ICC news October 24, 2011

Twenty20 rankings launched with England on top

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England, the reigning World Twenty20 champions, have topped the ICC's inaugural rankings for the shortest format of the game. England batsman Eoin Morgan tops the batting ratings, Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis is the top bowler and Australia's Shane Watson the No. 1 allrounder.

England have 127 points and are ahead of Sri Lanka, who have 126 in the rankings, announced on Monday. If England win their T20 against India at Eden Gardens on October 29, they will have a four-point lead over Sri Lanka. If they lose, though, they will slip below Sri Lanka and India.

"The introduction of rankings for international Twenty20 cricket provides real context to the various series played between member countries on an ongoing basis," England's team director Andy Flower said. "Until now we haven't had the chance to play a large number of Twenty20 Internationals so this will offer a benchmark as to who is performing at international level."

The next four teams - New Zealand (117), South Africa, India and Australia - were separated by only six points. Pakistan, who won the World Twenty20 in 2009, were ranked seventh followed by West Indies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh, along with Associate Members Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland, which have T20 international status, will join the table as soon as they have played sufficient matches (at least eight T20s since August 2009) to qualify for a ranking.

Since August 2009, England played 20 T20s, winning 12, losing six and two no-results. Pakistan played the most matches (24) during the same period, but lost more than 50% of its matches, which contributed to its low rating.

Brendon McCullum and Kevin Pietersen were No. 2 and 3 behind Morgan in the rankings for batsmen, while spinners occupy seven of the top ten spots for bowlers. "I believe spin bowlers have adapted to T20 cricket better than most," Daniel Vettori, who has retired from T20s, said. "To see spinners succeed in a tough environment is great for the game and means bowlers can enjoy Twenty20 cricket, most of the time!"

Watson, the No. 1 allrounder, is followed by Shahid Afridi, David Hussey and Mohammad Hafeez. Abdul Razzaq, at No. 10, is the third Pakistan player among the top ten allrounders.

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  • bumsonseats on October 26, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    i have 2 admit england and 50odis england can be rubbish as shows in india now. but guys this is a t20 news item on this page randyOZ for a change is right its just as usual with him puts in in the wrong news item god bless him . but when we can get a full team out, we can be good and better than most, hence we r top. and as we are also t20 world cups winners in that format. i think enough said.dpk

  • bumsonseats on October 26, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    using the icc T2020 points indicator. the points table will change after every match. so there will be interest on every game.for example over the next 4 international T2020 games are won by the home teams. that been ind v eng pak v sl aus v ind and aus v ind,england will go top again. funny when the tests /50odis used to take ages to change this can be done on a game to game basis. for once icc seems to have at least given it abit of spice.you could get during a busy T2020 month the league top position change hands 3/4times.dpk

  • sajjodaalman on October 26, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    these rankings are so ridiculous. they only did it from august 2009 just to ensure england would be number 1... they easily could have done it from 2007 world cup as its only 4 yrs of results and not too many matchs. pakistan and india would have been in the top 3.. and if england are 1st, how can west indies be 8? they have played 7 matchs against each other and west indies have won 5! this is just nonsense, many fans around the world will not pay any attention to these rankings..

  • on October 26, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    England are useless. The 50 over format is the real cricket, not the lottery style 20 over cricket. As for test cricket, most of their points which contributed to their no 1 was home games. Aus went through a slump when they retained the ashes in Aus. England can't play away from consisantly, wait and see. It is very hard for me to see the England side on paper as world beaters - when last did they play South Africa? Aus are also building up slowly again, watch out England, you have been lucky until now.

  • on October 26, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Afghanistan, at No. 9, is a correct decision. Afghanistan has alot of potential and InshaAllah, soon they will be amongst the Best T-20 teams in the World ........... :-) ..

  • on October 26, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Guys if India beats England on Saturday in T20 and Australia in T20(2 matches in Feb 2012) that they play next year.... I think India can maintain No.1 Ranking in T20 for atleast 1 year....

  • on October 26, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    We are hoping more hopes from our team.

  • RandyOZ on October 26, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Carefactor - zero. Theyre still rubbish in ODIs and Oz still 1. When we dominate cricket we dominated every format.

  • on October 26, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    England No:1?????????????????? funniest joke in my whole lifetime

  • johnathonjosephs on October 26, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Pakistan 7th and England as No. 1 is a HUGE joke. Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Pakistan are the three most successful teams in this format. Though India has some of the best T20 cricketers and host the IPL, they dont do good internationally (for the strangest reason). Ranking should be as follows: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, India, West Indies, Bangla, Afghanistan. How Afghanistan beat Bangladesh and Ireland in the ratings, i will never know

  • bumsonseats on October 26, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    i have 2 admit england and 50odis england can be rubbish as shows in india now. but guys this is a t20 news item on this page randyOZ for a change is right its just as usual with him puts in in the wrong news item god bless him . but when we can get a full team out, we can be good and better than most, hence we r top. and as we are also t20 world cups winners in that format. i think enough said.dpk

  • bumsonseats on October 26, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    using the icc T2020 points indicator. the points table will change after every match. so there will be interest on every game.for example over the next 4 international T2020 games are won by the home teams. that been ind v eng pak v sl aus v ind and aus v ind,england will go top again. funny when the tests /50odis used to take ages to change this can be done on a game to game basis. for once icc seems to have at least given it abit of spice.you could get during a busy T2020 month the league top position change hands 3/4times.dpk

  • sajjodaalman on October 26, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    these rankings are so ridiculous. they only did it from august 2009 just to ensure england would be number 1... they easily could have done it from 2007 world cup as its only 4 yrs of results and not too many matchs. pakistan and india would have been in the top 3.. and if england are 1st, how can west indies be 8? they have played 7 matchs against each other and west indies have won 5! this is just nonsense, many fans around the world will not pay any attention to these rankings..

  • on October 26, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    England are useless. The 50 over format is the real cricket, not the lottery style 20 over cricket. As for test cricket, most of their points which contributed to their no 1 was home games. Aus went through a slump when they retained the ashes in Aus. England can't play away from consisantly, wait and see. It is very hard for me to see the England side on paper as world beaters - when last did they play South Africa? Aus are also building up slowly again, watch out England, you have been lucky until now.

  • on October 26, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Afghanistan, at No. 9, is a correct decision. Afghanistan has alot of potential and InshaAllah, soon they will be amongst the Best T-20 teams in the World ........... :-) ..

  • on October 26, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Guys if India beats England on Saturday in T20 and Australia in T20(2 matches in Feb 2012) that they play next year.... I think India can maintain No.1 Ranking in T20 for atleast 1 year....

  • on October 26, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    We are hoping more hopes from our team.

  • RandyOZ on October 26, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Carefactor - zero. Theyre still rubbish in ODIs and Oz still 1. When we dominate cricket we dominated every format.

