1998–99 Asian Test Championship

The first Asian Test Championship, organized by the Asian Cricket Council was held between 16 February and 16 March 1999.[1] India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka competed in the tournament; Bangladesh could not compete because the ICC had not granted them Test status. This tournament was considered to be the predecessor to the Test Cricket World Cup that the ICC was planning for the nine member nations.[1] The tournament was almost canceled in January 1999 due to tour conflicts, television rights and security concerns.[2][3][4]

Three round-robin tournament matches were played with each team meeting each other once and the top two sides playing a final. A win was worth 12 points, a tie 6 points and no points were awarded for a draw or loss. In addition to this, bonus points were awarded to teams for bowling and batting performances (see Scoring system). The venues of the round robin matches were rotated between the three countries: India (Calcutta), Sri Lanka (Colombo) and Pakistan (Lahore), while the final was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a neutral venue.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 175 in the final to become the first Asian Test Champions and received US$250,000 in prize money. Sri Lanka, the losing finalists, were awarded US$145,000, and India, the losers of the first round, US$100,000.[5] 'Man of the Series', Wasim Akram, won US$20,000, while 'Man of the Match' winners received US$5,000 in prize money.

1998-99 Asian Test Championship
Administrator(s)Asian Cricket Council
Cricket formatTest
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and final
Host(s) India
 Sri Lanka
Champions Pakistan (1st title)
Matches played4
Player of the seriesPakistan Wasim Akram
Most runsSri Lanka M. Jayawardene (297)
Most wicketsPakistan Wasim Akram (15)


 India[6]  Pakistan[7]  Sri Lanka[8]
1st & 2nd Test 1st Test 2nd Test Final 1st Test 2nd Test Final
  • Wasim Akram *
  • +Moin Khan
  • Saeed Anwar
  • Imran Nazir
  • Wajahatullah Wasti
  • Shahid Afridi
  • Ijaz Ahmed
  • Shahid Nazir
  • Yousuf Youhana
  • Azhar Mahmood
  • Inzamam-ul-Haq
  • Shoaib Akhtar
  • Saqlain Mushtaq
  • Arshad Khan
  • Aravinda de Silva
  • Russel Arnold
  • Marvan Atapattu
  • Avishka Gunawardene
  • Mahela Jayawardene
  • Hashan Tillakaratne
  • +Romesh Kaluwitharana
  • Upul Chandana
  • Chaminda Vaas
  • Pramodya Wickramasinghe
  • Sajeewa de Silva
  • Niroshan Bandaratilake
  • Chandika Hathurusingha
  • Ruwan Kalpage


The matches were officiated by two independent umpires of the ICC panel. This was the first time that this had occurred, traditionally one ICC umpire and one home umpire stand in Test matches. However, one home umpire was selected as the Third Umpire in each Test match. The ICC Match referee for the entire Championship was Cammie Smith of the West Indies.[5]

Neutral Umpires:

Third umpires:

Scoring system

A scoring system was devised by the Asian Test Championship Technical Committee consisting of Duleep Mendis (tournament director), Ashantha De Mel, Sunil Gavaskar and Majid Khan.[5] It was based on the systems used in the Asian countries' domestic leagues.[9]

Result Points[10]
Win 12
Tie 6
Draw/Loss 0

Bonus points were awarded to teams for good bowling and batting performances (see table below). A maximum of 20 points could be gained in one match (including the 12 match winning points). The bonus bowling and batting points were confined to the first 100 overs of the first innings. The two teams with the highest number of points qualify for the final. If two teams are tied on points, the team with a better run rate in the first 100 overs will go through. If the final ends in a draw, the side with the higher bonus points will win.[11]

Bonus Points1
Runs Scored Bonus Points[10] Wickets Taken Bonus Points[10]
350+ 4 9-10 4
300-349 3 7-8 3
225-299 2 5-6 2
150-224 1 3-4 1
1Assessed on the first 100 overs of the 1st innings

