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Pakistan deserve to be number one - Misbah-ul-Haq

Both Misbah-ul-Haq (left) and Alastair Cook (right) sharing the trophy.
Both Misbah-ul-Haq (left) and Alastair Cook (right) sharing the trophy.
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq expressed that his team deserves the number one ranking in Test cricket given their recent performances in the format.

Pakistan’s last defeat in a bilateral Test series came in 2014 against Sri Lanka and since then, they have taken part in six contests and have won four and drawn two.

Currently, Pakistan have the option of climbing to the number one rank in Test cricket but that will depend on the outcome of the contests in Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Stating that Pakistan do not have the luxury of playing at home, Misbah feels that the team deserves the number one ranking for performing well despite the odds stacked against them.

“I think so – this team deserves that.

“Six years of not playing any games at home.

“If you think of how you are living nearly every single day outside your country, without your family and playing all your games outside of Pakistan … It’s really difficult, it’s mentally tough.

“I can only see my mother once in a year, my sister once in a year and some of my friends, I could not see for three of four years because we are playing all of our games out of our country.

“(Now) we have to go back to play against the West Indies, from there we go to New Zealand and then straightaway we are going to Australia (all for Test tours in the coming months).

“(Even) given those circumstances, the team is winning, they are being competitive.”

Since the boycott of international cricket in Pakistan due to the 2009 Terrorist attack, Pakistan have played 39 away Test matches and have 13 wins which is the second best after Australia.

Between 2010 and 2015, Pakistan have adopted the United Arab Emirates as their home venue and there they have 12 wins from 23 games.

Misbah is hoping that Pakistan’s performance in England in the recently concluded series will put to rest the debate that the team cannot perform well in overseas conditions.

“There were a lot of ‘ifs and buts’ before we came here to England, saying that we can only play in Asian conditions.

“I think this team’s shown that we are good enough to play in these sorts of conditions.

“I’m really proud of this team and if we became No.1 after these results, I think this team would really deserve that.”

If Pakistan do manage to claim the number one ranking, it will be the first time they have done so since the introduction of the ranking system in 2003.

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