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Mickey Arthur targets top-four spot in ODI rankings

Mickey Arthur targets top-four spot in ODI rankings
Pakistan will be hoping to win the third game and move eighth in the ODI rankings
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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has stated that his primary aim is to see the national One-Day International side among the top four teams in the ICC rankings.

Pakistan, who are currently placed in the ninth spot, need to finish eighth or above before 30th September 2017 if they are to directly qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Though Pakistan have managed to register a 2-0 unassailable lead in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies, Arthur asserted that the team has plenty of goals still to be achieved.

Instead of targeting a top-eight finish, which they need to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Arthur has set the bar high and wants Pakistan to be among the top four, which he admits will take a lot of hard work to achieve.

“We don’t want to think that we have won the series, so back off because we have got so many more goals as a one-day unit to achieve and to be amongst the top four is one of them.

“We have to continuously push the players as a group.

“We will keep hammering them so they keep getting better.

“We have to make sure to keep ticking off our goals that we set for ourselves and only then will we be comfortable that we can be, get into the top, not eight, but in the top four and then sustain that so we have a lot of work to do to get there.”

If Pakistan manage to beat West Indies in the third and final ODI in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, they will move up to the eighth spot in the ICC rankings.

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