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Pakistan and New Zealand shape up for T20I clashes in Dubai

If the series is drawn 1-1, Pakistan would drop a point but remain in third place, while New Zealand would remain in sixth

Pakistan and New Zealand shape up for T20I clashes in Dubai - Cricket News
Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed (L) pictured with teammate Ahmed Shehzad
Pakistan and New Zealand will be aiming for upwards movement on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankingswhen they go head to head in a two-match T20I series on Thursday and Friday at Dubai International CricketStadium.

Ahead of the series, Pakistan stands in third place in the rankings, and a 2-0 victory will see it close the gapwith second-placed India to three points. A 2-0 victory for sixth-placed New Zealand would see Kane Williamson’s men rise to 115 points, one behind Shahid Afridi’s side, which would drop six points and two places to fifth position.

If the series is drawn 1-1, Pakistan would drop a point but remain in third place, while New Zealand would remain in sixth but edge a point clear of West Indies, who it currently shares the same number of points as.

At the top of the table, Sri Lanka holds a five-point lead over second-placed India. 

For New Zealand, Brendon McCullum is the top ranked batsman in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen, in fourth place, and he has an opportunity to gain ground on England’s Alex Hales who is 84 ratingspoints ahead of him. Martin Guptill (16th) is the other Black Caps’ batsman in the top 20, while 10th placed Ahmed Shehzad is Pakistan’s highest ranked batsman.

Pakistan has two players in the top five Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen, first placed Mohammad Hafeez and third placed Afridi, who also, incidentally, lies in sixth place in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers.  Tenth-placed Nathan McCullum is New Zealand’s highest ranked bowler.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the rankings table, please click hereThe ODI and T20I rankings tables, unlike the Test ranking table, is updated after each match.

Upcoming fixtures (Pakistan v New Zealand)
4 Dec – 1st T20I, Dubai
5 Dec – 2nd T20I, Dubai
 
Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings (as on 2 December, ahead of Pakistan-New Zealand series)
Rank     Team               Rating     
1            Sri Lanka             131       
2            India                     126       
3            Pakistan               121  
4            South Africa        118       
5            Australia               117       
6            New Zealand       110         
7            West Indies          110       
8            England                 99         
9            Ireland                   87         
10          Bangladesh          72         
11          Netherlands          68         
12          Afghanistan          62
13          Zimbabwe             52
14          Scotland                51
 

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