Shaheen, Imam make big leaps as ICC announce latest rankings

DUBAI: Pakistan’s left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq and the pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi made big surges in the latest ICC ODI Rankings, updated on Wednesday.

Imam, who remained the top scorer of the recently concluded ODI series between Pakistan and Australia, has leaped to his career best third rank in the updated ICC ODI Batting Rankings.

Previously ranked 10th in the ODI batting rankings, Imam has now occupied the third position as he finished the home series against Australia with 298 runs at an average of 147 including two centuries.

Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Shaheen, on the other hand, also made a prominent surge in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings and has claimed the seventh spot after moving eight places up.

In the Test Bowling rankings, however, the left-arm pacer has moved one place up to accommodate the fourth rank with South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan skipper Babar Azam remained the top-ranked batter in the ODIs and T20Is.