Pakistanis Gain Big in Latest ICC T20I Ranking Update

Top order batsman, Babar Azam, has strengthened his grip at the top of the ladder, as ICC released the latest ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings on Monday.

Azam, who scored 151 runs in three T20I against South Africa, including a brilliant innings of 90 runs in the second game, is the number one T20I batsman. He is followed by the Kiwi opener Colin Munro and Australia’s limited overs skipper Aaron Finch.

Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Hussain Talat also gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs in the T20 series. Meanwhile, opener Fakhar Zaman’s inconsistent form has caused him to drop a spot to the sixth slot.


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Pakistani bowlers have also gained significantly in the latest update. Teenage sensation Shaheen Afridi has made major gains as he moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position.

Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim moved up five places to the fourth position, while the young leg-spinner Shadab Khan slipped down to the third spot in the ranking.

The series loss has cost the Green Shirts 3 rating points, but their number 1 spot remains unfazed. Pakistan had entered the series with 138 points but ended with 135 points after losing two close contests.

In teams’ rankings, Pakistan is followed by India and South Africa – which has overtaken Australia and England to third place after winning the series against Pakistan.

India has also lost 2 rating points after losing the T20I series against sixth-ranked New Zealand.

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