Misbah receives ICC mace for No. 1 rankings in test matches in a ceremony here in Qaddafi Stadium Lahore. ICC chairman David Richardson presented him the mace. Remember Pakistan cricket team got No. 1 ranking in test matches after a playing draw series against England earlier in this summer.
Misbah said that its an honor to be captain of No. 1 test team in world. Pakistan cricket has suffered a lot since 2009. We have not played any cricket since then. Our families sacrificed a lot in this manner and for most of the time we spent time abroad and far from our families and kids. Pakistani cricket ground and spectators missed cricket and remain vacant during these years.
Now its time for International cricket’s return to Pakistan. I think we have proved that Pakistan is one of the best team in the world and we as a team are full of talent. Pakistan team and Pakistan cricket is an essential part of International cricket. No one can deny our existence. Misbah said that achieving No. 1 ranking without their own spectators is really amazing. I am proud of my boys who worked hard and performed throughout these years.
Misbah said that it is one of the best days in my life. I cannot express my feelings. Misbah said that Qaddafi Stadium was the place where we played our last test match seven years ago and now receiving the mace at this ground is an iconic moment for Pakistan cricket.
Misbah said that he want to thank all the players, selectors, coaches and other staff members who had been the part of this amazing journey.
David Richardson congratulated Pakistan cricket team
David Richardson congratulated Pakistan cricket team and said that it’s amazing that Pakistan got no. 1 test ranking despite the fact that they have not played any single series at home since 2009. Pakistan team is fortunate that they have Misbah as team captain. The team is full of some talented players who are capable of playing in any conditions and able to change the game at their own. The team have some very good fast bowling attack and you cannot make seeming tracks against them. I hope Pakistan team will play in this manner in the matches to come. A strong Pakistan team is certainly good for International cricket.
Pakistan cricket team can win a prize money of 1 million dollars if they stay at this position till April 2017. For this they have to face challenges of some of the top teams in the world like New Zealand and Australia. Further India is playing its home series against New Zealand. The first test will start from 22nd of September. India can avail first position if they beat New Zealand in the home series. But the mace will be Pakistan’s property till 12 October.