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Bangladesh push past Australia, Pakistan in T20 rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 22, 2012

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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.

ICC Twenty20 rankings

  • 1 England
  • 2 South Africa
  • 3 Sri Lanka
  • 4 Bangladesh
  • 5 Pakistan
  • 6 Australia
  • 7 New Zealand
  • 8 India
  • 9 West Indies
  • 10 Afghanistan

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."

To view the ICC rankings, click here.

*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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Posted by criclover_at_cricinfo on (July 24, 2012, 22:38 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.

Posted by criclover_at_cricinfo on (July 24, 2012, 22:35 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????

Posted by babu_bhaiya on (July 24, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

when did this happen? They are number 9 again.

Posted by twyfordcc on (July 24, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

just load to scotland... shame on you.

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 24, 2012, 16:47 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.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (July 24, 2012, 15:25 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.

Posted by Wallaroo on (July 24, 2012, 11:33 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.

Posted by Funny_Lord on (July 24, 2012, 11:19 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.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (July 24, 2012, 9:09 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!

Posted by tatactg on (July 24, 2012, 8:37 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?

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

all South Asians fans should be united we will be leading the cricket world for long long time. If India Pak or SLwin a match i should be proud of them because they are my neighbor, haters and critics shell not give us anything rather if we could support each other we could be united and strong....................so all my friends let forget all the discrimination and be united love each other and cheer for our success rather yelling at each other this is my request to all of you. ---Fan from BD

Posted by bored_iam on (July 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain: Again, I respect your opinion mate. But I wish some of the comments regarding BD were a lil more realistic.Minus Shakib, BD still remains a struggling outfit.

Posted by bored_iam on (July 24, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

@Bang_La: Jealous of WHAT exactly??? That BD are going to fall again from the rankings when they face the Test Playing Nations? Or that u are at the bottom of the Test and ODI forat tables, and shall stay there for quite sometime?

Posted by Ishtiaq.Khan on (July 24, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Rankings are/were never too important. We all know that wins against minnows like Ireland isn't too great, but it's a step towards the right direction for Bangladesh. And who knows, getting enough time and Bangladesh might rock the boats of the top tier teams.

Posted by cricket2011 on (July 24, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

in 2012, Bangladesh improved lot of . They already shown that in Asia cup. And also they proved against Ireland. Other wise the 2nd and 3rd T20 they can't win. Actually Bangladesh get the game only in Final 3-4 overs in the two recent games. that means finishing. Ireland couldn't finish well they need more practise. Any way If Ireland get more opportunity to play against top teams, of course they will beat at least 5 test nations soon.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 24, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Guys why this fuss over this ranking system! It was just because of lack of games cost other teams. The T20 WC is on the way and it will show the real 'ability' of teams and their rankings...lets wait for it.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

I believe we (Afghan) have got better players then Bangladesh has which gave us the position in the ranking! For them that post is temporary but we will stay there longer and will get move on! Poor Mushfiq, you will soon go back out of the ranking.

Posted by akalam1 on (July 24, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

They hates me and I can't Seem to see why, they hates me all they do is make me cry, they hates me all they wants is to see me die everyone hates me please some One anyone tell me why, Is it because we became No 4, is this why, Please hate more so we can became No1.

Posted by Meety on (July 24, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

@r0ketman - well said regarding India's Ranji Trophy. The reality is, Bangladesh were never going to be competitive in world cricket until they started getting their domestic scene moving in the right direction. That is the fundamental difference between Bangladesh now & Kenya 1993 to 2003. India needed several generations of good domestic cricket before they had ENOUGH cricketers to be competitive. Bangladesh are improving but probably need another 5 yrs before they climb high in Tests. The frustrating thing for me, (an Ozzy), being an avid follower of Bangladesh cricket, is the 3 steps fwd, 2 steps back "progress" they make. Everytime I think this could be the time they turn things around, they crash. I thought they'd do well at the W/Cup - they did play some great games, but they also got routed several times (& embarrassingly so). They are forming the core of a side that IMO, 10yrs from now COULD be ranked in the top 4 in all formats. Much depends on an injury free Shakib.

Posted by Meety on (July 24, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

@serious-am-i - re: India's test status v Bangladesh. The reality is, that Bangladesh have barely had 10yrs of test status. They got thrown in the deep end badly, they should of had more limited exposure in the first 5 to 10 yrs. The fact is in cricket - a generation is about 10 to 15 yrs - so Bangladesh are still within the first generation of test status. They have done well despite their appalling win/loss ratio. The fact is whilst India did have some "cricketers" in their side of dubious ability, their early days were also pretty terrible & there is no sidestepping the issue. NZ went a long time without winning a test, however their volume of matches were low, which meant that stats weren't warped by their inclusion - unfortunately, Bangladesh have warped contemporary stats. The current bangladesh side is beter than India's circa 1950.

Posted by Meety on (July 24, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

@serious-am-i - re: your comment abou Kenya where they should of got test status before Bangladesh. There is no doubts, that in the 1990s, Kenya was doing better than Bangladesh. The fact is though, the Kenyan team relied on a gifted batch of talented cricketers & the standard dropped alarmingly outside of theat core group. Even by 2003 when Kenya (somewhat luckily) reached the semi of the W/Cup (I was extremely happy they did), there was no investment in the grassroots - they had funding from the ICC, it was being gobbled up in "Administration". Even though by 2003, a full strength Kenyan side could still beat Bangladesh, Bangladesh were developing players at a much faster rate, to the extent that today they'd thrash Kenya 9 times out of 10 in any format. I am sad for Kenyan cricket, they definately didn't get enuff exposure post W/Cup, which did trigger an ICC re-think & there are better opportunities now for Associates (proof = Ireland & Afghans, even PNG)

Posted by reyme on (July 23, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

@legaleagle: So the better team IRE worthy of Test status ahead of BD by miles is no longer a "real" team anymore? What happened? Due to some computer glitch IRE lost by 0-3? Maybe you can siglehandedly now beat the Irish by playing with one hand. Since BD recently beat IND, SL, ENG, SA, ZIM, WI, those are not "real" teams either? Hopefully BD will beat a real team or two in near future. Then I want to hear your next excuse. Just dont become a laughing stock in this focum, fans on cricinfo actually follow cricket.

Posted by reyme on (July 23, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Based on the current form, BD should be able to beat 10 out of top 15 teams. BD will beat: 1. Kenya, 2. Canada, 3. Scots, 4. Netherlands. BD just beat: 5. IRE, 6. South Africa, 7. ZIM. Last time BD played, BD beat: 8. AFG, 9. WI. BD should be able to beat: 10. NZ. BD might be able to beat few of the following: 11. SL, 12. ENG, 13, PAK, 14, AUS, 15, IND. Last time BD played ENG, IND, SL in ODI against those respective full strength team, BD just beat them. So I dont see anything wrong with being number 4.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Please go on and rank Kenya as the Number 1 team in T20s.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

after 3 more win they goanna be no 2. as a bd fan we dont bother by the ranking system rather prove it with the performances man to man team to team....day by day we gonna find the way to be the num 1..win the WC guess what the day is not so far

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

297 comments!! Does this ranking system deserve so many comments? Come'n, let's move over to WCT20 :) ... and of course congratulations to Bangladesh cricket team for the whitewash (but not for ranking).

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (July 23, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

@Sajith UT - looks like the IPL boys just thrashed your beloved team at your home ground.

Posted by fr600 on (July 23, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

@r0ketman Totally agree and loved what you said statistically. It was real fun reading them.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Never worry all of people who are against bd , what u will say if bangladesh win world T20 Championship.........

Posted by r0ketman on (July 23, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

@serious_am_i: I disagree. India did not take cricket seriously till after independence in 1947? Ranji tropy started in 1936 and it continued through the world war. Who are we kidding? Facilities? India had over 50 grounds that held FC matches by 1952 (before first ever victory against a subpar team). Do you know when BD's proper first class structure started? Do you know how many grounds worth holding FC matches do BD have? There is not even a comparison. India's second win came again PK, that was PK's first test series ever! Even in that series India lost a match to the newcomers. India's next victory came against NZ who was winless for 37 years when IND beat them. It took India more than 30 years after having a solid FC structure to beat "real" teams in test matches. The draws you are refering to: Before 1952, majority, if not all of the test matches IND played were 3 day matches. It is easy to draw 3 day matches. If look closely, IND lost many of those by an INN.

Posted by r0ketman on (July 23, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

@legaleagle: No disagreement on the ranking software. We have seen how poor the ranking system is, it was poor 50 years ago when in 1973 they ranked India no.1 only to see India get bowled out for 42 in England in 1974, losing the series by huge margin. They lost to Australia in Australia and WI at home; provig the no 1 ranking was a farce. We saw history repeating last year, when the so called no 1 lost 8 test matches overseas in a row, 4 of which were by an innings, lowest margin 122 runs. As for "real" teams, you said the following before IRE series "Bangladesh will lose this series given their poor performance for past 10-12 years. People who think they did well in Asia Cup are putting too much effort on other team's bad performance rather than Bangladesh's performance. Bangladesh won few matches in Asia cup because other teams played bad cricket." Well BD won the series 3-0, now what? Are you ready to accept you were wrong? or Did IRE play bad in all 3 games as well?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Ranking is not an important issue, its the result of the game which needs to be focused by BD team by winning one after one, ranking is not permanent. Despite, The good news is they started to roll winning cycle. such as: Asia Cup & Ireland tour. But what did not really convince me, is the way they have won last 2 game with Irish. That tells us, they are still behind the safe zone. Luck may not be your friend in the next games, so start preparing urself, as to create your luck to turn around the match on your side.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

I feel proud of our Team Bangladesh for being in the 4th position of ICC T20 Rankings. I know we are yet to go a long way to be a giant cricket playing country.But I also want to mention that we have improved a lot in the recent past. We have deep batting line up, lots of variation on bowling line up and this team has been playing cricket for quite long time meaning they all have better understanding among themselves. Shakib is occupying 1st position in ICC all-rounder raking for both test and ODIs. He is no 9 ODI bowler and 11th batsman. Razzak, Nasir, Mortoza is doing great too. I am hoping a great T20 world cup for Team Bangladesh with this strong line up. So, if you are any of our opponent, get ready to get beaten by Team Bangladesh........... We are coming.........

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

We all know ranking system is fair and it's for everyone not for some country. It's just that people are really worried and jealous about Bangladesh success, just to let you know this is just the beginning and you will have nightmare to come.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

@phendel - Yeah you make a good point but who did West Indies lose to as well? you know England, Bangladesh, Australia etc.

