In the latest update, India and Pakistan have lost their leading positions in the ICC Test team rankings and ICC T20I team rankings respectively as Australia have moved on top positions in both those rankings. However, England had maintained the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings.
On Friday (1st May), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has provided an annual update of the team rankings after eliminating the 2016/17 results.
After returning to the top position in the ICC Test team rankings in October 2016, the Indian team hold this leading position for the 43 consecutive months. It was the second-best record to successively hold the top position of the ICC Test team rankings since the ICC officially began ranking teams in 2003 (Australia hold it for 74 months).
Now, Australia have returned to the top position in the ICC Test team rankings after more than 45 months. Previously, they were in this position in August 2016. While Australia have now 116 rating points, India slipped down to the third position with 114 rating points. New Zealand have retained their second spot in the ICC Test team rankings with 115 rating points.
Reason of India lost the top spot in the ICC Test team rankings:
In their official website, the ICC has explained how the Indian team have lost their top place of the ICC Test team rankings.
The ICC statement claimed, “India have yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is largely because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were removed in the latest update.
“They had won all five series during this period including against Australia and England. On the other hand, Australia had lost to South Africa as well as to India in the same period.”
ICC T20I team rankings and ICC ODI team rankings:
On the other hand, in a very similar way, Pakistan have lost their top position of the ICC T20I team rankings to Australia. Pakistan were holding this position since January 2018 and continued for the record 825 days before losing this position. It is the first time ever when Australia have climbed up to the top position in the ICC T20I team rankings.
While Australia are on the top position in latest T20I team rankings with 278 rating points, England and India are in the second and third positions respectively with 268 and 266 rating points respectively. Pakistan have dropped down to the fourth position in the same rankings with 260 rating points.
In the meantime, England have retained the top position in the ICC ODI team rankings (127 rating points) and India have maintained the very next spot with 119 rating points.