Foreign teams, understandably, refuse to tour Pakistan. So, they have to travel abroad to play cricket and now they're ranked number 1. Their bowling attack has almost always been top notch but this stat surprised me:
6 Pakistan batsmen who have scored 1000-plus Test runs at averages of more than 44 in Tests during this period - Younis, Misbah, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed. Among them they scored 37 hundreds, and were largely instrumental in ensuring that Pakistan's batting average was a healthy 38.15, better than all teams except New Zealand (38.38) and Australia (39.33).
The members of the PCB made one magnificent decision in 2010:
Perhaps the greatest ever achievement of the Pakistan Cricket Board was to make Misbah Test captain after 2010, narrowly followed by its decision to leave him in charge for the next six years. The PCB got those epoch-making decisions right, Misbah did the rest.
They are still improving:
They will need that improvement to see them through series in New Zealand and Australia. Australia, in particular, is the measure of any would-be world champion.
Australia has the best win-loss ratio in cricket history. Misbah's team will need a draw, at least, to still be regarded as the best modern team.