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 23, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

@ Saif_I_Khan: No thanks sire, if you mean to say if Ind, Aus, Pak and etc have to beat BD to gain higher rank no thanks really. Seriously teams needs to have high standards and high level of comparisons not BD vs Rest. It should be the vice-versa, BD should try to improve their cricket comparing to other bigger teams. The day BD begins to dream they are the new force in cricket (they really aren't any where close to it) that will be a ride through a steep slope. Kenya has beaten WI, SL, Ind, Zim (the team with flower brothers), BD - this doesn't mean they are a new force rite ? Remember Kenya even managed to get into Semi Finals in 2003 WC, honestly they should have got test status ahead of BD but anyways that's politics -lets not get into it. So it will be better if BD stays focused and doesn't drop into a pit like how Kenya went through. If BD shows no improvement in tests even with all the technology put in place, I am sorry I will stand with my earlier made comments. Period.

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 23, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@Rubab Bahar: Don't u compare with India with the test status, India started playing before independence since 1932 & the proper cricket which India really started to play was after independence that is after 1947 until then it was a team of kings and etc... You can refer to various articles about it. India won their first test in 1952, that is 5 years after independence against a second string English side, then went to win in 60's even winning series in england against England. Mind u England, West Indies and Australia were real strong teams and India didn't have any comforts like what BD is enjoying today w.r.t technology. In those days u didn't have tech. to find flaws of players to study and bowl accordingly. Even, NZ came through similar ranks almost. but 1 thing u could notice is, both India, NZ and even SL managed to draw test matches some how at least once every 2 or 3 matches they played, this is some thing BD failed miserably even after 12 years.

Posted by cairo on (July 23, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

those guys who talking about ranking why they did not talk about it before Bangladesh placed at 4? actually they jealous about our success, especially Indians because they never want to grow up any other countries beside them not only in sports but also in economics. India never helped our cricket. If you Indian guys jealous about our ranking than be-careful about your next match against Srilanka, because if you Indian win against them than we Tiger will get position no 3. You Indian and Srilanka will get position no 4. and remember too, come on next T-20 worldcup, inshallah Bangladesh will be champion. Thank you all.

Posted by shaantanu on (July 23, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Congratulations to Bangladesh.They have been improving......Some ppl were predicting 3-0 in favour of ireland and now that BD beat them 3-0 instead the same ppl are saying it has come against a weak opposition....Mind it Ireland are highly competitive.......As regards the ranking pray tell me when Pakistan won the T20 world cup an were pretty consistent in that format were they ranked no 1.or were india ranked no 1 when they did so(though i must admit we were not consistent enough).Then how come england are no 1 just by winning it last time around.

Posted by phendel on (July 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

after beating NZ 2-0 & tying with AUS 1-1, WI are #9......while BAN beat Ireland & go to #4.......this ranking system is a joke for T20......we'll see after September who the real #1 is though!!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

India at no 8 in t20s? funny ranking system.

Posted by fr600 on (July 23, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

@beeran Lower ranked teams such as IND, WI, and NZ should play them for an evenly competition. Bangladesh is too strong for them.

Posted by Bullet_Proof on (July 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

beeran@ I think India did play Nepal and Sudan to get their No :1 test spot whihk was a clear fluke and the could stood for only few days, was ended by 10 consecutive defeats. Ohhh WHAT a SHAME...........RECORD of flukiness.

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@vish57..u were asking how justfied the ranking system is when india was holding no.1 test ranking without winning in SA,Aus & Eng..ok plz tell me how the no.1 ranking of england is justified when they did'nt won in india in recent times,lost 0-3 against pak,unable to win the test series in SL??also does the current england team won a series in SA??so look at the other side too before raising questions

Posted by Third_Gear on (July 23, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

beeran@ INDIA should regularly keep playing with teams like China,Russia,Sweden,Denmark,Afghanistan,Nepal,Bhutan,Myanmar,Burundi,Ethoipia,Eritria,Liberia,Azarbizan,Vietnam,Philipine,Mali,Chad,Cameroon,Ghana,Nizeria,Yemen etc. Which will help the current FLUKE Indian team to improve and might be able to avoid 0-8 VERY SHAMEFUL DEFEATS LIKE in future.

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 23, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

@tfjones1978,will u plz explain how india manipulated ranking syatem to reach no.1??as far as i know the ranking system parameter were similar even before india reach no.1 spot,they played equal number of home & away series like every nation does...the reason y ther reached no.1 was bcoz they were unbeaten at home apart from winning series in eng(2007),few good performance in aus(2008),drewing series in SA and so on,the system was not manipulated thats y when they were beaten 4-0 in england they were demoted directly to no.3..its annoying to see when fans blame every thing to india,now had india been at no.4 instead of BD in T20 i m sure ppl wud have started making their conspiracy theories

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (July 23, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Congrats to Bangladesh from Sri Lanka.Now the world knows how powerful they are!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

I am fully agreed with Deepak Gokul as it is the full strength cricket power of sub-continent. I also hate the narrow comment like "@vish57,...spot on!now BD may arrange some matches against nepal and sudan and claim the no.1 cap!!lol". Why not, Nepal will come in the scene with sort time.

Posted by CRKS on (July 23, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

@vish, India has won test series in England 2007-08 season drawn series in SA and series wins in NZL , WI .ofcourse 100% win record at home including twice agsinst Australia helped them reaching No.1 position in 2009. i think ranking system is ok it is based on 3 years of performace . India lost last series in Aus & eng poorly imediately it reflected in thier rating .. problem with T20 ranking is hardly team plays 3- 4 t20's in a year ..with just 1 or 2 wins ranking changes ..where as in odis a team plays min 30 odis to max 40 in a year

Posted by cricket_expart on (July 23, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

they desarve this But in home ireland shud at least win 1 match

Posted by Legaleagle on (July 23, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Bangladesh is 4th in rankings- there must be a software glitch. Inshallah, their true potential will come out when they will lose to the "real" teams.

Posted by beeran on (July 23, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

@vish57,...spot on!now BD may arrange some matches against nepal and sudan and claim the no.1 cap!!lol

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Well Done guys!!!!Its only for the best interest of the game in sub-continent,that we have four high-quality teams from here..Bangladesh are now surely making a step in the right direction.Keep Improving....:)One thing that just amazes me is the hatred in comments between each other..It is a game afterall.Chill out guys.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

I don't understand why some Indian and Pakistani fans are crying out loud for because whether you like it or not, these rankings are fully justified. If India beat Sri Lanka in their coming T20 encounter, then they will jump to 5th place and if or when Bangladesh beat both Scotland and the Netherlands then both these scenarios will mean that Bangladesh will jump to 3rd place in the World T20 Rankings besides it doesn't really matter where everyone is at at the moment because the World T20 Championship will perfectly describe where everyone is truly at :)

Posted by vish57 on (July 23, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

This demonstrates that ICC ranking system need to be revamped; like how India was holding No.1 in test cricket without winning in Australia SA or England.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (July 23, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Firstly congratulations on Bangladesh on winning the series. Secondly I agree with some people here that this shows that the ranking system has some fatal flaws to it. If manipulated (like India did to come #1) a team can be promoted up the rankings. The reason why test and ODI rankings arent as bad is a lot more matches are played over a four year period whereas T20s are 8 matches over 2 years. I think even this system would resolve the issue if more T20s were played every two years. Perhaps a solution is for each team to play each other at least twice (30 T20s) were the points are based on those matches. This could resolve several issues with this flawed system. That said, I have always been a believer that lower ranked teams can compete against higher ranked teams if given a chance. Perhaps this will promote teams playing weaker teams which could fix the system over time anyway. Lets hope the ICC includes in FTP a round robin between all 16 teams every two years!

Posted by nipun027 on (July 23, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

I think Bangladesh now should now focus more matches outside FTP................ 2 me it is good 4 Bangladesh 2 play more matches against Pak, WI, SL and NZ....... These are the teams that has always been helping 2 improve the cricket in BD......... When there is option BD should also play against teams like IRE, AFG and ZIM........ Bcoz these teams r going 2 b wll b the future in cricket and BD now should dvlop good relationship with them...................

Like others we all BD fans also know that this ranking do not reflect the original scenario............. Bt still we r happy with it...............

Posted by K.A.K on (July 23, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Reliant's ranking system is made to keep England at the top no matter how it perofrms. And it is another joke to have Bangladesh getting past so many team by winning only a handful of games. Though goos for Bangladesh while it lasts.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

How can bangladesh hope to beat newzland , aus, india , SA , sri & eng if the team dont want to play us..... Maybe its a good thing that we are 4 th ranked team now if it helps get more matches to prove that we are force to be recon with than so be it..... ICC should have a home and away system in place like FIFA and it should be organized so that every team has an opportunity to play equal numbers of games.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

congratulation bangladesh. ireland also played well.a lots of path have to go bd to threat top teams. don't underestimate scot n netherlands. good luck bd.

Posted by jonesy2 on (July 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

funniest thing ive ever seen in my life. the fact is you cant have t20 rankings, simple as that. the worst team is ranked number 1 and the two best are ranked 6 and 8

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Bangladesh may become T20 World Cup champion very soon.

Posted by DecisionPending_BD on (July 23, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Now we have reached in 4th ranking place. Now beating Aus,NZ,Pak,Sl,SA,Ind will good. I mean making worth of that place and ahead of them.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

If you don't like the TIGER's current position, invite them and they will serve you the same service, served to the Irish.

Posted by Praxis on (July 23, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

I'm really confused, BD ranking 4th in T20 rankings and 250+ comments on this thread. What is happening here?!

Posted by Shamim_araf on (July 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

@OTTWWA---_NEVER DREAMS A DREAM WHICH WILL NEVER FULLFILL.AT PRESENT CANADA CAN'T BEAT BANGALADESH A TEAM EVEN....

Posted by Shamim_araf on (July 23, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

@DINESCC -NOT FORGET THAT INDIA WAS BEATEN BY BANGLADESH FEW MONTHS AGO...EVEN TODAY BANGLADESH CAN DO IT AGAIN

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Although Ireland doesn't qualify as a good team to beat in a series and get to number 4 in the rankings, one thing is clear- Bangladesh has earned their right to be hosted by other teams more regularly now. If not in Tests, then certainly they have won the honours to be featured in more ODIs and T20s. Congratulations Tigers- but like the saying goes- there's always scope and room for improvement.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

i,e better , I would like bangladesh to regain no. 1 sport in t20 and also win world t20 , Allaha bless you,..?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

255 + comments...Surely Bangladesh is now THE craziest cricket nation in the world.Good to see Bangladesh have supporters, Critics and even haters around the World.Bangladesh just entered the t20s rank table thats why this mess. After they play 6-7 match, the ranking will stable.FYI BD's next 4 games are with,Holland,Scotland,Newzeland,Pakistan.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

GREAT JOB BANGLADESH YOU SHOWED EVERYBODY IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS YOUR A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. KEEP ON FIGHTING AND LET THE TIGERS ROAR BE HEARD. GO TIGERS!!!!!!!!

