Pakistan plummet to seventh spot in Tests

ANI | Updated: Oct 11, 2017 03:48 IST

Dubai [UAE], Oct. 11 (ANI): Thirteen months after lifting the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace for topping the ICC Test Rankings, Pakistan slumped to the seventh spot after their home series defeat against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka not only won the series 2-0 but handed Pakistan only its second whitewash in a home series on Tuesday. (Pakistan lost all three Tests against Australia in 2002-03).

The result meant Sri Lanka have lifted from 90 points to 94 points, while Pakistan have dropped from 93 points to 88 points.

The Lankan Tigers now trail fifth-ranked Australia (97 points) by three points, while Pakistan are ahead of eighth-ranked Windies (75 points) by 13 points.

Sri Lanka's next Test assignment is against number-one ranked India (125 points), when the two sides will go head to head in a three-Test series starting in Kolkata on 16 November.

Pakistan's next red-ball match is against Ireland in April, which will be followed by two away Tests in England.

Meanwhile, South Africa have gained one point while Bangladesh have conceded two points following the conclusion of their series, which Faf du Plessis's side won by 2-0. South Africa are now second on 111 points (six points ahead of third-ranked England) while Bangladesh are ninth on 72 points (three points behind Windies). (ANI)