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ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Points Table Calculator #CWC23

Points calculator that outputs calculated Points Table of #CWC23 based on provided results of matches yet to be played in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

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  1. In the list of matches, head over to the match whose results you want to predict.
  2. Press the pull-down menu next to "<TBD>"
  3. Select your winner
  4. On the right, in the same line, input the final total and overs played by the two teams
    1. In case of a team getting all out, input final total and maximum allotted overs
    2. In case of rain reduced match, input the 'target score - 1' and reduced overs as the final total of team batting first.
  5. Head over to "Predicted Table" and select "after match" value from the pull down to see the calculated Points Table.

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5 years since MisYou

Published on May 15, 2022 in BolNews Print Magazine

Why did he do that?” It has been five years since Fazeer Mohammed uttered those iconic words on-air. The words of agony and bafflement to describe a historic moment in Test Cricket – Pakistan winning a Test Series in the Caribbean, for the first time in history. The words became iconic, for those words described, appropriately, the context, the drama and the inexplicable nature of the last delivery of Pakistan’s Test Series in West Indies in 2017.

Shannon Gabriel was required to see out one more delivery, Yasir Shah’s final delivery in the Test Series, that would have left Roston Chase, the resilient all-rounder, who had negated Pakistan bowling the whole final day, to face the last over and deny Pakistan their first ever Test Series win in the Caribbean. Shannon had batted out 21 deliveries with a trust in his defense, but then, in that one of the most unfathomable moments in Test Cricket’s history, he swung wildly at a loopy wide delivery from Shah and ended up dragging the ball on to his off stump, triggering in Dominica, one of the most memorable scenes of Pakistan’s Test history.

Moments before that delivery, Younis Khan, standing in the first slip, was seen advising Yasir Shah to bowl that delivery, a loopy wrong-un outside the off stump. The tip turned out to be the last act of Younis Khan in international Cricket, a fairy-tale end to a glorious International career. Not just him, Dominica Test bid the most fitting farewell to another remarkable player from the country, the then captain, Misbah ul Haq. On that day, Misbah became the first and the only Pakistan Test captain to defeat West Indies in West Indies, and the day was May 14, 2017.

It has been 5 years since MisYou, the retirement of Pakistan’s two iconic Test batters, Misbah and Younis. The duo had a phenomenal run, specially under Misbah’s captaincy. Phenomenal enough for numerous parallels to be drawn and a lot of questions to be asked, even during that period, whether Pakistan will be able to fill their void whenever the two decides to hang their boots. Unexpected for many, the duo decided to retire at the end of the same Test, that left no room for seamless succession of the two batters and also the captain, Misbah ul Haq, who had captained the side for seven years.

Five years on, it is probably the right time to look back if Pakistan managed to fill the void of Misbah and Younis, the Test batters, and Misbah the Captain. Five years is probably the appropriate sample size for such analysis. And to keep the review even more fitting, to compare the five years after Misbah and Younis (May 2017 – May 2022) with the five years before that point in time (May 2012 – May 2017).


Test Results
Pakistan played 43 Tests between May 2012 and May 2017 as compared to 34 Tests since May 2017. In terms of results, Pakistan’s performance remained pretty much the same. Pakistan won 39.53% (17 Tests) during May 2012 and May 2017 as compared to 38.24% (13 Tests) from May 2017 onwards.

Pakistan Middle Order

During May 2012 to May 2017, 14 players batted for Pakistan in Tests in Middle Order (batting positions 4, 5 and 6) and 15 players from May 2017 onwards.

In comparison, the number of innings have been 27% less since May 2017 onwards. While the Strike Rate remains almost identical and the number of 50s and Runs scored remain proportionately similar, there has been significant variance in batting average and the number of 100s scored in the two periods.

These numbers also include the instances where a night watchman or a pinch hitter was sent ahead of designated number 4, 5 or 6 in the batting order. It also includes the instances where a top order batter came out to bat in the middle order as a result of a night watchman or pinch hitter sent ahead of him.

If such  makeshift instances are excluded, 6 designated batters during May 2012 to May 2017 and 9 batters since May 2017 batted for Pakistan in Tests at batting position 4, 5 or 6.

Among those designated batters the variance in batting average during the two periods still remain significant. Pakistan Middle Order has averaged 6 runs less in 5 years since the retirement of Misbah and Younis as compared to during the 5 years before their retirement.


How much was the contribution of Misbah and Younis in these numbers? To ascertain that, let’s break down the same numbers to the individual batters.



Almost all of the 219 such innings in 43 Tests, during May 2012 and May 2017, featured Younis, Misbah and Asad Shafiq at number 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Babar and Sarfaraz played as designated middle order during the absence of Younis Khan in 2016 Series against West Indies in UAE and Rizwan debuted as specialist batter in New Zealand, in the absence of Misbah ul Haq.

