Amazing bowlers on the rise in ICC Rankings
Georgetown, Guyana – Bowlers from West Indies and Pakistan sides have exploited the conditions at the Guyana National Stadium and have made good progress in the latest Reliance International Cricket Council Player Rankings for Test bowlers which were released on Monday.
Windies captain Darren Sammy and team-mates Ravi Rampaul and debutant Devendra Bishoo, as well as Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, have all achieved career-best rankings after the low-scoring first Digicel Test of the two-match series which West Indies won by 40 runs.
Sammy, who won the player of the match award for his match figures of 7-45, has vaulted 16 places to rise to 29th position, Rampaul has jumped 36 places to 58th spot after match figures of 7-75 while Bishoo has entered in 81st place after figures of 4-68 and 0-56.
For Pakistan, Saeed Ajmal has been rewarded for his match figures of 11-111with a leap of 17 places that puts him in 31st position. Mohammad Hafeez, who also bowls off-spinners, has moved up 11 places to 62nd position after figures of 2-22 and 1-15.
Pakistan’s fast bowler Umar Gul, however, is the only bowler to slip down the ladder after going wicketless. Umar has dropped two places to 17th position while Wahab Riaz has retained his 51st spot after figures of 2-59.
While the bowlers enjoyed bowling at Providence, the batsmen struggled throughout the Test. The only batsmen moving in the right direction were Shivnarine Chanderpaul in seventh (up by one place), Umar Akmal in 37th (up by one place) and Asad Shafiq in 68th (up by five places).
In the Reliance ICC Test Championship table, seventh-ranked West Indies are now guaranteed to earn ratings points. Even if the Windies lose the second Digicel Test in St Kitts, they will earn one ratings point which will put them on 86 while Pakistan will retain their pre-series ratings points of 90.
However, if West Indies win in St Kitts, then they will win the series 2-0 and as such will earn six ratings points which will mean a move ahead of Pakistan on 91 ratings points. In contrast, Pakistan would drop to eighth position and 85 ratings points after conceding five ratings points.
For a full view of how the result of this series might affect the ICC Test Championship table use the predictor function on the ICC website at http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/test_predictor.php. Please note that the ICC Test Championship table is updated only at the end of each series.