Posted by Marcio on (July 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Good on them. BANG is on the improve, no doubt about it. However it must be pointed out that the T20 rankings are the least meaningful of all. Many countries barely put the same team on the field two games in a row, or use the games as experimentation, e.g. to blood new players.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

We need to perform consistently. Ranking is not important. As long as we keep wiining, we ill move up, and we are confident.

Posted by DINESHCC on (July 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

By beating China in T-20, you will be No.3, by beating Somalia you will be No.2 and by beating South Sudan you will be No.1 in the world. OMG

Posted by Bay-Lagaam on (July 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Well done Bangla... M Pakistani and watching bangladesh from the start of their careers when they beat Pak & India in World Cup... well after that this bangla side struggled so much (for almost 5 years).... and finally they are in fine shape of a team... in the team where evry 1 knows what their responsibility is... hoping for good in future for little warriors...

Posted by NP_NY on (July 23, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

The only teams BD has EVER beaten in T20 are Ireland, Kenya, Zimbabwe and WI. They have NEVER won against any test playing nation other than WI. And today if the current WI team play BD, WI will thrash BD. India and Pak has won T20 world cups. There is absolutely no comparison between BD and Aus. Unlike Test rankings where only the test playing nations are considered, the T20 rankings are a joke. The way it works is as follows: If BD plays 20 matches against Ireland, Kenya and Zimbabwe this year and wins half of them, and other non-minnow nations play only 4-5 games each, BD will climb to number 1. Wow, what an achievement!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

forget ENG vs SA test match tigers have won against IRELAND who haven't got any test status THIS IS THE GREATEST CRICKETING MOMENT IN HISTORY..Tigers will win the T20 WC in SL thrashing the hosts and last winner ENG and become T20 champions ..Tigers should play only T20 and not any tests or ODI because nobody wants Tigers for that format...wait till the WC gets over and TIGERS will roar

Posted by Meety on (July 23, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

@Shoaib Ahmed - good comments. Enjoy the ranking, I'm spewing Banga is above Oz, but as I've been a long time poster on this site, I've seen the gazillion calls for Bangladesh to be stripped of Test status, so I for one will not begrudge a bit of good natured chest beating! @ani. - very true. I sort of like the fact that Ireland were ranked 9th & the fact the minnows have rankings. I thought it was a blight on the FTP that Bangladesh did not have a ranking before this series as they hadn't played the minimum amount of T20s to qualify! Not happy that Bangladesh is above Oz, & I'd be shocked if Bangladesh (highly likely though) beat Scotland & end up THIRD! That being said, it might mean Bangladesh get more games in the format & it also may mean the likes of Ireland & Afghanistan get more games as they have a ranking - dunno!

Posted by ani. on (July 23, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

@Rubab you are wrong!. India got test status in 1932 they lost 12 matches before their first win in 1952 .. very few matches played in those days bcaz of world war2 .. & only 4 teams used to play cricket those days ... indian team was not professional before Independence with mostly Nawabs and Rajas used to play cricket ..check cricinfo ststs link http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/team/6.html?class=1;template=results;type=team;view=results

Posted by Naveed85 on (July 23, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

lol Bangladesh ahead of Pakistan, Aus and India.. and they have never won against test playing nation apart from wi.. anyways it was expected with T20 rankings were single win gives you 7 to 10 points bacz of less matches in a year .. srilanka vs india next and then pakistan vs australia ..after these matches Pakistan or India srilnka will be in top 3

Posted by ani. on (July 23, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

T2O rankings are different from odis or tests very few T20s played in a year and ranking system started recently .. with less than 6-7 matches in a year if a team wins 2-3 matches back to back can reach top position ....just check icc site if New zeland or India wins next match they can reach in Top 2 similary if Bangladesh lose next match against scotland they will be dropped to no.9 and win takes them to no.3

Posted by fr600 on (July 23, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Bangladesh will go up the ranking or go down, it will not stay the same forever. But as long as they are on 4th, they are fourth and better than the lower ones, as far as ranking is concerned which now SA is looking to reach the top (check the headlines) and all nations take it seriously. Whether you like it or not, whether you keep on barking on the ranking system or opponents or whatever, whether you can or can't digest it, it is the truth and you saying something else means nothing at all.

Posted by BanCricFan on (July 23, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

@all: check the T20 (Ban Vs WI head to head stat) --------------> BAN vs WI => 2:1

Posted by BanCricFan on (July 23, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

@ ALL BD haters: Before the series-->hahaha BD is loser! IRELAND is ranked 9 which means they r better than BD! That's what you said right? NOW>hahaha INDIA is loser! BANGLADESH is Ranked 6 and INDIA is Ranked 8 which means Bangladesh is better than INDIA....That sounds right to you???

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

This is the most attractiv article i ever read, Wel done bangladesh

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

i cant wait to see Bangladesh thrashig india australia england in t20 , bcz simple they had the best team ever , so they definitely can do that

Posted by Meety on (July 23, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh, not happy that your boys are ranked higher than Oz, but thems the breaks, enjoy it. I hope this is a confidence booster for the Banga boys going into the W/Cup.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

@Natesan- You should know, coming from a country that is #2 in everything in the world! Our Indian friends had no problem with ICC rankings when a pathetic,mediocre India was ranked #1 in test cricket last year. Bangladesh deserve their ranking now as much as India deserved theirs last year! Perhaps more so because they are not making #2 in their pants when facing England and Australia like the Indians did!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

I don't believe we're the 4th best team in this format. We could've easily lost 2 of the 3 games. In saying that, in years gone past, we would've lost those games. Good to see that part of our game improve. Rankings are always flawed. I'd be happier if we got out of our group in the t20 WC - NZ and Pak will be hard, but doable.

Posted by Afridynamite on (July 23, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

Bangladesh is the largest country to never have won an Olympic medal, the record is same in cricket no trophies yet

Posted by Saif_I_Khan on (July 22, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

Hey Big Guys- India, Pakistan Australia & others - come on and play with us (Bangladesh) more and if you beat us then you can check our rising up in the ranking. I am loving this.........

Posted by G-Rocker on (July 22, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

Bangladesh #4 in T20...because they played well...simple.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

take it positively.. the Team Bangladesh will won some more things in coming days...

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Don't take it seriously,it happens because Bangladesh played a very few matches over last three years.If Bangladesh loose any matches in next series they will be ranked on the bottom of the table.Bangladesh had to play 8 matches to enter in ranking system.When they entered in this system,it was calculated by recent wins.I believe this correct system and if they don't do well against good team automatically ranking will be changed. Enjoy your cricket,it doesn't matter at all.

Posted by borhans on (July 22, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Congrats to the Tigers .Proud to be a Bangladeshi ....

Posted by brianlarasdaughter on (July 22, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

It's funny that west indies at no.9 probably have the most dangerous side in T20 and I strongly agree with the point that it should only be played at club level...it's fun but really doesn't have the real battles that test cricket or even odi cricket has due to it's short nature

Posted by TigersCanKill on (July 22, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

Go BD go....go for #1. I know U can do this.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

Congratulations Bangladesh fr creating history just the way Kenya did by reaching Semi Finals of 2003 world cup.Enjoy the moment whether one likes it or not now BD is officially No 4 ranked team of T -20. Hope they will not make any ridiculous claims as they did after loosing Asia cup finals.

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 22, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

what would happen if bangladesh plays 5 more games against associate teams. they might even reach to number one t20. thats why i dont believe in ICC ratings. well bangladesh desrve to be at no 7,8, 9. certainly not at number 4. its not fair to give number 4 rating to a team that has only two win against top team(2 win vs west indies)in this format. if it so zimbabwe also has two wins against top team(1 vs Aus , 1 vs WI). so why are they sitting at no 12. not to mention they are rated higher than Pak(1 time t20 champion and 1 runners up), Aus(1 time runners up), india(1 time champion). what has bangladesh done in t20s to acheive that 4th place? By the no offence to bangladesh. I give full credit for their performance against Ireland.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

Absolutely, bringing any other name in any comparison with Bangladesh is a premature work to do. But on the contrary it is also expected that in any forum what Bangladesh does should be placed properly. Look up at the table, still you see the 6th slot for Bangladesh. It does not look fair.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

The numerous numbers of posts are published after a BD game no matter its official or unofficial....shows the tremendous intensity and curiosity among people about this new rising team. Nuff said...

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

congrats BD (from an Indian).. hope you guys can keep it up and make things a lot more interesting, come the T20 world cup.. cheers!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 22, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

International T20 is a joke ! I am a huge T20 fan only when it's played at club level. Only tests and ODIs should have international status. This doesn't take anything away from Bangladesh's achievements though. They deserve their ranking. Congratulations to them. But the I hope international T20s are a part of history soon.

Posted by Mehedi_BD on (July 22, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

I think for india,should have 2type ranking system, 1- is inside of country.....and 2- is playing abroad....... Inside of their country they can be within 3-4 position in T20 and Oneday (Not in the test)....... But in abroad they must be bellow ranking than even BD. Now a days BD can challenge both in Oneday and T20 with any country..... and considering the weakness of Indian bowling, India is bellow level of BD or Ireland.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

wow..IPL boys are No.8..bcoz SLPL ans BPL better than IPL

Posted by rasel_lovebdcricket on (July 22, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Come on guys...when BD is moving towards better team why you are afraid of appreciating...same attitude all the big cricket nation and their governing body has thatswhy cricket can't expand.So old game but only 10 teams. Help them and allow more cricket when they are trying to be better.We all should appreciate Bangladesh also encourage others to come in the tally.Well done BD...proud of you!!!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

This T20 table ranking looks so good and it will look even better after Bangladesh beat Scotland and the Netherlands.Oh!!! - how difficult it is for some people to digest this.....ha..ha..ha..

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Some of my jokes aside, I just to want to say as a Bangladeshi and to all the Bangla fans that please don't take these rankings seriously because the important thing you should take for granted is that Bangladesh have improved and are getting better and better which is good for the World of Cricket. Even though we're fourth in T20 it does not mean we're better than Australia, Pakistan or India no of course not and we still have a long way to go but if we can make them work for the win just like the Asia Cup then we can have such debates. The next year or so and the coming months where Bangladesh have plenty of Cricket for once will show just how far Bangladesh have come and then all of us can assess fair and square whether they're minnows or not. In T20s and ODIs, Bangladesh can now compete but honestly Test Cricket is still a big problem for us and unless we don't sort out our fast bowling department then I can't honestly see Bangladesh even beating Zimbabwe when really we should.

