Pakistani woman bowler Anam moves to fourth place in ICC Rankings

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s slow-left arm bowler Anam Amin has vaulted 21 places to fourth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Rankings for women bowlers released on Tuesday.

Leigh Kasperek of New Zealand has rocketed 27 places to eighth as she leads the most successful bowlers’ list with nine wickets.

Other big movers in the bowlers’ chart are New Zealand’s Erin Bermingham (22nd), India’s Poonam Yadav (10th) and Anuja Patil (27th), South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp (32nd) and West Indies’ Dottin (42nd), says a press release issued here.

Dottin has moved up five places to fifth in all-rounders’ rankings as well. Australia’s Ellyse Perry is holding on to the top spot, with South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk maintaining her second position.

Taylor (third), Sophie Devine (seventh) and Jess Jonassen (10th) have each earned a one spot rise up in the top-10. In the Team Rankings Australia (128 points) holds to top spot, England (124 points) at two. New Zealand has gained two points (116 points) and is now just 12 points behind Australia and eight behind England.

India (107 points) at fifth spot, West Indies (102 points) at five while South Africa (93 points), retained its sixth position and it is followed by Pakistan (seventh), Sri Lanka (eighth), Bangladesh (ninth) and Ireland (10th).

Meg Lanning’s of Australia tops the batting rankings with 666 points followed by Suzie Bates of New Zealand (second) and Charlotte Edwards of England (third).

The stage is set for two enthralling semi-finals and one thing is for certain – the tide is changing in women’s cricket, and there will be no one-sided affairs.

The three-time champion Australia faces England in first semi- final in Delhi on Wednesday while West Indies takes on New Zealand in second semi-final in Mumbai on Thursday.