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Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan and Williamson of New Zealand have achieved career-best rankings in the ICC ODI players rankings

Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan and Kane Williamson of New Zealand have achieved career-best rankings in the ICC ODI players rankings following the conclusion of the five-match one-day international series between their teams in the United Arab Emirates. The lanky left-armer took nine wickets in the series, which has helped him rise 11 places to 16th in the ICC player rankings for ODI bowlers. He is now the only Pakistan fast bowler to feature inside the top 20. Williamson, finished the series as the top scorer with 346 runs and has been rewarded with a jump of three places in the player rankings for ODI batsmen. This has put him in ninth place, the highest he has been since making his ODI debut in August 2010. Pakistanís Shahid Afridi is the biggest mover in the player rankings for ODI all-rounders. The veteran of 389 ODIs backed up his eight wickets in the series with 205 runs, which has put him in 18th position in the bowling table and 44th position in the batting chart. When these performances are taken together, they give him a lift of four places in the all-roundersí category and a number-five ranking. Meanwhile, in the reliance ICC ODI team rankings, New Zealandís 3-2 series victory has allowed it to join Pakistan at 97 ratings points. However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, then New Zealand is ranked above Pakistan and, as such, this means that the two sides have swapped places on the table.

 

Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the World Cup.

Pakistan Twenty-20 skipper Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket after the World Cup next year and intends to carryon with Twenty-20 internationals. Afridi had quitted Test cricket four years ago but the hard-hitting all-rounder is a regular member of the limited-over games. He has participated in four world cups and lead the team to the 2011 semifinals. Afridi says the 2015 world cup in Australia and New Zealand is ''important for two, three senior members of the team. I will retire after the world cup and continue playing twenty-20 cricket.''

 
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