South Africa Retains No.1 position in current ICC ranking Updates
South Africa and Australia have retained the top two positions on the ICC ODI Rankings following the 1 May annual update, but eighth-ranked Pakistan has opened up a nine-point advantage over ninth-ranked the West Indies, which can prove decisive as England plus the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September 2017 will qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The annual update is carried out to ensure the table continues to reflect teams’ recent form with older results being discarded. As such, the table now reflects all matches from 1 May 2014, with matches played on 1 May 2016 carrying 100 per cent weighting.
Meanwhile, the number-one ranked South Africa has gained four points following the annual update and is now with 123 points, while world champion and second-ranked Australia has stayed on 118 points.
India, who will defend the ICC Champions Trophy title in June, has swapped places with ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 finalist New Zealand. Both the sides have gained points following the update but India’s five-point gain against New Zealand’s increase of three means India is now ranked third with 117 points and New Zealand is fourth on 115 points.
Both Pakistan and ninth-ranked West Indies have dropped points following the update – Pakistan slipping from 90 points to 88 points and the West Indies sliding from 83 points to 79 points.
Bangladesh and Srilanka too lost some points. Bangladesh has surrendered one point and is now on 91 points, but its gap over eighth-ranked Pakistan has increased from two points to three. Sri Lanka, which was sitting pretty on 98 points prior to the annual update, has slid to 93 points to now lead Bangladesh by only two points. However, Sri Lanka leads the West Indies by 14 points.
According to the current Future Tours Programme, Bangladesh is scheduled to play in a tri-series in Ireland, which also features New Zealand, before taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy. The West Indies will play host to Afghanistan in a three-ODI series in June before travelling to England where it will play five ODIs in September.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s only assignment before the cut-off is the ICC Champions Trophy.
England retained its rank on fifth moving up just one point to 109. There is no change to 10th-ranked Afghanistan’s tally of 52 points, but 11th-ranked Zimbabwe has dropped two points and is now on 46 points. Ireland has gained one point and is on 43 points.
The small difference in points in the middle of the table adds a lot of context, entertainment and excitement to the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and other matches up to 30 September since performances during this period could help sides to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 rather than having to progress through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.
The following is ICC Ranking Table:
*Rankings are updated up to 01st May, 2017
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