Pakistan eyes second place with double win against Indies

Karachi: Pakistan, who recorded a 3-1 ODI series triumph against host West Indies on Sunday Wednesday, has an opportunity to move to the second place in the Reliance ICC T20I Rankings table if it wins both the matches against West Indies in the upcoming series.

Pakistan takes on defending ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies in a two-match series, starting on 27 July in Kingstown, St Vincent.

Fourth ranked Pakistan is currently on 118 ratings points, but could potentially move up to second place with 124 ratings points, thereby swapping places with second placed West Indies with 120 ratings points.

On the other hand, if West Indies wins both the matches it could gain five ratings points to finish at 132, reducing the gap with number one ranked Sri Lanka to just two ratings points.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has retained its position as the number one ranked Twenty20 International T20I side after the annual update of the Reliance ICC T20I Rankings Table was announced on Thursday.

At the June ICC Board meeting during the Annual Conference week in London, the ICC Board agreed to change the T20I rankings period from three years to four years.

The ICC Board also decided that the annual update to the Test, ODI and T20I rankings should now take place on 1 May each year, rather than 1 August, to better align with the current international calendar. This change has been incorporated in the latest update, and has been backdated to 1 May 2013.

The updated table now reflects all T20I matches completed after 1 August 2010. All T20I matches played until the start of May 2014 will be added to this table, so that by May 2014, the ratings will be based on just under four years of results.