New position for Sri Lanka in updated ICC T20I rankings

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The International Cricket Council today unveiled an expanded MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings table with 80 teams who will now be able to gauge their progress in a format recognised by the world body as the vehicle for the growth of the game.

Teams like Austria, Botswana, Luxembourg and Mozambique are among the sides figuring in the first men’s T20I ranking table that features all Members meeting the criteria of having played six matches against other ICC members since May 2016.

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The move to expand the table follows ICC’s decision last year that all men’s T20 matches between Members from 1 January 2019 will be classified as internationals.  As with  the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings, which were launched in October 2018, teams will need to play six matches against other teams in the previous three to four years to remain in the rankings table.

The qualification process for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup which is underway includes 58 T20I matches across five regional finals is likely to mean significant movements on the rankings over the coming months. The first final was held in Papua New Guinea last month whilst the Africa final in Uganda (19-24 May), the Europe final in Guernsey (15-19 June), the Asia final in Singapore (22-28 July) and the Americas final in the USA (19-25 August) are still to come.

India are now placed fifth in the Men's T20I rankings table
India are now placed fifth in the Men’s T20I rankings table

Six of these teams will join hosts UAE, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Zimbabwe in the global qualifier in what will be another chance to improve their standings on the table as they try to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have consolidated their position at the top of the table, which has a wider spread of points to accommodate the additional teams. Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup champions in 2009, are now on 286 points while the next four teams are within two points of each other – South Africa (262), England (261), Australia (261) and India (260).

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South Africa and India have swapped positions two and five in the expanded table, whose launch coincides with the annual rankings update in which series results from 2015-16 are removed and outcomes from 2016-17 and 2017-18 are weighted at 50 per cent.

In other significant changes, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have moved up one place each to seventh and eighth positions, respectively, with the West Indies going down to ninth position. In what will be big news for their passionate fans, Nepal have moved from 14th to 11th position while Namibia have grabbed 20th position.

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings (as on 3 May)

RankTeamPoints
1Pakistan286
2South Africa262
3England261
4Australia261
5India260
6New Zealand254
7Afghanistan241
8Sri Lanka227
9Windies226
10Bangladesh220
11Nepal212
12Scotland199
13Zimbabwe192
14Netherlands187
15Ireland182
16UAE181
17PNG172
18Oman155
19Hong Kong152
20Namibia141
21Qatar129
22Saudi Arabia121
23Singapore118
24Denmark116
25Canada111
26Jersey106
27Kuwait104
28Ghana100
29Kenya95
30Botswana93
31USA84
32Austria73
33Malaysia73
34Guernsey68
35Uganda68
36Germany64
37Sweden58
38Tanzania56
39Nigeria55
40Luxembourg55
41Spain53
42Philippines48
43France45
44Belize42
45Belgium40
46Peru40
47Bahrain37
48Mexico36
49Fiji35
50Samoa34
51Vanuatu33
52Panama32
53Japan32
54Costa Rica32
55Thailand31
56Argentina31
57Hungary30
58Mozambique29
59Chile25
60Malawi25
61Israel25
62Bhutan23
63Finland22
64South Korea22
65Isle of Man21
66Malta14
67Bulgaria14
68Sierra Leone12
69Brazil12
70Czech Republic9
71St Helena9
72Maldives8
73Gibraltar4
74Myanmar3
75Indonesia0
76China0
77Gambia0
78Swaziland0
79Rwanda0
80Lesotho0

 *Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Cameroon and Bermuda have also played matches but not enough to be on the T20I points table