LAHORE: Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday acquired the ICC Test Championship mace for uplifting Pakistan to the highest of the Test staff rankings.
ICC Chief Government David Richardson introduced the mace to Misbah on the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
“It was probably the greatest days in my life – turning into primary. I want to congratulate everybody. Each participant that performed, each coach and each selector … everybody who labored exhausting for this primary spot,” Misbah stated.
“A captain or chief can’t do something with out the gamers.”
Misbah stated enjoying within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was robust for his aspect. “UAE circumstances are acquainted however aren’t like Pakistan.
“However gamers stood as much as the duty and carried out properly. The final collection in England was the actual test for this workforce. We need to be primary for an extended time period.”
Pakistan is simply the fifth aspect after Australia, England, India and South Africa to prime the Test rankings.
ICC chief government Richardson congratulated the Pakistan staff, saying he “all the time” loved coming to Pakistan due to the eagerness for the sport right here.
“This can be a exceptional achievement, given Pakistan has performed all of the collection away from house. Congratulations to Misbah, Pakistan workforce and PCB on making it to primary,” he stated.
Richardson additionally appreciated the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) efforts of reaching out to different cricketing nations to revive the game within the nation, which final hosted a world occasion in March 2009.
Pakistan’s worldwide exile led to Might 2015 when Zimbabwe toured the nation for 2 Twenty20 and three one-day internationals however that was never a surety of more tours.
“ICC is eager for everyone to be enjoying worldwide cricket, particularly in Pakistan,” Richardson stated.
However on the similar time, he was fast so as to add: “It’s very straightforward to persuade me that worldwide cricket can return to Pakistan nevertheless it’s as much as the safety to determine.”
Richardson termed Misbah’s captaincy as one of many foremost cause for Pakistan to realize primary place in Tests.
“We would like Pakistan staff to maintain difficult itself for these achievements. Hopefully, we’ll fairly quickly attain a state of affairs the place groups can be visiting Pakistan once more,” he stated.
In an interview to icc-cricket.com, Misbah stated, “There can’t be a greater location to obtain the ICC Test Championship mace than this floor the place we final performed a house Test seven years in the past.”
“It’s ironic for each the gamers in addition to the followers that the journey to the quantity-one place has been outdoors Pakistan.
“The gamers have missed on the gang help, whereas the spectators have been unable to observe reside some magnificent workforce and particular person performances.
“However I’m assured that issues will change and worldwide cricket will quickly return to Pakistan.”
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