Pak­istan pushed out of Top 8 in ODI Rank­ings

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Azhar Ali and his men now have a daunt­ing task to re­tain its rank­ing in the ´ Top Eight ´ af­ter be­ing pushed out of the elite club fol­low­ing an­nual up­date since only the top eight sides on Septem­ber 30, 2017 will qual­ify di­rectly for the World Cup.

How­ever, some of the priv­i­leges en­vis­aged in the bill ap­pIf ninth placed Pak­istan fails to squeeze into ´Top Eight´ by the cut-off date then it will have to join the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League along with three other bot­tom ranked sides in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qual­i­fier 2018 to fight for the two re­main­ing po­si­tions.

West Indies has ex­changed places with Pak­istan af­ter re­sults from 201213 have been dropped, while re­sults from 2014-15 have been re­duced to a weight­ing of 50 per cent.

Al­though there will be an­other ODI team rank­ings an­nual up­date prior to this cut-off date, it is sig­nif­i­cant that from now on the re­sults of all ODIs that will af­fect qual­i­fi­ca­tion will be weighted at 100 per cent whereas matches played be­tween May 2014 and April 2016 will by then be weighted at only 50 per cent.

All the teams bunched to­gether in the mid­dle of the ta­ble will have to win as many matches as pos­si­ble in the forth­com­ing sea­son, know­ing it will help en­sure di­rect qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged from May 30 to July 15 in the United King­dom.

Mean­while, Aus­tralia and New ealand have re­tained the top two po­si­tions. Aus­tralia, which won its fifth World Cup ti­tle in Mel­bourne last year, is now sit­ting on 124 points af­ter drop­ping two points to lead New ealand by 11 points. South Africa has swapped places with In­dia to move into third po­si­tion.

Other sides to gain fol­low­ing the an­nual up­date in­clude sixth-ranked Eng­land (103, up two), sev­enth-ranked Bangladesh (98, up one), eighth-ranked West Indies (88, up two), 10th-ranked Afghanistan (51, up four) and 11th-ranked im­babwe (47, up two).

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