ICC news May 2, 2017

England, Pakistan climb T20I rankings

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England and Pakistan were the biggest gainers in the ICC's annual T20I rankings update, climbing to second and third place respectively. New Zealand held on to the top spot despite losing two points, while India and South Africa slipped down the table.

England gained seven points and climbed three places on the table to second, while Pakistan, who were ranked seventh last year, climbed to third place after gaining five points. Both teams had 121 points but Pakistan were ranked behind England by a fraction. India and South Africa both lost six points and dropped to fourth and fifth on the table.

Older results - between May 2013 and April 2014 - were disregarded for the points calculation while matches played from May 2014 to April 2016 were weighted at 50%, and matches played from May 1, 2016 weighted at 100%.

Both India [14 wins in 20 matches] and South Africa [10 wins in 15 matches] had good results between May 2015 and April 2016, which were weighted at 100% in the previous cycle; these results are now weighted at 50%. Over the last 12 months, however, both teams have played fewer matches and have not had as much success: India played eight games with four wins, while South Africa won two of their four T20Is.

Pakistan, on the other hand, had consistent results over the last year. They beat West Indies by margins of 3-0 and 3-1 in the UAE and the Caribbean respectively, while also winning a one-off T20I against England.

Australia moved up one place from last year to sixth on the table, while West Indies dropped to seventh. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan remained at eighth and ninth respectively - Afghanistan gained six points over this cycle to take a 12-point lead over tenth-placed Bangladesh.

The rankings are important for qualification for the 2020 World T20. Australia, hosts for the tournament, and nine other top-ranked teams as on December 31, 2018 will gain automatic entry. The bottom eight sides will join regional qualifiers in the 2019 World T20 Qualifier. Six sides from the qualifier will then join the 16-team World T20 pool.

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  • SS_JJ on May 6, 2017, 16:06 GMT

    Pakistan's one-day ranking has declined to worst level. At least they were able to climb to 3rd place in T20I. Hopefully, in Sarfaraz captaincy, Pakistan would be able to improve its One-day ranking.

  • cricfan79896144 on May 4, 2017, 7:21 GMT

    hahahah, look at these bd telling themselves the champion and see the condition below from Afghanistan be carefull bd they are the winner of wt20 next time and they are the capable for this position, keep calm and see the development of Afghanistan

  • popcorn on May 3, 2017, 21:31 GMT

    India plays so much T20 cricket,IPL, but are nowhere in the World T20 Rankings? Similarly, Australia, BBL. England play very little T20 cricket, though it is they who invented this Format, and are at the Top of the Table. Any inferences?

  • MUNNA MALIK on May 3, 2017, 17:38 GMT

    Shame yourself who said westindies C grade Team. all Bnagali circus Tiger what's your achivement in T20 Nothing . Westindies won 2 T20 worldcup .

  • WardakAfg. on May 3, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    @JAHID01817454044: Whoever you are, you are still a kid and need along way to learn how to talk. You are still a child and you need to grow up!

  • TheRealMvp•_• on May 3, 2017, 12:42 GMT

    @quebec crickerters , west indies havent been good in bilateral t29

  •   Sheharyar Abbasi on May 3, 2017, 12:09 GMT

    @All those questioning WI ranking despite having two world cups. The same team has lost 6-1 against Pakistan in last two t20 series that will obviously lower their rankings no rocket science in that. And the funniest part is the same ppl wont question india's ranking bcos it suits them. Everyone here comes with Angular stats Biased thinking. We need genuine cricket supporters who should learn to give credit where its due.Cheers

  • Quebeccricketersfraternity on May 3, 2017, 11:04 GMT

    This ranking criteria was created to help England and to put west Indies out of the ranking. It is always design to favorites England . The west Indies is the champions of the world but ranked seven it's laughable. Good work ICC.i hope that this type of thing motivates west Indies to win the crown next time around

  • naresh879 on May 3, 2017, 10:27 GMT

    WI might be sayin hell ya who cares.....come wt20 in aus we will win it again....funny how the best t20 side in the world, the only team to win 2 titles is at 7

  • White_Bird on May 3, 2017, 9:35 GMT

    I also feel that Afghanistan Cricket Board have planned their opponents in home and away tours, especially in T20 cricket smartly and the results are visible.

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