Posted by KironBD on (July 22, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

though India is now no.8, when Bangladesh is now no.4. But India should must have to reach to top by beat Bangladesh.

Posted by sachsri on (July 22, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Has BPL aiready shown an effect on Bangladesh much in contrast to the effect of IPL on team India.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

The reason India is so low is that India seldom plays with Bangla Desh. I think they should play with Bangla Desh often.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (July 22, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Looking forward to Canada beating Bangladesh again so we (Canada) can move ahead of Bangladesh in the rankings. Can't wait for that 5 game series!

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 22, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Well Done Bangladesh! Keep winning in your euro trip and i'm sure you will be number #1 in t20. You should also organize a euro cup with IRELAND, SCOTLAND and NETHERLANDS! Congratulations again! Well played and well deserved.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 22, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Congratulations to Bangladesh from a Sri Lankan fan. Make a point to be consistent by all means.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Im a Bangladeshi....and still i believe this ranking doesnt reflect our position in T20 format....india,pakistan and australia are way better than us....and taking pride in this particular ranking is not such a intellegent thing....we have a long way 2 go...and when we ll beat other teams quite easily and QUITE OFTEN...it wont matter whether we appear in the "RANKING" or not

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

teams like india, sri lanka nd new zealand were pathetic in the beginning of there path.... not to mention india won dre first test match after 50 yrs nd that to, to a england side filled with new comers.... It has only been 13 yrs that bangladesh has entered international cricket with already couple of major wins....that proves bangladesh is a big team to come in the future yrs

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

@ fr600, as far as I know, England are the current world Champion, and they are rightly sitting at no.1

Posted by hasnain1212 on (July 22, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

this is unfair... Ireland is not a great team thats why this series doesn't means alot

Posted by dare_to_beat on (July 22, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

sabaaaaaassssshhhhh bangladesh!!!!!!

Posted by i.love.ice.creams on (July 22, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Well done Lions. Keep up the good work.

Posted by rezam32 on (July 22, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

@Karn Mamgain - Well said man. We should not compare teams. India is a great team in all formats. Bangladesh is a young team and this is very exciting that they made it top 5 in one format. I am a Bangladeshi die hard fan but do realize that we have a long way to go. So just be happy for us and lets not bash eachother.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

just a single word to say it all..... lolz.....

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 22, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@Karn Mamgain: well as an honest critic, let me put up this way. When India was crowned no.1, I wasn't really happy about it - mind you I am an proud Indian (proud doesn't refer to sports, it refers to my patriotism). India didn't manage to win series in Aus, SA they managed to draw one and lose another, so if a team was called to be no.1 they have to win at all nations which Aus did it earlier even WI did it. Its the same reason I still claim Eng are not deserved no.1 because they are horrible in sub-continent conditions, we witnessed their capability against the pak in Sharjah which was a fine example. @M.Asaduzzaman Mishu: How are you going to squeeze in more matches in such a tight FTP already ? The only teams which I know of squeezing every inch of it is BCCI, but playing against BD is a financial loss for BCCI unless BD wins T20 World Cup which could change the scenario with sponsoring the series is concerned. Players Asso will not agree for more games, remember that as well.

Posted by siponus2007 on (July 22, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

all these people who is talking about ohh zmbabwe trieseries it was unofficial and their bangladesh beat south africa too , and all these people who said before the series the that ireland was better than bangladesh , i dont have no word for u ,i just wanna say accept the truth that bangladesh is far better team than before , and when it comes to t20 than it doesnt matter who is strong or not it always a even bcz its short format , and soon bangladesh will be number 1 in t20 ranking insallah ,

Posted by NP_NY on (July 22, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Ha ha...T20 rankings.....what a joke. BD barely beat Ireland in the last game. BD players have been playing a lot of T20 cricket while the Irish are still a bunch of part-timers with very few opportunities. If the Irish were given the same professional opportunities that BD has been given over several decades, they will be far ahead of BD by now. Until BD have beaten Pak and Aus and other top teams in bilateral T20 tournaments, BD will always be a minnow team even in T20.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

@cric-maestro...Thankyou very much sir, really appreciate it and right ;)

Posted by FOTO on (July 22, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Bangladesh beated Pakistan in one T20I

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

FYI, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, South Africa - t20 tri-series was not considered official matches by the ICC

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Although I'm an Indian, I'm appalled by the attitude that Indian fans (and of course, all others) are showing on this page. C'mon, ranking systems are designed in a certain way, and we all know about it. When India became world's number one Test team, and deservedly so, we all were happy about it. Then England, to their credit, took away that title, so we accepted it. Now, B'desh have the number four rankings in the T20 format, so accept it. In fact, being their neighbors, we should congrats the Bangladeshis.

Posted by maddinson on (July 22, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Ranking in T20 is itself a big joke and Bangladesh in top 4- no comments

Posted by fr600 on (July 22, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Look at the world champions at no. 8, looks so good.

Posted by r0ketman on (July 22, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

@lord_Dravid: I am glad to see you back posting mate! I was worried about your lack of posting after BD started thrashing IRE. I thought you must have gotten ill after having to eat all those words you said about how "IRE will definitely win this series, if not Whitewash BD", or "IRE deserves test status, they are a much better team, blah blah blah!" Keep posting against BD mate, your comments are providing me with a lot of humor!:-) I have one question for you though, "How to words taste like"? Now that you have gone though the motion of having to eat your own words, I was just curious!:-)

Posted by Rezaul on (July 22, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

It was joke when India was crowned #1 in Test ranking. This is the flaw of ranking system. But thats the system in place right now by cricketÅ› governing body ICC and I will take it, Bangladesh is #4 @ T20 ranking. Of course Bangladesh has to play more games against stronger teams to make it a habit of winning. Looking forward for that. But now, congrats Tigers.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (July 22, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Give me a break, Bangladesh are supposed to be a test playing country, correct? Well in the Test ranking table they have 'ZERO' points. Well they should be demoted to Ireland and Afghanistan level long ago.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

It's better for the BD haters to accept the fact that BD cricket is developing... to avoid further humiliation they better accept the fact... :)

Posted by r0ketman on (July 22, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@serious_am_i: Hmm, where were you professing about stripping India's test status when they were losing to top teams (most of those tests were 3 day matches) for more than 20 years after they started? Their first victory came after 20 years, against an ENG team in 1952 that was below sub par, ENG sent a bunch of newbies for practice to India that year, and India still lost to that team apart from 1 win. Where were you professing about stripping NZ's test status? They have the most pathetic early years record. Weren't you all predicting IRE was going to win this series hands down, as IRE supposedly deserves the test status that "should" be stripped from BD? Now that BD has shown the world who is better (even tho majority IRE players play FC and T20 in Eng), now your tune changes! Get your story straight mate, and accept the fact that BD is improving, they are here to stay, and they pose a threat to most of the top teams any given day:-) The ranking system is not our fault.

Posted by Extraz on (July 22, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@Baundele...BD also got beaten by zimbabwe and zim also defeated SA twice just a few days ago so zim should be on the top of ICC ranking rightt??!

Posted by crktcrzy on (July 22, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

No offense to BD supporters, but BD being #4 in T20 is as much of a joke as the format itself. I can't care less about either of them.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Beating ICC Associates Like Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands and coming top of the rankings will not show their full potential in this format. They have won the 2nd and 3rd match by small margins. Zimbabwe recently won the tri-series but they are not even in the Top ten. So this Ranking is very doubtful.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

where is IPL Ranking??? India should be on top after massive revenue...

Posted by xylo on (July 22, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

This isn't Page 2, is it?

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

i feel so sorry for the Indian fans especially.....its really hard for them to digest i know !! but its true that the ranking system is weird.....it became more evident when india was crowned the no.1 test team !! lol.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Congragulations, guys you need to be recognised for your hard work. This shows that you have earned your place in world cricket. Keep on the good work. The day you become champions is not far away and every team need to be World Champions one day. Good Luck.

Posted by Baundele on (July 22, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Bangladesh defeated South Africa just a few days ago.

Posted by FM97 on (July 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Rankings in twenty20 are sometimes useless. Especially when this format of the game is very unpredictable and also that t20 internationals are not played extensively throughout the year. But nevertheless I congratulate BD for the way they've played in this format this year(Looks like the BPL has done a lot of good to their cricket) Pakistan and New Zealand have to watch out for the tigers in the World T20 this year in the group of 'D'eath !!

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 22, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

argh,, this is what I exactly feared would happen. Bd had a good series against Ireland & the sloppy ranking system shows them to be no.4 higher than the teams that are really better than BD in almost all aspects of the game. BD is surely a better T20 team than ODI, forget about tests, they could probably be stripped off their test status if they don't win matches against a top ranked full squad team even after 12 years. BD could be given a longer run in ODI and T20 to improve but honestly wins against Ireland or Kenya or Scotland are not an example for stepping up irrespective of where they play. Clean Sweep all the matches in Europe means beating England too @joynal693, BD are a long away behind Eng in any format to be honest. Anyways, nice win BD, don't just get carried away like your fans.

Posted by Third_Gear on (July 22, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Muhammad Adeel Ahmed@ Ready to play with England,South Africa and Srilanka who are high ranked than us. Ooopss South Africa?? we have beat them only before couple of weeks In HARARE .

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

is this some sort of a joke ?????? BD ahead of pak and australia :O

Posted by hasib9 on (July 22, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

I appreciate all the good wishes from Pakistani fans and also welcome negative comments from the Indians who think they are the best. Criticism is only going to make us stronger.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Bangladesh will be number 1 :)

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 22, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Vow ! It's amazing to see how including BNG fans are more happy that India is ranked 11th more than the fact that BNG is ranked 4th. I thought most of u who are commenting here thought t20 is not true cricket and yet the rankings in t20 matters to you guys most....

Posted by Bang_La on (July 22, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@sonu77, be honest and ask yourself, where the two time wc finalists stand lately.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

If every country plays same number of game then true deception of ranking system can be observed. Bangladesh In 4th place does not mean they are one of the top team that any insane will understand. But this shows that Bd team is improving and technically and mentally better than Ireland at least. Ireland is also a good team and next team to get test status. Cricket will die if some more country do not play it seriously.

