Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: Babar Azam can regain top spot during T20I series

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the third one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on November 3, 2020. -AFP

LAHORE: The upcoming T20I series against Zimbabwe will provide skipper Babar Azam to regainthe top place in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.

Babar Azam lost the top ranking recently to England’s Dawid Malan.

The 26-year-old, who scored 221 runs including a fine 125 in the final match of their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, has been a familiar name at the top of the T20I batting table and is currently the only one in the top five of all three formats.

Babar, who has been number one for a total of 774 days in four different stretches since January 2018 and was at the top till September this year, is only eight rating points adrift of Malan (877 rating points), who leapfrogged him during England’s 2-1 home series win over Australia.

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