DOHA: ICC confirmed Pakistan’s participation in the 2017 Champions Trophy in the new rankings released by the governing body on Wednesday.
Pakistan was locked in a three-way battle with Bangladesh and the Caribbean for the first place finish in the Champions Trophy, but outperformed the Caribbean coast, after an ODI series win in Sri Lanka in July.
As for Azhar Ali are currently in eighth position in the ranking of the ICC only two points above the Antilles that are placed 9 in the team classification ODI on September 30, 2015, deadline for qualification in the eight Trophy countries Champions.
The eight games left in the 2017 short event to be hosted by England are (in order of ranking): World Champion in Australia, the defending champion India, 1998 winner, South Africa, the champion 2000 New Zealand, Sri Lanka co-winner 2002 host England, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Bangladesh will be back in the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006.
Bangladesh has replaced the West Indies, who finished outside the top eight in ninth position and will miss the participation in the Champions Trophy for the first time in tournament history.
2017 Champions Trophy is a tournament of 15 games, with teams divided into two groups of four, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the semi-finals.