Posted by SCC08 on (July 22, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

I think this makes a mockery of the ranking system... In what world are Bangladesh better than Aus / Pakistan / India / NZ / West Indies and probably the Afgans?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (July 22, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

This ranking doesnt prove that BD is the 4th best team in the world. It just shows that they are doing well at present. Pak and Aus gonna play 3 T20 game soon so one of them could end up being the top T20 team. Ranking always change and sometime not so good team end up at the top. A good example is India. India has always been a defensive ordinary test team but they became No 1 in test about a year b4 by winning some test at home against team that were out of form. So there is no point arguing about it. Atm BD is no 4 and just like Indian fan BD fan has the right to enjoy :D

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@Bruisers...You know I don't get it with you I mean before this IRE-BAN Series has started, you said Ireland will win this 'easily' 3-0 or something and now you're saying it was only against Ireland who are an Associate team. Do you even know what you're talking about? Excuses? The fact is Ireland are the strongest of the Associate teams and plus Bangladesh beaten Ireland 3-0 AWAY so you can see why Bangladesh are ranked pretty high now and I doubt Ireland can come close to winning against Bangladesh in Bangladesh were conditions are extremely difficult for Non-Asian Teams. Bangladesh Cricket may not be as top as India, Australia or whatever but they're the team on the rise which I think honestly is good for the Asian Elite because England, Australia and South Africa are simply dominant together over the Asian Teams so Bangladesh rising will simply benefit Asia period. Don't forget right after India, Bangladesh are next on the next in terms of fan base, popularity and marketing.

Posted by Bubun80 on (July 22, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

All Bangla Lovers, Bangladesh should arrange a 10 match T20 series with Afghanistan and they will be right at the top lol!

Posted by Stark62 on (July 22, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

This is laughable!!

A team that is struggling to beat Ire, is as good as the no. 4 spot?!?!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Hi where is Hamid husain he play the world cup ?

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 22, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

I'll laugh so loud if Afghanistan beat India at World T20 in Group A and jump ahead of them in rankings....

Posted by drewkatski on (July 22, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

Wow, so by my guess, if Bangladesh clean sweep Ireland, Afghanistan, Kenya, Namimbia and Holland, they're gonna become the world's number 1 T20 Side huh? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is why I have NO Faith or Trust in the ICC's Methods of Ranking Countries and Players alike.

Posted by cric-maestro on (July 22, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

wow !! .. just Amazing .. Bd is such a great team that ICC should handover the t20 WC to them straight away .. i mean why bother playing when BD participates in it .. BIG LOL ..

Posted by alrafi2012bd on (July 22, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

we want to win next 3 matches......

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Happy for bangladesh! happy for India too! at least, they r always my 2nd preferred team on any given day agt any opponent..... hahhaha!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

I am a little bit about the ranking system. How come Bangladesh is ahead of teams like Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, India and West Indies? They were not in the ICC Rankings a week ago. Anyway, whatever the case is, Credit must be given to them for a splendid show against Ireland.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Bangladesh world no.1 inshaallah

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 22, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Not sure if BD is no.6 or no.4, but to me they will always be no.2 ha ha

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Play with Pakistan, India , Australia and they will be right at bottom !!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Bangladesh push past Australia, Pakistan

Posted by Bang_La on (July 22, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

@Lord_BAMBOO, no kidding!! Afgha team is full of high pacers and if the tournament is on a hard and bouncy pitch.................god, better not think that!!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

@sonu77 i think it is too late... bangladesh is having their good time.

Posted by Bang_La on (July 22, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

@Peter Walcott, ask ICC to do that and 10 more matches against YOUR country as well :)

Posted by RK204 on (July 22, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

keep on trying.....u can do it...come on India...ha ha ha

Posted by joynal693 on (July 22, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

We are looking for the entire Europe tour of BD. Wish they will clean sweep all the matches in Europe. We do not bother the ranking due to the power house of cricket could change the Ranking System after seeing the BD in No. 4. There may be some new roles. Forget the ranking, we want the improvement which has been started by beating INDIA in Asia Cup.

Posted by Major_Hammad on (July 22, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

I'm a big fan of Bangladesh Team and Shakib Ul Hassan (No.1 Allrounder in Ranking). Many Congrates to Bangladesh Team for No.4 T20 Ranking and 3-0 CleanSweep vs Irleand in Ireland. Huge Cheers from Pakistan for Bangladesh Team victories, Well Done Tigers

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh, Love from Pakistan

Posted by Bamboo_4_Loss_Dravid on (July 22, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Its time for no :8 INDIA and No :10 AFGHANISTAN series MAN which gonna be highly competitive and tight I am sure Best of luck INDIA.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh. Best of luck to them

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

England should bi include in teh Team ,,,,,, bcz he hav good temroment and able to distroy any kind of Batting order,, and also giveing the chance to brasman batting

Posted by MrPontingToYou on (July 22, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

most misleading, and useless stat ever.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

At last,,,Bangladesh Rises...:)

Posted by masodur2000 on (July 22, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

ICC has ranking system for every team equally. India was ranked No.1 test team once in a full moon. After ICC world cup No. 1 India lost all ten test matches at a stretch - not even a single draw. So, what was the ranking system that time ?

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

no doubt Bangladesh is a good team after asia cup bangladesh beat s africa but its was an un official and now a clean wash in europe tour

Posted by originalcliche on (July 22, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Is it just me or did no one else notice that Ramadan began after the first match. Which means the guys were most likely fasting (no food+drink from dawn till dusk which is roughly 3AM to 9PM). Which I believe is a lot longer than the fasting hours in sub-continent. Either way fasting and doing any sport is really really tough. I've no idea how Amla is still batting! Respect. I'm sure BD will perform better and more convincingly like in the first match when the boys are not fasting.

Posted by sonu77 on (July 22, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Bangladeshi's are doing well recently,but this is too early to put them ahead of two time world cup finalist.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (July 22, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

I congratulate Bangladesh on their whitewash of Ireland and on moving up in the rankings and I wish them all the best in their future. But frankly the only T20 rankings which mean anything to me will be the one on Oct.7th after the T20 World Cup final.

Posted by bharath74 on (July 22, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Got to agree that BD are improving a lot and the country is crazy crazy about cricket but Dont even remember whom did BD beat to be in the top 4?? I am happy for BD though.

Posted by sajjad.kernel on (July 22, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

what a joke? .... really humorous to see such rankings when you have minos bubbling up

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

India have not invited BD yet to their country to play any series after BD got the test status. Now they may be invite BD to their country at least to try to pull themselves up in the ranking table. Congrts BD...

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

it simplyyyyyyyy just ridiculous , pakistan been twice in the final winning once and been 3rc in semiss still down in the ranking :-/

Posted by India_Bainchood on (July 22, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh! No matter what, Our passion and integrity for this game will take Bangladesh to the top of the table. All indian supporter appreciate how to praise a new comer nation in cricket, you don't invite bangladesh to play your country it's all right but we have a big heart to invite INDIA and beat them in ASIA cup, again stop posting arrogant comments against bangladesh

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Ban should be an associate nation

Posted by Nduru on (July 22, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

This ranking system is absolutely pathetic! How does beating an associate team a couple of times shoot you from nowhere to number 4 when your own captain describes you are 'bad at this format' before the series? I could have predicted that Bangla would win this series, but then any of the test nations could have done the same.

Posted by Mukhles on (July 22, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

I pray for Bangladesh with 16 core people for top ICC ranking.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

hold your toung peter walcott.we are a young an exiciting crickete team in the world.we can do anything and every thing i think every nation knows it so oil your own machine.have you forget?three t20 played against westindies two time beat them so be carefull

Posted by DecisionPending_BD on (July 22, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

After a rough, hopeless..etc period Bangladesh doing well in int cricket. Now people can't see Bangladesh because they have beaten an easy team. But before the series story was different. bangladesh can't beat irish in their home, will lose 3-0/ 2-1 blah..blah. now they are saying some thing different. The real factor is Bangladesh wants to become a power of Int Cricket. I hope bcb will do their work well. Also national players.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

@_NEUTRAL_Fan_ You my friend have alot of time on your hands.....Use your time to do something productive :)

Posted by ziggy500 on (July 22, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

these rankings are absolutely pointless until after t20 world cup. however, nice to see bangladesh high up, maybe soon they will be an equal contender in the world cups and a fully capable test team

Posted by Bang_La on (July 22, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

@Indian_Fan09, thank you. The sad thing is, as long as India is always #1, the ranking is fine, but when they are surpassed, they challenge the whole ranking system.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

To all those who blame T20 cricket as entertainment; you just have to accept the future. ODI will be soon replaced by T20 and it will be Tests and T20s from now on. Game is entertainment; i dont see a difference between entertainment and cricket.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

It's pretty clear which country most of the critics of this ranking system hail from. If India had topped this ranking table, those critics would applaud it.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

Bangladesh should have arranged ten T20's against Ireland. Then they would be No 1 in the world.

Posted by Harry_Kool on (July 22, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

It is only due to the few games, with more games, it will even out.... but you take it when it is there!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

ICC Ranking system works equally for every team, so live with it!

Posted by maddy20 on (July 22, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

So Bangladesh are now better than Pakistan(Who won a T20 Worldcup and were runners-up once) and India(who are the first T20 Champions) that too after beating Ireland? You are kidding right?

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

i m so haPPy tO see THe Rank & PrOSpaRIty of mY country bangladesh. BEst OF LUck BD tEAm,,,,

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 21, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

@Sidd_Cricket. W.I. DOES NOT have a better side on paper than Pak, Aus and Ind. I don't know why u think this. Maybe better on paper than Sri Lanka. Definitely a better side on paper than NZ, Bang and Zim. U r right, it is the team that win matches as Eng proved and Sri Lanka often do but Bang have not performed as well as a team both on paper n on the field as the full strength W.I. both in head to head records and just as importantly, which some Bang fans r conveniently forgetting, W.I. in recent yrs have performed better against Aus, Eng, SA and others than Bang have. Every cricket fan should be glad to see Bang have made progress but when fans start claiming the Bang team is better than other teams who over time have proved themselves and have outperformed Bang then one can expect some comments. To suggest that Bang is on the same level as a full strength W.I. and NZ is absolute foolishness. I am more relived they won the series vs Ire rather than excited to be honest.

Posted by TanvirAhmedPS on (July 21, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

the real cricket is test and One day internation. and t20 is a entertainment cricket. it is advertisment of all over the world to join ICC. it's ranking not a fact. please do not blame icc for t20 cricket rating

Posted by avmd on (July 21, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

All it tells us that T20 is not a serious format, its a joke. Now BD is#4, and what about Zimb and Afghanistan which are better teams thanBD. BD is # 4, Afghanistan # 3, Zimb #2, give me break, stop this nonsense form of cricket from playing at international level.

