The recent victory by Pakistan in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle has significantly improved their position in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) points table. With a sensational fourth-innings chase of 342 runs, led by opener Abdullah Shafique’s unbeaten 160, Pakistan secured a crucial four-wicket win.
As a result of this victory, Pakistan has climbed to the third spot in the WTC standings. Their strong performance in the Test relegated host Sri Lanka to the sixth position in the points table. Pakistan now sits just below India and West Indies, who occupy the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
For Sri Lanka to remain in contention for the WTC final, they must win all three of their remaining Tests – one against Pakistan and two against New Zealand in 2023.
Following their second Test against Sri Lanka, Pakistan is scheduled to play five more Tests – three against England and two against New Zealand. These upcoming matches will provide them with further opportunities to accumulate points in the WTC.
The ICC World Test Championship points table determines the standings of Test-playing nations based on their performance in Test matches. The top two teams in the points table qualify for the WTC final, where they compete for the championship title. As of now, South Africa and Australia are leading the table at the first and second positions, respectively. Pakistan’s impressive performance in the recent Test has brought them closer to contention for a spot in the final.
UPDATED ICC WTC POINTS TABLE – as of July 20, 2022
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