Pakistan’s Number 1 T20I Ranking in Danger in Series Against Scotland

The upcoming T20I series for Pakistan vs Scotland will be crucial for Green Shirts’ top spot in the worldwide rankings. The team currently sits at the top with 130 points and a series win would further consolidate Pakistan’s position.

However, a whitewash – against all odds – will see Pakistan crashing down from the slippery top.

If Pakistan Loses

In case Pakistan loses the series 2-0 against Scotland, the Men in Green will slip directly to the third spot. The loss would mean that Pakistan will be ranked behind bitter rivals India with 123 points. However, this is unlikely to happen as Pakistan has an experienced squad and will enter the match as favorites. Nonetheless, Scotland at their home could prove to be a difficult opposition.

If the Series is Levelled

If the two-match series ends as a 1-1 draw, Pakistan would remain at the top. However, The Green Shirts would lose three crucial ranking points with just one point making the difference between the top two teams.


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If Pakistan Wins

This would be an ideal scenario for Pakistan if they manage a 2-0 clean sweep. Pakistan will gain one ranking point as well while still sitting at the number 1 position in the world T20 rankings.

The first of the two T20 matches will be played on 12th June followed by the second on 13th. Pakistan team has announced the T20 squad for the series as well. Below are the names that will face the Scotland T20 team.

  • Fakhar Zaman,
  • Ahmed Shehzad,
  • Haris Sohail,
  • Shoaib Malik,
  • Asif Ali,
  • Hussain Talat,
  • Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain) (WK),
  • Fahim Ashraf,
  • Shadab Khan,
  • Muhammad Nawaz,
  • Muhammad Amir,
  • Hassan Ali,
  • Rahat Ali,
  • Usman Shanwari, and
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi.

The star batsman Babar Azam was left out of the squad due to the injury in the 1st Test against England.

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