ICC news September 14, 2013

Pakistan drop to sixth place in ICC Test rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe's historic 24-run win in the second Test to level the series 1-1 made Pakistan drop from fourth to sixth place in the ICC Test rankings. Zimbabwe also returned to the rankings for the first time since May 2007 and are at ninth place, 24 rating points ahead of Bangladesh who are at the bottom of the table.

Pakistan, on the other hand, conceded five rating points and dropped behind Australia and West Indies. They had moved to fourth position only last month after England beat Australia 3-0 in the Ashes.

Zimbabwe had started the series unranked and would have finished ninth irrespective of the result of the series. They had pulled out of Test cricket in January 2006 and returned with a series against Bangladesh in August 2011, but could not find a place on the rankings table until now having not played the requisite eight qualifying Tests.

Pakistan's next Test series will be against No. 1 ranked South Africa with the first of two matches starting on October 14 in Abu Dhabi.

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  • jimbond on September 17, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    With an insecure country side due to which international matches are impossible, a taint that removed two world's best pacemen, totally inefficient administrators and clueless selectors, where else can Pak be but below no. 5

  • dummy4fb on September 16, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    But the famous bird of Najam Sethi says Pakistan was not effected by this defeat, so this news by cricinfo that Pakistan fell to #6 has got to be a mistake :)

  • wrenx on September 16, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    This defeat could be a good thing in the long run for Pakistan. It might jolt them into getting their fast-bowling selection right for a change, instead of heaping pressure on Junaid all the time. And also we might see Fawad selected instead of Hafeez in the team. Jamshed is too unfit to be selected, otherwise having him at the top of the order with Fawad, then Azhar, Misbah, Younis, Asad, Adnan, Ajmal, Gul, Irfan & Junaid could provide a steady showing.

    Also, we shouldn't get hung up on rankings. We've seen in the last 2 years how even a #1 ranking is misleading when you're just not winning matches. Pakistan's #4 was a false spot anyway, only achieved through Australia's recent test failures, nothing our team did to achieve it.

  • dummy4fb on September 16, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Gentlemen...please be seated and enjoy the politics. This is just a plot going on against Misbah so that he quits as the captain and Hafeez takes the baton..

  • crick_sucks on September 16, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Oh what a win for Zimbabwe. well done!!. Pakistan cricket team is like a chicken with its head cut-off. Misbah again shows that he can't play with the tail. He is involved in all the key moments and manages to lose all of them. This has been his career highlight.

  • dummy4fb on September 15, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    @ Saad Amjad how likely wood it have been for Pakistan 2 beat Windies in the Caribbean when Younis Khan is the reason they barely avoided being white washed by Zimbabwe?

  • jb633 on September 15, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Looking from an outside perspective (English) I just don't understand why Misbah always gets blamed for any loss. The guy is genuine quality and he should be respected. Hafeez is technically to poor for this level and particularly against a new ball. Because he does not cover the line of the ball properly as soon as it swings or seams he will always be nicking off. I think Hafeez and a lot of the Pak batsmen need to play domestic cricket abroad and get used to playing the swinging ball. Their bowling is class and if they change Irfan for Rahat then they arguably have the best attack in world cricket. Certainly there is no better spin combo than Ajmal and Rehman. Zimbabwe deserve all the credit and they certainly have the nucleus of a competitive side. Lets hope their board now begins to act like a board should and start paying these guys their dues.

  • dummy4fb on September 15, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Current situation of most of the organization's operating in Pakistan are a mess that included PCB as well, with relatively no infrastructure and no test match practice, no plan to execute, taking things for granted.

    It was obvious that such a thing would have happened sooner or later. Its better sooner than later, now we can think about it, like the Australians are doing now, we need a competent backup team like the Indian are having, if a senior player does not perform, someone can fill up his shoes and do the needful.

    Starting to miss the Good old Cricket Days.

  • sherishahmir on September 15, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Congrats to Zimbabwe for their well deserved victory and commiseration to Pakistan on losing which ideally should not happen and unfortunately it did happen. I guess Pak defeated mainly due to lack of test match opportunities to Pak players though series was mainly the preparations for the up series against S Africans and Lankans. Team needs some changes i.e. hafeez, shafiq, rahat and with the proper changes and preparation Pak can make a good come back in the coming series.

  • aks1987 on September 15, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Instead of improving Pakistan team is getting worse by day. I think it would be wise in part of Bangladesh too to host Pakistani team in its most vulnerable state of game right now . What a shame for a guy like me who grew up watching Pak cricket from the early 90's .

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