ICC issues latest Test rankings

Pakistani players make significant gains after successful Zimbabwe series

By: News Desk      Published: 04:42 PM, 12 May, 2021
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Pakistani bowlers Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali and Shaheen Afridi have all achieved career-best positions in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after becoming the first trio from their country to grab five-wicket hauls in the same match.

ICC released its latest Test player rankings in which several Pakistani players elevated on the ranking chart, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

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Impressively, bowler Hasan climbed by six points and reached 14th position, Azhar Ali up by four to 16th, Shaheen up by nine to 22nd, Abid vaults 38 places to 40th, Nauman up by eight to 46th and Babar dropped one place to 10th.

Abid Ali is at 40th place after double century in Harare; Zimbabwe’s Chakabva and Muzarabani also moved up in the weekly update.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali (5-27 in the first innings), left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (5-52 in the second innings) and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (5-86 in the second innings) played important roles as Pakistan won the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare by an innings and 147 runs to complete a 2-0 series win.

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Hasan has moved up six places to the 14th position, Shaheen is up nine places to 22nd and Nauman has gone from 54th to 46th position after registering only the sixth instance of three bowlers from one side finishing with five-wicket hauls in the same Test.