Pakistan’s players rise in the rankings


Following Pakistan's 328-run victory over Bangladesh in the second Test in Mirpur on Saturday, a number of their players have made gains in the latest ICC Test rankings.

Younis Khan moved up one place to seventh in the rankings for Test Batsmen after scores of 148 and 39, while Azhar Ali also moved up five places to 16th position after compiling 226 and 25 in the match, which helped steer the visitors to a 1-0 series win.

On way to his maiden Test double-century, Azhar also passed the 3,000-run landmark (and now stands at 3,185 in 41 Tests).

For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan’s scores of 89 not out and 13 helped him move up five places to a career-high 30th.

Though the top 10 in the rankings for Test bowlers remained unchanged, there were some big movers, with Pakistan left arm opening bowler Junaid Khan moving up two places to 15th after claiming match figures of three for 71.

Yasir Shah (20th) moved into the top 20 for the first time in his career after rising six places following match figures of seven for 131, Mohammad Hafeez climbed five places to a career-high 34th position and Wahab Riaz gained 10 places to raise to 52nd spot.

Bangladesh’s Mohammad Shahid vaulted 36 places to 84th after match figures of four for 95, while Shuvagata Hom broke into the top 100 for the first time in 87th spot (up by 15 places) after claiming three for 94 runs.