Pakistan’s notable Champions Trophy triumph accompanied an additional lift to their remaining in the ICC ODI Rankings for groups. Wins more than three of the main four – South Africa, India and England – in the opposition have lifted Sarfraz Ahmed’s side to 6th place taking after the most recent modification to the rankings table. Pakistan, who entered the eight-man competition as the least positioned side, now wind up with 95 positioning focuses: a point in front of Bangladesh and two clear of Sri Lanka.
In the interim, in spite of their runners-up complete in the Champions Trophy, India remain third on the focuses table with 116 focuses, trailing Australia by a point and toppers South Africa by three. Britain and New Zealand finish the main five.
“We are in good shape, everything is going comfortable minute. I am content with the brand of cricket we have been playing and need to proceed with the energy. We have two years until 2019. We have enough focuses and now we don’t need to experience qualifiers, we need to buckle down from here. We need to distinguish the players we need to take forward,” Pakistan head mentor Mickey Arthur said after the title triumph.
Pakistan’s climb puts the Windies in a difficulty. Positioned ninth, with just 77 rating focuses to their name, Windies confront an impossible race against time to complete in the main eight preceding the September 30 due date keeping in mind the end goal to get an immediate passage into World Cup 2019. Inability to do as such will see the Jason Holder-drove side playing the 2018 World Cup qualifier to look for passage for the ten-group occasion in England. Having effectively missed the Champions Trophy, passing up a great opportunity for a World Cup could fill in as a condemning prosecution of their sinking fortunes.