DUBAI: For the first time in history, Pakistan have raised to Number One spot in ICC Test Rankings after the fourth Test match between India and West Indies ended on draw.
As a result of draw, India who were top ranked Test side with 112 points, only one point ahead of its arch-rivals Pakistan, with 111 points, lost two key points,along with short-lived World Number Test team crown to Pakistan.
India were elevated to the No. 1 spot, after former toppers Australia’s melt down in Sri Lanka.
Australia with 118 points, lost three-match Test series 0-3 and so the 6 invaluable points. With the lost points, Aussies dropped down to 3rd place. This boosted India’s ranking to the first and Pakistan were consequently posted on the 2nd spot.
But, as per ICC Rankings rules, India were required to end four-match Test series 4-0 to keep the throne. But, with the second Test match being drawn, India were left only with an option to win all two remaining Test matches to gain some points.
They won the third Test match quite comfortably and were very positive about the final Test at Port of Spain.
But, it occurs that Good Heavens has some other plans as there at Port of Spain, first four days of the match have been washed out with only 22 overs bowled in the first session of day 1.
What makes Indian fans and the team more frustrated is the news that there is possibility of more showers over the next two days. There’s more frustration in store.
With this, Pakistan’s hopes to be levitated to the Top rank in ICC Test Rankings have brightened as the sun.
Where cricket fanatics in Pakistan are fingers crossed, anxiously waiting for the results of this rain-hit Test match, Indian cricket lovers are busy cursing and blaming authorities at Port of Spain for lack of covers and facilities. But this can’t stop Pakistan being Number One in ICC Test Rankings tonight.
— A. Ghaffar Dawn News (@SportsReporter_) August 22, 2016