Shadab gains in ICC rankings for both batsmen, bowlers rank


LONDON: Pakistani leg-spinner all-rounder, Shadab Khan, has moved up three places to 93rd among bowlers and 22 places to 108th among batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings released on Monday.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas and left-arm bowler Mohammad Amir have retained their 20th and 32nd places respectively.
Fast bowler Faheem Ashraf (up 18 places to 98th) and middle-order batsman Haris Sohail (up two places to 77th) are the other gainers in the latest rankings, said a press release issued here. Seventh-ranked Pakistan could have swapped places with fifth-ranked England. Although, England have managed to win the second Test but the result means there are no change of places on the ICC Test Team Rankings with England losing one point and Pakistan gaining one in the two-match series. Pakistan will have some tough discussions after their crushing defeat by England in the second test at Headingley on Sunday, head coach Mickey Arthur has said. Pakistan started the two-match test series with a commanding win over England at Lord’s but the hosts dismantled Arthur’s side in the second test, winning by an innings and 55 runs. Despite the rout, Arthur was confident that his youthful Pakistan team would come back stronger. “It was a poor display from us coming off such a high at Lord’s as we are all about getting our consistency right and trying to play in the right style,” Arthur told Sky Sports.
“We’ll talk about it, we’ll have a hard discussion – we need to dish out a couple of hidings! But they are gutted and if they learn from this, hopefully, they can grow and grow quicker.” Pakistan, who beat Ireland in a test last month, will conclude their tour with two Twenty20 internationals against Scotland on June 12 and 13.