Sri Lanka, Bangladesh likely to move up in ICC Test cricket rankings
Sri Lanka could overtake Pakistan in the ICC Test Rankings should they win their two-match Test series and South Africa stand to slip from their second position if they lose to Bangladesh in their two-match Test series.cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2017 15:47 IST
Sri Lanka will get a chance to overtake Pakistan in the ICC Test Team Rankings table during the upcoming two-match Test series beginning on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, South Africa could slip from second to third position if they lose their two-match Test series against Bangladesh, starting the same day in South Africa.
Sri Lanka will leapfrog Pakistan to sixth position with even a 1-0 win in the series while Pakistan could gain four points and reach 97 points with a 2-0 series win.
That would see them level on points with New Zealand and Australia, but behind on decimal points and remain in sixth position.
In the ICC Test Player Rankings, Pakistan’s Azhar Ali is at number seven in the batsmen list while captain Sarfraz Ahmed will start his first series as Test captain at the 27th position.
Among the bowlers, leg-spinner Yasir Shah returns from injury as the team’s leading bowler at 15th rank while pace bowler Wahab Riaz is the second-highest ranked bowler in 25th position.
For Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis (24th) and Dinesh Chandimal (33rd) are the leading batsmen in the rankings while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (4th), Dilruwan Perera (27th) and Nuwan Pradeep (34th) are the lead bowlers.
In South Africa, even a drawn series will help Bangladesh overtake the West Indies to eighth position on the points table since only one point separates the two sides.
On the other hand, South Africa are in danger of slipping behind England with even a 1-0 loss.
In the individual rankings, South Africa have batsmen Faf du Plessis (8th), Quinton de Kock (12th), Dean Elgar (16th) and captain Faf du Plessis (joint-18th) in the top 20.
Bowlers Kagiso Rabada (6th), Morne Morkel (14th) and Keshav Maharaj (23rd) are the top bowlers.
Left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal is the leading Bangladesh batsman at 15th position while captain Mushfiqur Rahim is ranked 23rd.
In the absence of the world’s top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has taken a sabbatical from Test cricket, off-spinner Mehedi Hasan is the leading bowler in 29th position with Taijul Islam ranked 32nd.