Posted by TanvirAhmedPS on (July 21, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

Everyone have to understand, since august 2009 bangladesh was played only 3 games and the wining percentage is good. But when they whitewash ireland they promote to number 4. dosen't matter they(ireland) are associate country. their rating point is very good. so when bangladesh win against ireland by 3-0 they promote to number 4. wining percentage is 66.67%

Posted by BDcricketlover on (July 21, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

@_NEUTRAL_Fan_, it's true that BD was all out at 58 by WI in a worldcup match. It was well known that BD was going on a slump during that period. To prove it, BD bowled out WI at 61 when WI toured Bangladesh recently (after the Worldcup). When BD white washed NZ, the NZ team was almost full strengthed team, rather BD team was under strengthed without Tamim and Mortaza (both were out due to injury).

Posted by reghu007 on (July 21, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

with due respect to the BD team, but this shows how big a mockery this ranking system is, during the ranking period (since 1 Aug 2009), BD's record is P: 9, W: 4 (3 against Ireland and 1 against WI), L: 5 with W/L ratio of 0.8, whereas Aus, India and NZ have better records but still below in the ranking: Aus (P: 26, W: 14, L: 10, W/L=1.4), India (P: 16, W: 8, L: 8, W/L=1.0) and NZ (P: 26 W:14, L:11, W/L=1.27)...dont get too excited with these rankings and dont read too much into it, everyones watching how each team is playing...

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (July 21, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Alright BD hater NZ, WI, Zim, Ireland they are all better than BD but guess what BD is No 4 in ranking and u cant do anything about that lol :P

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

this ranking system is seriously a joke

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

To all the sad haters of Bangladesh Cricket we all know its jealousy and you know it otherwise why else would you dislike Bangladesh Cricket? Yes of course they're still not better than the likes of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, England etc but they have improved somewhat since the 07 World Cup and since that BPL they had, a tournament they obviously needed, it had greatly benefited them. The only reason the teams above Bangladesh are ahead of them is simply because they have a long rich history in Cricket what is it? England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, India etc have had full membership status for well over 80 years whereas Bangladesh for only 12 years big big difference in fact these numbers speak for themselves but the fact is that times are changing just look at the amount of top players of the other teams that have retired and starting to retire now whereas Bangladesh have the youngest and now more experienced compared to the other youngsters of the other teams ;)"

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Some comments I saw against Bangladeshi Players.Its very much dishearten matter, I think its not right views who are not seeing real game of cricket. T20 is the most appealing cricket , and also very much thrilling game to all. I am also a good fan of this type of cricket format.

Bangladesh, now, is a that team who are just play for playing only. They play now for winning each game. And the player have seen this mentality in each game. And this thing are now very much reflecting within each each player of this team. I am very much happy to see this team of Bangladesh. As a Bangladeshi I feel also very much proud. Go Ahead Bangladesh. I just See the mentality what you are now reflecting with each game continuously. Don't think of losing, Just think about winning, Don't be dishearten after losing, don't think about this.Just enjoy the game and try hard to defeat opponent. Don't give any chance to win any game to any opponent.We want to see Bangladesh, Team is all rounder from all site.

Posted by G-Rocker on (July 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

It sounds mind-blowing when Indians Shouts and cries...ahhhhhhhhhhh....... :p

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

woow Bangladesh at number 4 position in ICC T20 Ranking .India & Pakistan down to ours ?

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

@ all BD haters, you put us in this position! Now, if you don't like that, invite us to play and beat us. Otherwise, accept it as you were in number 1 test nation for a while and later, got hammard by England and Australia!

Posted by Bruisers on (July 21, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

Firstly, congrats to Bangla for this little achievement. Secondly, don't get carried away by these wins. You are a Test team and have beaten an Associate, so it shouldn't really be a huge thing to boast about.. Thirdly, don't draw comparisons between Bangladesh and top teams like Aus,Ind,Pak,WI etc.. I see people needlessly bringing India and Pakistan into this discussion.. India have played just SIX T20s in the last two years whereas Bangladesh are playing FIVE T20s in about ten days and all of them against Associates.. Only if India regularly play T20s will they get a chance to go up the rankings. So lets not consider these rankings to determine which is a better team. There shouldn't be such ridiculous comparisons in the first place. Anyways well played and try to replicate similar performances against bigger teams too.

Posted by Tanveer.bd on (July 21, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

I believe match results are fully depends on the wicket and home condition now days. If it favours you, you will win no matter how weak or strong you are. I agree with Mr. English cricket. We are taking the rankings too seriously. As a Bangladeshi (not bangla), i don't support the assumption that BD is better than Ind, NZ or WI to be on top of them. But BD is emerging and they can beat Ind, NZ or WI severely on their day, specially on their home turf (Ind loss in Asia cup, NZ 4-0, WI 61 all out). Hope indian fans will control their emotions and except and welcome new teams who may become a very good team in the near future. Go BD.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

No.6 even playing just 6 games only. ... strange

Posted by asadc2003 on (July 21, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

though i m Bangladeshi fan but still i m saying we should not think much about this ranking system.......the real scenario is in front of us.....today the way our middle order batted it suggest still a long way to go to be a deserving contender of number 4 spot in ranking..........

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

We are now No.4 ..... Hope We will be soon No.1 in all formats of cricket !!

Posted by Sidd_Cric on (July 21, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

@_NEAUTRAL_FAN_ It is not the players who win you championship, but it the ONE team that does the job. Besides, I agree with you that WI is much more balanced side with individual performers who is better than many other sides (Like Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Even Aus or Ind), but what matters is that all those superstars come together and perform like 92 Imran Khan team did or 99 Steve Waugh team did. We BD fan hope that, BD as a team improves and the ranking to 4th spot definitely looks like an improvement. We will see in T20 World Cup who does what :)

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Guys, ICC ranking is made not on the basis excellent domestic T20 tournaments like IPL and BBL, but on the national team's performance in the international level against whatever opposition. The ranking is fully justified, even if BD is in number six or four ahead of Australia/Pakistan/India/Windies or any other team. The main point will be to improve or at least to retain that position for any significant period. Anyway, congrats to Tigers who have now match winners other than Shakib and Tamim. Look at the men of the matches. Sometimes Sunny shined, on another day Nasir dazzled and finally Mortaza overpowered the Irish in bat and ball. This is the real achievement in the series for BD cricket. The ranking is just a necessary consequence.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Haters gonna hate.But the truth is Bangladesh is now at number 4 position. doesnt matter you like it or not. Instead of interpreting this achievement as something like BD is better then bla bla team, i would like to think that Bangladesh is improving gradually and learning to win on a regular basis.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

never thought i would see this even in my wildest dreams..bangladesh..4th in world rankings....wow..

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

really we are proud of them

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

India have not invited Bangladesh to their country for playing series. All time they underestimate BD. Now what? BD is now above India in ICC rankings. Now the Indian fans are shouting. Will India invite Bangladesh now? or .....

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

go on tiger...great ply by mashrafee nd IRE also shown their there capability.pls all u stop barking just think the present thing nt wht happened before nd wht will b next.We all know its funny to see BD at no 4 for long bt this time its the reality so we have to accept the reality....

Posted by sabbor on (July 21, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

LETS PUT IT THIS WAY, WE HAVE 4 BEST TEAMS IN THE SOUTH ASIA, I FEEL PAIN FOR IRELAND, JUST BECAUSE IRELAND HAS PLAYER PLAYING IN COUNTY CRICKET, DON'T MEAN THEY WILL N ARE BETTER PLAYER THEN BANGLADESH. THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY PICKED TO ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE AND YET THEY HAVE PICKED ENOUGH EXPERIENCE!!!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

what a series for Ireland..they played at their best n made two games so close..I am really afraid of WI...they might kicked out from 1st round...well done Bangladesh..

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

keep laughing BD haters. BD has nothing to prove. It is already established BD has changed. BD is capable of giving competition to any team of the world to any match. I only hope like you, your teams also underestimate us; that way we can beat them even more easily.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Hey All You, First of all Congrats to Bangladesh for win over Ireland. Both teams well played, except first T20, other 2 matches were close contest. Would love ireland to show some more charisma...

Second thing, Guyz don't underestimate any team in T20 format, In Shorter format anything can happen. Best will always come in Tests and ODI's . Bangladesh's fan, I know why you guyz are happy but would love to see if bangladesh could beat any Test Playing nation at their Home yard except WI. who lost to Bangladesh because of their A team. Now thing is If they wanna come upward in rankings then they must improve their game in Oversea ODI's and Test, Improving in T20 wouldn't count much. Real talent will always come in Bigger formats. Same thing goes with Ireland and other teams say Afganistan. I really would love Afgan. to come up with some good shots.

ANywaz. Best of Luck to All Teams for T20 World Cup.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

what a series for Ireland..they played at their best n made two games so close..I am really afraid of WI...they might kicked out from 1st round...well done Bangladesh..

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

T20I championship is coming... before Asia Cup there was lots of ifs and buts... Like Asia Cup let the better team win..!!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Ireland played quite competitive cricket apart from the 1st match. Had it been not for Mortaza, Bangladesh would have been in trouble today. Mushfiqur should be more consistent and Shakib's performance could have been better. Happy to see that we can hold the line in critical moments. However, more fine tuning are necessary before T20 wc. Hope, Bangladesh takes it as a wake up call.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

now we r in number4//// congratz bd cricket team............for a great achivement........... carry on @go ahead

Posted by cairo on (July 21, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Now Bangladesh at no 4............plz correct it nowwwwww.......

Posted by Jeasan on (July 21, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Good job Bangladesh... But with a team like Ireland, with almost no international experience (compared to Bangladesh), played really well. And for the Ireland fans: Your team just got WHITEWASHED with a team who are ranked at No. 9 both at Tests and ODIs. So NEVER EVER talk about taking Bangladesh's Test status away and be given it to Ireland... Your team is FAR FAR away from a Test status!!! Chao!!!

Posted by fr600 on (July 21, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

LOL @Ahmed Ishtiaque on using the words "keep barking," I can't agree more.

Posted by Pratchett on (July 21, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh! Don't get too emotional with all the disrespectful comments from jealous rival supporters on here. The cricketing world is very proud of your team!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Bangladesh into Twenty20 rankings at No.4 :)

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Carry on Bangladesh. ....

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Yes Yes Yes Mash my boss u smasheddddd Irish u whitewashed

Posted by kakakid on (July 21, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

can Bangladesh even beat Trinidad and Tobago?

Posted by maddy20 on (July 21, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

Jumping in rankings by 4 places by beating a team ranked 10! Something is seriously wrong with the ranking system!