  • on October 26, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    England No:1?????????????????? funniest joke in my whole lifetime

  • johnathonjosephs on October 26, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Pakistan 7th and England as No. 1 is a HUGE joke. Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Pakistan are the three most successful teams in this format. Though India has some of the best T20 cricketers and host the IPL, they dont do good internationally (for the strangest reason). Ranking should be as follows: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, India, West Indies, Bangla, Afghanistan. How Afghanistan beat Bangladesh and Ireland in the ratings, i will never know

  • Asghar_Shahzad on October 25, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Alright.......ICC has announced T20 ranking now. This ranking should be accepted by every one. Since data of each and very T20 game is available. Therefore, it would be fair if ICC could announce T20 rankings for the last few years too in the form of yearly rankings. I understand that, we, the Pakistani fans, will be much satisfied with this effort of the ICC.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 25, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    The ICC T20 rankings provide the laugh of the week. Pakistan in 7th? After one World T20 win, a final and a semi?

  • IceGung on October 25, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    england number 1 T20, don't make me laugh! england totally rubbish! ranking is nothing!

  • on October 25, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    It's great to see Afghanistan at No.9 .INSHALLAH soon they will get to top 5 ,if they continue their efforts .C'mon Afghanistan show the world that we are less than no one .

  • on October 25, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    @davidpk - as an india fan, i would beg to differ. I do not think India fans are tooo bothered with T20 rankings. But Test and ODI rankings do matter to us..

  • YorkshirePudding on October 25, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    This ranking system is going to be more fluid than the others as the T20 version of the game tends to be a lot more unpreditable. as for the starting point, well there had to be one, so whereever it was it was bound to be controversial as one country or another would have felt put out.

  • on October 25, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    a day is coming SOON that Afghanistan will replace pkaistan in NO 7

  • gunnerr4life on October 25, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @Bloodline well pointed out mate . can't agree more !

  • on October 25, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    @ExGamer : ya then West Indies won two world cups & we'll include that also in the ODI ratings ... then Wi will be above South africa & england ;).... dude the rating take in to account recent matches .... so in 4 years time , matches played now wil not count for ratings !!

  • Sportsscientist on October 25, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    why is the ICC wasting time & money developing a T20 ranking???? they should be concentrating on developing a test championship that is feasible......not wasting time creating nonsense!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 25, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    @Posted by on (October 25 2011, 07:45 AM GMT), In that case India won lot of T20 in away matches India won 4 out of 5 matches against SA and most of them were in away pitches.

  • ExGamer on October 25, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    ICC has the records of all teams prior to august 2009 then why the ranking is not based on that records T20 record prior to August 2009 is not considered why...? what about T20 world cup 2007 and 2009 in this scenario the result of those world cup must be omitted from record book. I believe some politic is going on in ICC. Even the records of games are not handled fairly and politic is involved in it

  • ExGamer on October 25, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Why ICC didn't include all records of T20s since they already mentioned the results of those T20s in T20 result summery for all teams in ESPN Cricinfo website. according to which pakistan suppose to be #1 team. I think ICC has made its mind to go against pakistani team and its PCB.

  • 9ST9 on October 25, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    however most of you have missed the funniest part - according to this rating Darren Sammy is a better bowler than Lasith Malinga.

  • 9ST9 on October 25, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @DarkBatter -agreed. in all aspects malinga is the most sough after and most valuable bowler in T20's and i too was surprised to see mendis at the top - but i rather think the 6 wicket haul he got against australia contributed to the points system and elevated him to the top.

  • 9ST9 on October 25, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @satanswish - we are talking about T20 here. fetch your glasses and read the headline. good.

  • Black_Rider on October 25, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @satanswish:: Just look at the comment of "ColdMenace"..He speaks the truth.We are really good these days in T20's. Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga, Chandimal, Angelo, Malinga and Mendis..Very strong side.

  • on October 25, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    @Man007 Sri lanka can win away from home! The point to take into acount is this is T20 and Sri Lanka, in the past year have beaten England and Australia away from home in T20's ( which completely goes against your pathetic point). And also @ColdMenace, you are spot on, although Malinga always plays miles better for Mumbai than for SL in t20s.

  • on October 25, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    As an England supporter - and with us at number one AND world champions in the format - I can say that this means NOTHING to me. T20 is a dull slog-fest format. The sooner it dies the better.

  • on October 25, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Pakistan won 18 out of their first 24 matches... BUT guess what?? The ICC simply disregarded them and din't take them into consideration. Interestingly, the rankings take the matches into consideration that were played after Aug 2009. Why not begin from the 2009 June??? Simply coz Pakitan won?!!?

  • brittop on October 25, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    @SnowSnake: I've considered your wise words, but I think I'll be proud anyway. Thanks,

  • KarachiKid on October 25, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Lot of fans keep reminding Pakistanis that Pakistan is rightly number 7 because it started from 2009. So my next question is why did you start from 2009 ? in order to have Pakistan on number 7. In my mind, its pretty clear that ICC lead by Indians and Aussy/English alliance will come up with any storyline to keep their favored nations above others !!! Keeping Pakistani T20 outfits out of champion's league is a very clear example of ICC's deliberate bias against Pakistan cricket.

  • on October 25, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    i hope all is well with icc, pakistan at#7 i cant believe and digest it as pakistani fan.

  • SyedKabirHussainy on October 25, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    WHAT SORT OF RATING IS THIS THAT NO. 7 RANKED TEAM WILL STILL GET INTO T20 FINAL. DO WE NEED TO READ IT REVERSE. THERE IS NO IMPORTANCE OF THIS RATING IF IT GOES LIKE THIS - ZEROOOOOOOOO !!!!

  • on October 25, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    England wont be number 1 in t20 for long...

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 25, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    I don't think many people would have agreed if ind/sl/pak were on top.........its natural for people to bow only to aus,eng......

  • subbass on October 25, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    On a more serious note I believe England does hold the record for most consecutive T20 wins, which was 8 or 9 I forget exactly now, anyway somehow we seem not too bad at T20 which is surprising given how poor we are at ODI's (in Asia especially).

    Anyhow the best 'number 1' to be is clearly the Test number one, that is the truest reflection of a cricket TEAM, ODI's are mainly a batters game and T20 is almost purely a batters game, sorry make that a sloggers game :p

    To all those complaining about the rankings, ignore them and go by your own rankings, don't get so angry, anyone would think you actually believed these rankings such is the anger by many on here !

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 25, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    India played less matches in the top playing nations. If we have played similar number of matches like England, India would have been no:1 in the T20 rankings too. Nice to see Afgan in the list..I hope they will reach in top five soon.

  • on October 25, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    For all those who worried about Pakistan rankings. 2007 and 2009 world cups doesnt included for the time period.and they only win 2 matches in 2010 world cup. lost 3

  • uogions on October 25, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    ohhh what u do icc? Pakistan at no. 7 !! I think it is a best teem of t20 in the world becoz 2 time into the final and one time into semi final in 3 t20 world cup and one time world champion.

  • subbass on October 25, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    And in other news Graham Swann is quite a funny man.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 25, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Irfancrazy@Why can't u see Srilanka as a team who can win only at ur home? No series win in India/SA/Australia and not even a series leveling effort!

  • on October 25, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    all guys complaining about pakistan not being at top, I agree with all you guys but don't spend too much time complaining, because next year we are going to show ICC! in the field how strong we are at world t20 in srilanka.

