ICC Rankings Update: Pakistan’s New Positions in All Formats

Like every year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) updates all of the rankings of formats annually in the month of May. The ICC rankings yearly update mirrors all completed series since May 2019. All the series that were played before May 2021 are now weighted at 50 percent and the following series are now weighted at 100 percent.

Australia (in Tests), New Zealand (in ODIs), and India (in T20Is) have retained their top rank in their respective formats in the ICC Rankings. Both the Trans-tasman neighbors have extended their rating points.  

There have been changes to the rating points but there’s hardly any change in the positions. Let’s take a look at the new rankings.

ICC Rankings: A look at new updates

Here’s the overall view of the new rankings. 

1Australia1281New Zealand1251India270
3New Zealand1113Australia1073Pakistan 261
4South Africa1104India1054South Africa253
6England886South Africa996New Zealand250
7Sri Lanka817Bangladesh957West Indies240
8West Indies778Sri Lanka878Bangladesh233
9Bangladesh519West Indies739Sri Lanka 230

ICC Rankings: Changes for Pakistan

In the positions of the Test and ODI rankings, only PAK have changes in the position. In both places, they have gained one spot to go to 5th place. We will look into details in the following sections. 


New Test RankingsOld Test Rankings
1Australia128 (+9)1Australia119
2India119 (+1)2India118
3New Zealand111 (-4)3New Zealand115
4South Africa110 (+8)4South Africa102
5 (+1)Pakistan935England97
6 (-1)England88 (-9)6Pakistan93
7Sri Lanka817Sri Lanka81
8West Indies77 (-4)8West Indies81
9Bangladesh51 9Bangladesh51
10Zimbabwe25 (-6)10Zimbabwe31

The Test rankings are led by Australia, who are coming off 4-0 Ashes win and 1-0 Pakistan series win. They have extended their rating points to have a gap of 9 points between them and India. South Africa also gained huge points to come back to 4th. They fell to 7th in last year’s annual updates but have done well in the past 12 months.  

The only change in the position is PAK and ENG. Thanks to England’s fall to 88 rating points, their lowest since 1995, they have given their 5th position to PAK. Babar Azam’s men did not gain any significant change in the rating. 

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One Day Internationals 

New ODI RankingsOld ODI Rankings
1New Zealand125 (+3)1New Zealand122
2England124 (+5)2England119
3Australia107 (-3)3Australia112
4India105 (-5)4India110
5 (+1)Pakistan102 (+5)5South Africa102
6 (-1)South Africa99 (-3)6Pakistan97
7Bangladesh95 (+2)7Bangladesh93
8Sri Lanka87 (+6)8Sri Lanka81
9West Indies73 (-4)9West Indies77
10Afghanistan66 (-2)10Afghanistan68

The 2019 World Cup finalists have extended their rating points and are clearly ahead of the rest of the sides. The loss of rating points by Australia, India, and South Africa along with the rise of PAK’s massive +5 gain has made the table from no.3 to 6 quite interesting. You can expect the middle of the table to change as they play their series. 

PAK, with their excellent ODI series wins since May 2019 and losing only two series, can gain the top three spots should they continue to play well.

T20 Internationals 

New T20I RankingsOld T20 Rankings
2England265 (-4)2England269
3Pakistan 261 (-3)3Pakistan 264
4 (+1)South Africa2534New Zealand255
5 (+1)Australia2515South Africa253
6 (-2)New Zealand250 (-5)6Australia251
7West Indies240 (+5)7West Indies235
8 (+1)Bangladesh233 (+2)8Afghanistan232
9 (+1)Sri Lanka 230 (+1)9Bangladesh231
10 (-2)Afghanistan226 (-6)10Sri Lanka229

The T20I rankings has seen some changes. New Zealand and Afghanistan losing big points meant that both sides have lost their 2 spots respectively. Although the top three ranks does not change, only India did not lose any rating points. 

Babar Azam’s men remain at no. 3 spot despite losing three points. 

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