Posted by Midonoff on (July 21, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

West Indies have once ruled the world and have won some major tournaments. How long Bangladesh being playing cricket for now? still lingering at the bottom of all formats for such a long time. If gaining 6th spot in ranking because of playing fewer matches than others and beating Ireland, well the T20 World cup will surely defines things and the lingering will continue.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

What are these T20 Rankings.Never heard them.What rankings when many teams didnt play atleast a 50 Matches.Minnows beating Minnows in those so called never heard T20 full series'es and moving ahead of Major teams/.This Table is a Joke right>>?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (July 21, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Funny how some people from India are saying that the Ranking system is rubbish although when India was number 1 is test ranking they used to worship this system lol. Im not gonna get carried away like other BD fan. Its good to see them in the list but theyve to make a lots of improvement. BCB need to get more Matches for BD in all format. They barely play cricket nowadays compare to other teams :O

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 21, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Oh and here's more fun...the last t-20 that Bang won vs W.I. in Bang ...off the last ball, W.I. did not have Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and a new and improved Dwayne Smith. Soooo how is that a full strength W.I. side? Note I am not gonna mention rested and injured players like Roach, Rampaul and Bishoo. You MUST account for some rested and injured players. SO try to convince me and others who are not bangladeshi that the occasional Bang win (I mean after all Bang have improved) means that both on performances and on paper that there is not much difference between Bang and a full strength NZ and W.I. Give it a go. Try and convince us, give us stats and figures in the past 5 yrs and past tourneys. I would never say there is not much difference between Bang and Zim but very recent results indicate otherwise. be objective rather than pressure and put hype and pressure on the Bang cricket team.

Posted by G-Rocker on (July 21, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

BD rocks and soo happy to see INDIA #8... :P

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 21, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Furthermore its OBVIOUS that NZ and W.I. outperformed Bang in the WC they placed higher in their groups! How can u make an argument out of that? That is just plain irrational and overemotional. Also W.I. WON the ODI series in BANG before getting bowled for 61. Does a dead rubber carry as much weight as a WC match? They then went on to win the test series in Bang's own backyard. How often do W.I. win test series away from home? They managed to do so against Bang n just about no-1 else so I'm willing to bet that a full strength W.I. is obviously a better team. In addition, W.I. recently drew an ODI series vs Aus this yr...yes Aus. Um...have Bang ever, ever drawn any series vs Aus? U think Bang can do that because most cricket experts who know more than both of us don't. NZ also recently put up good battles vs SA n Aus in recent test series. Correct me but I don't think Bang (the improved 1) has ever ever even drawn a test match vs SA n Aus. Again correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

@Micky Tool... lol West Indies can destroy score 250 against Bangladesh? Best joke I heard today! Funny! are you even aware the last two times West Indies have played Bangladesh in T20s, West Indies LOST to Bangladesh. You arguments are invalid :)))))

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

@serious-am-i...What's wrong with winning against Ireland? It was people like you who said earlier Ireland will thrash Bangladesh 3-0 and now badly wrong and according to my knowledge, Ireland are the best of associates and beaten Pakistan and England and tied with West Indies so what's wrong? According to you guys Bangladesh are 'minnows' so what's wrong with 'minnows' winning against 'minnows'? Exactly! Bangladesh may not be the best of teams but they are an improving team.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 21, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

@Rashat Rahman Zico. Ok so let's see, Bangbeat NZ 4-0 in a home series, ok but they made it to the semis in the WC shortly after in the subcontinent and Bang flopped out. Considering Bang didnt beat NZ before that I would say NZ held the edge n then NZ put up a better fight against Ind in test matches in Ind around the same time, drawing 3 of 4 tests (have Bang ever drawn 3 tests vs Ind in any series? They also outperformed Bang in 07 WC n all the t-20 WCs. Furthermore W.I. has players like Gayle (better than any bat in Bang), Roach, Rampaul and Edwards ( ALL better than any quick in the Bang team) Sunil Narine probably better than 1/2 the Bang spinners, Chanderpaul better than most bats in the world let alone Bang, Darren Bravo...yes he is better than Tamim, form is temporary class is permanent, Bravo n Pollard r better than any Bang all-rounder bar Shakib (only 1 man) and Sarwan who is out the team is better than any Bangla also. So which argument holds more weight? Be objective.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 21, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Guys hold on both Bangla and Non-Bangla fans of Cricket are getting a bit carried away with this ranking system. The World T20 Championship coming up will show whether those rankings are right so just be patient that's where the real deal starts.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 21, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid - Weren't you're the one that said before the Ireland-Bangladesh Series, Ireland will thrash Bangladesh 3-0? -_-

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Congratulations...Hope to see in No.01 position...Bravo, carry on, and on, and on...

Posted by kaidranzer on (July 21, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Alright cricinfo. I love Bangladesh. They can beat anyone in the world. Now will you publish my earlier comment?

Posted by hasib9 on (July 21, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Above India.. Not surprised. India should be at number 11 spot and BD at number 1.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

@NEUTRAL_Fan_..... Bangladesh whitewashed full strength NZ (4-0) last time they met. What more you don't know Bangladesh bowled out WI for 61 in one of the ODI's. Bangladesh won 2 T20s against WI and both the time it was full strength WI

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

When Bangladesh was winning a match after a lot of matches , people used to say look at the ranking they are even below Zim and Kenya. Now when Bangladesh is going upwards in the ranking, people say they don't deserve. The critics are always ready with excuses. Keep barking.....

Where are those people who said Bangladesh will struggle in Ireland as they have bouncy pitches. They won the first two t20s and they are also looking clear favorite till now in the 3rd t20 as well. ITS A CHANGED BANGLADESH CRICKET TEAM. The days have gone where they played as an underdog.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

hmmm! gr8 achievement! now the challenge is to maintain this new height & to go to even further.....

Posted by legend_963 on (July 21, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

they played only 20 matches its early not like they are going to win the world t20

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

GUYS...Remember one thing.... if Ireland plays with other 8 test nation country like India,Westindies,England... they will surely win at least 1 game or even 2 games... they r very good in t20 format ... IN da last ODI world cup Ireland lost against Bangladesh but in the next match they chased 329 runs against England ... they won the match in 48th Over... Guys pls agree that Bangladesh is playing superbly... Its not like this that they r playing with the associated countries... Bangladesh played only 6 games in last 3 years... they beat WI & SA also... now they beat Ireland consistently ... they won 5 games in their last 8 games they played...thats y they r in 6th Position in T20 ranking.. so i don't think that was a surprising decision.. but in fact they were not in the Top 15 list due to their insufficient match playing before this series.. that was a surprising decision.. thanks....

Posted by Nannu_222 on (July 21, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Some comments of BD fans are emotional. There is logical reason that BD is emerging and start beating some top teams what they did not see before. But I am surprise to see some commets of anti BD supporters. They are now blaming ranking system. They should know there are definite calculation formula. Ranking is ever changing based on the recent performance.I think, their problem is not in ranking rather in performace of BD. I cant understand why they can not accept BDs performace. BD has long way to go. If BD succeed, other team like Kenya, Ireland, Scotland, Netherland will get inspired and one day will be strong team. They should appreciate it.

Posted by Naveed85 on (July 21, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Bangladesh must win next match against Ireland and against Scotland otherwise drop to 10th poistion in rankings check icc predictor

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 21, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

lol!!! so BD fans are celebrating for winning against Ireland. Wow! I am at loss of words seriously. So, instead of trying to beat bigger teams, u r celebrating for winning against a team which hasn't even earned its test status. Come on guys be realistic with your expectations. Hello, ICC when are you going to correct your ranking system. Lol! I am glad that a win now wouldn't put them into top 1. BD is improving for sure but there are not yet with the other mighty teams even though the rankings show otherwise. @Third_Gear: where is that happening sire ? When did India play T20 last time & against whom ? India played against 2 good quality attacks of Australia and England, in fact won one match against Aus as well.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

the matter of the fact is that no one takes the t20 cricket seriously except the t20 world cup,all teams rests players for t20's,thats the major reason why t20 ranking are all over the place,infact this ranking is a matter of joke,the fact is that australia,south africa,india,west indies and sri lanka are the best t20 teams at the moment but still england and pakistan occupy the 1st and 4th spots respectively and regarding bangladesh having chance to climb to 4th spot if they beat ireland in the 3rd t20 ,it will be a matter of shame for the ICC if this happens,and why the rankings exibit for the matches played from August 1 2009 i really have no answer for,rubbish this t20 ranking system........

Posted by CRKS on (July 21, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Bangladesh record in T20 matches played 20 matches won- 6 Lost- 14 matches ...and wins against wi, kenya, zim, and now ireland

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Why..Beating IRISH or WHITE WASHING them is SOO TOUGH that it will EARN u 4th POSITION in World T20 Ranking haha...BS RANKINGS...the TEAM WI hav now, they can score 250 in T20 against this Sloppy BD bowling attack..and with no Power batsman for BD, WI can win by 100 runs easily..But BD can beat NZ in WC T20 in Srilanka..

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (July 21, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Couldnt stop laughing when i read BD is ahead of ind, WI and NZ in the T20 'rankings'.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

go ahead bangladesh...............................................

Posted by Indian_Fan09 on (July 21, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

When India was no one in test although we did not deserve it, it was ok for all!! Now Bangladesh is above us coz the results say so, why all this fuss??

Posted by drewkatski on (July 21, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

I never had belief in the current way the ranking system works, and this proves exactly why! Bangladesh is moving ahead of World-Class teams (when they win the third T20) such as Australia, Pakistan (who won a T20 Championship), New Zealand (who, though inconsistent, have a strong team at full strength), West Indies (who have had some good recent results with Gayle and Narine's help) and India (who have been quite consistent on the T20 Platform).

All this just because of beating an Associate team at 10th Place in the rankings. So basically, if they beat Ireland 20 times, they're number 1 now right? The system has to change!

Posted by Bang_La on (July 21, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

@bored_iam, jealous, eh? Wait and see how Bangladesh will cruise along over your India in other formats as well, and SOON!!

Posted by Desihungama on (July 21, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

These rankings are flawed. West Indies, India have best chance to win the Twenty20 WC. Add Pakistan to the mix considering fair selection. Other than that, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be tough opponents.

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (July 21, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

@ _NEUTRAL_Fan_: Before making any argument You badly need some corrections, Dear Mate. There was no match between BAN and NZ in Subcontinent WC last year, So Where did You find the Incident of BD's Being 'Outperformed' by both WI and NZ in Subcontinent WC?? Rather, NZ had been Whitewashed by Bangladesh at 4-0 just before a few moths before that WC. And are You Bringing up the fact of BD's being bowled out at 58 against WI in last WC?? Then its for Your Kind information that Bangladesh have also bowled out WI at 61 just after a few months of the WC last Year.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (July 21, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Bangladesh team should replace Tamim and Mashrafe in 3rd match. Zia should open with Ash. Jahurul and Nazmul should be given a chance.Tamim is good in ODI, but his striker rate is not good enough for T20 standard.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (July 21, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

@Lord___Dravid :Before the series-->hahaha BD is loser! IRELAND is ranked 9 which means they r better than BD! That's what you said right? NOW>hahaha INDIA is loser! BANGLADESH is Ranked 6 and INDIA is Ranked 8 which means Bangladesh is better than INDIA....That sounds right to you???

