Zimbabwe had entered the series unranked and irrespective of the result of the series would have finished ninth on the table. -Photo by AFP
Zimbabwe’s historic win in the second and final Test of its series against Pakistan on Saturday at the Harare Sports Club, has helped it return to the ICC Test Team Rankings for the first time since May 2007 in the ninth place.
The two-match series was drawn 1-1 with Zimbabwe finishing at 34 ratings points courtesy its 24-run win, ahead of 10th ranked Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe had entered the series unranked and irrespective of the result of the series would have finished ninth on the table.
Zimbabwe had pulled out of playing Test cricket in January 2006 and, since its return to the Test arena in August 2011 after a gap of five years, it had been unranked, having not played the requisite eight qualifying Tests to be part of the rankings table.
In sharp contrast, Pakistan has conceded five ratings points and has dropped behind Australia and West Indies. Misbah-ul-Haq’s side had only moved into fourth position last month following the conclusion of the Ashes, which England retained after defeating Australia by 3-0.
The Test Rankings table, unlike the ODI Rankings table, is updated only after the conclusion of a series.
Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-) 1 South Africa 135 2 England 116 3 India 116 4 (+1) Australia 101 5 (+1) West Indies 99 6 (-2) Pakistan 97 (-5) 7 Sri Lanka 88 8 New Zealand 79 9 Zimbabwe 34 10 Bangladesh 10