Pakistan’s six-wickets win over Sri Lanka ensured it held onto its fifth place on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.
Pakistan’s thrilling six-wickets win over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Monday not only helped it level the series 1-1, but also ensured it held onto its fifth place on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.
The 1-1 scoreline meant that Pakistan dropped two ratings points to finish on 100 in fifth place, while Sri Lanka gained two ratings points but remained in sixth place at 90, three ahead of seventh-ranked West Indies.
Sri Lanka had entered the final Test, with a 1-0 lead, needing to win it to move ahead of Pakistan into fifth place. Pakistan, on the other hand, needed to either draw or win the Sharjah Test to avoid dropping behind Sri Lanka on the Rankings table.
Sri Lanka went into the series ranked sixth with 88 points, while Pakistan had slipped to fifth position at the end of the Ashes series with 102 ratings points.
With the top four sides as of 31 December 2016 qualifying for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship scheduled for 2017, every Test counts towards the qualification.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The Test Ranking Table, unlike the ODI and T20I Rankings tables, are updated after every series.
About ICC World Test Championship
The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017.
The qualification pathway for the ICC World Test Championship is through the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, with the qualifying period being from 1 May 2013 to 31 December 2016.
The top four teams at the conclusion of the qualification period will qualify for the event in 2017. The results of all Test series ending after 1 May 2013, and the results of all Test series starting before 31 December 2016, will be included in the period that determine qualification for the ICC WTC.
The official hashtag for the ICC World Test Championship is #wtc
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 20 January, after the Pakistan v Sri Lanka series)
Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)
1 South Africa 133
2 India 117
3 Australia 111
4 England 107
5 (-) Pakistan 100 (-2)
6 (+) Sri Lanka 90 (+2)
7 West Indies 87
8 New Zealand 82
9 Zimbabwe 34
10 Bangladesh 18