  • 9ST9 on October 25, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Ok England ARE T20 World champs but seriously Sri Lanka are fathoms ahead of the other teams when it comes to T20 Internationals - they haven't lost a T20I since may 2010, trouncing England, Australia and NZ. The victories against Australia at Perth and vs Eng at Bristol were won with ridiculous ease. And Ok Mendis is at the top but seriously who would argue that the best T20 Bowler in the world is Lasith Malinga? Even the Mumbai Indians with all their big names rely almost entirely on him.

  • on October 25, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    it is unfair when indian are playing non stop cricket meanwhile other cricket playing nation like IRE.BAN,KEN,NED,CAN & UAE don't even get changes to play T20s matches. Shame one ICC!!!!!!

  • jasonpete on October 25, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    @adam Carley,it's a norm in this cricinfo,that whoever ranks top will be the target for all the bad reason.It happened to mighty Aussies when they were in top,next everyone was at the back of Indian where they were no1in test and now the times comes to England.But as far as this comment section ,mostly agreeing Pakistan should be in the top.If they calculate before 2009 sure it will be Pakistan team and no one knows why they calculated only after aug 2009 which leading to many confusion among fans to rate England being no.1 in t20 :) guess it comes down to what England win matters.

  • Meety on October 25, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    A lot of comments along the line of "how did England become #1?". As an Ozzy I have to have credit to Poms pried out of me with knife! LOL! The fact is though, under the parameters of the ratings period, the Poms have been the best. They are not the BEST T20 side ever, I'd say Pakistan is by virtue of making the final of 2 T20 W/Cups & winning 1. I agree 100% with statements made by@ Morfi, that had the ratings period been brought fwd a month or two, Pakistan would have to be in the top 3. My only gripe with the ratings is - Why can't it be over a longer period like the other formats (4yrs)?

  • KP_84 on October 25, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka are the best T20 team in the world by a country mile. Rather conveniently for England, the rankings start towards the END of 2009. This means that Sri Lanka's 6-1 run in the 2009 World T20 tournament is not accounted for in the rankings. It won't matter in the long run, of course. Sri Lanka should break their drought in cricket world cups (rather like New Zealand's All Blacks did recently) in the 2012 World T20, which they are hosting.

    It is good to see a T20 rankings system, though. It gives bilateral T20 fixtures some meaning. I wonder if this might the start of what will become the only cricket world rankings system at some point in the future.

  • jr1972 on October 25, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Why on Earth have we got rankings for T20? Why on Earth are we still talking about this silly format, let alone playing it. I am English and I could'nt give a damn about our "status" as World T20 champions. If we were also "It's a knockout" and Eurovision Song Contest winners, well... what a treble that would be! As I keep on saying "T20, cricket for those who don't like cricket."

  • jmcilhinney on October 25, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    There seem to be lot of people whining about who's placed where on these rankings and giving their own opinions on who should be where based on their own qualitative analysis. These rankings are quantitative. If you haven't looked over all the results of each game yourself then you don't really have a leg to stand on. How many people are at least partly basing their opinion on England not deserving to be #1 on the fact that they are losing badly to India right now? That's in an unrelated format though, so it's irrelevant. These rankings will apply some form of weighting and you're never going to please everyone when doing that. These rankings are for a rolling period, so results that are too old don't count. I do agree that so few T20I matches being played will lead to more flux in these rankings than in test or ODI. Until you can provide actual analysis rather than just opinion though, your input doesn't actually mean much.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on October 25, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    @satanswish: wait for the next world cup, srilankans will grab both odi and t20 world cups.why can't u see india as a team who can only win in their own soil.

  • wrenx on October 25, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty What's up with your World XI? Dernbach, veteran of of 4 T20Is who can barely hold a bat the right way up? Stuart 36-runs-in-an-over Broad, who can only bowl one type of delivery? KP over Dilshan? I'd take Sohail Tanvir over any of the English bowlers in that line-up, Morgan's the only decent batsmen in the lot and all the other nations have bowlers who are more effective in T20s than Swann & Co.

  • HookeRandPulleR on October 25, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    South Africa must be the laziest cricket team in the world. They are always 10 or 20 games behind everyone else. Harder to compare averages.

  • me54321 on October 24, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    I don't know what's funnier; the indignant reaction from some people to the rankings, particularly England's spot, or the fact that people take t20 rankings seriously at all. It is purely a bit of hit and giggle, with a high degree of luck. On one day one team will win handsomely, then the next day the roles could easily be reversed. Despite being a fan of the number one ranked team, i still haven't bothered to watch a single game in this format, and would happily see it disappear from the international scene.

  • AkmalFan on October 24, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Pakistan is a lot better than number 7. I am surprised Afghanistan is there. England are a hard working team so they deserve the top spot.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 24, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Just a little bit outside London in a place called the West Indies England won world T20 and did not get T20 number one ranking at that time.. Geography strongly says England got this ranking when they last played in England...

  • vichan on October 24, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    If T20 is a game of chance, as many posters (particularly those from India) have said...then all the teams should have won roughly 50% and lost 50%. The fact that some teams have much better, or worse, records than this point to it not being a game of chance.

  • IndiaPunjab on October 24, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    to 'Front-Foot-Lunge' . What youngsters are you making excuses about regarding Englands non existent performance in india? Kohli, raina, rahane, yadav, jadeja, aaron. These are the guys who are playing and making the team. For first 3 matches when england thought they had a chance (LOL) dernbach bresnan finn(outstanding bowler) patel and swann were the bowlers. 1 of the are youngsters. And the batting ? 1 young english batsman was in the team. the rest was cook kies trott bopara pietersen . Class is way too big between the sides in ODI cricket. When england lose to india in the t20 india will be above them in the t20 rankings too. However tests, credit where credit is due, england is no1 for a reason. But with zaheer khan i feel india are only very slightly behind england in tests. Without him though spells badtimes. But England HAVE to win in India soon its becoming way too long and embarassing now.

  • SnowSnake on October 24, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    @brittop: Don't take too much pride in England's #1 rank because it will go away in future and it will hurt a lot. In long run England, India and Australia are only teams that will be #1 and sustain it for a while. Not because they are any good, but that is how mathematics work. You have to play a lot of games to get to and sustain #1 and only these three teams play a lot of test games. Ranking system is totally unfair for rest of the teams unless the entropy is maximized (i.e., all teams play exactly same number of games).

  • Imran911 on October 24, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    100% agree with Bilal Raza they should include all the matahes of T20 since 2007. That will make the difference in Ranking and perhaps they do not want to do it earlier because Pakistan would be in top 3 ranking. But I am still confuse 2 times final and once Semi's qualifier team reach to # 7 ranking. Can any one please explain this to me.

  • brittop on October 24, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Interesting that Indian fans reckon that winning the World Cup should automatically make them no.1 in the ODI rankings, but being World T20 Champions shouldn't make England no. 1 in T20I.

