Pakistan’s 28 Tests are the joint-lowest of the established Test sides alongside New Zealand, with only Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland playing fewer games.
For comparison, India play 37 Tests, England play 46 and Australia play 40. Even Bangladesh, still considered as one of the minnows by many, play 35 Tests; 25% more than Pakistan.
Tests are not the only format in which Pakistan fans can feel hard done by. Their 38 ODIs are the lowest of all teams, even lower than that of Afghanistan (41), Zimbabwe (40) and Ireland (42).
Again for comparison, arch-rivals India play 61 ODIs, West Indies play 62 and Sri Lanka play 48.
Pakistan also play 38 T20Is in the four years — also the joint-lowest of the established Test-playing nations. Even Ireland play six more T20Is, while India play 61, West Indies 55 and New Zealand play 49.
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Arif Abbasi understandably believes the ICC needs to amend the FTP, especially considering that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) failed to include even a single match against Pakistan.
Abbasi was incensed at the lack of matches given to Pakistan and alleged that the ICC are biased against the Men in Green.