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Pakistan cricket team retains top T20 ranking after correcting ICC ‘clerical error’

Cricket Australia said this week that Australia cricket team would take the No 1 spot in the ICC T20 ranking if they were unbeaten in the tri-series, but later clarified it won’t be the case after pointing out the “clerical error” by International Cricket Council.

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2018 13:01 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Wellington
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Pakistan cricket team is still the top-ranked side in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 ranking.(Getty Images)

Australian cricket chiefs have clarified that Pakistan still top the Twenty20 world rankings, despite Australia’s victory in the T20 tri-series also featuring New Zealand and England.

Cricket Australia said this week that Australia would take the number one spot if they were unbeaten in the tri-series, a feat they achieved with a 19-run win over New Zealand in Auckland on Wednesday.

But in a statement late yesterday, it said a “clerical error” by the International Cricket Council meant the calculation was wrong and Pakistan retain the number one ranking.

When ratings points were rounded off, it said, Australia were second on 125.65, 0.19 points behind Pakistan on 125.84.

It means Australia have still not been rated the number one T20 side in the world since the shortest form of the game began in 2011.

Australia are currently ranked third in Tests and fifth in one-dayers.

First Published: Feb 23, 2018 12:40 IST