  • whoster on October 24, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Pleased as I am with my country being reigning world champs, T20 owes so much to individual performances and a certain amount of luck. I just wish they'd do away with them internationally, and let it continue as first-class only county/state competitions. The international calendar is being flooded with these meaningless games, and the fact that the SA v Aus Test series will comprise just two matches is a joke. As for these rankings, I hope there's quite a few like me (from all countries) who can't be bothered to take them seriously. International cricket goes on all year round now, and there's too much of it. Australia coming to England next year for a five match ODI series - talk about overkill. Follow that with two back to back Ashes series and loads more ODI's, it's getting tiresome - for the players and spectators.

  • brittop on October 24, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Can we abolish 50 over cricket before Saturday. Then England can be the best team in the world in all formats!

  • hhillbumper on October 24, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    I agree that England won in their own backyard.The last world 20 20 was played just a little bit outside London in a place called the West Indies. Is geography not a strong point for some fans

  • Bloodline on October 24, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Vvv Funny rankings. 16 matches of Sa.AFR are included in which they won 10. 62.5%, NZL last 19 matches they won 11 with 58% but they hav higher ranking than S.AFR :D SRl won 9 of the last 17 included in the rankings which is 53% and that team is 2nd :D ENG won 11 of 18 included in rankings 61% and it is 1st :d why S.Afr is 4th ?? Pak's last match included was on Aug 12, 2009 before which they won 5 out of 6 and those matches are not included in ranking hahahaha gud one ICC

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on October 24, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    The 1st International T20 was in 2005. Now they are officially world number 1 in 2011. SIX YEARS OF DOMINATION IN THE T20 FORMAT! Almost like the great West Indies/Australian sides! Six years at World Number 1!

  • on October 24, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Here is what happened. If T-20 records were taken from 2007, South Africa would have been the top team, followed by Sri Lanka and then Pakistan. But Pakistan at 3rd rank is unacceptable, right. What's the solution? Exclude those years when Pakistan played well. Start from 2009 Oct, that's how Pakistan can be ranked lowest, that is 7. Just one question, why did not they take the record from 2007? Anybody reading this, please explain, why was not record taken from year 2007? ICC could not find record for year 2007 or would it make Pakistan's record look better?

  • 512fm on October 24, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    how can you have twenty20 rankings when you are playing one off matches? you may as well toss a coin to predict the wnner of t20

  • on October 24, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Twenty20 is a chance game. Rankings in this format dont mean anything. Test Rankings are the true value of a team.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 24, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    World Number 1 Test in own backyard. World Number T20I at in own backyard . The two premier formats and England are the best at them in own backyard! England ODI cricket showed very quickly englnad is loosing outside of their backyard in all formats. Being good in own backyard is pointless!

  • vikasthampara on October 24, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    If india wins T20 with england how they are coming to 2nd position from 5th position is this possible. these are funny rankings

  • TamilIndian on October 24, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    No question Pak is the best T20 team - this ranking is a joke.

  • IndiaPunjab on October 24, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    to 'ohhhhhh mattttyy mattttttty' ... dont you realise if India beat England in the upcoming t20 that England Would drop down to 3? And as england have no hope of winning a match that seems very likely. And you yourself know how important england cricket team regard ODI cricket all they every talk about is the next world cup after they get knocked out of every world cup not even winning 1

  • JamTariq on October 24, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    What rubbish this is??? England at 1?? does ICC and ECB put behind the ethics in gentleman's game? Real list is 1.SL 2.PAK 3.RSA 4.IND 5.ENG 6.NZL 7.AUS 8.WI. but shame on ICC

  • just_Test_lover on October 24, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    From a non Indian. The main reason for t20 is money and excitement! Know one is a great T20 team. You play them to give sponsors exposure and hype. Other than that the players actually see them as warm ups and a lottery. Test and ODI allow cricketers to prove themselves and be able to play cricket shots. Yes t20 has helped ODI as ODI helped Test but the longer game is still the prime sport!Only t20 and ODI can one team really dominate and have control. So to say 1 team is better when some teams only play 1 or 2 games a year is a farce!

  • on October 24, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    hm no malinga??..............

  • on October 24, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @ohhgmattymatty - u cant win odi so excuses but u get tag of world champs in odi cricket not t20 not test but still test is pinnicle of game and on sat u will 3rd in t20 rankings and we will be 2nd

  • on October 24, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    SL are the true no 1..We ll show that in next WC ...Waiting in Lions den for these overrated English cats

  • SnowSnake on October 24, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I don't know why people complain about rankings? It is a mathematical formula and all teams have to do is understand the criteria and perform well to improve its rank. If anything, ranking has standardized performance of teams, otherwise every team will use selective statistics to claim that it is number 1. Having said that, T20 ranking is somewhat strange because there are a lot of T20 games that are played (IPL, Champions league etc.) that are not counted as internationals, and most T20I are played only once or twice in a series. As for England, it better watch out because its #1 rank may be gone in a week should it lose to India. When you are #1 the quickest way to lose that rank is to lose a game with a team that is ranked lower. India's poor performance in WI tests contributed more towards its loss of #1 rank than massive defeats against England. If you understand Math well then becoming #1 is no big deal. Teams seeking improvements in ranking should hiring mathematicians.

  • InnocentGuy on October 24, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! That was a good one, ICC. Really. Needed to laugh out coz it's been a while since I came across something really funny. Thanks.

  • SSS80 on October 24, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    honestly rankings really do not matter, wat matters is the team consistency and performance in big tournaments such as world cups same applies to players as well

  • NaniIndCri on October 24, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Nice, calculating from 2009 so that England can be on top. Anyways not so far for it to go down, 5 more days to go. @Hawk_Pk, nothing in the article has to do anything with your stupid comment.

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on October 24, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    T20 World XI: Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Shahid Afridi, Jos Buttler(wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Lasith Malinga, Jade Dernbach.

  • Diark on October 24, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    To all who say pakistan deserve first place,this is based on CURRENT PERFORMANCE.You can check for player ranking in t20 for previous years at the icc rankings webiste.

  • on October 24, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Remember these are only for T20i's. Not many T20 international matches being played means there will be variance in the results.

  • satanswish on October 24, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    @Asanka Dilruk Namal :- How the hell can SL be at the top? Have they won any T20 World Cup or Tournament?? Its only on flat tracks they reach finals of ODI World Cups. On bouncy tracks, they wouldn't even qualify for the Semi-Final.

  • on October 24, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    I am Pakistani fan it is totally unfair selection of the top 10 teams Pakistan has bees playing T20 tournaments since its began and every time Pakistan reached the semi's and two times final and one one time World Champion, so they proceed Pakistani team at 7th rank

    this is totally wrong and unfair

  • rohanblue on October 24, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    India's t20 ranking is unfortunate, bt congrats England......

  • bumsonseats on October 24, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    guys u fight over it like rabid dogs over a bone. india win next week they will go to # 1 then 90% who have added their piece on here will be happy and they go to the top because they have, i believe 1 more point. as english and T2020 wc winners we should be right up there. without looking up points games and table etc. i would say top 3 should read SL 1 pakistan 2 and england 3.looking at the teams that we played. i think thats about fair. dpk

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on October 24, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    World Number 1 Test. World Number T20I. The two premier formats and England are the best at them! ODI cricket will die very soon and very quickly. Being good at ODIs is pointless!

