Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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A moment to savor! Pakistan Climbed to No. 1 in ICC test Ranking By:Khurram Zia Khan

Pakistan yesterday touched the pinnacle of its test cricket history when it attained the No. 1 position in ICC test ranking table.

ICC started ranking teams from 2003 and since the inception of this ranking system, this is the first time that Pakistan reached the top of the table.

Misbah Ul Haq and whole team deserve credit for this honor. Misbah Ul Haq was made captain of the team after the 2010 series against England.That series is marred by the spot fixing scandal when three of its players viz Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were caught red handed for indulging in spot fixing. These tainted players not only have to face ban from cricket but also served jail term in England.

The honor of reaching No. 1 position is all the more enjoyable for Pakistan, because Pakistan have not played any test in its own home ground since 2009 attack on visiting Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

Misbah Ul Haq is leading Pakistan for last seven years and this is the longest uninterrupted stint of any Pakistan test captain in country’s history. During his stint as captain, Misbah was criticized by countries insane analysts on numerous occasions but captain cool instead of indulging in a war of words, always answered his detractors with his performance.

With 22 victories in test cricket, Misbah become the most successful captain of Pakistan. Misbah also become the most aged captain in cricket history to score a test century.

With his 8 centuries after becoming captain of Pakistan, Misbah have the honor for scoring most centuries for Pakistan as captain surpassing Inzamam Ul Haq’s mark of 7 centuries a Pakistan’s captain.

Under Misbah Ul Haq’s Pakistan attained many memorable results but in my view the drawn series Pakistan played in England recently should be classified as the best performance by Misbah and his tutelage. It is ironic that this recent performance in England is pivotal in leading Pakistan to the top of ICC test ranking table.

Whole nation was unanimous in praising Pakistan cricket team for this feat. Social media was abuzz with people and ex- players who were talking about this achievement and showering unprecedented praise on Pakistan team.










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