The ongoing series between Pakistan and South Africa is bound to have serious consequences on the ICC's Test ranking, with both teams eyeing to improve their standings.
The scenario in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings is interestingly poised with top-ranked India currently playing in Australia, while New Zealand engaged in a series against Sri Lanka and now South Africa plying three Tests against Pakistan.
Pakistan, which is currently placed seventh at the rankings with 92 points, can move up two places to fifth spot if they are able to whitewash South Africa 3-0. Meanwhile, the Proteas that are currently placed third, has the opportunity to leapfrog England to second place if they whitewash the series.
However, the Proteas also face the danger of being overtaken by their rivals Pakistan and slipping to sixth place, if the result goes vice vera.
South Africa win 3-0: South Africa 110 points, Pakistan 88 points
South Africa win 2-0: South Africa 108, Pakistan 89
South Africa win 2-1 or 1-0: South Africa 107, Pakistan 91
Series drawn: South Africa 105, Pakistan 94
Pakistan win 3-0: South Africa 99, Pakistan 100
Pakistan win 2-0: South Africa 101, Pakistan 99
Pakistan win 2-1 or 1-0: South Africa 102, Pakistan 97