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After creating history by claiming a five-wicket win over New Zealand in Dublin in the final match of Tri-Nation series, Bangladesh has jumped to the number six spot in the latest ICC ODI Rankings to see Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies at the seventh, eighth and ninth position, respectively.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led side has got a timely boost up prior to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, as they are scheduled to face hosts in the tournament opener on June 1 at The Oval.
After their first away win against New Zealand in 17 matches, Bangladesh has amassed 93 points in the ICC rankings which further saw Sri Lanka slipping to the seventh position, as their point table read 92.8.
The Tigers have collected 93.3 points to see them at the parity with Angelo Mathews-led Lions.
Interestingly, it is the first time that Bangladesh has eclipsed past three Full Members of ICC; Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, in the ODI rankings while giving their best, in the limited-overs format – to script the history by earning the sixth spot on the points table for the first time.
The jubilant Bangladesh camp believes the win against New Zealand has rejuvenated the side, as they are once again going to face each other in the Group A fixture which further includes Australia and England as well.
Moreover, Bangladesh is ahead of its neighbouring country Pakistan (88) by five points followed by 14 points to the struggling West Indies (79), as South Africa is sitting comfortably at the top with 122 rating points.
It’s pertinent to note, for the ICC World Cup 2019, the cut-off date has been scheduled for September 30, 2017, and Bangladesh is highly likely going to make an automatic entry this time around while going through their current form.
However, England stands a direct entry into the 50-over mega-event while hosting the event, as the West Indies has to pull off a miracle – to make the direct entry.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play its second game against Australia on June 5 at the Kennington Oval followed by a game against Kane Williamson-led side on June 9 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
As Bangladesh is scheduled to participate in the ICC Champions trophy after 10 years, they have eked out six wins in 14 matches while being played between May 2016 and 2017 which further includes a three-match drawn series against Sri Lanka.
The recently concluded cycle got 100 percent weight after the cycle between May 2014 and 2016 received the weight of 50 per cent. Since 2014, Bangladesh had collected 18 wins in 28 matches up to May 2016. Earlier, the Bangladesh was placed at the number seven with 91 rating points based on May 1st ranking update.