Pakistan maintain numero uno spot in ICC T20I rankings despite 0-2 thrashing vs Australia Down Under
It has been a downward spiral for Pakistan in the shorter formats for quite some time now. The Men in Green were in complete disarray prior to the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales. However, things took a turn for the worse post the showpiece event. While they finished fifth in the 10-nation tournament, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co. returned home with plenty of criticism to deal with.
Nonetheless, it was only the start of things to follow. The home T20Is versus a second-stringed Sri Lanka saw Sarfaraz-led Pakistan being whitewashed in the three-match series. Thus, it led to the removal of Sarfaraz both as skipper and player. Babar Azam, Pakistan's Mr. Dependable, took over the reins prior to the team's departure for Australia tour.
Under Misbah-ul-Haq's coaching, it was believed that a change in leadership will lead to favourable results Down Under. However, the three T20Is versus Australia added onto the Men in Green's miseries as they lost 0-2.
While the criticism followed from their former cricketers, there is something to fall back upon for Pakistani fans. In the latest ICC T20I rankings released, Pakistan continue to hold the numero uno spot with Australia right behind in the second place.
England and New Zealand are currently involved in a five-match T20I series. At 2-2, the fifth and final encounter will be played at Eden Park, Auckland on Sunday (November 10). The victorious team will surely benefit from an increase in points and ratings in the overall standings.
Talking about India, they continue to hold the fifth spot and will need to win their ongoing series versus Bangladesh as defeat at the hands of the ninth-ranked side will hurt them.
All the major teams have shifted focus towards the shortest format of the game with the next ICC event, World Twenty20 (WT20I), scheduled to be held in Australia from October 2020.
West Indies are the current champions; having won the tournament twice.