KARACHI: Former World T20 champions Pakistan have slipped to the fifth place in the ICC Twenty20 rankings following Bangladesh’s accent to the fourth spot on Saturday night.
Bangladesh jumped to No. 4 – their best ever Twenty20 ranking — after beating Ireland 3-0 on their tour of Europe. At the moment, only England, South Africa and Sri Lanka lie above Bangladesh in the rankings.
Pakistan, who were the most successful Twenty20 team during the first three years since the inception of the game’s shortest format in 2006, have been unable to impress much in Twenty20 Internationals in recent times. They will be meeting Australia in three T20 games later this summer in the UAE, just before the ICC World Twenty20 Championship to be held in Sri Lanka during September-October.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh had broken into the rankings for the first time after their one-run win in the second match of the series; they had catapulted into the No. 6 spot, ahead of New Zealand, India and West Indies. Saturday’s last-ball win lifted them further up the list, past Australia and Pakistan.
Ireland, who were in ninth position ahead of the series, dropped two places to eleventh, meaning Afghanistan move into tenth.
According to the ICC rules, only teams that have played at least eight Twenty20 Internationals in the period starting August 1 2009 to date (the qualifying period changes every August) will get a ranking.
Their elevated position is perhaps more than what captain Mushfiqur Rahim had hoped for ahead of Bangladesh’s tour to Europe; he was eager, he said, to just break into the rankings. “We are still not good in the new format of the game. Due to lack of international matches we are not even in the ICC Twenty20 international rankings, while even Afghanistan occupies a spot in the rankings,” Mushfiqur had told reporters before leaving Dhaka. “We have a chance to break into the [rankings] table if we can win matches on this tour.” –with inputs from agencies.
ICC Twenty20 rankings
1 – England. 2 – South Africa. 3 – Sri Lanka. 4 – Bangladesh. 5 – Pakistan. 6 – Australia. 7 – New Zealand. 8 – India. 9 – West Indies. 10 – Afghanistan.