Pakistan sinks to lowest-ever rating in latest ICC ranking

Dubai: Pakistan's hopes of automatic World
Cup qualification toughened as they plummeted to their
lowest-ever rating of 86 after losing the five-match ODI
series 1-4 against England.
     Despite the four-wicket consolation win in the fifth and
final one-dayer yesterday, Pakistan are in serious danger of
failing to qualify automatically for the World Cup 2019 as
they are now eight points behind eighth-ranked West Indies.
     Pakistan had started the series on 87 points and this is
their lowest-ever points tally since the current rankings
system was introduced in 2001.
     With Pakistan's forthcoming ODI series being against the
West Indies and Australia, it has left itself with a mountain
to climb to keep alive its chances of qualifying automatically
for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
     However, Australia and England have consolidated their
positions on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings after
completing identical 4-1 series victories over their
respective oppositions in the series which ended on Sunday.
     Australia, who scored a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in
the final match in Pallekele, has moved from 123 points to 124
points, and in doing so, has opened up an 11-point advantage
over New Zealand.
     They will now aim to reclaim the ICC Champions Trophy
title to add to its World Cup trophy, when it is staged next
year in the United Kingdom.
     Sri Lanka has retained its sixth position but has dropped
a point to finish on 101 points.
     Sri Lanka's one-point drop will interest seventh-placed
Bangladesh, which is now just three points behind its Asian
rival and has two upcoming three-match ODI series each against
Afghanistan and England coming up.
     If Bangladesh wins all the three matches against
Afghanistan, plus manages a series win against England, then
it will achieve its highest-ever ranking of sixth.
     Meanwhile, England, which will attempt to win its maiden
50-over ICC title when it hosts next year's ICC Champions
Trophy, has sent out a warning to the other sides after its
impressive series win against Pakistan.
     The series result against Pakistan has seen England move
from 106 points to 107 points in fifth position � three behind
India and South Africa, who are at 110 points each with India
ranked ahead of South Africa on decimal points.
     England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF
Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will
qualify directly for the ICC's pinnacle 50-over tournament,
while the remaining two sides will progress from the 10-team
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

PTI