Five big sports moments for Pakistan in 2016

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Five big sports moments for Pakistan in 2016
Pakistan team celebrating Lord's win. (FILE PHOTO: AFP)

There have been many lows for sports in Pakistan in 2016. However, as the year 2017 is just hours away, lets relive some of the cherishing moments that Pakistan witnessed in the passing year.

Pakistan Super League

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) successfully hosted the first edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) and it was a blockbuster hit. Arguably, it was the best moment for Pakistani sports fans during 2016.

Pakistan’s win at Lord’s

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Pakistan registered a historical Test win at Lord’s. They were playing at the venue for the first time after the embarrassing incident of spot fixing that took place back in 2010, when Pakistan last toured England. Pakistan celebrated the win in a special manner by saluting and performing push-ups.

Pakistan ranked no. 1 Test team

Pakistan's skipper of Test cricket team Misbah-ul-Haq holds test mace handed over by International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson during a ceremony at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Misbah-ul-Haq says it's a big achievement to lead Pakistan to No. 1 in test rankings, given the team has not played on home soil for seven years. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistan attained the top rank in Test ranking for the first time since the new ranking system is introduced. The Men in Green occupied the first position for a brief period of time after leveling the Test series against England in their backyard, however, it was a huge achievement for a nation that has been deprived from international cricket at home for more than seven years.

Muhammad Waseem winning WBC Silver Flyweight championship

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Muhammad ‘Falcon’ Waseem, the first pro boxer of the country won the WBC Silver Flyweight championship by defeating Philippines’ Jether Oliva in July. He then went on to defend his title successfully against a much superior opponent, Philippines’ Giemel Magramo in November.

Roar of Wolverine

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Ahmad ‘Wolverine’ Mujtaba made the sport of Mixed Martial Arts famous in Pakistan. He made headlines when he won his debut fight in Asia’s biggest MMA promotion, One Championship against Singapore’s Benedict Ang. He has been undefeated in his career so far.

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