Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be aiming to move upwards in the ICC Test Championship table when they go head to head in a three-Test series which starts at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka is currently sitting in fifth position on 103 ratings points, while Pakistan is nine ratings points behind in sixth position. However, all this can change depending on how the series pans out.
While Sri Lanka only needs to win the series to leapfrog fourth-ranked Australia, Pakistan needs to win by a 2-0 margin or better if it wants to move ahead of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's 1-0 or 2-1 series win will put it one rating point ahead of Australia, a 2-0 win will place it on 107 ratings points, while a 3-0 win will give it a lead of four ratings points over Australia, the ICC said in a statement.
On the other hand, if Pakistan wins by a 2-0 margin it will move to 100 ratings points while relegating Sri Lanka to 97 ratings points whereas in case of a 3-0 win, Pakistan will rise to 102 ratings points — just two behind Australia — and Sri Lanka will drop to 96 ratings points.
Narrow the gap
If Pakistan wins 1-0, it will narrow its gap with Sri Lanka to just one rating point. If the series ends in a draw, then Sri Lanka will drop a rating point while Pakistan will gain a point.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh also takes on West Indies in a two-Test series in Chittagong from Friday.
Seventh-ranked West Indies leads ninth-placed Bangladesh by 81 ratings points and as the system is weighted to reflect this difference, the West Indies' failure to win the series comfortably will mean it will drop points.
If the series ends in a 1-1 draw, Bangladesh will gain eight ratings while the West Indies will drop five ratings points, but if the West Indies wins both the Tests, then it will earn only one ratings points whereas Bangladesh will concede only two ratings points. — PTI