Misbah-ul-Haq climbs up in ICC rankings

The Pakistan captain gained six slots to occupy the 20th position in the ICC Test rankings for batsman, after his team defeated West Indies by seven wickets on Tuesday.

Misbah-ul-Haq will exit cricket at the end of the three-Test series.   -  AP

 

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has gained six slots to occupy 20th position in the ICC player rankings for Test Batsmen after his side registered a seven-wicket win over West Indies in the first Test of the three-match series in Kingston last evening.

Misbah, who along with former captain Younis Khan will retire from Test cricket at the end of the series, scored 99 and unbeaten 12 in the two innings of the Test. Younis, a former top-ranked batsman, has maintained his eighth position with innings of 58 and six.

Among other Pakistan batsmen, Sarfraz Ahmed’s first innings knock of 54 has seen him gain one place to move up to the 24th position while Babar Azam has gained 14 places to reach 94th position after scores of 72 and nine not out.

For West Indies, captain Jason Holder’s innings of 57 not out and 14 have helped him gain five slots to reach a career-best 60th position while Shane Dowrich (up one place to 63rd position) and Roston Chase (up 21 positions to 70th position) have also reached career-best ranking spots.

In the ICC rankings for Test bowlers, leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s Player of the Match effort of two for 91 and six for 63 has lifted him one slot to 15th position while left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Amir has gained 13 slots to reach the 42nd spot after taking six for 44 and one for 20.

For West Indies, pace bowlers Shannon Gabriel (up seven places to 33rd spot) and Alzarri Joseph (up 22 places to 73rd spot) have reached career-best positions after taking four wickets each in the match.