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Pakistan must win all three ODIs to retain points

The team must win all three upcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe to retain its Reliance ICC ODI Ranking

Pakistan must win all three ODIs to retain points - Cricket News
Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams (50th), captain Hamilton Mazakadza (60th) and Elton Chigumbura (65th) are their side’s highest-ranked batsmen.
Pakistan will have to sweep the three-ODI series against Zimbabwe, starting in Lahore on 26 May, to ensure that it doesn’t drop points on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings.
 
Ninth-ranked Pakistan will start the series with a difference of 42 points relative to 11th-ranked Zimbabwe and this gap means it is expected to win the series convincingly. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, failure to win the series convincingly will mean Pakistan will drop points.
 
Pakistan will stay on 87 points if it wins 3-0, but will drop to 85 points if it wins the series 2-1. Zimbabwe’s 2-1 series win will mean Pakistan will slide to 83 points.
 
With only one point separating seventh-ranked West Indies from Pakistan, and England plus the seven next highest-ranked sides on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2015 to progress to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan cannot afford to lose any matches against Zimbabwe.
 
After this series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan has a scheduled five-ODI series against Sri Lanka in July while Bangladesh has home ODIs against India and South Africa. The West Indies has no series scheduled until the cut-off date of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be staged in UK from 1 to 19 June.
 
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the ODI rankings table, please click here. The ODI and T20I rankings tables, unlike the Test ranking table, are updated after each match.
 
Meanwhile, players from both the sides will be aiming to improve their rankings on the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings.
 
In the batting table, no batsman from either side features inside the top 30 and, as such, Ahmed Shehzad/Mohammad Hafeez in 33rd/38th position will start off as the highest-ranked batsman.
 
Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams (50th), captain Hamilton Mazakadza (60th) and Elton Chigumbura (65th) are their side’s highest-ranked batsmen.
 
In the bowlers’ chart, Pakistan has one bowler inside the top 20 - Hafeez (19th) – who is also the highest-ranked all-rounder (in fifth place) from either side.
 
Series schedule:
 
26 May – 1st ODI, Lahore (d/n)
29 May – 2nd ODI, Lahore (d/n)
31 May – 3rd ODI, Lahore (d/n)
 
RELIANCE ICC ODI RANKINGS (as on 25 May, before the start of Pakistan-Zimbabwe series)
 
Rank               Team               Points 
1                      Australia          129
2                      India                117
3                      New Zealand   116
4                      South Africa    112
5                      Sri Lanka         106
6                      England           94
7                      West Indies      88
8                      Bangladesh      88
9                      Pakistan           87
10                    Ireland             50
11                    Zimbabwe        45
12                    Afghanistan     41
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 25 May, before the start of Pakistan-Zimbabwe series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
 
   1           AB de Villiers        SA           902!       53.65     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2           K. Sangakkara     SL           860         41.98     861 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3           Hashim Amla       SA           828         55.26     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4           Virat Kohli            Ind          822         51.47     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   5           T. Dilshan            SL           793         39.65     802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   6           Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          756         43.98     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   7           Kane Williamson NZ          733         44.76     789 v Aus at Auckland 2015
   8           MS Dhoni              Ind          731         52.46     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
   9           Glenn Maxwell     Aus         720         35.05     724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015
  10         George Bailey       Aus         697         42.02     867 v SA at Harare 2014
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
  33         Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         606         34.56     670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  38         M. Hafeez             Pak         582         30.53     665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  50         Sean Williams      Zim         556!       34.20     556 v Ind at Auckland 2015
  60         H. Masakadza     Zim         526         27.96     566 v Ban at Mirpur 2009
  65         E. Chigumbura     Zim         498         24.94     554 v SA at Bulawayo 2007
  79         Haris Sohail          Pak         470*!    35.16     470 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  85         Azhar Ali               Pak         459*      47.21     512 v Aus at Sharjah 2012
  88         Vusi Sibanda        Zim         445         24.45     512 v Pak at Harare 2013
  94         Craig Ervine          Zim         429*      33.11     464 v WI at Grenada 2013
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
   1           Mitchell Starc       Aus         783!       18.33     4.70       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   2           Imran Tahir          SA           734*      20.51     4.35       735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   3           Dale Steyn            SA         717       25.57     4.81       746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   4           Sunil Narine          WI         709        26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   5=        Mitchell Johnson Aus         693         25.26     4.83       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
                Trent Boult           NZ        693*!      25.00     4.57       693 v Aus at Melbourne 2015
                Saeed Ajmal         Pak      693         22.73     4.18       810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   8           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        676         28.25     4.31       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   9           James Anderson  Eng       670         29.22     4.92       719 v SA at The Oval 2013
  10         Morne Morkel      SA           666         23.98     4.90       717 v SL at East London 2012
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
  19         M. Hafeez             Pak         598         35.31     4.06       769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
  42         Prosper Utseya     Zim         520         46.50     4.34       663 v Ban at Harare 2006
  49         Junaid Khan         Pak         507         27.23     5.25       655 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013
  68         Wahab Riaz         Pak         460         30.25     5.61       484 v WI at Barbados 2011
  88         Sean Williams      Zim         415         53.06     4.99       419 v Ire at Hobart 2015
 
All-rounders (top three)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Highest Ranking
   1           T. Dilshan              SL         404        415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   2           Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         398        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   3           Angelo Mathews    SL          378        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   4           James Faulkner    Aus         361*/!   361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   5           M. Hafeez            Pak         348        438 v Ind at Kolkata 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
 
For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

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