This was the final series before the annual update is carried out on 1 May to ensure the table continues to reflect teams’ recent form with older results being discarded.
ICC has already made it clear that only top eight teams will directly qualify for the 2019 World Cup, and the remaining teams have to play a qualification tournament which will involve a few full members and associate nations of ICC.
For the West Indies, Jason Mohammed’s match-winning 91 not out off 58 balls and the subsequent knocks of one and 59 have helped him gain 86 positions to a career-best 93rd place while his team-mate Shai Hope has moved up 33 positions to a career-best 98th rank.
The body have often criticized Cameron’s leadership and feel that poor governance has led to the West Indies slide down the global rankings and seen fans stay away from matches in both worldwide and domestic competition. Though an early collapse caused some consternation, credit is due to the seasoned duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez whose belligerent hitting gave Pakistan a 2-1 win in the three-match contest. When the classy Babar Azam left for the 16, it was match on.
However, Pakistan managed to claw their way back into the game courtesy of a 113-run partnership between Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. However they lost vital wickets in the quest for quick runs over the final overs of the innings, managing just 29 over the last five in which Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed resorted to his faster bowlers to good effect.
The Jamaican then went on to play for four more years for West Indies, taking 79 wickets from 26 matches between 2006 and 2009. The last Pakistani fast bowler to do so was Shoaib Akhtar in 2002.
Hope and Mohammed steadied the ship, putting on 101 for the fifth wicket to put the home side on course to post a decent total, hitting a couple of sixes apiece as they scored much-needed half-centuries.
Hope ended up making 71 off 112 deliveries, which included one boundary and two sixes.
The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match.