Pakistan drop down to third position in updated ICC rankings

The green shirts lost to New Zealand in last ODI

By Web Desk
May 08, 2023
Pakistan celebrate wicket during fifth ODI against New Zealand - PCB

After losing the last ODI of the home series against New Zealand, Pakistan have been dropped down to third position in the updated ICC rankings. 

Pakistan, with a current rating of 112, are now ranked third behind second-ranked India and first-ranked Australia with an equal 113 rating points. 

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 102 runs in the fourth ODI to grab the number one position in ODIs for the first time since the inception of ICC rankings. The green shirts remained on top for almost 48 hours. 

In order to remain on top, Pakistan needed to win the last ODI and complete whitewash against the Kiwis. But, they lost the last game by 47 runs in Karachi to lose the top ranking. 

Today, ICC updated their ODI rankings and confirmed that Pakistan are no longer the number one team. Their rating dropped down from 113 to 112. 

New Zealand remain in the fifth spot but have now improved their rating from 107 to 108. They trail England who are fourth with a rating of 111.

Pakistan held number one T20I ranking, under the leadership of Sarfaraz Ahmed, for 27 months. In Test rankings, Pakistan remained number one for less than two months under the leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq in 2016. 

Pakistan beat New Zealand in last ODI

Iftikhar Ahmed's effort went in vain as New Zealand bowlers were good enough to bowl out Pakistan for 252 runs and win the fifth and last ODI by 47 runs.

The right-handed batter made solid effort to help Pakistan chase down 300 runs but wickets falling after regular intervals made it difficult for the home side. He scored 94 not out including eight boundaries and two maximums.

Agha Salman also remained prominent with the bat as he scored 57 runs. He also partnered strongly with Iftikhar to give hope of survival for Pakistan. They both notched up a 97-run partnership.

For New Zealand, Henry Shipley and Rachin Ravindra bagged three wickets each.