Dubai: Pakistan cricket team on Monday topped the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings for the first time after the final Test between India and the West Indies was called off due to wet ground at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, the world cricket body stated on Monday.
India could not defend the top spot which it had reclaimed from Australia on August 17 and is now currently placed at second spot with 110 points — one behind Pakistan and two ahead of third-ranked Australia.
India had entered the series on 112 points, 44 points ahead of the eighth-ranked West Indies.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s side has now become only the fifth team after Australia, England, India and South Africa to top the ICC Test rankings since these were introduced in 2003.Reacting to their ascent to the top spot, an elated Misbah-ul-Haq said,“There is no greater feeling than to achieve the number one ranking in the most traditional and purest format of the sport. This is what cricketers play for and want to achieve in their careers.”“Number one ranking is a reward for something we had planned as a group a few years ago and have worked extremely hard to achieve it. To top the Test table, which boasts some of the best sides and players, is something to be very proud of.”IANS
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