ICC news March 2, 2014

Afghanistan enter ICC's ODI rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Following their landmark win against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, Afghanistan have qualified for the ICC one-day rankings. They come into the rankings with 32 rating points, which puts them in 12th place behind Ireland and the Test nations. Should they register another win in the Asia Cup, they will leapfrog Ireland on the table.

The win against Bangladesh was Afghanistan's first against a Test-playing nation, and it came less than five months after they had secured their place in World Cup 2015 by finishing second in the World Cricket League Championship - the ICC's top one-day tournament for non-Full Members.

To gain promotion to the main rankings table, an Associate either needs to win two ODIs against Full Members, or register one win against a Full Member and have a winning percentage of over 60% against other Associates in the qualifying period (since August 2010). Afghanistan have met the second criterion.

A team also needs to have played a minimum of eight matches, in the format, in the qualifying period to get a ranking. Afghanistan have played 12 ODIs since August 2010.

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  • Adel on March 8, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Well, it is such a big honor for the Afg team and nation to come such a long way and defeat a test playing nation such as Bangladesh. It is really something that they should really be proud of. No doubt, Afghanistan has a marvelous bowling attack - be it fast bowling or spin. They have shown their capabilities in the field of bowling and fielding in the Asia Cup. They are, however, quite far behind the standard as far as batting is concerned. They really need to work hard in that department. I look forward to see them playing (and winning) matches in the T20 format. All the best to my heroes!

  • Andrew on March 8, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    @Farid Ahmad Nayebkhil - Sadly, you are way off if you thing that Afghanistan's bowling attack is any where near that of Australia and South Africa. Having said that, I applaud what they have done so far, and will be hoping that this team improves as it plays the bigger fish.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Afghanistan has massive bowlers even better than India Bangladesh and Zimbabwe we can say it equal to Australia and South Africa bowling but only the weak point is batting and it will improve after play some more games with full member teams

  • Ashahi on March 4, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Well played Afgans ! But they need to play like this consistently. Kenya once reached WC semis but now lost their ODI status. This bunch of players are good but they need players in the pipeline. Other than that it's just an upset nothing else

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Man Afghanistan Bowling Attach doesnt look like any associate teams, after watching these games they surely look like a test playing team. I believe they lost to SL because of lack of experience. I dont see a big problem with their batting it is just that they should always bat first, cause for them to chase it is not good. They have have a great bowling attact thus it is easier to control the game if they bat first.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Okay Afghan brothers, you didn't win today but you got one more chance... Go grab it!

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    When batting is concerned Afghan players could learn a lot from like Sanga, Kohli & Amla... These players so focused on the game and no matter even the whole world turned upside down they will keep their heads cool and play. And also have to mention that we know Indians are a very good team even though they looses the place in finals. This time around it was a very very tough contest and it could have gone either way with many nail biting finishes. Even as Sri Lankan fans we love to watch Indian batting likes of Kohli..

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    No matter what has been the outcome, but I would say Wow Afghanistan, Superb first half. As Sri Lankan Fans, after watching Afghan balling, we thought we almost lost the match. Even though some Sri Lankan middle order players are going through rough patches still this is a clinical performance. We saw even Sanga took time to get settled and they continued the pressure throughout the first Innings. As cricket lovers we r so happy to see how u have grown to a mature balling unit. While watching the match guys were commenting like " Oh my, Is this really Afghanistan..?" Keep up that consistency and improve your batting. We are Really Proud of you Afghanistan. Best wishes for your team and Country.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I am very happy to see how Afghanistan played and win against bangladesh and today's match against Srilanka also shows their potential in bowling department..batting needs to be improve and it will be improve as they play more games..congratulations for getting ICC ranking and Inshallah this Afghan team will be glistening and replaced Bangladeshi cricket team...Cheers and lots of love from Pakistan :D

  • John on March 3, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Though I'm an Indian I still admired the way the Afghanistan played in Asia Cup. Afghanistan has a good bowling attack.Though they have good batting but that needs to be more consistent.I think when they play more games before the world cup that too against the test nations I think they can give a "Shock Treatment"to any big team.They have the potentials.Because the way bowled against Pakistan and Srilanka would have been enough how much potential they have.If they would have done the samething in their batting I'm sure they would have beaten any one of these two teams also.If Afghanistan are consistent and smart with bowling and batting.They can gain success.Good Luck...Afghanistan.

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