Pakistan on top in ICC T20 cricket annual rankings


Abdul Basit

Dubai – Pakistan maintained its top position for the second consecutive year in the annual International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 cricket rankings after delivering stellar performances in T20 tournaments over the past year.

Last year, Pakistan first topped the T20 rankings for the first time under the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmed in the shortest format.

Pakistan leads with 130 points, followed by Australia with 126 points on the table, while India secures third position in the rankings.

“There were, in fact, no changes in the top seven positions, but the big development was down at number eight, where Afghanistan are the new entrants,” the ICC said in a statement.

Surprisingly, Afghanistan has been able to maintain a place at number eight in the rankings whereas; the top seven positions remained the same.

Sri Lanka dropped to ninth position after losing four points in the updated rankings.

Bangladesh were ranked 10th in the list followed by Scotland, Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Oman and Ireland.

The green shirts have been riding a wave of success in the T20 format, their most recent win against the West Indies in a three-match series staged in Karachi this year.