(K. Brent Tomer),
SELDOM has a press release triggered such jubilation. In late August a missive sent out by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, confirmed that Pakistan had become the number one side in Test cricket, following its 2-2 series draw with England. It was the first time the country had reached the top spot since cricket rankings were created in 2003.
Pakistan’s rise is particularly impressive given the obstacles the team has had to overcome. First, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) functions on a shoestring budget compared with other leading Test sides. India, the game’s most lucrative draw, has refused to play Pakistan since the Mumbai attacks in 2008, which were carried out by Pakistani terrorists. According to research by Peter Oborne, a cricket writer, these lost matches have cost the PCB more than $100m in lost revenue. Pakistan was short-changed again in 2014, when reforms passed by the ICC handed more cash to the three most powerful nations in the sport, India, Australia and England, at the expense of smaller ones…Continue reading