After their first Test series victory over South Africa since 2003, head coach Misbahul Haq has his finger on a top-three world ranking for the national side in all forms of the game.
In the second test in Rawalpindi on Monday, Pakistan won a hard-fought 95-run win to claim the two-match series 2-0.
In the previous series in New Zealand, Misbah, whose place as head coach was in danger after a 2-0 loss, said his team is now going in the right direction.
On a video call Tuesday, Misbah told reporters, “The ultimate objective is to be number one in tests and top three in other formats.”
“We’ve been telling the players this goal throughout.”
In 2016, it was under Misbah’s captaincy that Pakistan was classified for the first time as the number one test team. In 2018, a year after his retirement, they led the Twenty20 rankings.
All-format captain Babar Azam, now known as one of the world’s greatest batsmen, was also hailed by Misbah.
“We are heading in the right direction and this victory over South Africa has boosted the confidence of the team under a new skipper who develops with every game,” Misbah said.
On February 11, 13 and 14, Pakistan will next play three Twenty20 internationals against South Africa in Lahore.
They will then visit South Africa in April for a limited-overs series, followed in Zimbabwe by a brief Test series and a Twenty20 series.
In the next two years, they are also expected to play the West Indies in an away series and host Australia, England and New Zealand.