The Pakistani head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has had a top 3 world rankings for the national team in all game formats since 2003 after his first victory in the test series against South Africa.
Pakistan won a hard-fought 95-run win in the second test in Rawalpindi on Monday and won the 2-match series 2-0.
Misbah, whose position as head coach was in jeopardy after a 2-0 defeat in the previous series in New Zealand, said his team are now heading in the right direction.
“The ultimate goal is to be number one in tests and top three in other formats,” Misbah told reporters on a video call Tuesday.
“We’ve been telling the players about this goal all along.”
Under Misbah’s captain in 2016, Pakistan was voted the number one test team for the only time. In 2018, a year after his retirement, they topped the Twenty20 rankings.
Misbah also praised all-format captain Babar Azam, who is now widely recognized as one of the best batsmen in the world.
“We’re going in the right direction and this win against South Africa has boosted the team’s confidence under a new skipper who’s evolving with every game,” said Misbah.
Pakistan will play three Twenty20 international matches against South Africa in Lahore on February 11, 13 and 14.
After that, they will tour South Africa in April for a limited overs series, followed by a short Test and Twenty20 series in Zimbabwe.
They are also slated to play in an away series against the West Indies and host Australia, England and New Zealand over the next two years.
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