Shoaib Malik vows to take Pakistan to top ranking in world cricket

LAHORE: Shoaib Malik says he is ready to take the national team to the top of the world cricket rankings, after being renewed as captain for an indefinite period.

The Pakistan Cricket Board last week opted to keep the 26-year-old Malik on as captain for the foreseeable future, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said. There was "no reason to replace him" when his tenure expired on December 31.

Malik said the move had motivated him to take Pakistan to new heights.

Malik was appointed captain after Pakistan''s humiliating first-round exit from the World Cup held in the West Indies in 2007.

Since then, he has led Pakistan in only three Tests, losing two and drawing one.

Pakistan did not play a single Test in 2008 after Australia postponed their tour over security fears.

Shoaib Malik has led Pakistan in 33 one-day internationals, winning 23 and losing

He led Pakistan to a 3-0 win over the West Indies in their neutral venue series in Abu Dhabi in November last year -- a victory that helped convince the board to extend his captaincy.

Malik''s next assignment will be a home series with Sri Lanka who agreed to tour Pakistan after India pulled out of a planned trip in January-February this year.

The PCB said it hopes to finalise the Sri Lanka series schedule later this week. Sri Lanka are expected to play five one-day internationals, three Tests and a Twenty20 international.