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Pakistan’s Afridi soars in T20I rankings despite England series whitewash

Shahid Afridi moves to 2nd in all-rounder rankings & 6th in bowler rankings

Pakistan’s Afridi soars in T20I rankings despite England series whitewash - Cricket News
Shahid Afridi has climbed up one place to second in the all-rounder rankings.

England newcomers rocket up rankings as action heats up ahead of ICC World T20 India 2016

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has made some valuable gains in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were released following his side’s 3-0 series defeat to England, which concluded in Sharjah on Monday night.

The prolific 35-year-old all-rounder, who became the highest wicket-taker in T20I history during the series (with 88 wickets in 87 matches to date), has climbed up one place to second in the all-rounder rankings and is 32 points behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

Afridi also climbed three places to sixth in the ICC T20I Bowler Rankings after claiming five wickets for 77 runs in the series and is the highest-ranked bowler on either side at the end of the series. Other bowlers to make notable career-high gains were the Pakistan duo of Shoaib Malik (up eight places to 60th) and Anwar Ali (up 35 to 66th), while England pair Chris Jordan (up 13 to 95th) and Adil Rashid (up 50 to 98th) have both broken into the top 100 for the first time.

In an unchanged top 10, Alex Hales remains the highest-ranked batsman in third place, while England captain Eoin Morgan has maintained his eighth-place ranking after guiding his team to victory. Pakistan's highest-ranked batsmen are Ahmed Shehzad (16th) and Umar Akmal (18th), who have both dropped two points apiece.

Jos Buttler has climbed two places to 45th while James Vince, who was named the Man of the Series after scores of 41, 38 and 46 in what was the 24-year-old’s debut T20 series, is a new entry in 51st position, two places and four points clear of his team-mate Joe Root, who himself has climbed six places to a career-high 53rd. Shoaib Malik has climbed seven places to 58th, but the highest mover overall is Sam Billings who has rocketed 151 places to 95th.

ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 will take place from 11 March to 3 April and after a busy month, reigning champion Sri Lanka now holds a seven-points advantage at the top of the ICC T20I Team Rankings over second-placed West Indies and Australia, who are level on 118 points. England is a single point and one place further back in fourth place after winning the series 3-0.


ICC T20I Team Rankings (as on 1 December, after Pakistan-England series)

Rank   Team               Points

1          Sri Lanka          125

2          West Indies       118

3          Australia           118

4          England            117

5          South Africa     115

6          Pakistan            114

7          India                 110

8          New Zealand    108

9          Afghanistan      79

10        Bangladesh       69

11        Hong Kong       66

12        Scotland           66

13        Netherlands      61

14        Zimbabwe        53

15        Ireland             42

(Developed by David Kendix)
 

ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 1 December, after Pakistan-England series)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank   (+/-)      Player              Team   Points  Avge    S/Rate  Highest Ranking

   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      795      34.71   136       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       849 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       831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

   8       ( - )      Eoin Morgan    Eng      665      30.59   133       872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

   9       ( - )      T. Dilshan        SL        662      28.90   121       802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  10      ( - )      Martin Guptill  NZ       653      32.13   123       793 v SA at Hamilton 2012


Selected Rankings:

  16      (-2)       A. Shehzad       Pak       603      25.94   116       709 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

  18      (-2)       Umar Akmal     Pak       592      26.31   123       709 v Zim at Harare 2011

  25      (-1)       M.Hafeez          Pak       530      22.73   115       649 v SL at Dubai 2013

  35      ( - )      Shahid Afridi    Pak       492      18.47   148       537 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2010

  45      (+2)      Jos Buttler        Eng      453*    20.81   134       461 v Pak at Dubai 2015

  51      (NEW) James Vince     Eng      423*!   41.66   119       423 v Pak at Sharjah 2015

  53      (+6)      Joe Root           Eng      419*!   37.87   132       419 v Pak at Sharjah 2015

  58      (+7)      Shoaib Malik    Pak       402      24.04   109       577 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  95      (+151)  Sam Billings     Eng      255*    18.80   157       299 v Pak at Dubai 2015

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank   (+/-)      Player              Team   Points  Avge    Eco.     Highest Ranking

   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       (+3)      Shahid Afridi    Pak       670      23.68   6.56     814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

   7       (-1)       Mitchell Starc   Aus      659      19.53   6.72     702 v Pak at Dubai 2014

   8       (-1)       N. McCullum   NZ       642      22.85   6.90     709 v Zim at Harare 2011

   9       (-1)       Imran Tahir      SA       641*    15.77   6.45     675 v WI at Johannesburg 2015

  10      (+1)      N. Kulasekara   SL        629      23.89   7.27     676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013


Selected Rankings:

  17      (-1)       Sohail Tanvir    Pak       589      26.97   7.22     600 v Eng at Dubai 2015

  19      (+1)      M. Hafeez         Pak       571      24.34   6.69     689 v Zim at Harare 2013

  60      (+8)      Shoaib Malik    Pak       414!    20.08   6.76     414 v Eng at Sharjah 2015            

  66      (+35)    Anwar Ali        Pak       410*!   31.10   7.97     410 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

  79      (-4)       M. Irfan            Pak       373*    39.50   7.40     377 v Zim at Harare 2015

  95      (+13)    Chris Jordan     Eng      315*!   28.55   8.47     315 v Pak at Sharjah 2015

  98      (+50)    Adil Rashid      Eng      305*!   33.14   8.00     305 v Pak at Sharjah 2015
 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank   (+/-)      Player                          Team   Points  HS Ranking

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

   2       (+1)      Shahid Afridi                Pak       330      413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

   3       (+1)      Shane Watson              Aus      304      557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

   4       (-2)       Mohammad Hafeez       Pak       303      441 v SL at Dubai 2013

   5       ( - )      Marlon Samuels            WI       282      321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

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