Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Hosts retain top T20 ranking after 3rd T20I washed out in Lahore

  • The Associated Press
  • January 27th, 2020
  • 18:16:38 IST

Pakistan retained its No 1 ranking in the Twenty20 format after rain washed out the third and final match of the series against Bangladesh on Monday.

Rain arrived an hour before the scheduled toss at 1.30 pm local time (0830 GMT) before umpires called off the play at 3.55 pm local time, to the disappointment of around 5,000 fans at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Ground staff in action during the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Bangladesh. AP

Ground staff in action during the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Bangladesh. AP

Pakistan clinched the series 2-0 after beating Bangladesh by five wickets and nine wickets, respectively.

Bangladesh's batsmen struggled in the absence of banned Shakib Al Hasan as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who opted out of the tour because of security concerns.

The No 1 ranking, which Pakistan earned in January 2018, was under threat after the team lost eight of its nine T20s in 2019, but the recall of veteran batsmen Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez strengthened the batting line-up. Malik scored an unbeaten 58 in the first match, while Hafeez remained not out on 67 in the second game in two easy run-chases.

Bangladesh will return to Pakistan next month for the first Test, as part of the ICC World Test Championship, after agreeing to split the T20 series and two test matches into three phases.

The officials of both the national cricket boards reached consensus in Dubai this month during a meeting facilitated by International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar.

The first test will be played in Rawalpindi from 7-11 February. After a break of almost two months, Bangladesh will play an ODI and the second test in Karachi from 3-9 April.

Late last year, Sri Lanka also split its tour to Pakistan into two phases when it played a T20 series in Lahore then returned in December for two test matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi, staying in Pakistan for 16 days.

Updated Date: January 27, 2020 18:16:38 IST

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