All the three regulars in that period – Younis, Misbah and Asad – averaged more than 40. Younis averaged more than 50 with Misbah not far behind him. These numbers do not include the instances where Sarfaraz promoted up the order (where he scored at quicker rate), still his Strike Rate stands out with all other batters scoring with a strike rate of around 50.



In comparison, Pakistan tried 9 batters in the Middle Order since May 2017. Babar Azam featured the most as he found his permanent slot at number 4 after the retirement of Misbah and Younis. Asad Shafiq was expected to move up the order and fill the void. He did go past the 50 mark in 11 out of 35 innings – that is, roughly once in every three innings – but still, had dismal batting average, largely due to significant failures when he did not go beyond the 50 mark. Haris Sohail had a similar story. He went past 50 mark once in every four innings but his batting average remained abysmal due to failures in between.

The replacement, Fawad Alam, has maintained a decent average and not surprisingly, he has gone past the 50 mark once in every four innings. Pakistan also tried Iftikhar Ahmed and Azhar Ali on a few occasions but neither produced the expected outcome. In between, Usman Salahuddin also featured in one of the Tests and was never considered again.

Another significant change in Pakistan’s Test strategy, after the retirement of Misbah and Younis, was the change in combination. Till the retirement of the duo, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s regular Wicket Keeper during that period, played only 2 Tests as designated number 6 batter, in the absence of Younis Khan and with Mohammad Nawaz in the side as an all-rounder. In Tests since May 2017, however, Sarfaraz Ahmed or Mohammad Rizwan, the two wicket keepers, have featured as designated number 6 batter in 17 out 34 Tests. That 6-batter strategy changed mainly due to the emergence of Shadab Khan and Faheem Ahsraf. It got further bolstered with Rizwan’s exceptional form with the bat since 2020 England tour. Rizwan has been in sublime form since then, maintaining batting average of a specialist batter.

Although the combined batting average of Pakistan Middle Order since May 2017 has been significantly lower compared to that of 5 years before May 2017, Rizwan has averaged (47.46) much better than Asad Shafiq (41.09), Pakistan’s regular number 6 during Misbah and Younis time.

In summary, the variance specially in Batting Averages of Pakistan Middle Order, since the retirement of Misbah and Younis, is considerable. Not surprisingly, Babar’s numbers stand out in all aspects. Maintaining a healthy batting average, a decent Strike Rate and going past 50 mark virtually every other innings. Babar Azam has been the stand out performer for Pakistan since the retirement of Misbah and Younis. Fawad Alam has provided him good support while Mohammad Rizwan has stepped up as a competent number 6 batter. The variance is mainly due to the below par performance of Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail, the pair that was given the first priority as replacement of Misbah and Younis. The good part for Pakistan is that, that the latest trio has performed much better.

The results, however, have remained pretty much the same. That’s partly due to Pakistan having a much more consistent top order than the one Pakistan used to have between 2012 and 2017.

To conclude, Pakistan had lesser impact than expected of retirement of Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan. Pakistan Middle Order did struggle initially but has now settled to a decent lineup. The lineup that may not become a replica of Misbah and Younis over time but it is definitely worth biding some time.


2022 ICC Ranking Update - No major changes in Team Rankings


Published on May 8, 2022 in BolNews Print Magazine


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the updated Team Rankings. As part of the annual update process, all points earned before 1 May 2019 are dropped and the weightage of points earned between 1 May 2020 and 30 April 2021 is halved.


The annual update, in the past, often resulted in significant changes, even the emergence of new number one ranked sides. This year’s annual update of ICC Team Rankings, however, is an exception in that context. The updates have yielded only rare changes in the ranking tables.


The primary reason here is the lack of cricket played during the coverage period, May 2019 onwards, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A lesser amount of action meant a lesser amount of points awarded, which meant a lesser impact on ranking tables.


Test and ODI Rankings remain almost the same, after the annual update. The only change is Pakistan rising from number six to the number five spot in both ICC Test and ODI Team Rankings.


There are changes in the Rating Points of the teams but not sufficient enough to incur changes in Team Rankings. There is no major shuffle in T20I Rankings except for New Zealand and Afghanistan sliding down a couple of spots.

Test Rankings 



The application of the annual update formula has caused the biggest dent in England’s Test Ranking. The Three Lions earned 116 Rating Points during the 2018-2019 cycle, their highest rating in any of the last four ranking years, which are now discarded.


They earned 106 and 107 Rating Points in the following cycles that are reduced to 50 per cent weightage, leaving only the Tests played after May 1, 2021, with 100 per cent weightage. England played 13 Tests in this period and their Rating Points were a paltry 66. This resulted in a reduction of nine Rating Points in England’s Test Ranking – that is also sufficient to slide them to number six, below Pakistan.


