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Pakistan progress to sixth position in ICC Rankings after Champions Trophy success

Sarfraz Ahmed posing with the Champions Trophy
Sarfraz Ahmed posing with the Champions Trophy

Pakistan have climbed to the sixth position in the ICC Rankings for One-Day Internationals following their maiden Champions Trophy triumph which they achieved by beating India by 180 runs in the final on Sunday at Kennington Oval.

Pakistan entered the tournament as the lowest ranked team at eighth but wins over India, England and South Africa have boosted their points to 95 which is one more than Bangladesh and two more than Sri Lanka.

Despite losing the final, India have maintained their position at third with 116 points with South Africa (119) and Australia (117) occupying the top two positions.

Pakistan’s victory also means now they need not worry about the automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup which applies to the top eight teams on the 30th September deadline.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was pleased with the progress shown by the team.

"We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment,” said Arthur after the title win.

“I am happy with the brand of cricket we have been playing and want to continue the momentum.

“We have got two years until 2019. We have got enough points and now we do not have to go through qualifiers, we want to work hard from here.

“We have to identify the players we want to take forward."

West Indies, who missed out on the Champions Trophy with 77 points are left with a daunting task to make it to the top eight and their recent 1-1 series draw against Afghanistan has not helped their cause either.

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