ISLAMABAD – Sarfraz Ahmad became first Pakistani Wicket Keeper who ranked in International Cricket Council (ICC) top 20 batsmen, he placed 18 in the list of top 20 batsmen of test.
Sarfraz has been enjoying remarkable form in the UAE, first against Australia and now against New Zealand.
Although the 27-year-old player made his international debut in 2007, he has played only 29 ODIs, 12 Tests and four T20Is.
First time in the history of Pakistan cricket Wicket keeper placed in the list of top 20 batsmen.
Before Sarfraz Ahmad, Saleem Yousuf was placed 23 in ICC player rankings.Sarfraz Ahmad is also first Wicket keeper of Pakistan, who scored three centuries in a calendar year.
According to new rankings Younis Khan placed on 6th and Misbah ul Haq on 8th position.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has broken into the top 20 and moved up two places to 19th after his innings of 43 and 45. His teammate Tom Latham moved up 19 places to 36th position after his century in the first innings.
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Pakistan’s Zulfiqar Babar gained three places. He stands 28th following his match figures of eight for 233. Yasir Shah moved up five places to 30th.
After three years, magician Saeed Ajmal was out from top 10 ICC bowlers.