Thursday May 18, 2017
KARACHI: Pakistan has been pushed down to the sixth position after deduction of four rating points from its credit following an annual update of ICC Test ranking.
The annual update was carried out following the end of Pakistan’s Test series against West Indies in West Indies, which visitors won by the 2-1 margin.
Pakistan lost four points from its credit as series results from 2013-14 are expunged from calculations and outcomes of the 2014-15 & 2015-16 series are now weighted at 50 percent.
Australia lost 8 rating points, but it didn’t affect its position on the ranking table and the former number one team managed to retain the third position with 100 points as England, which retained the 4th position, has also lost two points.Pakistan drew series against Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sri Lanka in 2013-14 season and points of those series are expunged; while points it earned from victories against Australia, Sri Lanka, England and Bangladesh are curtailed to half.
India has retained the top position while South Africa, which gained the most points following the annual update, is at second place.
These major swings for Australia and South Africa have come after South Africa’s 2-1 loss to Australia, and Australia’s 5-0 series win over England in 2013-14 have both been dropped for calculation purposes.