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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Snakes and ladders

With India and Pakistan set to go head to head, the ICC does the math and comes up with what a win will mean to either side, with reference to their positions on the ICC Test rankings ladder and, more importantly, with a view to hunting down Australia which as on date is top of the tree.
Rahul Dravid's men are currently second in that table with 115 rating points, 14 behind Australia, but they can reduce that deficit with a series win against their arch-rivals.
A repeat of their success of 2004 in Pakistan when they won 2-1 would give India a total of 116 points, a 2-0 victory would lift them to 118 points and a clean sweep would leave India on 119, just 10 rating points behind Ricky Ponting's side.

And if the series goes in favor of the home side, then:
The home team will be keen not only to extract revenge for that loss to India two years ago but also to build on their two Test wins over England late last year which lifted them to fourth in the LG ICC Test Championship table.
If Pakistan can win the series 3-0 they will have 111 rating points, will overtake India and relegate Dravid's side to fourth in the table, and also leave themselves just two points behind England.
Any series win for Pakistan will not only boost their rating but also drop India back below England.

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