  • johnathonjosephs on October 24, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    This is a joke? England No 1, Pakistan 6? Real list should go down like this 1. Sri Lanka 2. Pakistan 3. South Africa 4. England 5 New Zealand 6 India 7 Australia 8 West Indies 9 Bangladesh

  • Hawk_Pk on October 24, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    ICC has only B left to become BCCI....good luck

  • on October 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    SL should be in first we have proved it already!

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    England will be knocked off from the top. :D LOL at the short stay.

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    congrats ENGLAND and KP !!!!!

  • 2bnot2b on October 24, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    It is interesting to note that ICC came up with T20 ranking after 3 years of official T20 world cup and a point when England was with posibility of ranking no 1 based on one year performance. Why this was not implemented last year when more t20 games were played amongst various teams. By the way I have invented a formula which will make England no 1 in ODI ranking as well. All they have to do is win their last ODI against India in the current series. If this ranking is to be a starting point then SA should be ranked no 1 based on the highest % of winning in the last three years.

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    funny to see eion morgan no 1 t20 batsmen he dosent deserve that

  • mathewjohn2176 on October 24, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    This t20 ranking is questionable.why they need to calculate only from Aug 2009? Every country played 1 or 2 t20 games,so they can calculate from the start of t20 in 2007 till 2011 win/ loss ratio,but why only from Aug 2009? Very funny indeed.

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    i am indian fan but dont understand how india gain so many pionts if they beat eng in t20 at kolkata but still rubbish rankings like odi rankings for formts where u have world cups they should only be player rankings not teams and if eng is no 1 t20 team coz they have won t20 wc india should be 1 odi team

  • Mike.Smith on October 24, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    nt again, is this a Joke ? wht is wrong with ICC ... people will stop believing in their rankings my country doesn't deserve rank 1 Last 12 months W/L ratio goes like this: SL (4-0), NZ (4-1), India (2-1), SA (3-2), Eng (3-3) [And ICC rankings used to give more weight-age to recent matches] I feel sorry for Pakistan, they were really good in T20, but recently they haven't performed well enough (Pak: 3-5) However, NZ won 2 of those 4 against Zim last week, so (4-1) can be misleading, rest of them have scored in the top-tier

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    u people are just sporting englan and india

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    the rankings should've started from the 2007 World Cup. in that case, all the awards would've gone to pakistan at the beginning. but if ICC can award a century in T20 (which are seen often) as T20 performance of the year and not a five wicket haul in a world cup, then all this is not a surprise! wonder who makes the formulae for them!

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Pakistan should be in the top three! how in the world are england, newzealand and australia rated above pakistan?

  • on October 24, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Having read all the comments, it's clear what we need to do. - Only matches played in India should count towards any rankings. - Only world cups won by India should count towards any rankings

    That should fix things :-)

  • on October 24, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    what use are the rankings if they consider only the last 12 months...was all the cricket before that meaningless!!? why didn't they come up with the rankings when Pakistan and South Africa were winning 90% of their matches. and how come the leading wicket takers like gul and afridi not at the top of the list!!

  • Omarrz on October 24, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    What a joke!!! Pakistan has still the best T20 record and yet they are ONLY better than the 3rd world countries of cricket?

  • Aragorn_11 on October 24, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    give this ranking time....hopefully it will sort itself out and the proper T20 teams will reach the top (Pakistan)...or maybe if Pakistan win the next world cup the ranking system will either stop or change...wonder if they realised that all of Pakistan's games since August 2009 are AWAY, I'm guessing not.

  • Romenevans on October 24, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    @ vj3478 - England? LOL if the rankings are started then it has to be started form the first ever major tournament from ICC and it was 2008 T20 WC which india won, so India is No.1 LOL im sick of this im no.1, they are no.1. Get a life people.

  • tick on October 24, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    yes we accept pakistan lost 13 out of its last 21 t20s but WON 21OUT OF EARLY 27 MATCHES..YES 21 OF 27 ...IF RANKING HAD TO BE MADE ,IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FROM START OF T20'S.. JUST BECAUSE ORDINARY ENGLAND TEAM HAS TO BE NUMBER 1 YOU TAKE THE YEAR IN WHICH THEY HAVE PLAYED WELL..RANKING IS A JOKE??NO MALINGA,UMAR GUL IN BOWLERS RANKINGS...JOKE JOKE..

  • Maaz90 on October 24, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    England at number 1 is not justified.!

  • on October 24, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    "proper ranking methodology" no body can understand but the ICC

  • dodo2010 on October 24, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    ICC is a bunch of jokers,Pakistan team which has played the semifinals of all the T20 World Cups and in fact last 5 ICC tournaments is number 7,great ICC rankings. I think I should also start Dodo rankings even that will be better then these useless idiots.

  • PiyushD on October 24, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    where is the complete list?

  • The_Mr_AJC on October 24, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Presumably the rankings are being taken from Aug 09 so that only one World Cup is included in the score, which makes sense.

  • MENDIS_Forever on October 24, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    nice to see Sri Lanka on the 2nd spot. But Pakistan,and India at such a low level?. I think something wrong with the ranking system, coz the two mentioned are world class T20 teams.

  • on October 24, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    How come England No 1, England have lost most of T20 matches recently- only one against India. Sri Lanka should be No1

  • on October 24, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Highest numer of matches won by Pak .. two final and defeat in one semi final.. Gul best Figure worldcup.. Gul higest wickets in a worldcup.. What else required to be on Top? what they chose to put pak on No.7...??

  • Aragorn_11 on October 24, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    absolute joke...more then coincidence this has been started from August 2009 I feel...after India and Pakistan had won the respective World Cups...just absolutely gut wrenching to see Pakistan down at 7 after the consitency they've shown in the World Championships, I mean in the a "T20 series" between two countries, it's never more then 2 games...if they started to play 5 T20s like they do ODIs then you'd probably get a better result...and Pakistan losing 50% of their T20 matches since August 2009....that's not a bad record for a team who have play ALL OF THEIR GAMES AWAY IN THAT PERIOD...wonder if the ICC took that into consideration!?!? (I'm guessing not.)

  • on October 24, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    I don't understand the criteria of making this rankings !!! How come Pakistan is at Number 7 ? ICC forgot to see the record of Pakistan !!

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Another joke by ICC, hopefully india will knock them off in upcoming t20 and srilanka will take over number 1 position. they deserve it . since the last t20 world cup. sl played 6 matches and won 5, england lost 3 of their last 5 matches

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    It is a laughing stock. I do not know what is their formula for RANKINGS ? How can a team with 2 finals and 3 semi-finals out of 3 world cups played so far be placed at no. 7? Ridiculous. ICC surely needs to look into the system of calculating points for RANKING.

