07 December 201413:20

Pakistan fights to retain position while New Zealand eyes rankings progression

Pakistan currently holds a slender two-point advantage over the Black Caps

Pakistan fights to retain position while New Zealand eyes rankings progression - Cricket News

New Zealand spinner Anton Devcich (R) delivers the ball as Pakistani batsman Sarfraz Ahmed looks on.

Pakistan will put its number six ranking on the line as New Zealand aims to climb the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings in their five-match series in United Arab Emirates (UAE), which starts at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Pakistan currently holds a slender two-point advantage over the Black Caps, who have a chance to not only move clear of West Indies on 96 points but also leapfrog Pakistan into sixth position should it win the series convincingly.

Depending on results in the ongoing Sri Lanka and England series, where the host currently holds a 2-1 lead ahead of the fourth ODI, Pakistan has a chance to gain valuable rankings points and put pressure on England, which holds an eight-point advantage over Pakistan.

However, Pakistan will need to win the series by a margin of at least 3-2 to retain its sixth position. On the other hand, if New Zealand was to win the series by a margin of 3-2, it will overtake its opponent by a fraction, but will share the sixth place. If the margin of victory is 4-1 in favour of the Blackcaps, then it will displace Pakistan from sixth position.

With many permutations dependent on results elsewhere, all of the competing sides have an opportunity to progress ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which commences on 14 February.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the rankings table, please click here. The ODI and T20I rankings tables, unlike the Test ranking table, is updated after each match.

Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor (10th place) is the highest ranked batsmen on either team and is one of two Kiwis in the top 20, alongside captain Kane Williamson (12th).

In all there are three Pakistan players in the top 20; Misbah-ul-Haq (13th), Ahmed Shehzad (18th) and Mohammad Hafeez (20th), who will all eye upwards rankings movement.

In the Reliance ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, New Zealand’s Kyle Mills is the highest ranked bowler on either team in 14th place, followed by compatriot Daniel Vettori in 27th place. Sharing the spotlight with Vettori is Pakistan’s tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan. Both bowlers have 576 ratings points apiece.

Angelo Mathews, who is currently leading Sri Lanka in its seven-ODI series against England, remains in pole position in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders.

Forthcoming Fixtures:
Sri Lanka v England
7 Dec – Fourth ODI, Colombo
10 Dec – Fifth ODI, Pallekele
13 Dec – Sixth ODI, Pallekele
16 Dec – Seventh ODI, Colombo

Pakistan v New Zealand
8 Dec – First ODI, Dubai
12 Dec – Second ODI, Sharjah
14 Dec – Third ODI, Sharjah
17 Dec – Fourth ODI, Abu Dhabi
19 Dec – Fifth ODI, Abu Dhabi

Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 7 December, ahead of Pakistan and New Zealand series and after three ODIs between Sri Lanka and England):

1 Australia 117
2 India 117
3 South Africa 112
4 Sri Lanka 109
5 England 106
6 Pakistan 98
7 New Zealand 96
8 West Indies 96
9 Bangladesh 75
10 Zimbabwe 53
11 Afghanistan 42
12 Ireland 33

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 7 December, ahead of Pakistan and New Zealand series and after three ODIs between Sri Lanka and England):

Batsmen

Rank Player Team Points Average Highest Ranking
1 AB de Villiers SA 887 51.50 891 v Aus at Melbourne 2014
2 Virat Kohli Ind 862 52.61 886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
3 Hashim Amla SA 828 53.18 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
4= Shikhar Dhawan Ind 777 45.46 785 v SL at Hyderabad 2014
K. Sangakkara SL 777 40.15 853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014
6 George Bailey Aus 771 44.20 867 v SA at Harare 2014
7 Quinton de Kock SA 749*! 43.58 749 v Aus at Sydney 2014
8 MS Dhoni Ind 738 52.85 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
9 T. Dilshan SL 733 38.02 767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013
10 Ross Taylor NZ 702 40.07 713 v Ind at Wellington 2014

Selected Rankings

Rank Player Team Points Average Highest Ranking
12 Kane Williamson NZ 678 39.51 688 v Ind at Wellington 2014
13 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 674 43.07 744 v SL at Fatullah 2014
18 Ahmed Shehzad Pak 645 34.40 670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
20 M. Hafeez Pak 636 30.98 665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
23 Umar Akmal Pak 618 36.94 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012
55 Corey Anderson NZ 525* 42.50 604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014
57 Shahid Afridi Pak 518 23.22 663 v Ind at Lahore 1997
63 Luke Ronchi Aus/NZ 506*! 30.41 506 v SA at Hamilton 2014
68 Nasir Jamshed Pak 500 34.57 589 v SA at Bloemfontein 2013
92 N. McCullum NZ 437 20.31 480 v WI at Nelson 2014
98= Younus Khan Pak 421 31.75 659 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008
Asad Shafiq Pak 421 26.40 504 v Aus at Sharjah 2012

Bowling

Rank Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
1 Saeed Ajmal Pak 770 22.18 4.13 810 v SA at Centurion 2013
2 Sunil Narine WI 753 26.49 4.10 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
3 Dale Steyn SA 699 25.65 4.83 746 v Ind at Durban 2013
4= Shakib Al Hasan Ban 680 27.92 4.26 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
James Anderson Eng 680 29.10 4.94 719 v SA at The Oval 2013
M. Johnson Aus 680 25.72 4.82 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
7 M. Hafeez Pak 647 35.01 4.06 769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
8 B. Kumar Ind 641 36.59 4.60 657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014
9 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 638 32.29 4.79 738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
10 Morne Morkel SA 632 24.27 4.94 717 v SL at East London 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
14 Kyle Mills NZ 620 26.82 4.73 722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
27= Daniel Vettori NZ 576 31.79 4.12 788 v Eng at Durham 2008
M. Irfan Pak 576* 29.91 4.77 584 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2013
31 M. McClenaghan NZ 564* 23.48 5.77 578 v Ind at Napier 2014
32 N. McCullum NZ 561 49.27 4.80 571 v Ind at Wellington 2011
37 Shahid Afridi Pak 549 34.08 4.63 673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
56 Umar Gul Pak 475 28.70 5.15 638 v WI at Mirpur 2011
85 Sohail Tanvir Pak 405 34.87 5.18 633 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008
89 Wahab Riaz Pak 395 30.81 5.59 484 v WI at Barbados 2011

All-rounders

Rank Player Team Points Highest Ranking
1 Angelo Mathews SL 423! 423 v Eng at Hambantota 2014
2 M. Hafeez Pak 411 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
3 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 403 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
4 T. Dilshan SL 338 373 v NZ at Hambantota 2013
5 R. Jadeja Ind 336 378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.

!indicates career-highest rating

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