Afridi finds it “really difficult to prosper under the current ICC ranking system”

April 28th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, April 28(ANI): Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has expressed unhappiness over the International Cricket Council’s One-Day International (ODI) Ranking System.

Pakistan have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against the West Indies after registering a comfortable eight-wicket win in the first ODI on Saturday, and a seven-wicket win on Monday, which means that the visiting team remain undefeated in the last five series between the two sides.

But the fact that it does not earn Pakistan a single rating point in the ICC ODI Championship has baffled Afridi, whose aim is to improve his team’s ranking.

“I can’t understand this system,” Afridi told The Express Tribune from Bridgetown.

“There should be some advantage for the visiting sides, as winning a series is never easy for them, no matter who they’re playing against,” he added.

Afridi said that the prevailing system is difficult for lower-ranked teams.

“It’s really difficult to prosper under the current ranking system. I have little clue what it’s based on,” said the flamboyant all-rounder.

Afridi is not the first captain to criticise the ICC Ranking System, which also drew criticism from former Sri Lanka captain Kumara Sangakkara, who termed it as ‘unfair’. (ANI)

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