Pakistan swapping places with England at the fifth and sixth spot is the only change in ICC Test Team Rankings this year. Meanwhile, all other Test teams managed to maintain their respective spots in the ranking albeit with some changes in Rating Points.


Australia were at the top of the Test Rankings, only one Rating Point ahead of India. They are now nine points clear of India after gaining the same amount after this year’s annual update.


Australia had earned only 97 points in the 2018-2019 cycle which is now discarded. They earned 129 and 94 Rating Points, respectively, in the next two cycles. Although the weightage of 94 points earned in 2020-2021 is reduced to 50 per cent, but its overall impact on Australia’s Rating is minimal as those 94 points came off only in five Tests. Australia had a phenomenal 2021-2022 cycle where they earned massive 136 Rating Points from 10 Tests.



ODI Rankings



ICC ODI Team Rankings table does witness considerable changes in Rating Points of the teams after this year’s annual update.


Pakistan replaced South Africa at the fifth spot after yielding a net gain of more than five Rating Points after this year’s annual update. The Men-in-Green mainly benefited from the expunge of the 2018-2019 cycle where they earned only 89 points in 11 ODIs. The next cycle, 2019-2020, was the Men-in-Green’s best one of the last four years where they earned 105 Rating Points from seven ODIs. The reduction in weightage of 2020-2021 ratings had minimal impact as Pakistan played only three ODIs yielding 101 Rating Points in this period.


Although the 1992 World Champions performed only at par during the 2021-2022 cycle (yielding 100 Rating Points from six ODIs), they saw a positive effect due to exclusion of their worst cycle of 2018-2019.


South Africa, on the other hand, lost their best cycle in the last four years. Proteas earned 111 Rating Points from 21 ODIs in the 2018-2019 cycle, which is now expunged from the calculations. Their next best cycle was 2019-2020 with 110 Rating Points that are already weighed at 50 per cent. South Africa earned only 84 Rating Points from three ODIs in the 2020-2021 cycle which is reduced to 50 per cent weightage. During 2021-2022, the only cycle to be counted with 100 per cent weightage, they earned 94 Rating Points. Thus, their Rating Points saw a net loss of more than three points, leaving enough space for Pakistan to replace them at the fifth spot.



T20I Rankings



Meanwhile, ICC T20I Team Rankings Table saw more changes than ODI or Test Team Rankings but still, not really the significant ones.


While, there are no changes in the top three, New Zealand, have dropped to number six from the fourth spot. South Africa and Australia, both have risen a spot, moving to fourth and fifth spots, respectively.


Similarly, Afghanistan, have slid to number 10 from the eighth position, enabling Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, to rise one rank above, to the eighth and ninth spot, respectively.


Among the ICC Full Members, New Zealand and Afghanistan lost the most – more than five Rating Points in this year’s annual update. On the other hand, West Indies gained more than four points. England and Pakistan also lost more than three Rating Points but that was insufficient for either of them to lose their current spots, number two and number three, respectively.


2022 ICC Rankings Update: Not Many Changes Expected

It is that time of the year when ICC Team Rankings changes overnight. A time when ICC applies annual update formulas on Test, ODI and T20I Team Rankings to maintain its efficacy to reflect the recent form of teams in each format. On 1st May every year, the points earned earlier than the last 36 months (since 1 May of 3 years ago) are discarded and weightage of all points earned between the last 13 to 36 months (between the May of 3 years ago to April of previous year) is set to 50%.

Australia tour to Pakistan, the significance and highlights

published on 5 April 2022, in THE PLAYFIELD (magazine published from India)

International Cricket is truly back in Pakistan. Pakistan versus Australia Test Series, the first leg of the tour, might have painted a dull picture on the scorecards, but it fully served its purpose. The much bigger purpose, of bringing back an Australian side on Pakistani soil after almost two and a half decades. 


ICC CWC Super League 2020-2023 Calculator

Points calculator that outputs final points of teams at the end of #CWC23, based on provided results of ODIs yet to be played in ICC Cricket World Cup Super League 2020-2023

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Understanding WTC Points and Teams Journey

ICC introduced PCT, a new term in Cricketing World, to rank the competing teams in ICC World Test Championship. The same value is being used by ICC, and around the world, to measure the progress of competing teams on their road to WTC-2023 Final. PCT, being a new term in Cricketing World, brought a fair bit of confusion, misinterpretation and mystery about it.


WTC 2021-23 Points Calculator

Points calculator that outputs final PCT of teams at the end of #WTC23, based on provided results of Test Matches yet to be played in ICC World Test Championship 2021–2023

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 Stats, numbers and data from Quaid e Azam Trophy 2021/22, Pakistan’s premiere First Class Cricket Tournament, organized annually by Pakistan Cricket Board.

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