Afridi & Co. eyeing maiden top T20 Ranking this month

Karachi: Pakistan will be hoping to achieve an uphill task to whitewash host New Zealand, which will give the men in green number-one T20I ranking for the first time.

The same applies to the in-form hosts. If the Blackcaps clean-sweep against the visitors then it will mark their first ever hold on the top position of the shortest cricket format. The two teams lock horns in the three-match series in Auckland on Friday, January 15.

New Zealand, following its 2-0 win over Sri Lanka, has joined Pakistan on 114 points. The side which wins all the three matches in the forthcoming series will move ahead of the West Indies in number-one spot, and the losing side will drop to eighth position. The side that wins the series 2-1 will leapfrog South Africa into fifth position.

Afghanistan, which won its two-match series against Zimbabwe in Sharjah on Sunday, is now sitting on 80 points in ninth position after gaining three points. Zimbabwe, in contrast, has stayed in 14th position but has slipped to 50 points after conceding three points.

The ICC T20I Championship table is extremely tight with only eight points separating the top eight sides. With a number of Twenty20 Internationals to be played in the lead up to the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, there is likely to be plenty of reshuffling at the top of the order.