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ICC issues fresh ranking of test teams

Lahore : Retiring stalwarts Yonas Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq will be aiming to sign off their international careers on a high as Pakistan looks to win its first ever Test series in the West Indies.

Yonas and Misbah, who have seen individual ranking highs of first and sixth, respectively, have one last chance to help the Pakistan team, which has to win the three-Test series starting Friday to stay in fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

Yonas, who spent 72 days at the top of the rankings after scoring a triple-century in Karachi against Sri Lanka in February 2009, will be the second-highest ranked batsman in the series at eighth position, just one position behind Pakistan opener Azhar Ali.

Misbah, who remained in the top 15 from November 2011 to December 2016, has a chance to improve his ranking of 26th in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, and as captain, ensure Pakistan does not slip from its current tally of 97 points.

Yonas and Misbah have a job at hand since even a 3-0 series sweep will not be enough for Pakistan to overtake England’s tally of 101 points while just a 1-0 series loss will see it slip behind sixth-placed New Zealand, which is on 96 points.

Pakistan, which attained top ranking after drawing a four-match series 2-2 to England in August last year, has slipped since then, losing six of eight Tests. It defeated the West Indies 2-1 in a home series in the United Arab Emirates but subsequently lost 2-0 to New Zealand and 3-0 to Australia in away series.

Pakistan can at best go to 99 points whereas a 3-0 loss could see it slip to 89 points and seventh position in the 10-team table led by India with 122 points. South Africa and Australia are second and third with 109 and 108 points, respectively.

Some possible series scenarios:

 

  • Pakistan wins 3-0 – Pakistan 99; West Indies 67
  • Pakistan wins 2-0 – Pakistan 98, West Indies 68
  • Pakistan wins 1-0 or 2-1 – Pakistan 97, West Indies 70
  • West Indies wins 1-0 or 2-1 – Pakistan 92, West Indies 75
  • West Indies wins 2-0 – Pakistan 91, West Indies 77
  • West Indies wins 3-0 – Pakistan 89, West Indies 78

Pakistan batsmen Asad Shafiq (24th) and Sarfraz Ahmed (25th) are the other leading batsmen in the series while leg-spinner Yasir Shah is the top-ranked player from either side in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers with Wahab Riaz at a career-best 19th position.

For the West Indies, Kraigg Brathwaite (20th) and Jermaine Blackwood (46th) are the leading batsmen while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo would be looking to move further up from his career-best 25th rank among bowlers.

The Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings, are updated after the end of a series. The ICC Test predictor function is available here.

 Pakistan v West Indies

21-25 April – 1st Test, Kingston

30 April-4 May, 2nd Test, Bridgetown

10-14 May – 3rd Test, Roseau

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 19 April, before the West Indies-Pakistan series)

Rank    Team                Points

  1. India                 122
  2. South Africa      109
  3. Australia           108
  4. England            101
  5. Pakistan            97
  6. New Zealand      96
  7. Sri Lanka          90
  8. West Indies       69
  9. Bangladesh       66
  10. Zimbabwe         05 

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 19 April, before the West Indies-Pakistan series)

Batsmen (top 10)

 Rank    Player              Team     Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

1       Steve Smith      Aus      941!     61.05   941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

2       K. Williamson    NZ        880       51.16   893 v Aus at Perth 2015

3       Joe Root          Eng      848       52.80   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

4       C. Pujara           Ind        846       51.32   861 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

5       Virat Kohli         Ind        818       49.41   895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

6       Q. de Kock       SA        802*!    51.26   802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

7       Azhar Ali           Pak      779       47.07   787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

8       Younis Khan     Pak      772       53.06   880 v SL at Lahore 2009

9       David Warner    Aus      759       47.42   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

10       Hashim Amla     SA        748       49.39   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

 

Other selected rankings

Rank    Player              Team        Pts     Avge     Highest Rating

20       K. Brathwaite     WI           677!   37.52     677 v Pak at Sharjah 2016

24       Asad Shafiq      Pak         651    41.02   758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

25       Sarfraz Ahmed  Pak         647    42.34   715 v SL at Galle 2015

26       Misbah-ul-Haq   Pak         645    45.84   842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

46       J. Blackwood   WI         512*    31.33    575 v Eng at Barbados 2015

 

Bowlers (top 10)

   

Rank    Player              Team     Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

1       R. Jadeja          Ind        898       23.12   899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

2       R. Ashwin         Ind        865       25.22   904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

3       R. Herath          SL        854       27.87   867 v Zim at Harare 2016

4       J. Hazlewood    Aus      826       25.39   863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

5       J. Anderson      Eng      810       28.50   884 v SL at Durham 2016

6       Stuart Broad     Eng      803       28.54   880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

7       K. Rabada        SA        798*     23.69   821 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

8       Dale Steyn        SA        794       22.30   909 v WI at Centurion 2014

9       Neil Wagner      NZ        745       28.90   767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

10       Mitchell Starc    Aus      742       28.35   805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016

 

 Other selected rankings

 

Rank     Player             Team    Pts         Avge      Highest Rating

16       Yasir Shah        Pak      649        31.51      878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

19       Wahab Riaz       Pak      579*!      34.01      579 v Aus at Sydney 2017

28       D. Bishoo         WI        512*!     37.00      512 v Pak at Sharjah 2016

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank    Player              Team     Pts      Highest Rating

1       S. Al Hasan       Ban      431      443 v NZ at Christchurch 2017

2       R. Jadeja          Ind        422!     422 v Aus at Dharamsala 2017

3       R. Ashwin         Ind        413      493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

4       Ben Stokes       Eng      327 /*   351 v Ind at Mohali 2016

5       Mitchell Starc    Aus      318      347 v Ind at Pune 2017

 

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