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International Cricket Council announced new T20I rankings

DUBAI: International Cricket Council has announced new T20I rankings and Pakistani Batsman Babar Azam has maintained his position atop the ICC Twenty20 International batting rankings.

Meanwhile, West Indies opener Evin Lewis has vaulted 11 places into the top five of the ICC Twenty20 International batting rankings, following his half-century in the decisive third match in Dhaka on Saturday.

The left-hander, who smashed 89 off just 36 balls in the decider, jumped to no.4 spot, moving 11 positions up from his previous ranking.

The left-hander now lies fourth and is now only behind top-ranked Pakistani Babar Azam, New Zealander Colin Munro and Australian Aaron Finch, who lies third.

Keemo Paul, who was the star with the ball, registering figures of 5/15, moved 42 positions to reach no.30 spot in bowlers ranking. His T20 exploits have also helped him earn an IPL spot with the Delhi Capitals.

Batsman Shai Hope too was rewarded for his consistent efforts throughout the three games, including a fifty in the first game, earning a massive 82-place leap to No.82.

The other Windies batsmen making gains were Nicholas Pooran (16 places to No.88) and Rovman Powell (26 places to No.110).

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has made rapid strides in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after fine efforts with both bat and ball in a three-match series that his team lost to the Windies at home by a 2-1 margin.

Shakib’s 103 runs in the series, which included a knock of 61 in the opening match in Sylhet and an unbeaten 42 in the next one in Dhaka which Bangladesh won, has seen him move up seven slots to 37th position in the list for batsmen.

Shakib’s team-mate Mahmudullah has similarly gained in all three lists. His 66 runs in the series have helped him gain two positions to reach 31st among batsmen while he also finished with five wickets in the series, advancing 17 places to 51st rank. He has moved from fifth to fourth position in the all-rounders’ list.

West Indies Captain Carlos Brathwaite, meanwhile, who had a modest series with just two wickets, moved up eight spots to 22nd in the bowling rankings.

As for the bowlers, Cottrell and Allen made a huge upward movement. Cottrell, who finished the series with seven scalps, jumped 64 places to No.88, and Allen moved up 86 places to No.99.

Skipper Carlos Brathwaite became the top-ranked Windies bowler with an eight-place leap to No.22, finishing one above Samuel Badree, the Windies leg-spinner.

However, in team rankings, both Bangladesh and West Indies continued to languish at the foot of the table, ranked no.7 and no.10 respectively.

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