India have emerged as the number-one ranked Twenty20 International (T20I) side after the annual update of the ICC T20I Team Rankings, which was announced on Thursday. India have swapped places with World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka.

In the past 12 months, India have lost just one T20I which was against Sri Lanka in the recent ICC WT20 final in Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka have lost four matches. The weight-age of 2013-2014 results are at 100 per cent. Whereas, the results in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 are now weighted at 50 per cent. Therefore, Sri Lanka’s strong performances in those two earlier years are now counted less.

In the other major change, the West Indies have slipped two places. This drop has moved Australia and New Zealand up by one place each.

In all 14 countries, including Afghanistan, Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland, have played sufficient T20I matches to be ranked on the table. Three countries Nepal, UAE and Hong Kong are unranked, as they haven’t played the minimum number of eight matches during the rankings period, but do have a rating.

Here are the Team Rankings for T20I format of the teams who gained T20I status.

 

Team

Matches

Points

Rating

India

15

1963

131

Sri Lanka

22

2859

130

Pakistan

26

3194

123

South Africa

23

2785

121

Australia

22

2454

112

New Zealand

20

2196

110

West Indies

23

2520

110

England

23

2220

97

Ireland

12

1046

87

Bangladesh

16

1147

72

Netherlands

14

951

68

Afghanistan

12

743

62

Zimbabwe

11

573

52

Scotland

10

512

51

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