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Imam, Fakhar Go Up In ODI Ranking

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday released the latest Men’s ODI Players and Team Ranking in which Pakistan team stood at fifth position while opening batsmen Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq both have moved up.

Fakhar Zaman has entered the top ten, and is currently sitting at 9th position. Imam-ul-Haq has gained nine slots to reach a career-best 16th position with 271 runs at the top of the order.

Shaheen Afridi, the tall left-arm fast bowler has moved up 38 slots to 74th position after taking six wickets in the series.

The 29-year-old left-armer, New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult  has moved up seven places to grab third position.

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (up one place to fifth) and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up six places to 17th) are among others to move up in the latest rankings update, which also takes into account India’s preceding three-match series against Australia, the five-match series between South Africa and Pakistan, and the three matches between the United Arab Emirates and Nepal.

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved up three places to 17th position during a run, which includes three consecutive half-centuries for a player of the series award against Australia.

Kedar Jadhav (up eight places to 35th) is another one to advance for India in the list led by their captain Virat Kohli.

For South Africa, Quinton de Kock (up one place to eighth), Hashim Amla (up three places to 13th) and Reeza Hendricks (up 36 places to 94th) have moved up among batsmen while Andile Phehlukwayo’s eight wickets have seen him gain 13 places and reach 19th position and Dwaine Pretorious has moved up from 53rd to 44th slot.

Other batsmen to move up in the latest rankings update include the Australia duo of Glenn Maxwell (up two places to 30th) and Shaun Marsh (up from 60th to 43rd).

As far as teams positions are concerned England leading the list followed by India, South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan from 2nd to fifth position.