Posted by woodhaven on (July 21, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Shame for India. Even after so called ipl, they are still below bangladesh

Posted by siponus2007 on (July 21, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

jealousi thats what is call , if india australia or england wouldbeen climb lyk that than i wonder nobody wouldbe say any things , but guess what bangladesh are truely now the t20 champion u believe it or not thats why thy ranked number 6

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Indian supporters are really awesome...........Bangladesh,just keep going.......hatts off to them

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

@_NEUTRAL_Fan_...What you say is actually true but you're not seeing the whole picture my friend, the Bangladesh team back in 2011 World Cup were plain ordinary simple as that and was clearly lacking confidence which is why they struggled in International Cricket a lot of the time but since that BPL tournament they had, we saw vast improvements and this was something Bangladesh needed and now its great to see they're an improved side. Although you quite rightly disagree about my claim that Bangladesh are just as good as West Indies and New Zealand I still stand by that claim because if you remember, the last time New Zealand played a series against Bangladesh, Bangladesh whitewashed them 4-0 and although West Indies did bowl them out for 58 runs at last year World Cup where I've already mentioned Bangladesh were a joke back then, they bowled West Indies out for 61 at the end of last year so really in my opinion based on these facts. there's not much difference between those 3 teams.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Bangladesh better than wi,nz,india??? I hope its nothing 2 do with D/L...they havent won matches against nz,wi,india,pak,eng,aus,sa and they r expectd 2 rank at no4... Pak need 2 play against icc associaes 2 b no 1 in all 3 formats, can they????

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@bored_iam...facts are facts mate its just I don't like ignorant people who write something but then it doesn't make sense. Though I'm a Bangladeshi fan as well as England its still a fact Bangladesh have a lot of work to do and one of the major things they need to do is to be 'competitive' and show some 'consistency' and so far they are doing that which is good to see but definitely NOT the best or anything when there's no proof to back that up but its the way the Bangladeshi's have improved that attracts me. Having sensible and proper dialogues is something where many people can come to agree on and conclude and that's how I play it and it works. People saying unfortunately you that Ireland will thrash them or need to be stripped of or something is just plain silly simple as that and that's why people who chat like that have no case my friend.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 21, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain. I know u r a Bang fan and I know u r happy but a full strength W.I. and a full strength NZ are considerably better than Bang. Just last yr in the subcontinent WC, both outperformed Bang. WI even bowled them out for a 50 or so runs in Bang. To say something otherwise is plain untrue.

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (July 21, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

bangladesh worldcup favourites!! he he

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

I don't understand why the critics of Bangladesh Cricket are crying out loud for I mean first they say Ireland are better than Bangladesh and now they are saying Bangladesh are high in that ranking because they only beat Ireland nothing else funny, do they even know what they are talking about? Ireland is a team that beaten bigger teams like Pakistan and England and are very strong in their own conditions and besides, Bangladesh have beaten the West Indies twice in this T20 format and we all know how good and destructive the West Indies are in this T20 format don't we? Exactly! But the important thing is now that Bangladesh have a T20 Ranking can make the jealous haters of Bangladesh Cricket keep quiet about why Bangladesh didn't have a T20 Ranking before and the likes of Afghanistan, Kenya etc did and saying that these teams are better than Bangladesh in T20 yeah right! ;)"

Posted by rony1008 on (July 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Nobody is saying Bangladesh is better than India, Pakistan, Aus. We should not read a lot into this ranking, till enough t20 games are played by the int'l teams. But Bangladesh deserves a place into the top 8-9 teams in world cricket and they will only improve.

I am a fan of test cricket, but what I like about T20 is its a format where the gulf between teams is not much. Ireland, Netherlands have produced players like o'Brien, Stirling, Morgan, Ryan Ten. They are good teams and the more they play they will improve. And may be soon we will have world cup T20 where there are representation of teams from all over the world and every team competing for top places.

Posted by bored_iam on (July 21, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@ahmed hussain: Another well balanced comment. Developed a new found respect for u. Though we still disagree on BD's position in the World standings. :-) Plz publish.

Posted by ani. on (July 21, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

so Bangladesh could reach up to 2nd position if they win next couple of matches against ireland and scotland

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

the spot is not about the beating Ireland and claiming 6th but how many matches they have won within 8 matches they have played. the have beaten westindies before

Posted by cricket_expart on (July 21, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

what a news 4 us. Paybus's wariors will b more confident after konwing thiz news

Posted by fr600 on (July 21, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Now that Bangladesh is ahead of certain teams in ranking, people are claiming the ranking system is broken. Had a great laugh seeing people complaining about that.

Posted by Breaking_Point on (July 21, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Before the series-->hahaha BD is loser! IRELAND is ranked 9 which means they r better than BD!please ICC take Bd's test status and give it to IRE..

AFTER-->WHAT??BD is ranked 6(soon 4)..who cares about ICC RANKINGS..it's rubbish..!! Bd is just lucky blah blah...!!

But the truth is we won the AWAY series!!cheers...

Posted by bored_iam on (July 21, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Uhm, so these rankings mean that if BD win the 3rd T20, their better than: Pak, Aus, NZ, Ind, WI! Seriously!?!?! The ranking system needs REAL work!!

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 21, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

These rankings r very new and shouldnt be taken seriously. It's also a shame that Bang have only played 20 matches. Credit to Ire also, if they get to play more often vs full status team they could very well give teams like Bang and Zim (who have done really well) a run for their money in a few yrs.

Posted by rasel_lovebdcricket on (July 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Love it!!! carry on BD. Its a shame no one broadcasting this Ireland tour. This is not acceptable on a international match.But great team work giving bangladesh success.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Great news! just a shame Bangladesh do not play much Cricket. I can remember the Netherlands beating England in a T20 match three years ago but yet they're still top by a long distance interesting. Just want to say guys that though Bangladesh are ahead of India and possibly soon Pakistan, Australia etc it doesn't mean we're better than them or something instead it just shows that Bangladesh Cricket has improved by some great margin which is good of course. The main target of Bangladesh is to remove the label 'minnow' and in order to that, its important Bangladesh get past the group stages and perform at least fairly well in the super stages and then win a series when they next play infact, even the West Indies and New Zealand still label us as 'minnows' and quite frankly, they're not any better than Bangladesh at the moment. It will be a great moment for Bangladesh Cricket if they can achieve World Number 4 by the end of this tour best of luck!

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 21, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

And of course they deserve to be ahead of India as they comprehensively smashed India out of Asia cup, well done Bangladesh, Congratulations!

Posted by Raiyan24r on (July 21, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

awesome news.lets see for how long they can keep it

Posted by Balldinho on (July 21, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

So only 10 teams have played at least 8 T20's ?? This 'international' sport is a joke, rest of the world should turn their back on cricket to baseball. At least they allow a FAIR qualifying route for all nations to th World Baseball classic (established and minnow nations). Cricket will die with its imperialist and segregation ways

Posted by Nduru on (July 21, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

These rankings are rubbish. Zimbabwe just played Bangladesh 4 times last month, beating them in three 20/20 games, but are not even ranked because the games were not official. Zimbabwe also beat South Africa twice in that tournament, which showed that they can compete with the best. Ireland, who just lost twice to Bangladesh, are ranked ahead of Zim based on what? And yet people will now use these rankings to say that Ireland and Bangladesh are better than Zimbabwe and that Ireland must now get test status!

Posted by Midonoff on (July 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Am not going to take too much from these rankings as it will means nothing when it comes to the World T20 in Sri Lanka next month. a Team beating Ireland and you moves up the table? Come on ICC...

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

It was an awesome news for the fan of Bangladesh Cricket. Well done tigers. All the best for the years to come.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

well done Bangladesh. go ahead :)

Posted by FOTO on (July 21, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

YAY! GO BANGLADESH I hope they can white wash Ireland and Scotland and Netherlands/Holland

Posted by Naveed85 on (July 21, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

great! more than 10 points for win .infact 25 points for 2 wins .similarly -10 for loss .. Bangladesh has to be care full in next match, not to lose and against scotland ..

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

what a pleasant surprise........Go ahead tigers....

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh!!!!- It is what we rightly deserve and hope to see much more improvement in the ODI's and the Test's rankings as well.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 21, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh! Slow and steady you are breaking into top 4 which is very nice to see. Getting to the top is good but how long will you be able to stay at the top? If you can retain this spot until the world cup than you will be one of the fav's to win t20 cup. Keeping heavy giants under you is impressive but they will regain the top spot back within three series. Question is - Will you let them go past you or will you dominate in the future is very interesting to see. Again! Congratulations and well deserved.

Posted by fr600 on (July 21, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

This is such an amazing news. Especially when India with all the ipl hooplas ranksbelow Bangladesh. Ban have been performing too well recently and naybe that's why no one else wants to play them at this time. We welcomed them (also Scotland and Netherlands) and are having a gteat time even though we lost. Congratulations to Bangladesh.

Posted by India_baal on (July 21, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

congratulation to Bangladesh. We want the number one passion.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Dazzling debut at sensational Six by brilliant Bangladesh !! Fantastic Four, here we come.

Posted by spo1 on (July 21, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

I love Bangladesh and truly want them to do well, but there is something wrong with the way these rankings are being calculated.

Posted by Stark62 on (July 21, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

I don't know why, the Windies are ranked so low; they should definitely be in the top 4.

Anyway, congratulations to Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

We should play at-least 12 T20Is with 12 Tests and 20 ODIs each year. BCB should work on it and develop a decent calender for next 3/4 years.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

This is the most amazing and most worst good news for us . again thanks to BD team.

they are working hard....they will win at any cost.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

This is unexpected yet a great news! Let's hope the boys can keep up the good run of form in Europe.

Posted by Third_Gear on (July 21, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Loss_dravid - WHRE ARE YOU ?? Your beloved team IND is drwoning MAN !!

Posted by Sadequl on (July 21, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Many congratulations to the BD tigers & hope to see your progress of continuation.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (July 21, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Well Done Bangladesh :D. Good to see an Asian team doing well although Im sure the neighbours wont like it :P

Posted by Meety on (July 21, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Happy for Bangladesh, & hoping for a high quality 3rd game, but if Bangladesh are the 4th best T20 side in the world according to the rankings, I am bemused! Happy now they are ahead of India, but being ahead of Oz - NO WAY!!!!! LOL!

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