  • Cric1988 on October 24, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    WHAT A JOKE!!! England no. 1? coz they won the wcup. forget what time period this rankings show coz they arent correct. Just check the overall record for all teams from 2006 - 11. with teams with 30 or more matches during this period SA have the highest win % of 65, followed by SL with 62% and Pak 60%. other teams have win % rangin from 50-55. so by far these three teams have the best record. they should be in the top 3. ICC is just a PUPPET!!!!!!

  • muannis on October 24, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    such a shame for Bangladesh ! They don't even play enough matches to make a place in the ranking. and when they lost matches in t20 (like Ireland in the WC) blame goes to players. shame on BCB !

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Had England played Test Series as well in India along with ODI's & T20, they would have definitely lost their No.1 test ranking. Ideally In T20 Rankings India, Pakistan & Australia should have been in Top 4 along with South Africa.

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I would like to say one thing ICC made late decision to decide T20 rankings, 7th place of Pakistan is justified because they haven't performed well in recent past. I am Pakistani but apart of all these statistics Pakistan never ever can get good position in ICC ranking of all three formats of cricket. Pakistan won T20 world cup in 2009 but they enjoyed their champion status for just 10 months. That could have been better ICC have to think about every aspects. Thanks

  • vj3478 on October 24, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Thats a big surprise. Eng pushed India to 3 in tst rankings. Now its a chance for India to do the same to Eng in T20. But still it will be remembered Eng as the first team to be rated as No.1 in T20 rankings. Congratulations.

  • wrenx on October 24, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Wow, as if ICC rankings weren't enough of a joke already, they come out with THIS? Really not helping their case here. Irrelevant, biased and mathematically dubious nonsense. Given how England were humiliated by the West Indies in their last T20, no-one will be particularly threatened by "The #1 ICC ranked T20 International Team" in the world. What a joke.

  • roshan.rasane on October 24, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    What a Joke...! I am not a great fan of Pakistan; but IT SHOULD BE AT NO ! IN 20-20 considering there record. Can't understand how ICC discovered and manipulated nos to make England no 1?

  • Hasso29 on October 24, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    totally rubbish rankings!

  • agam99 on October 24, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    If India wins India vs England at Kolkata then India will be 2nd with 123 points and England will fall down at no.3. Party over for England so soon...lol

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Why is it from Aug 2009? Doesn't make sense. It should have been from 2007 World Cup. Of course all the members have started to play T20s by that time. Didn't they?

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    we all know gayle is possibly the best T20 batsman... just a pity he won't ever be in the rankings because of the WICB stance

  • CricketPissek on October 24, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    pakistani fans seem very bitter here. the world T20 only contributes towards the rankings. pakistan unfortunately don't play enough international T20 matches to gain enough points. also, their recent record has been quite poor. that PAK were winners in 2009 is no reason to say they cannot be #7 NOW. the only way this can be remedied is by winning more intl T20 matches. not by shouting the ICC is biased against them.

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    For Pakistan fans : Ratings are based on last 3 years cut off date being October 2009. Pakistan has lost 7 or 8 off its last 11 T20s.. No wonder they are poorly rated

  • softnuwan on October 24, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    what Eoin Morgan is the number one T20 Batsman........... I can't believe......... that's unfair ..............

  • Balumekka on October 24, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    This is the biggest joke I ever heard! The weakest T20 side comes 1st in Rankings!!!!!!!

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Why to fix August 2009 and onward matches? Why not this ranking be on the basis of all the T20I played because they are not so many. Surely, then Pakistan would be in top 2. Ridiculous ranking with Pakistan at 7

  • on October 24, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    WI are just 6 points ahead of Afghanistan ahahah

  • tfjones1978 on October 24, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    I am curious, how did Afganistan become number 9 in T20I's? They have 75 ranking points from 3 matches? I think ICC kinda (oops) that one! Ive seen typos done before (like the player that never was!), but still, how can a team that has only played 3 matches be ranked and several teams that have played more matches are not? ICC should revise to list all teams on a sliding factor. So, if qualification is 8 matches then their points should be shown and divided by 8 (unless played more then 8 games). EG: 3 matches, 240 points = 30 rating points (240/8) EG: 7 matches, 800 points = 100 rating points (800/8) EG: 10 matches, 1000 points = 100 rating points (1000/10).

    This would allow ALL teams to be rated and listed appropriately, as the teams with 4 or 5 matches would get rating points around 40 - 60 range and Afganistan would be rated around 30 instead of 75!

  • adis26 on October 24, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Dear Pak Fans: As the article says - Since August 2009, England played 20 T20s, winning 12, losing six and two no-results. Pakistan played the most matches (24) during the same period, but lost more than 50% of its matches, which contributed to its low rating. Also - many Pak players are ranked very highly as well. Example: Afridi, Hafeez, Razzaq Nobody is biased towards no-one so please keep the conspiracy theories to yourself. In other words, grow up!!

  • Pak121 on October 24, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    this is actually a joke, why couldnt they make a twenty20 ranking system like a while ago- they only made it now because england is number 1... england and india actually rule icc

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    its totally one sided for england and pakistan is a strong team in t20 i still dont understand y they are in 7th place utleast they would have been in the first four ,,,,,,

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    brilliant from england !!! certainly deserve this, atleast FAR FAR FAR better than india

  • Romenevans on October 24, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    LOL it won't last long because next T20 World Cup is in Sri Lanka. Sorry England! Can't help it. :P

  • JG2704 on October 24, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Just reading the rankings as I type. Must admit I'm surprised England are top and I'll even have to agree with the sniping Indian postees that England will probably fall very quickly. I'm sure there will be many changes in these rankings as T20 seems to be a growing format and there will be many more T20 games played than test matches. As for player ratings re batsmen , I'm really surprised to see guys like MS Dhoni , Gayle and Mike Hussey so low down but I guess maybe we don't always notice guys like the Mccullum brothers unless we are NewZealanders and sometimes it's hard to remember which format certain players performed in - T20 and ODI as there is not such a difference as between ODI and test cricket. As an England fan it's nice to see us at the top but as 5Wombats says , we won't be getting too excited at being 1 in this format. Although we will unlikely remain nr 1 after playing India it is strange how we are better at T20 than ODI's as T20 is further away from the test format.

  • gunnerr4life on October 24, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Ridiculous ranking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DINESHCC on October 24, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    CONSIDERING THE PERFORMANCES IN 3 T-20 WORLD CUPS AND NO. OF WINS IN OTHER T-20 MATCHES, PAKISTAN SHOULD BE THE No.1 TEAM.

  • HARSHIT_YADAV on October 24, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    as far as i think there should be pakistan.

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    To all the Pakistan fans who say that Pakistan should be the top four because of the successful runs in the past 20-20 world cup should realise that Pakistan havent done so well in 20-20 outside of the World Cup. Just because a team does well in world cups doesnt mean they should by default be one of the top four teams if they fail to win consistently outside of the world cup.

  • kasi_214 on October 24, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    on what basis was this ranking given, though i am an indian i hoped that pakisthan has played great t20 matches than any other country. it should be a mistake or icc wants england to top the list so just with no reason gave them the lead.

