PESHAWAR: Pakistan dominance their grip on the T20 rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday despite 2-1 series loss to South Africa.
Pakistan are still on top of the rankings in the shortest format of the game with a wide margin of 135 points, followed by India with 124 points, South Africa (118 points), England, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This dominance is because of 11 successful series win before the South Africa tour.
Pakistan’s talented batsman Babar Azam has also retained number one position in the batsmen rankings by scoring 151 runs in the recent T20 series against Proteas. He is leading with 888 points, followed by Australia’s Aaron Finch with 825 points, Evin Lewis of West Indies (806 points), Glenn Maxwell of Australia, Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman, India’s Rohit Sharma, Alex Hales and Jason Roy of England and Lokesh Rahul of India. In the batsmen rankings, Babar Azam, like his team, is leading by a huge margin of rating points.
Pakistan’s Hussain Talat, who got chance to play in the series due to injury of Mohammad Hafeez, gained 19 places to reach 56th position after scoring 98 runs in the series.
The bowling rankings are led by Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan with 793 points. Shadab Khan, who was earlier holding second spot, lost a spot to reach number three in the bowlers’ list. India’s Kuldeep Yadav has replaced him on second position. Imad Wasim jumped five places above to secure the fourth position, while Shaheen Shah Afridi moved 28 places above and got his best position till now on 48th rank.
Adil Rashid of England is holding fifth ranking, followed by Adam Zampa of Australia on sixth, Shakib al Hasan of Bangladesh on seventh, Ish Sodhi of New Zealand on eighth and Faheem Ashraf of Pakistan on ninth.
Meanwhile, Pakistan women cricket team won the three-match ODI series 2-1 against West Indies by defeating them in the third ODI in Dubai by four wickets on Monday.
West Indies women elected to bat first and were all out on 159. Pakistan surpassed the target in the 48th over with four wickets to spare. It was the first ODI series victory of Pakistan women against West Indies.