July 16, 2009


Ireland move above Zimbabwe in ICC ODI rankings

Martin Williamson

Ireland completed a 3-0 series win against Kenya in Dublin which sees them move above Zimbabwe into tenth in the ICC’s ODI rankings. Ireland have a rating of 26, three ahead of Zimbabwe (23) and 20 behind ninth-placed Bangladesh (46).

Zimbabwe host Bangladesh next month in a four-match series and can move back into tenth if they win the series.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by baseer hotak on (December 7, 2009, 16:55 GMT)

ICC must give more tour for teams like afghanistan ,canada,UAE .and also should show help them to show thier matches live on TV chanels .it will aslo find more fans of cricket

Posted by Consolidation on (September 3, 2009, 14:48 GMT)

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Posted by Arsad bin sailav on (August 27, 2009, 15:52 GMT)

So in the recent Zimbabwe siries it was a depleted BANGLADESH side. Even a depleted BANGLADESHI team thrashed Zimbabwe. So BANGLADESH and Zimbabwe no match. A full strenght Bangladesh team have the ability to beat any team in the world

Posted by Arsad bin sailav on (August 27, 2009, 15:40 GMT)

In respons to bravery's comments. Even a BANGLADESH 2nd string side will thrash Zimbabwe. The BANGLADESH side that thrashed Zimbabwe in the recent siries was without key players such as Nafees, Aftab, Kapali, Mortaza, Razzak, Rubel, Nazmul and Reza

Posted by Dileep Premadan on (August 14, 2009, 0:04 GMT)

I agree with Tashmeem, Zim are below Bangladesh by quite a margin. It's evidenced clearly from the ongoing series in Zim so far.

Posted by Tashmeem on (August 7, 2009, 14:01 GMT)

I don't think Zimbabwe is better than Bangladesh.Though Bangladesh is not doing extremely well but they have proven that they have good players such as Ashraful and Shakib.Still I believe Ireland also not better than Zimbabwe.The Ranking is not always telling the truth.Zimbabwe is much better than Ireland though they are not good enough side to compete with Smaller Test playing nation like Bangladesh.

Posted by bravery on (August 7, 2009, 10:52 GMT)

well Zimbabwe is way ahead of all the associate countries. Its even better than Bangladesh and is competative againest the major nations. This is evidenced with their recent perfomance againest Sri Lanka. Watch their series againest bangladesh coming up. The problem is the bigger nations dont want to play Zimbabwe because of "political Issues", this has denied the yuong boys the much needed game time againest the so called big guns

Posted by Ricardo on (August 1, 2009, 1:18 GMT)

I agree with dan. In football FIFA gives massive assistance to developing countries. In an idea world South Africa should kenya, englansd help Ireland and West Indies help canada, without any extra funding. They can do it easily through providing extra competition/fixtures and junior coaching development, and it would be at little exspense. Unfortunately their is not enough good charity around and every man for himself. And as for the west indies, they are in no position to assist anyone untilthey sort out their own problems.

Posted by Terry Jones on (July 31, 2009, 8:43 GMT)

I agree with Dan & Vikram's comments. I think there should be a 2 tier relegation test/ODI/T20 cricket system with top&bottom of tiers moving up/down every 2 years.

Until then, I think all warm up matches for a series should be played against top Associate teams in region instead of against county/state sides.

EG: 5 tests & 7 ODI Aust vs Eng in Eng could have been: * 4 day warm up Aust vs Ireland and Eng vs Scotland/Holland, both in England. * 4 day warm up Aust vs Scotland/Holland and Eng vs Ireland, both in England. * 5 tests Aust vs Eng. * Warm up ODI's against Ireland, Scotland/Holland. * 7 ODI's Aust vs Eng.

Similar could occur in other areas, such as in WI (Canada&USA), SA (Kenya), Aust/NZ (PNG&FIJI) ... etc.

This would give associate teams the incentive to be the best in their region to get this lucritive prize.

Posted by Ronnie Shumna on (July 28, 2009, 9:31 GMT)

The last time Ireland played Zimbabwe they where crushed, I dont think they have beaten Zim besides drawing with them, and I doubt if they are slighlty better than Zim granted they are a competitive team.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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