Asian Test Championship

1st Test: India v Pakistan

16–20 February 1999
185 (76.2 overs)
Moin Khan 70 (271)
Javagal Srinath 5/46
223 (76.2 overs)
Sadagoppan Ramesh 79 (176)
Shoaib Akhtar 4/71
316 (99 overs)
Saeed Anwar 188 (259)
Javagal Srinath 8/86
232 (91 overs)
VVS Laxman 67 (119)
Shoaib Akhtar 4/47
Pakistan won by 46 runs
Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Dave Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Saeed Anwar (PAK) and Javagal Srinath (IND)
Points Table after 1st Test
Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Bonus
Total Points
Pakistan 1 1 0 0 1 4 17
India 1 0 0 1 1 4 5
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2nd Test: Sri Lanka v India

24–28 February 1999
518/7 (142.5 overs)
Sadagoppan Ramesh 143 (214)
Russel Arnold 2/94
485 (159.1 overs)
M Jayawardene 242 (465)
Anil Kumble 4/134
306/5 (104 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 124 (234)
Aravinda de Silva 2/59
Match Drawn
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA) and Russell Tiffin (ZIM)
Player of the match: Mahela Jayawardene (SL)
Points Table after 2nd Test
Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Bonus
Total Points
Pakistan 1 1 0 0 1 4 17
India 2 0 1 1 5 5 10
Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0 2 2 4

3rd Test: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

4–8 March 1999
398 (102.1 overs)
Wajahatullah Wasti 133 (238)
Pramodya Wickramasinghe 6/103
328 (84.2 overs)
Russel Arnold 123 (208)
Wasim Akram 4/30
314/8d (96.5 overs)
Wajahatullah Wasti 121 (303)
Niroshan Bandaratilleke 2/54
165/2 (51.1 overs)
Russel Arnold 56 (151)
Shahid Nazir 1/27
Match Drawn
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA) and David Shepherd (ENG)
Player of the match: Wajahatullah Wasti (Pak)
Points Table after 3rd Test
Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Bonus
Total Points
Pakistan 2 1 1 0 5 8 25
Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 6 5 11
India 2 0 1 1 5 5 10

Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

12–16 March 1999
231 (78 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 72 (164)
Arshad Khan 5/38
594 (184.5 overs)
Ijaz Ahmed 211 (372)
Upul Chandana 6/179
188 (65.3 overs)
Hashan Tillakaratne 55 (152)
Wasim Akram 3/33
Pakistan won by an innings and 175 runs
Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Umpires: David Shepherd (ENG) and Doug Cowie (NZ)
Player of the match: Ijaz Ahmed (Pak)


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1998–99 Bangladeshi cricket season

For the first time since independence in 1971, first-class cricket was played in Bangladesh in the 1998–99 season.

Bangladesh hosted the 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy (known as the Wills International Cup) during October and November, although it being for Test nations only they could not play themselves but providing neutral venue. South Africa won the tournament.

During November, the West Indies A team visited and having played three List A matches against Bangladesh, starting on 12 November the two teams played the first-ever first-class match in Bangladesh (i.e., since independence). West Indies A won by 8 wickets.The final of the 1998–99 Asian Test Championship was played at Dhaka in March 1999, Pakistan winning by an innings and 175 runs against Sri Lanka. Later that month, Bangladesh hosted Kenya and Zimbabwe for the List A Meril International Tournament, won convincingly by Zimbabwe.

Domestic cricket was still of minor standard because Bangladesh had not yet achieved ICC Full Member status until June 2000. The Dhaka Premier Division was again the main club-level tournament but there were two competitions organised on a national level which presaged the future National Cricket League being launched in November 1999.

1998–99 Sri Lankan cricket season

The 1998–99 Sri Lankan cricket season featured a Test series between Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lanka then played a further series against Australia.

2001–02 Asian Test Championship

Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka competed in the second Asian Test Championship between August 2001 and March 2002. India pulled out of the tournament due to political tensions with Pakistan.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka both played Bangladesh in the two round robin matches. A win was worth 16 or 12 points, a tie 8 points and no points were awarded for a draw or loss. In addition to this, bonus points were awarded to teams for bowling and batting performances. Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for the final after convincingly beating Bangladesh in Multan and Colombo, respectively.

The final was held at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 8 wickets to win the second Asian Test championship.

