DUBAI - Zimbabwe's historic 24-run win in the second Test to level the series 1-1 made Pakistan drop from fourth to sixth place in the ICC Test rankings. Zimbabwe also returned to the rankings for the first time since May 2007 and are at ninth place, 24 rating points ahead of Bangladesh who are at the bottom of the table.
Pakistan, on the other hand, conceded five rating points and dropped behind Australia and West Indies. They had moved to fourth position only last month after England beat Australia 3-0 in the Ashes. Zimbabwe had started the series unranked and would have finished ninth irrespective of the result of the series.
They had pulled out of Test cricket in January 2006 and returned with a series against Bangladesh in August 2011, but could not find a place on the rankings table until now having not played the requisite eight qualifying Tests. Pakistan's next Test series will be against No. 1 ranked South Africa with the first of two matches starting on October 14 in Abu Dhabi.