Misbah-ul-Haq was one of Pakistan's best performers in the Test series against England © Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq was one of Pakistan’s best performers in the Test series against England © Getty Images

After achieving the No. 1 Test status for the first time since the rankings were introduced in 2003, the ICC will present the Test mace to Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on September 21, at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Ironically, Pakistan played their last Test at this very venue against Sri Lanka in 2009 and the nation has not seen Test cricket since. Misbah led Pakistan in the four-match Test series against England, which eventually finished 2-2. Pakistan toppled arch-rivals India to go top of the table. India went to the No. 1 position for a brief time after Australia were whitewashed by Sri Lanka. READ: Pakistan dethrone India to become No. 1 team in Test cricket

“ICC Chief Executive David Richardson will make the presentation at 10:30 hrs (PST), which will be followed by a media conference at 11:00 hrs (PST),” according to the ICC media release. READ: Misbah-ul-Haq: Pakistan deserve to be top-ranked Test team after leveling series against England

After defeating England in the final Test at The Oval, Misbah said that Pakistan deserved to be the No. 1 side in Tests. “This team deserves that [going to number one] for six years of no cricket at home, sometimes people think it’s easy – the UAE suits us, we win – but just getting every day away from the country, without family and friends and all games out of Pakistan, it’s really difficult.”

Misbah’s next assignment will be to lead Pakistan in the three-match Test series against Jason Holder-led West Indies in the UAE. The first Test begins on October 13 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. West Indies ahead of this Test series were handed a 2-0 series defeat by India at home.