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Zimbabwe eyes improvement in T20I rankings

Zimbabwe is currently sitting in 12th position, 62 points adrift of fifth-ranked Pakistan, but can move to as high as ninth if it wins both the matches

Zimbabwe eyes improvement in T20I rankings - Cricket News
Pakistan’s Umar Akmal will be aiming to improve his ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen.
Zimbabwe will have one eye on the Reliance ICC T20I Rankings when it goes head to head with former ICC World Twenty20 champion Pakistan in Lahore on Friday and Sunday.
 
Zimbabwe is currently sitting in 12th position, 62 points adrift of fifth-ranked Pakistan, but can move to as high as ninth if it wins both the matches. Even one win in the series will be enough to push the African side ahead of the Netherlands in 11th spot.
 
In contrast, Pakistan has to win both the matches to retain its fifth position. The gap of 62 points means Pakistan is expected to win the series convincingly. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, failure to win the series 2-0 will mean that Pakistan will drop points.
 
In the case of a drawn series, Pakistan will drop two places to seventh spot on 109 points while it will plummet to 104 points if Zimbabwe wins both the matches. Pakistan will earn one point if it sweeps the series.
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen, Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Mazakadza is in 13th position but a couple of strong performances could potentially put him back inside the top 10.
 
Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad is in 15th position and trails Mazakadza by 22 points but will be aiming to improve his ranking along with team-mates Umar Akmal and Mohammd Hafeez, who are sitting in 20th and 22nd positions, respectively.
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, Prosper Utseya and Hafeez feature inside the top 20, in 13th and 15th positions, respectively.
 
Pakistan, in Hafeez (second) and Shahid Afridi (third), boasts two players inside the top three in the all-rounders’ category. Elton Chigumbura, in 25th position, is Zimbabwe’s highest-ranked all-rounder.
 
Series schedule:
 
22 May – 1st T20I, Lahore
24 May – 2nd T20, Lahore
 
RELIANCE ICC T20I RANKINGS (as on 20May, before the start of Pakistan-Zimbabwe series)
 
Rank               Team               Ratings
1                      Sri Lanka         135
2                      India                124
3                      Australia          122
4                      West Indies      117
5                      Pakistan           113
6                      New Zealand   110
7                      South Africa    110
8                      England           100
9                      Bangladesh      77
10                    Afghanistan     62
11                    Netherlands     60
12                    Zimbabwe        51
13                    Scotland           44
 
The following sides have T20I status but because they have not completed eight rated T20Is during the rating period, they have not been ranked.
 
Team               Qualifying matches      Rating
Ireland                         7                      84
Hong Kong                  4                      63
Nepal                           4                      30
UAE                            3                      0
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 20 May, before the start of Pakistan-Zimbabwe series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
   1           Virat Kohli            Ind          897!       46.28     897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
   2           Aaron Finch          Aus         870         39.78     892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
   3           Alex Hales            Eng         866!       37.92     866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014
   4           Faf du Plessis        SA           795         39.44     811 v WI at Johannesburg 2015
   5           B. McCullum        NZ          751         35.67     849 v Ban at Pallekele 2012
   6           Chris Gayle           WI          732         35.15     831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   7           Kusal Perera         SL           707*      28.94     751 v SA at Chittagong 2014
   8           Suresh Raina        Ind          677         32.65     776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011
   9           David Warner       Aus         662         29.46     826 v WI at St Lucia 2010
  10         Yuvraj Singh        Ind          657         31.22     793 v SA at St Lucia 2010
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
  13         H. Masakadza     Zim         650         27.76     685 v Ban at Bulawayo 2013
  15         Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         628         26.88     709 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  20         Umar Akmal        Pak         605         27.36     709 v Zim at Harare 2011
  22         M. Hafeez             Pak         581         23.96     649 v SL at Dubai 2013
  35         Shahid Afridi        Pak         492         18.91     537 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2010
  47         E. Chigumbura     Zim         448*!    22.09     448 v UAE at Sylhet 2014
  63         Shoaib Malik        Pak         315         22.83     577 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
  86         Sean Williams      Zim         217*      17.00     246 v Net at Sylhet 2014
  88         Vusi Sibanda        Zim         204*!    15.33     204 v UAE at Sylhet 2014
  94         Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         194*      41.00     235 v NZ at Dubai 2014
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
   1           Samuel Badree    WI          782         14.96     855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014
   2           Sunil Narine          WI          760         17.52     817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013
   3           S. Senanayake     SL           712*!    16.66     712 v Eng at The Oval 2014
   4           R. Ashwin              Ind          697         29.28     717 v SA at Mirpur 2014
   5           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         665         17.83     788 v NZ at Pallekele 2012
   6           Imran Tahir          SA           662*      14.68     675 v WI at Johannesburg 2015
   7=        Lasith Malinga     SL           661         21.10     680 v Eng at Bristol 2011
                Shakib Al Hasan Ban        661         19.29     672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014
   9           Mitchell Starc       Aus         658         19.04     699 v Pak at Dubai 2014
  10         Shahid Afridi        Pak         656         22.75     814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
  13         Prosper Utseya     Zim         647         29.04     667 v Pak at Harare 2013
  15         M. Hafeez             Pak         616         24.34     689 v Zim at Harare 2013
  95         E. Chigumbura     Zim         285*      25.68     343 v NZ at Hamilton 2012
  99         Sean Williams      Zim         258*!    28.20     258 v UAE at Sylhet 2014
   
All-rounders (top three)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Highest Ranking
   1           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        408!       408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
   2           M. Hafeez             Pak         358        441 v SL at Dubai 2013
   3           Shahid Afridi        Pak         323        413 v NZ at Dubai 2009
 
*Indicates a provisional rating
! Indicates career-best rating
 
For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

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