History of cricket in Bangladesh

The history of cricket in Bangladesh predates the foundation of the Bangladeshi state in 1971 by nearly two centuries. Cricket was introduced to Bengal by the British in the eighteenth century but its growth in East Bengal was slow. Following Partition and the creation of East Pakistan, both first-class and Test cricket were played there during the 1950s and 1960s. Although cricket continued to be popular after independence, especially in Dhaka, the country lost first-class status and had to establish itself in international competition as an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

After winning the 1997 ICC Trophy and making a good showing at the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh created its National Cricket League (NCL) in 1999–2000 to prepare the way for full membership of the ICC. This was granted in 2000 and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was formally established. In November 2000, the Bangladesh national team played its inaugural Test match against India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

The 2000–01 season saw the beginning of first-class domestic competition as the NCL was upgraded in status. Development has gathered pace in the twenty-first century with a notable improvement in playing standards. Bangladesh has hosted several international competitions and has successfully launched new domestic competitions including the lucrative Bangladesh Premier League.

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Saeed Anwar is a former Pakistani cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He has scored centuries (100 or more runs in a single innings) in Test matches and One Day International (ODI) matches on 11 and 20 occasions respectively during his international career. He played 55 Tests and 247 ODIs for Pakistan scoring 4,052 and 8,824 runs respectively. He was described by the BBC as "a world-class opener" and "one of the real batting stars of Pakistani cricket". Anwar was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year, in 1997, and the cricket almanac Wisden noted his "rapid run-scoring".Anwar made his Test debut against the West Indies in a match where he was dismissed without scoring in either innings at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad in 1990. His first Test century came against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, Wellington in 1994. His highest Test score of 188 not out came against India during the 1998–99 Asian Test Championship at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in February 1999. In the same innings, he became the third Pakistan opening batsman not to be dismissed at the close of an innings. Anwar scored Test centuries against seven different opponents at ten cricket grounds, including seven at venues outside Pakistan. As of November 2016, he is ninth in the list of Test century-makers for Pakistan, a position he shares with Asif Iqbal and Azhar Ali.Anwar made his ODI debut during the 1988–89 Benson & Hedges World Series against the West Indies at the WACA Ground, Perth. He achieved his first ODI century a year later against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval. He scored three consecutive centuries at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in 1993, the second player to achieve this feat. Anwar's score of 194, the highest by a Pakistan batsman, was made against India at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai in 1997. He scored all of his twenty ODI centuries against six different opponents, and was most successful against Sri Lanka, making seven against them. As of November 2016, Anwar is the leading ODI century-maker for Pakistan, and is twelfth in the list of ODI century-makers.

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The Pakistan national cricket team represents Pakistan in international cricket and is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One Day International (ODI) status. Pakistan first competed in international cricket in 1952, when they played against India in a four-day Test match; India won the match by an innings and 70 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi. In the same series, Pakistan recorded their first Test win, the second match by an innings and 43 runs at the University Ground, Lucknow. As of 2017, Pakistan have played 410 Test matches; they have won 132 matches, lost 120 matches, and 158 matches were drawn. They have also won the 1998–99 Asian Test Championship, defeating Sri Lanka in the final by an innings and 175 runs. Pakistan played their first ODI match against New Zealand in February 1973 at the Lancaster Park, Christchurch, but registered their first win against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, in August 1974. As of 2017, Pakistan have played 879 ODI matches, winning 464 matches and losing 389; they also tied 8 matches, whilst 18 had no result. They also won the 1992 Cricket World Cup, the 2000 and 2012 Asia Cups, and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan played their first Twenty20 International (T20I) match at the County Cricket Ground, Bristol, on 28 August 2006, against England, winning the match by five wickets. In 2009, they won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, defeating Sri Lanka by eight wickets. As of 2017, Pakistan have played 115 T20I matches and won 68 of them; 44 were lost and three were tied.As of 2018, Pakistan have faced ten teams in Test cricket, with their most frequent opponent being England, playing 81 matches against them. Pakistan have registered more wins against New Zealand than any other team, with 24. In ODI matches, Pakistan have played against 18 teams; they have played against Sri Lanka most frequently, with a winning percentage of 59.37 in 148 matches. Pakistan have defeated Sri Lanka on 85 occasions, which is their best record in ODIs. The team have competed against 17 different teams in T20Is, and have played 15 matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka each. Pakistan have defeated Sri Lanka on ten occasions in T20Is. They have lost to England nine times in this format of the game.

