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Pakistan to defend No.2 ranking as former world T20 champions lock horns in the UAE

Hosts must win the three-match series to retain second position in the ICC World T20 rankings

Pakistan to defend No.2 ranking as former world T20 champions lock horns in the UAE - Cricket News

Pakistan will defend its number-two position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings when it goes head to head with England in a three-match series in Dubai on Thursday, 26 November.

In a battle between the 2009 and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 champions, Pakistan leads eighth-ranked England by 14 points. This means it must win the series to retain second position behind Sri Lanka, which will defend its ICC World Twenty20 title in India from 11 March to 3 April 2016.

If Pakistan wins the series 2-1, then both the sides will maintain their pre-series rankings and points. However, if the series result is reversed, then Pakistan will join the West Indies and Australia in a three-way battle for second position on 118 points. However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, then Pakistan will be ranked fourth. In contrast, England will leapfrog India and New Zealand into sixth position on 112 points.

If England wins the series 3-0, then it will vault to fourth position on 117 points, while Pakistan will drop to sixth position on 114 points.

In the scenario of Pakistan winning all the three matches, Shahid Afridi’s side will join Sri Lanka on 125 points but will be ranked second by a fraction of a point. England, on the other side of the coin, will stay eighth but will slip to 102 points.

In the ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen, England’s Alex Hales will start off as the highest-ranked batsman from either side in third position. The 26-year-old Nottinghamshire batsman trails India’s Virat Kohli in second place by four and number-one ranked Aaron Finch by 13 points and will be aiming for upward movement.

Captain Eoin Morgan (eighth) and Jos Buttler (47th) are the other England batsmen to feature inside the top 50.

Pakistan has no batsman inside the top 10 but in Ahmed Shehzad (14th), Umar Akmal (16th), Mohammad Hafeez (24th) and Shahid Afridi (35th), it boasts four batsmen inside the top 50.

In the ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, England has no bowler inside the top 75, while Pakistan has four bowlers inside the top 75. These include Shahid Afridi (ninth), Sohail Tanvir (16th), Shoaib Malik (68th) and Mohammad Irfan (75th).

Sunil Narine leads the bowlers’ table, which also includes his West Indies team-mate Samuel Badree in second spot and Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka in third place.

Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is on top of the all-rounders’ category, but Pakistan’s duo of Hafeez and Shahid are within striking distance. Second-ranked Hafeez trails Shakib by 47 points, while Shahid is another four points behind.

The T20I player rankings will next be released on 1 December.

Forthcoming matches

Hong Kong v Oman

25 Nov – 2nd T20I, Abu Dhabi

26 Nov - 3rd T20I, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan v England

26 Nov – 1st T20I, Dubai

27 Nov – 2nd T20I, Dubai

30 Nov – 3rd T20I, Sharjah

Afghanistan v Oman

29 Nov – 1st T20I, Abu Dhabi

30 Nov – 2nd T20I, Abu Dhabi

ICC T20I Team Rankings (as on 24 November, before Pakistan-England series)

Rank   Team               Points

1          Sri Lanka          125

2          Pakistan           121

3          West Indies      118

4          Australia          118

5          South Africa     115

6          India                110

7          New Zealand    108

8          England            107

9          Afghanistan      81

10        Bangladesh       69

11        Scotland           66

12        Netherlands      61

13        Hong Kong       61

14        Zimbabwe         53

15        Ireland              42

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC T20) Player Rankings (as on 24 November, before Pakistan-England series)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Ave        S/Rate   HS Rating

   1          Aaron Finch        Aus        854        39.78    152        892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

   2          Virat Kohli          Ind         845        44.17    133        897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

   3          Alex Hales           Eng        841        36.40    137        866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

   4          Faf du Plessis      SA          758        39.28    135        843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

   5          B. McCullum       NZ          712        35.66    136        842 v Ban at Pallekele 2012

   6          Kusal Perera        SL          706*     27.09    133        751 v SA at Chittagong 2014

   7          Chris Gayle         WI          703        35.15    143        830 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

   8          Eoin Morgan       Eng        675        29.87    134        872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

   9          T. Dilshan            SL          662        28.90    121        800 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  10         Martin Guptill     NZ          653        32.13    123        792 v SA at Hamilton 2012

Other selected rankings (top 75)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      S/Rate   HS Rating

  14         Ahmed Shehzad Pak         625        26.54    115        709 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

  16         Umar Akmal        Pak         613        27.35    123        707 v Zim at Harare 2011

  24         M. Hafeez            Pak         543        23.31    115        648 v SL at Dubai 2013

  35         Shahid Afridi      Pak         488        18.51    147        536 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2010

  47         Jos Buttler           Eng        439*     21.08    133        446 v SL at The Oval 2014

  59         Joe Root                              Eng        380*     41.83    131        388 v NZ at Old Trafford 2015

  65         Shoaib Malik      Pak         357        22.91    107        574 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  83         Moeen Ali           Eng        273*!    18.42    128        273 v Aus at Cardiff 2015

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Avge     Eco.      HS Rating

   1          Sunil Narine        WI          773        17.75    5.69      817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

   2          Samuel Badree    WI          751        14.96    5.39      855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   3          S. Senanayake     SL          699*     17.45    6.19      712 v Eng at The Oval 2014

   4          Lasith Malinga    SL          684!      21.02    7.27      684 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015

   5          R. Ashwin            Ind         681        26.96    7.24      717 v SA at Mirpur 2014

   6          Mitchell Starc     Aus        659        19.53    6.72      702 v Pak at Dubai 2014

   7          N. McCullum      NZ          642        22.85    6.90      709 v Zim at Harare 2011

   8          Imran Tahir         SA          641*     15.77    6.45      675 v WI at Johannesburg 2015

   9          Shahid Afridi      Pak         638        24.30    6.60      814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  10         Dawlat Zadran    Afg         631!      20.48    7.33      631 v Zim at Bulawayo 2015

 

Other selected rankings (top 75)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Avge     Eco.      HS Rating

  16         Sohail Tanvir      Pak         596!      27.57    7.08      596 v Zim at Harare 2015

  68         Shoaib Malik      Pak         391*     20.09    6.66      402 v SL at Lord's 2009

  75         Mohammad Irfan               Pak         377*!    34.50    7.13      377 v Zim at Harare 2015

All-rounders (top three)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        HS Rating

   1          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        362       408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   2          M. Hafeez            Pak         315       440 v SL at Dubai 2013

   3          Shahid Afridi      Pak         311       413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

*indicates provisional rating

!indicates career-highest rating

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