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Ranking Scenarios: Pakistan Eyeing 5th Place in ICC Test Rankings

Pakistan’s two-match Test series against South Africa is already underway, with the first Test match currently being played at National Stadium Karachi. Pakistan can rise up to the fifth spot in ICC Test rankings if they manage to whitewash the Proteas.


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Here are the current standings:

Rank Team Rating
1 New Zealand 118
2 India 118
3 Australia 113
4 England 108
5 South Africa 96
6 Sri Lanka 83
7 Pakistan 82
8 West Indies 77
9 Bangladesh 55

Pakistan were ranked number one in the world a few years ago but slipped to 7th position after a string of poor results under different captains. Pakistan’s recent performance in the Test series against New Zealand was disappointing, to say the least, but Pakistan can bounce back and potentially climb up the rankings once again.

South Africa, on the other hand, are on a good run, and winning their recent series against Sri Lanka has boosted their morale. They will be looking to spoil the party for Pakistan and look to gain some points on fourth-placed England.

Here are the rankings according to various scenarios.


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If Pakistan wins the series 2-0:

Rank Team Rating
1 New Zealand 118
2 India 118
3 Australia 113
4 England 108
5 Pakistan 90
6 South Africa 90
7 Sri Lanka 83
8 West Indies 77
9 Bangladesh 55

If Pakistan wins the series 1-0:

5 South Africa 91
6 Pakistan 88
7 Sri Lanka 83

If the series is drawn 0-0:

5 South Africa 96
6 Pakistan 84
7 Sri Lanka 83

If the series is drawn 1-1:

5 South Africa 96
6 Pakistan 84
7 Sri Lanka 83

If South Africa wins the series 2-0:

5 South Africa 100
6 Sri Lanka 83
7 Pakistan 78

If South Africa wins the series 1-0:

5 South Africa 98
6 Sri Lanka 83
7 Pakistan 80

What are your predictions about the outcome of the Test series? Let us know in the comments section.

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