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Rahul Dravid

Rahul Sharad Dravid ( (listen); born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the current Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team, and also the head coach for the Under-19 and 'A' teams. Dravid scored nearly 25000 runs in international cricket. He is colloquially known as Dependable or Mr. Dependable, and often referred to as The Great Wall or The Wall by Indian cricket followers.Born in a Marathi family and brought up in Bangalore, he started playing cricket at the age of 12 and later represented Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 levels. Hailed as The Wall, Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004. In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.As of December 2016, Dravid is the fourth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis. In 2004, after completing his century against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the first and the only player till date to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries. As of October 2012, he holds the record for the most number of catches taken by a player (non-wicket-keeper) in Test cricket, with 210. Dravid holds a unique record of never getting out for a Golden duck in the 286 Test innings which he has played. He has faced 31258 balls, which is the highest number of balls faced by any player in test cricket. He has also spent 44152 minutes at the crease, which is the highest time spent on crease by any player in test cricket.In August 2011, after receiving a surprise recall in the ODI series against England, Dravid declared his retirement from ODIs as well as Twenty20 International (T20I), and in March 2012, he announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket. He appeared in the 2012 Indian Premier League as captain of the Rajasthan Royals.Rahul Dravid, along with Glenn McGrath were honoured during the seventh annual Bradman Awards function in Sydney on 1 November 2012. Dravid has also been honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan award, India's fourth and third highest civilian awards respectively.In 2014, Rahul Dravid joined the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore as a member of their board of advisors. In collaboration with GoSports Foundation he is mentoring India's future Olympians and Paralympians as part of the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme. Indian badminton player Prannoy Kumar, Para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad and young Golfer S. Chikkarangappa was part of the initial group of athletes to be mentored by Rahul Dravid. In July 2018, Dravid became the fifth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.

Saeed Anwar

Saeed Anwar (Urdu: سعید انور‎; born 6 September 1968, Karachi) is a Pakistani religious preacher and former cricketer and a former captain for Tests and ODIs. An opening batsman and occasional slow left arm orthodox bowler, Anwar played international cricket between 1989 and 2003. Considered as one of greatest opening batsmen Pakistan has ever produced, Anwar has scored twenty centuries in ODIs, more than any other Pakistani batsmen in this format. He played 55 Test matches, scoring 4052 runs with eleven centuries, average 45.52. In 247 One Day Internationals (ODIs) he made 8824 runs at an average of 39.21.

Anwar got a pair at his Test debut against the West Indies in 1990, and scored 169 runs in his third Test against New Zealand in February 1994. In 1998–99, he became the third Pakistani to carry his bat through a Test innings, and scored his highest Test score of 188 not out. He made four ODI centuries at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, including three consecutive during 1993–94. Anwar scored two successive hundreds on three different occasions in his career. He is most notable for scoring 194 runs against India in Chennai in 1997, the highest score for that time, and now the tenth highest individual score in an ODI. Anwar participated in three Cricket World Cups, and captained Pakistan in seven Tests and 11 ODIs. In August 2003, he announced his retirement from International cricket.

Saeed Anwar was the highest runs scoring batsman for Pakistan bin 2003 world cup but was dropped from the team for no reason after 2003 world cup.

Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram (Urdu: وسیم اکرم‎; born 3 June 1966) is a Pakistani cricket commentator, coach and former cricketer, captain of Pakistan national cricket team. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. A left-arm fast bowler who could bowl with significant pace, he represented the Pakistan cricket team in Test cricket and One Day International (ODI) matches. In October 2013, Wasim Akram was the only Pakistani cricketer to be named in an all-time Test World XI to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of game, and perhaps the finest of all left-arm fast bowlers. He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket, with 881, and he is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets, with 502 in total. He is considered to be one of the founders—and perhaps the finest exponent of—reverse swing bowling.He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002, Wisden released its only list of best players of all time. Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time, with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath and Muralitharan. Wasim has taken 23 four-wicket hauls in ODI in 356 matches he played. On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He was the bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he took a break from the position for IPL 6, citing a need to spend more time with family in Karachi, and he took a further break from IPL 2017; and was replaced by Lakshmipathy Balaji.

He was working as director and bowling coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League, until he left to join Multan Sultans in August 2017. In October 2018, he was named in the Pakistan Cricket Board's seven-member advisory cricket committee.. In November 2018, he joined PSL franchise, Karachi Kings, as a President.

The Government of Pakistan awarded him the Hilal-e-Imtiaz on 23 March 2019 on his life time achievements In field of Cricket.

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