  • Pakistanvictorious on October 24, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    " If England win their T20 against India at Eden Gardens on October 29, they will have a four-point lead over Sri Lanka. If they lose, though, they will slip below Sri Lanka and India " Are you kidding thatwith losing only one match England with 127 rating points will slip below India who have 112 ratings. If yes then ICC should make some sense to keep cricket lovers interested.

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    pakistan seventh in t20 rankings????

    if winning the worldcup is a benchmark then y is australia the top ranked odi team and not India??

  • robheinen on October 24, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    England are on the way down again. These rankings always lag behind actuality.

  • nzcricket174 on October 24, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    how the hell can england be no.1 what a joke.

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @virkies No if India bead England, Srilanka will be the top ranked team. They will have 123, 121 and 126 points respectively. http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/t20_predictor.php

  • SL_BiggestJoke on October 24, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    I can only laugh at this!!

  • yorkshirematt on October 24, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    It's as bizarre as us being 4th in football.

  • yorkshirematt on October 24, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Well that's a nice surprise but it will only give the indians more to throw at us if they beat us in the T20 next week.

  • DarkBatter on October 24, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the outrage of Malinga being ranked 10th in the bowling ranks. His yorkers in the death overs are deadly. He pretty much carried Mumbai through Champions League. Now I know a lot of you are gonna say this is based on international cricket, but in my opinion if you ask any captain which of those bowlers you want on your team, Malinga will be named somewhere in the top 3. Fix this injustice ICC!!!

  • krantiviswas on October 24, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    why pak supporters are crying so much, it is clearly mentioned in the article that ICC took the results from AUG2009 into consideration. empty vessels makes more noise. if at all the past recrods only to be considered, australia will be No:1 forever in ODI & tests

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    I have to think that people complaining about Pakistan's ranking didn't read the article. Pakistan have played a lot of matches in the last 2 years (24) and have LOST more than 50% of them. These rankings are only for games in that last 2 years with more weight given to recent games. That is the same way they do it in Test and ODI cricket and clearly a fair way.

  • on October 24, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    i think ICC completely runs by BCCI ??? hmm

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Pakistan they lost in 13 games from last 21 match. This Statistics not depend on word cup

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Haha, If India wins against England in the upcoming t20, India will go to Second Place, Srilanka at first place, England on Three... And for all the Pakistan fans, The matches that are counted are the ones which took place after August 2009, which certainly looks Biased from your point of view.

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    bad ranking procedure its Pakistan who have won most number of games in international 20/20 so far in 2007 Pakistan were runners up in 2009 champions in 2010 semi finalist ??? so on what measures they have made these rankings??

  • Z.Saleem on October 24, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Looks a Joke for sure, coz for no way India with 558 points in 11 games makes them no.5, and Pakistan team who has almost won everything in T20 except for a few matches against England.....but they are no.7 (played 2 finals and one semis in 3 T20 cups).

    Shame on ICC as they have shown how anything can be molded according to their satisfaction. They should rank teams as T20 cup in 2010, which is fine as England are no.1 there too.....but then start the rating from there.

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    pakistan may have perform at the wt20 but u cant have a team whos lost more than 50% of their matches any higher can you?

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Pakistan have lost over 50% of their matches... no way should they be top 4.

    But anyway... Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    This is a joke..ICC is clearly biased ..They wiated till Eng get to top before announcing this.Why they waited 6 yrs ?..SL is the true no 1...Dilshan & Mahela should top the batting list & Malinga ,Mendis in bowling .

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    To all pakistani fans who is whinging is it all that 3 semi finals and 2 finals happen after august 2009? coz its clearlly state ''The table reflects all T20Is played since August 2009.'' read it properly b4 comment.

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Lasith Malinga should be in the top bowling chart.. dont know whats happening..

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Its funny to see Afghanistan in T20 top 10 ranking...

  • bumsonseats on October 24, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    guys its just a list not the end of the world. iv no idea why eng are top and if and when india win theT20 1 off game, they go top and they dont deserve it any more than england. pehaps its because we are the T20 world cup winners. and as someone mentioned i would give that up every time for the ashes. india seems to worry the most that they are not top. we get it in every item, they are odi world cup winners they have the ipl their board have the most clout in the icc. bla bla bla. dpk

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    speechless................................................................

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Pakistan are the most successfull T20 team (the stats show this), this proves that from the top (ICC), there has been a campaign to sideline paksitan. Who will the ICC blame this blunder on?

  • WeAreNumberOne on October 24, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Would you like to see our World Cup?

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    ICC biased or not, but Pakistan's No.7 is clearly understandable, they lost more than 50% of matches played since Aug'09. If a team had to be rated No.1 just because they played 2 finals and 3 semis, India are to be rated No.1 in ODIs as they played 2 finals in the last three World cups and they are not even No.1 despite winning the World Cup'11....

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    England is no. 1 now but will be no. 3 after they will loose from India on 29th oct. and India will be no.2 from no. 5

  • diehardcricketfan3 on October 24, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    i'm an indian fan... india is in fifth position... it is ok... but how can england be no.1? england and newzealand doesn't deserve top 5... instead pakistan and australia should have been in top 5........

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 24, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    England will take being better at cricket than India any day: Which they are of course, and which no one who saw England recently and in the last year can deny. They sit at number one because they're the best.

    The side that's in India at the moment is of course heavy on youngsters, and every England fan has been vying for this youngsters: they are the new breed, the next generation to come through. Although they might have a long way to go to reach the fearsome heights that Anderson and co have now reached, there's been some good performances from the likes of Finn, who's quicker than every Indian bowler put together. They'll take time, but will come good.

  • ns_krishnan on October 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Thess T20 ratings are a joke. There are not enough international T20s played for these to be meaningful. ( Seems a bit shocking, but true). At most a team plays 7 or 8 in a year and it is barely enough to have a ranking. After each match, teams will go up and down and so will the fans. ICC should let T20 be just a side-show in tours.

  • diehardcricketfan3 on October 24, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    i'm an indian fan... i'm happy our india in 5th position... but england and newzealand doesn't deserve to be in top 5... instead pakistan and australia are deserved to be in top 5................

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Why is Mendis the top bowler it should have been Lasith Malinga.Just like other ICC rankings it is immposible to understand these rankings as well.

  • sachinblast on October 24, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    But England is a below average team!

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Now India should start playing more T20I as the ranking system has been launched.

  • on October 24, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    India tour of England is not so good till now and they are 0-4 in 5 one day series. They are already one position down from 4th to 5th in the one day ranking. I think England's 1st position in test cricket ranking is at stake.India, the home team is up against all odds and desperate to retain their lost crown in England Tour.

  • 200ondebut on October 24, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    As an England fan this is great - but surely there must be some mistake here. England top! It's not 1st April is it?

  • virkies on October 24, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    As per T20 predictor on ICC site, If India wins against Eng in next T20 match, India will be ranked no. 1. ????

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    I will say totally unfair ranking.....How Pakistan can be at this place who has played all 2 finals and 3 semi finals out of 3 t20 world cup. At lest should be in top 4. ICC is biased

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Ha Ha.. England loves to be named as number 1 team..But only problem is that they can not stay there for long,....

