Afghanistan duo enter top 10 in T20I rankings


Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad and fast bowler Dawlat Zadran have entered the top 10 of the ICC Twenty20 International Player Rankings.

Shahzad became the first Afghanistan player to score a T20I century in the 81-run triumph over Zimbabwe, striking 118 off 67 balls at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

The opening batsman has now tallied 448 runs in 13 T20Is since the start of 2015, more than anyone else in that period.

Those performances have helped send Shahzad up 12 places and into eighth position in the batsmen's rankings, placing him inside the top 10 for the first time in his career.

Dawlat Zadran took two wickets on Sunday, putting his total for the 2-0 series win up to five and helping him advance six places in the bowlers' rankings.

The medium-pace bowler now sits eighth, higher than his previous best position of 10th which he achieved last year.