Lahore: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday received a ICC Test Championship mace for heading a side to a tip of a ICC Test Team Rankings for a initial time given a stream rankings complement was introduced in 2003.
ICC arch executive David Richardson presented a mace to Misbah during a Gaddafi Stadium during Lahore and a Pakistan Test skipper pronounced it was fitting that a mace display was holding place there.
“There can’t be a improved plcae to accept a ICC Test Championship mace than this belligerent where we final played a home Test 7 years ago,” pronounced Misbah.
“It is mocking for both a players as good as a fans that a tour to a number-one position has been outward Pakistan. The players have missed on a throng support, while a spectators have been incompetent to watch live some pretentious organisation and particular performances. But we am assured that things will change and general cricket will shortly lapse to Pakistan,” he added.
Pakistan are usually a fifth side after Australia, England, India and South Africa to tip a ICC Test rankings, while Misbah is a ninth captain to lift a mace after Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith (all Australia), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India), Andrew Strauss (England), Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla (both South Africa).
Delighted to reason a mace in a twilight of his career, Misbah said: “It has always been a dream to lift an ICC prize as captain. To be usually a ninth general captain to grasp this honour in a normal format of a diversion is something to be really unapproachable of. This mace is a prerogative for a efforts and tough work of any and each particular who has been partial of this organisation over a past few years.”
Richardson congratulated a Pakistan team, observant it was all a some-more considerable that it had reached a number-one Test ranking notwithstanding not being means to play a array during home given Mar 2009 when terrorists pounded a Sri Lanka cricket team’s train here.
“The ICC Test Championship mace is a pitch of value and a approval of a side’s superb opening in a purest format of a game. Being partial of a organisation that is ranked No.1 in Test cricket is a apex feat for any cricketer. Pakistan is a honourable aim of a mace.
“I wish that a organisation continues to go from strength to strength. A clever Pakistan side is good for general cricket,” Richardson said.
Number dual ranked India will horde New Zealand in a three-Test series, starting tomorrow, and if they win it, they will pierce to a tip of a list even before Pakistan start their three-Test array opposite a West Indies on 13 October.
The two-Test array between Bangladesh and fourth-ranked England starts in Chittagong on Oct 20, while South Africa will play opposite third-ranked Australia in Australia, where a initial Test will embark in Perth on 3 November.
These fixtures will take place in a run-up to a annual cut-off date on Apr 1. The side that will tip a ICC Test Team Rankings on Apr 1 will also accept a money endowment of USD 1 million, while a second placed side will collect USD 500,000 and a third and fourth sides will get USD 200,000 and USD 100,000, respectively.
Misbah certified that his organisation would have to furnish clever performances to finish as a number-one ranked Test side during a Apr 1 cut-off date.
“The subsequent aim we have set for ourselves is to finish as a number-one ranked Test side during a Apr 1 cut-off date. It is not going to be easy as we have array opposite challenging sides like a West Indies, New Zealand and Australia. But instead of removing overawed by the opponents, we need to trust in the abilities, concentration on the strengths and try to be as unchanging as possible,” Misbah said.