The Pakistan test side in the leadership of Misbah was to thank for putting a smile on everyone’s face on Independence Day as his side thrashed England in the fourth test. The victory meant that Pakistan leveled the series 2-2 and now stands a chance to gain the number one ranking in tests provided the results of two more games between Sri Lanka/Australia and West Indies/India go in their favor. This victory is not just a major coup for the Pakistan side because they have managed to draw a series in England but also because the team was basically playing for lost pride. During the forgetful 2010 tour of England the Pakistan team was not only hammered by England in the tests but also tarnished its reputation as three of its players were found guilty of spot fixing. The three players were the then test captain Salman Butt, pacer Muhammad Asif and then only a teenage prodigy, the left arm pacer Muhammad Amir. The tainted trio not only served some time behind bars but was also banned for varying periods. Muhammad Amir was part of this tour and despite small sections of the English crowed having a go at him performed well. The victory silenced the English media that always looks for a controversy whenever Pakistan visits. The scale of the victory is further enhanced by the fact that Pakistan, one of the most entertaining cricketing nations has been denied hosting games in their own backyard. The team has made the United Arab Emirates (UAE) their adopted home turf and from there they set to conquer the world. And finally the man who led the team to this brilliant victory must be lauded, Misbah-ul-Haq, thank you for making us all proud.
Misbah XI thank you for making the country proud.