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Pakistan stakes claim for No 1 T20I Rank

If Pakistan wins the matches, to be played on Wednesday and Friday, it will join Sri Lanka on 128 ratings points

Pakistan stakes claim for No 1 T20I Rank - Cricket News
Pakistan currently sits in second position, three ratings points behind Sri Lanka .

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Pakistan and South Africa go head-to-head in a two-match Twenty20 International series with an opportunity to improve on their currently rankings in the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table.

Pakistan currently sits in second position, three ratings points behind Sri Lanka while South Africa is in fifth position – two ratings points behind ICC World Twenty20 champion and fourth-ranked West Indies.

Any side that sweeps the series will make an upward movement.

If Pakistan wins the matches, to be played on Wednesday and Friday, it will join Sri Lanka on 128 ratings points but will be ranked above Dinesh Chandimal’ s side when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. In sharp contrast, if South Africa wins the matches, then it will join India on 123 ratings points but Faf du Plessis’ men will be ranked below Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side by a fraction of a point in third position.

In case of a drawn series, both the sides will retain their pre-series ratings and rankings.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, South Africa’s JP Duminy in 12th position is the highest-ranked batsman on either side. In the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers, Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is in second spot but trails number-one ranked Sunil Narine by 96 ratings point with team-mate Mohammad Hafeez another 32 ratings points behind.

Hafeez, who leads Pakistan in the shortest format of the game, is the second ranked all-rounder in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I all-rounders with Australia’s Shane Watson firmly within his sights.

Forthcoming fixtures:

Pakistan v South Africa

13 November: 1st T20I, Dubai (d/n)
15 November: 2nd T20I, Dubai (d/n)

Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as of 12 November, before Pakistan-South Africa T20I series and before the start of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013)

Rank          Team                          Rating

1                      Sri Lanka                     128

2                      Pakistan                       125     

3                      India                            123

4                      West Indies                 120

5                      South Africa                118 

6                      England                       112     

7                      New Zealand              103     

8                      Australia                     102 

9                      Ireland                         81 

10                    Afghanistan                 78    

11                    Bangladesh                 72 

12                    Scotland                      62  

13                    Zimbabwe                    46              

14                    Kenya                          41 

15                    Netherlands                  36

Not ranked as fewer than eight T20I matches played since August 2010:                                          

                        Canada                         6

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