Pakistan has secured number sixth position in the ICC One-Day International (ODI) team rankings following their historic Champions Trophy 2017 triumph at The Oval, and are now a step closer to direct qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019, which will also schedule to take place in England.
Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval on Sunday (June 18) to claim their first major ICC ODI tournament title in 25 years.
Pakistan, who entered the Champions Trophy placed No.9, have gained four points after beating three of the top four sides — England, South Africa and India — in the multi-team tournament to reach 95 points, one ahead of Bangladesh and three clear of Sri Lanka, who are now ranked seventh and eighth respectively. Only the top eight highest ranked teams at the cut-off date of September 30, 2017 will receive a direct entry to the next World Cup.
“We’ve got two years until the 2019 World Cup,” Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said.
“We’ve got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. We now have two years to identify a squad we want to take forward and give them enough game time.”
In bowlers rankings, Pakistan’s fast bowler Hasan Ali, who took 13 wickets to be named Player of the Tournament, broke into top ten for the first time in his career, leaving 12 behind to claim the seventh spot. Babar Azam, who scored 133 runs in five games, secured a career-best fifth position in the batting rankings.
Pakistan’s rise may just rule West Indies out of the world event, who are currently ranked ninth with only 77 points in their tally and face an improbable race against time to finish in the top-eight pool before the deadline.