On Monday, Pakistan’s cricket team made history by becoming World’s No. 1 Test Team according to the latest ratings announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) by defeating India’s cricket test team by 19 point.
Australia, England and New Zealand held third, fourth and fifth positions.
This is the first time Pakistani team snatched that honor since 2003 when ICC was established. In 1998 Pakistan featured as top test side for two months from August till September in 1998.
Pakistani team captain Misbah ul-Haq Khan Niazi, 42, became the first captain to inspire the team to achieve the honor.
“There is no greater feeling than to achieve the number-one ranking in the most traditional and purest format of sports. This is what cricketers play for and want to achieve in their careers,” said Niazi.
Ever since 1952 playing tests away from the country, Pakistan has played their tests mostly in UAE. They have not lost a single series in the UAE and in the last five years – they have lost only two test series, one to South Africa and the other to Sri Lanka.
Richard Heller and Peter Oborne in their book, Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan, pay tribute to Pakistan’s cricket heroes, and Pakistani public sportsmanship.
The book overflows with enlightening anecdotes from and stories about cricketing icons like Prince Aslam, Intekhab Alam, Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Hanif Muhammad, the famous five Mohammad brothers, Master Aziz Durani, Waqar Younis and contemporaries like, Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Younus and even a list of insults lavished on fellow opponents and contemporaries by the stingingly fast Shoaib Akhtar.
The teams during Imran Khan’s (ex-son-in-law of British Jewish billionaire Lord James Goldsmith) long tenure as captain (across the 1980s and early 1990s) managed to make Pakistan a truly major cricketing power which, in 1992, eventually went on to win the Cricket World Cup (here).