  • M_H_K on October 24, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    I think , ICC was waiting for England to be the top of the list before they announce the T20 ranking. T20 is being played for last 5 or 6 years. I dont find any reason to announce it just now.

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    England will lose that status as fast as possible.

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    3 allrounders in top 10 of a number 7 team ... not a bad feat though

  • TouseefAhmad on October 24, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Pakistan is the only team who has played to finals of World Twenty20 and only team who has played all three semi finals of World Twenty20. It surely seems a joke that Team Pakistan is at number 7. Probably this page would have worked better if put on page 2 .

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    pls.updates day by day & latest news

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    wow how england got there? srilanka have won their last 5 t20 matches. 3 againts australi, 1 againts NZ and Eng, and england have lost 3 of their last 5 t20 matches.

  • khurramsch on October 24, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    yes agree that pakistan didnt do well in 2010. infact theier only significant victory was against aus in england.but in bowling not finding umar gul in top 10 is strange & i think these rankings & points were more based on current matches to previous. thats y we can see england and players like ajantha mendis on top as they are in good form very recently. finding this many spiners in top 10 is realy amazing. also why no dan vettori & afridi in bowlers top list coz they both were good.

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    congratzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Mendis

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Why Pakistan at No 7 ??????? In 3 three World Cups Pakistan have 2 ,1,4 th position why ranking below.....???? Strnage RANKING OF PAKISTAN..... Anyone jsutified this....

  • 5wombats on October 24, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    England have been the top T20 side for a couple of years now. The funny thing is; not many of us England fans care! We cared about beating Australia in the final of the T20 WC - because we always care about beating Australia, in anything. You'll hardly ever hear England fans talking about being T20 World Champions. Contrast and compare....

  • honestno2 on October 24, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    This is the worst ranking i ve ever seen......Pak a former champion on seventh ?? what a joke !!!

  • BoonBoom on October 24, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    When a year ago when Pakistan was clearly on top and had won by far more matches than any other country; why T20 ranking was not defined then?

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Pakistan have better T20 talent than India!

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Wow new rankings !

    I wonder what The ICC might come up next stadiums' rankings maybe !!!!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on October 24, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    india and new zealand ahead of Pakistan very funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny

  • Morfi on October 24, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    This is hilarious and interesting at the same time... Does any one know the reason why the period for rankings begins in August 2009??? Well, if we had started from June or May 2009, it would have included the World T20 in June which Pakistan won, and in that case, Pakistan would have ranked around 2 or 3 at worst... Quite intriguing how the whole system is provide some value to T20s and how it can be quite meaningless due to the arbitrary use of stats....!!

  • satish619chandar on October 24, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Congrats English team and the fans.. Now, two No.1 are under your belt.. Hope you guys pay some attention to the other format too!!!

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    piakistan at 7 cant beleive

  • pom_don on October 24, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    The way we are playing at the moment I think this could be a short lived claim to fame, India are playing decent cricket but we are flattering them by playing some dross, I hope they get their head into gear soon!

  • davidgjones on October 24, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    This means even less than being ranked #1 in tests, and that's saying something. Performance and results make you a good team, not a list that isn't properly representative of either on the international scene.

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    The current of england, they will be at 08th rank

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    INDIA WILL WIN AND DETHRONE THE ENGLAND RANKING.....

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Pakistan at no7 ?? inspite of having played in 2 finals and a semi final

  • Stark62 on October 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    HAHAHAHAHA

    Pak have won the T20 competition, been runners up and semi-finalists in the last edition but are still 7th. LOL

    Nice work icc! :)

  • SamRoy on October 24, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Pakistan has been the most consistent team in the World T20 Championships till now and deserve to be No. 1 in T20s. Just shows what a waste of time these rankings are. Even when India were ranked 1 in test cricket I had mentioned that I would rather prefer India being ranked 4th or 5th and winning test series' in Australia and SA (by whatever margin -- 1-0 is fine) rather than being No. 1 and not winning there.

  • jmcilhinney on October 24, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    England are obviously better at T20I than they are at ODI but the current series results don't bode well for maintaining their #1 ranking in T20I, particularly in India and without Morgan. Someone will need to play a blinder. Kieswetter? Pietersen? Buttler or Bairstow even? They are all capable in theory. Even then though, the Indian batsmen are looking in good form.

  • bumsonseats on October 24, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    well at least we will be T20 # 1s for a few days anyway lol. this is a shock when i saw the headline i thought it was our ladies team. dpk

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    pakistan at 7 .......... haha ... very biased ranking ofcourse .. pakistan is the best t20 team performance wise n they shud have been in top 3 atleast ....

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Unbelievable!How can Pakistan,one time finalists,once winners and once semi-finalists be on number 7?This is what we call controversial.I agree Pakistan have lost quite a few matches last year.But that cannot account for them being place so low.Number 7 is no position at all for world champions.Account for that ICC please!

  • rongranu22 on October 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    yes Eoin Mesorgan deserved it he is the best t20 batsman. congrats to mendis & hope SL will become NO.! soon as possible.

  • TMA11 on October 24, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    where are Pakistan considering they have the best records in T20 Competitions???????????????

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  • TMA11 on October 24, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    where are Pakistan considering they have the best records in T20 Competitions???????????????

  • rongranu22 on October 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    yes Eoin Mesorgan deserved it he is the best t20 batsman. congrats to mendis & hope SL will become NO.! soon as possible.

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Unbelievable!How can Pakistan,one time finalists,once winners and once semi-finalists be on number 7?This is what we call controversial.I agree Pakistan have lost quite a few matches last year.But that cannot account for them being place so low.Number 7 is no position at all for world champions.Account for that ICC please!

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    pakistan at 7 .......... haha ... very biased ranking ofcourse .. pakistan is the best t20 team performance wise n they shud have been in top 3 atleast ....

  • bumsonseats on October 24, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    well at least we will be T20 # 1s for a few days anyway lol. this is a shock when i saw the headline i thought it was our ladies team. dpk

  • jmcilhinney on October 24, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    England are obviously better at T20I than they are at ODI but the current series results don't bode well for maintaining their #1 ranking in T20I, particularly in India and without Morgan. Someone will need to play a blinder. Kieswetter? Pietersen? Buttler or Bairstow even? They are all capable in theory. Even then though, the Indian batsmen are looking in good form.

  • SamRoy on October 24, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Pakistan has been the most consistent team in the World T20 Championships till now and deserve to be No. 1 in T20s. Just shows what a waste of time these rankings are. Even when India were ranked 1 in test cricket I had mentioned that I would rather prefer India being ranked 4th or 5th and winning test series' in Australia and SA (by whatever margin -- 1-0 is fine) rather than being No. 1 and not winning there.

  • Stark62 on October 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    HAHAHAHAHA

    Pak have won the T20 competition, been runners up and semi-finalists in the last edition but are still 7th. LOL

    Nice work icc! :)

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Pakistan at no7 ?? inspite of having played in 2 finals and a semi final

  • on October 24, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    INDIA WILL WIN AND DETHRONE THE ENGLAND RANKING.....