Pakistan managed to draw the Test series against England 2-2 © Getty Images
Pakistan managed to draw the Test series against England 2-2 © Getty Images

Pakistan has reached the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for teams, after wet outfield at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain denied India the chance to retain their No.1 ranking which it grabbed from Australia recently after Steven Smith’s side had lost the Test series 3-0 in Sri Lanka. India have managed to win the series in West Indies by a 2-0 margin and therefore have finished on 110 points, just one point behind Pakistan and two points ahead of Australia, who are now at No.3. India needed to win the fourth and final Test at Port of Spain to retain their No.1 ranking. Full Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 4th Test at Port-of-Spain

The conclusion of the fourth Test in West Indies has finally brought an end to what has been an entertaining 6 weeks of Test cricket in four different parts of the world. Pakistan has now become only the fifth side after Australia, England, India and South Africa to top the ICC Test rankings since they were introduced in 2003. ALSO READ: Misbah: Pakistan deserve to be top-ranked Test team

Misbah-ul-Haq who led his team to draw an away series 2-2 against England, on reaching the No.1 spot 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,” as quoted by ICC.

Misbah added, “I want to compliment everyone who has been involved in the process, including all the players, the support personnel, the management, as well as our loyal fans and followers who remained committed to us and continued to back and support the side through the good and not-so-good days. For us, the number-one ranking is not a destination but part of a journey. Our long-term objective and strategy is to remain competitive, continue to challenge the top sides with good cricket and once again become the most followed side like the Pakistan teams of yesteryears. If we can achieve these on a consistent basis, then I am sure there will more laurels like this down the line.”

Meanwhile, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Pakistan on reaching the No.1 Test crown, saying, “Misbah and his side deserve our heartiest congratulations. The number-one ranking is well deserved and a testament to the quality of cricket the team has consistently played over the past few years.”