Pakistan celebrate ‘extraordinary adventure’ to No.1
KARACHI: Cricket-fixated Pakistanis were Tuesday commending their national group’s “mind blowing trip” to the highest point of the Test rankings following a turbulent seven years in which they were compelled to play home matches on unbiased venues.
Pakistan supplanted most despised adversaries India to end up the world’s main Test side on Monday, after India’s last Test against the West Indies finished in a downpour hit draw at Port of Spain.
It topped an amazing ascent under skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s administration for a group which was about tossed out of the worldwide field over a spot-altering embarrassment on their voyage through England in 2010.
Pakistan have additionally been compelled to play their home matches in the United Arab Emirates subsequent to a furnished assault on the Sri Lankan group transport in 2009, a noteworthy detriment.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director Shaharyar Khan marked the ascent “notable”.
“The rising to the highest point of the ICC Test rankings comes full circle an inconceivable trip for Pakistan cricket,” he said.
“This is a notable crossroads in our rich Test cricket history and the credit for this incredible accomplishment goes to this group as well as to every one of the players, mentors and bolster staff individuals who have spoken to Pakistan lately.”
New mentor Mickey Arthur focused on that the work was simply starting.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment and many individuals merit the credit for that, yet the highest point of all of them will be the players who have buckled down and been remarkable,” said Arthur, who guided Pakistan to a 2-2 attract the four-Test arrangement against England.
“I am only the fortunate mentor who has been with the group now however others have done brilliantly well,” he included, singling out his antecedent Waqar Younis.
“Individuals may say that it’s less demanding to arrive than to stay there so we have to keep that force, and enhance in one-dayers.”
Under Younis, Pakistan dove to number nine in one-day worldwide rankings – a droop which they have to address in the five-match arrangement against England beginning on Wednesday.
Younis, who trained Pakistan in two spells from 2010-11 and 2014-16, was additionally pleased said it was a “glad minute”.
“The diligent work has paid off … We as a country are all pleased with this accomplishment.”
Misbah, who has driven the side in 46 Tests following the spot-altering outrage while keeping the off-field picture clean, resounded the remarks. “It’s the best snippet of my vocation,” he said, saying thanks to “everybody required in the diversion”.
The ICC will exhibit an uncommon trophy to Pakistan to pay tribute to the accomplishment one month from now.
On the off chance that Pakistan stay number one until the April 1, 2017 cut-off date, they will likewise get a genuinely necessary $1 million prize cash.