By making an effort to advance to the World Test Championship final, Pakistan has moved rapidly to put the disappointment of losing the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final behind them.
Babar Azam’s team is now focused on forthcoming Test series at home against England and New Zealand after coming agonisingly close to winning a second T20 World Cup championship after they were upset by England at the MCG earlier this month by five wickets.
With a victory percentage of 51.85, Pakistan is presently in fifth position in the World Test Championship standings, but a string of wins at home over the next two months might put them in the running for a top-two finish and a spot in the championship game the following year.
Before playing two matches against New Zealand at the end of December and into January that will be essential to their prospects of securing a spot in next year’s championship at The Oval, Pakistan will first play a three-Test series against England next month.
Imam-ul-Haq’s form in those five Tests will be crucial for Pakistan, and the opener is looking for at least three triumphs on home soil.
The series versus England and New Zealand is vital for us because of the World Test Championship “he said.
By winning three or four games in the forthcoming series, we can continue to compete for the championship.