Pakistan retains top ICC T20 ranking after Bangladesh washout

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Pakistan retain top ICC T20 ranking

Pakistan retained the No. 1 ranking in the Twenty20 format after rain washed out the third and final match of the series against Bangladesh.

Rain arrived an hour before the scheduled toss at 1.30 p.m. local time (0830 GMT) before umpires called off the play at 3.55 p.m. local time.

Pakistan clinched the series 2-0 after beating Bangladesh by five wickets and nine wickets, respectively.

Ground staff cover a pitch during a light rain at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, pakistan

Bangladesh’s batsmen struggled in the absence of banned Shakib Al Hasan as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who opted out of the tour because of security concerns.

The top ranking – which Pakistan have held for two years – was under threat as they lost eight of their nine T20s in 2019.

But recalled veteran batsmen Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez proved the difference against Bangladesh.

Malik scored an unbeaten 58 in the first match, while Hafeez was 67 not out in the second game.

Bangladesh will return to Pakistan next month for two Test matches as part of the ICC World Test Championship.

 

Chidi Nwoke.