Chance for Babar to regain top spot in T20 rankings

Published November 6, 2020
RAWALPINDI: Zimbabwe cricketers take part in net practice at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Zimbabwe face Pakistan in a three-match Twenty20 International series starting here tomorrow.—Tanveer Shahzad/White Star
RAWALPINDI: Zimbabwe cricketers take part in net practice at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Zimbabwe face Pakistan in a three-match Twenty20 International series starting here tomorrow.—Tanveer Shahzad/White Star

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Babar Azam will be looking to regain the top place in the ICC Twenty20 player rankings, in the upcoming three-match ser­ies against Zimbabwe to be held in Rawalpindi from Saturday.

Babar, who scored 221 runs including a fine 125 in the final match of their ICC World Cup Super League ODI series against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, has been a familiar name at the top of the Twenty20 batting table and was currently the only one in the top five of all three formats, said a press release issued here.

The Pakistan skipper, who has been number one for a total of 774 days in four different stretches since January 2018 and was at the top till September this year, was only eight rating points adrift of Dawid Malan (877 rating points), who leapfrogged him during England’s 2-1 home series win over Australia.

Similarly, Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim would be looking to move back towards the top spot for bowlers from his current eighth position in the series.

The left-arm spinner was number one for 146 days in 2017 and 2018.

There are others too in the Pakistan squad who get the opportunity to make their way back up and boost their confidence with just about a year to go for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in India.

Pakistan’s left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman, ranked as high as second in the past, is currently in 22nd place while his team-mate Mohammad Hafeez is in 42nd position with his career-best being ninth position back in 2007.

Among bowlers, leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who is Pakistan vice-captain, would be looking to reclaim his best of second position from ninth place while Faheem Ashraf is in 32nd place but was sixth two years ago.

For Zimbabwe, Sean Williams is ranked 54th among batters and 45th among bowlers but has held better positions in the past. He has been a prominent all-rounder in the format who was ranked second earlier this year and is currently third.

Brendan Taylor (76th), has had a career-high ranking of sixth while Elton Chigumbura is ranked 96th but his career graph reflects a high of 26th.

Pakistan would also be working at moving back towards the top ranking in the T20 team rankings, currently led by Australia with 275 points. England (271), India (266) and Pakistan (261) follow in that order. Zimbabwe were in 11th position with 191 points.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2020

Opinion

Editorial

18 May, 2022

SC on defections

THE judgement is monumental and will significantly influence Pakistani politics for years to come. After a nearly...
18 May, 2022

Karachi blast

THE frequency of urban terrorism incidents over the past few weeks in Karachi should send alarm bells ringing within...
18 May, 2022

Threats to Imran Khan

IT seems there is never a dull moment in Imran Khan’s life. First, it was a cabal of local and international...
Updated 17 May, 2022

Buyer’s remorse

It is strange to hear senior PML-N leaders lamenting the subsidies, yet not even coming up with a subsidy rationalisation plan.
17 May, 2022

Sikh traders’ killing

THE brutal murder of two Sikh traders in the outskirts of Peshawar on Sunday illustrates the vulnerability of...
17 May, 2022

Cholera outbreak

REPORTS of rising cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea in several areas are raising the spectre of a public...