Wednesday December 15, 2021

Baber Azam Loses Number One Position In ICC’s T-20 Ranking

DUBAI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has lost his number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I Rankings for batters.

The right-handed batter has struggled for runs in the first two T20Is against West Indies, scoring a duck and 7 in the first two matches of the series and has dropped down to the third spot with England s Dawid Malan and South Africa s Aiden Markram overtaking him.

Azam amassed 27 runs in 3 T20Is against the hosts. Babar has accumulated 7 runs in two innings against the visiting West Indies team.

Although Babar Azam s performances have not been up to the mark, Pakistan have won all five T20Is. They whitewashed Bangladesh 3-0 and have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against West Indies.

In the T20 bowling rankings, Shadab Khan has moved up one place to 9th position. Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi is ranked 11th in the bowling rankings. Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has moved up from 5th to 3rd position in the Test bowling rankings.

Meanwhile, Babar Azam has slipped to third in the ICC T20I Rankings for Batters, Australia s Steve Smith dropped to number three in the ICC Test Rankings for Batters. New Zealand s Kane Williamson fell to fourth place as well, while Virat Kohli retained his sixth spot.

Meanwhile, the skipper has also slipped from eighth to ninth position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings.

In the Test batting rankings, Mohammad Rizwan climbed five places to 18th and Fawad Alam reached 20th spot.

Left arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has secured the third spot in the Test ranking on the back of his thrilling performance in the recently concluded Test series against Bangladesh.

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