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Pak players gain in ICC ODI rankings

It might have been an acrimonious tour marred by allegations of match-fixing against them but some of Pakistan's cricketers today gained substantially in the ICC ODI rankings despite the 2-3 series loss to England.

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2010 17:14 IST

It might have been an acrimonious tour marred by allegations of match-fixing against them but some of Pakistan's cricketers on Thursday gained substantially in the ICC ODI rankings despite the 2-3 series loss to England.

Pakistan, hit by allegations of spot-fixing that led to the suspension of three of its cricketers, lost the five-match series 2-3 after going down by 121 runs in the decider last night.

But some of their players went up in the rankings.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal moved into 13th position after climbing four places following his nine wickets in the series while the pace duo of Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar also improved their rankings significantly.

Umar, who finished the series as the leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets, rocketed 18 places to 23rd spot while Akhtar's eight wickets in the series helped him rise 14 places to 45th.

Akhtar was accused of tampering with the ball in the final match of the series.

The gains were there for the Englishmen as well with off-spinner Graeme Swann reaching a career-best third in the rankings for ODI bowlers after picking up 11 wickets in the series.

He was rewarded with a jump of 15 places.

The other England bowler moving up the order is fast bowler James Anderson who has jumped four places to 12th position after a series haul of six wickets.

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, however, has dropped out of the top 10 by slipping six places to 16th position after managing just four wickets in the series, the ICC said in a statement.

In the rankings for batsmen, Eoin Morgan has achieved a career-best 13th position which has made him the highest-ranked England ODI batsman.