Shoaib is aiming high
Shoaib Malik will be urging his team on to victory in the final one-dayer against the West Indies to go fourth in the world.
By Claire Hughes
Last Updated: 15/11/08 1:30pm
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik will be urging his team on to victory in the final one dayer against the West Indies to go fourth in the world rankings.
Pakistan clinched a last-over thriller by four wickets on Wednesday and then edged the Windies by 24 runs in the second match on Friday.
That means they now have a shot at a 3-0 series whitewash on Sunday - a result that would leapfrog them above India and New Zealand to fourth in the world.
And Malik is keen for that to happen. He said: "We will do our best because my aim has always been to improve and come in the world's top two teams and here is an opportunity for us to do that."
There is also an added incentive for the batsman. His tenure as captain was due to end next month, but a clean sweep would almost certainly see that spell extended.
The man himself though insists his motivation is much more altruistic than that.
"I don't think on those lines," he said. "At the moment we have a task on our hands and that is to win the last match which will give us more confidence for India."