ICC news July 22, 2012

Bangladesh push past Australia, Pakistan in T20 rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh have moved up to No. 4* on the ICC's Twenty20 rankings, after beating Ireland 3-0 on their tour of Europe. For now, only England, South Africa and Sri Lanka lie above Bangladesh in the rankings.

Bangladesh had broken into the rankings for the first time after their one-run win in the second match of the series; they had catapulted into the No. 6 spot, ahead of New Zealand, India and West Indies. Saturday's last-ball win lifted them further up the list, past Australia and Pakistan.

Ireland, who were in ninth position ahead of the series, dropped two places to eleventh, meaning Afghanistan move into tenth.

According to the ICC rules, only teams that have played at least eight Twenty20 internationals in the period starting August 1 2009 to date (the qualifying period changes every August) will get a ranking.

Their elevated position is perhaps more than what captain Mushfiqur Rahim had hoped for ahead of Bangladesh's tour to Europe; he was eager, he said, to just break into the rankings. "We are still not good in the new format of the game. Due to lack of international matches we are not even in the ICC Twenty20 international rankings, while even Afghanistan occupies a spot in the rankings," Mushfiqur had told reporters before leaving Dhaka. "We have a chance to break into the [rankings] table if we can win matches on this tour."

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*GMT 10:52, July 22: This story has been updated after Bangladesh moved from No. 6 to No. 4 in the rankings.

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  • Imad Uddin on July 24, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    And please with all due respect, see the latest result, Scotland beating number 4 comprehensively, come on, a bt more humbleness is needed to perform, just by having tigers in the name don't necessarily make you one. Actions speaks louder than words.

  • Imad Uddin on July 24, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Well I'm sure there is some serious coding issue in the ranking software and analytical tool ICC is using, first giving test status prematurely, now out of any logic defeating non test paying nations(the amount of tests BD plays I will not see any rationale in rating them as test playing nation) gives significant boost in rankings, come on guys regardless who we support! These rankings are beyond any wild imaginations, can someone do a simple stats to see how many teams BD defeated whom they surpassed in the rankings????

  • Aoun on July 24, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    when did this happen? They are number 9 again.

  • fazan on July 24, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    just load to scotland... shame on you.

  • Andy on July 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @Meety@r0ketman: Honestly going to-and-forth comparing teams with earlier decades is no way going to help any one. Its a fact BD got their test status much earlier than what they deserved. BD didn't have a proper structure for a long time agreed but this doesn't give them the comfort of losing matches on a trot like now. They have proper coach, doctors, and etc.. these lacked in the earlier ages. There is a lot of difference in conditions, technology, finance & even dependability. If BCB is really focused they could take neighbors help to improve the board and its structure, other boards will not poke their noses into their neighbor for sure, when they have a mess on their own to deal about. Let us get to honest reality, in today's generation you can't back teams giving them more and more chances until they give you result. BD is improving in ODI's almost after 11yrs, BD must be pushed out of their comfort zone if we are really going to see a change in their competitiveness in tests.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on July 24, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    @ bored_iam: Shakib was instrumental in 1st game of this series. Last 2 games were saved by Nasir, Mahmud & Mashrafi. BD without Shakib won vs South Africa in Tri series in Zimbabwe last month. @ Wallaroo: Why r u talking too confidently? Even Zim had beaten Aussies few years back in World T20 & BD defeated full strength Aus side (Warne, McGrath, Ponting, Hayden, Gilchrist- all were in main XI) in Cardiff in 2005. I agree BD is much weaker than Aussies now & BD will lose 9 out of 10 clashes between them. But ur claim of Aus will beat BD at any time any where is wrong. Aussies r not as strong as 2005 & BD or other minnows (Zim, Ire etc) r not as weak as last decade.

  • Michael on July 24, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Happy for Bangladesh because this will increase their profile internally and externally notwithstanding that the system is flawed.

    Honestly if Bangladesh played Aus T20 anywhere in the world today, we all know that Aus will win comprehensively. There is no way on earth that Bangladesh is a better side than Aus. Aus will own them in any format, anywhere.

  • Munir on July 24, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I really don't understand why some people 're always busy in criticizing BD. You guys should appreciate BD for their performances in recent time despite limited facilities than IND, AUS, SA, ENG etc. Pls stop saying Ireland, Kenya, Afghanistan 're better than BD. Now BD can thrash Ireland 8 out of 10 on their condition, Kenya 10 0ut of 10 in any condition, Afghanistan 9 out of 10 in any condition.

  • Terry on July 24, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @spiritwithin, 2008-2011 India played: Aust in Ind(2-0), Eng in Ind(1-0), NZ in NZ(1-0), Sri in Ind(2-0), Ban in Ban(2-0), SA in Ind(1-1), Sri in Sri(1-1), Aust in Ind(2-0), NZ in Ind(1-0), SA in SA(1-1) & WI in WI(1-0). At home they played 5 top 5 teams win 4 draw 1 & win against bottom team. Away they played 2 top 5 teams, draw 2 with 3 bottom teams win 3. Thus, Ind played home matches against high ranked teams but played away mostly against low ranked teams, failing to win series against top ranked teams. IF the system took into account the advantage of playing at home, India would never had reached number 1 in tests by playing easy series away from home and all the hard ones on pitches they get to design. Its how a good team pretends they are the best in the world!

  • reazul on July 24, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    @lajber ali thats why your very strong & better than BD players team(afghanistan) get easily beaten by Ireland 10 days before right.Were the matches ever close?

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