ISLAMABAD - Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas wants Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq to inflict 3-0 whitewash on the West Indies in the Test series to reclaim number one Test rankings. Talking to The Nation, Zaheer said: “I hope Misbah will completely cash on to the T20 and ODI series victories and further pile up misery on the visiting Carrabin team. Misbah has a great group of players and I am quite sure, like past, he will lead the team to the best of his abilities and ensure 3-0 whitewash against the West Indies to reclaim number one spot in the ICC Test rankings.”

The Asian Bradman said: “Team, skipper and coach deserved a lot of credit for giving not only consistent performances right from the fifth One-Day International against England to the West Indies bashing. The credit also goes to head coach Mickey Arthur, who has definitely put a new lease of life in the team.

“Another reason of such sterling performances by green caps was showing door to the trouble-making players, who had destroyed the harmony of the dressing room. Now the team has adopted a winning mentality and I believe and hope they will carry on the momentum firstly in three Tests against the West Indies and then the big test of the nerves against Australian in highly difficult conditions. Majority of present crop of players have never played in Australia and they will struggle in the early part of the tour, but I am quite sure, with winning combination and working hard, they can achieve the desired results in Australia too,” he added.

Zaheer said in the past, Pakistan team was lacking that cutting edge and were all over the place. “Yes, there were a few elements, which were spoiling the environment of the dressing room, involved in sabotaging the peace and harmony and never wanted Pakistan team to perform well. Now with the arrival of new head coach, the players have started responding in style.”

He rubbished claims of the some quarters that the West Indies team was below par or under strength. “These claims are childish and have nothing to do with ground reality. The matter of the fact is that the West Indies Cricket Board had selected the best available group of players. Missing of one or two players doesn’t mean that the West Indies were weak opponents. The matter of the fact is that Pakistan have completely outclassed them in all departments of the game and due credit must be given where it belongs.”

The former Test captain said that after a long time, some game plan was witnessed and each and every player was fighting to perform his role better than others. “All the players did a fantastic job of helping the team achieve such memorable results. The batsmen had been rotating strike, which was missing since long, and they finally realised that they couldn’t hit every ball out of the park. The way team has played, it shows that the boys are playing like one-unit.

“Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam displayed their skills in the best possible fashion. After long time, Pakistan got a genuine batsman like Babar Azam, w ho can bat at any given number and doesn’t take any pressure. In my opinion, he will stay very long, if he manages to overcome minor flaws in his technique. Sarfraz Ahmed also performed exceptionally and helped Azhar Ali a great deal to come out of pressure. For the first time, Azhar played without taking extra pressure of captaincy which boosted his confidence and he returned back to his full form in the last ODI,” Zaheer concluded.