Pakistan retains top T20 ranking after ICC error

Cricket Australia had announced Australia would get to the top with a T20 series win in New Zealand, but a “clerical error” by the ICC meant the calculation was wrong.

The Australian team with its T20 tri-series win at Eden Park.   -  AFP

Australian cricket chiefs have clarified that Pakistan still tops the Twenty20 world rankings, despite Australia's victory in the T20 tri-series also featuring New Zealand and England.

Cricket Australia said this week that Australia would take the No. 1 spot if it were unbeaten in the tri-series, a feat it achieved with a 19-run win over New Zealand in Auckland on Wednesday.

But in a statement late Thursday, it said a "clerical error" by the International Cricket Council meant the calculation was wrong and Pakistan retained the No. 1 ranking.

When ratings points were rounded off, it said, Australia was second on 125.65, 0.19 points behind Pakistan on 125.84.

It means Australia has still not been rated the No. 1 Twenty20 side in the world since the shortest form of the game began.

Australia is currently ranked third in Tests and fifth in one-dayers.