik, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram.
2 - Aamer Sohail, Asif Mujitaba, Ata-ur-Rehman, Moin Khan, Shadab Kabir.
1 - Mohammad Akram, Rashid Latif.
0 - Saqlain Mushtaq, Shahid Anwar, Shahid Nazir.
• Mushtaq Ahmed (5-57), bowling round the wicket, brought about an England collapse, losing 7 wickets for 18 runs in an hour at Lord’s.
• Pakistan won its fifth consecutive series against England since 1983-84.
Other first-class matches
Return to Pakistan
On 3 September 1996 flew from London to Islamabad Airport. The Karachi players flew from London to Karachi on 5 September.
On 10 September they flew out again for Toronto, to play the Sahara Friendship Cup against India .
Written accounts of the tour
"The Hunt for Peace" by Dr Kim H.Baloch