KARACHI: Pakistan Becomes The No.1 Team in the ICC ODI rankings for the first time since the introduction of ICC’s official team raking system in 2005 after a comfortable win in the fourth ODI against New Zealand in Karachi on Friday.
Pakistan were fifth on the ODI rankings before the five-match series started with a rating of 106 but jumped to the first position after winning four consecutive games against New Zealand who were in 2nd place before the series started in Rawalpindi last month.
With 113.483 rating points, Babar’s team currently leads the list of ODI teams, followed by Australia (113.286) and India (112.638). If they triumph in the fifth ODI and sweep the series, they will further solidify their position.
Since the official ICC ODI ranking system was implemented in 2005, Pakistan’s previous best finish was third.
Famous statistician David Kendix created the ICC rating system. Before the rankings were publicly released, the formula was also used to determine the positions of the teams.
According to the retrospective application of Kendix’s formula in historical position, Pakistan was last on top of ODI rankings in August 1991. However, that historical ranking stands no official status.