Pakistan must clean-sweep against Bangladesh in Tests to maintain its rating

Karachi: After whitewash in limited formats, Pakistan will be aiming to change its fortunes when it goes head to head with host Bangladesh in a two-Test series in Khulna from Tuesday and maintain its rankings.

Pakistan is sitting in fourth position on 103 ratings points while Bangladesh is in ninth spot on 32 ratings points.

This gap of 71 ratings points means Pakistan is expected to win the series convincingly, and because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, failure to win comfortably will mean Misbah-ul-Haq’s side will drop points.

If the series ends in a draw, then Pakistan will drop to 99 ratings points while Bangladesh will finish on 37 ratings, and Pakistan will plummet to 96 ratings points if Bangladesh wins the series 1-0.

If Pakistan wins the series 1-0, it will concede one ratings point while it will gain only one ratings point if it wins both the Tests.

In the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, Pakistan boasts two batsmen inside the top 10. They are Younus Khan (eighth) and Misbah (10th), while Bangladesh’s highest-ranked batsman is Mominul Haque in 25th spot.

Saeed Ajmal (11th) and Junaid Khan (16th) are the Pakistan bowlers inside the 20 while Shakib Al Hasan in 13th position is not only Bangladesh’s highest-ranked bowler but is also the world’s leading all-rounder.

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