England open ICC T20I rankings at Number 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reigning International Cricket Council World Twenty20 champion England was unveiled as the Number 1 ranked side in the shortest format of the game as the Reliance ICC Twenty20 International (T20I) team rankings were launched at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on Monday.
England, who are also the top ranked Test side, has a rating of 127 points and lead second-placed Sri Lanka by just one rating point.
Only six ratings points separate the next four sides with New Zealand occupying third position on 117, followed by South Africa, ICC World Twenty20 2007 winners India, and Australia.
ICC World Twenty20 2009 champion Pakistan are in seventh position, 14 ratings points behind Australia, with West Indies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe to follow.
Teams that have played eight or more T20Is since August 2009 have been included on the table. Bangladesh, along with Associate Members Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland, which have T20I status, will all join the table as soon as they have played sufficient matches to qualify for a ranking.
Since August 2009, England has played 20 T20Is, winning 12, losing six and with two ending in no-results. Their victories include four against Pakistan, two each against South Africa and Australia, and one each against Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand and India.
In contrast, Pakistan have played the highest number of matches (24) during the same period, but at the same time they have lost more than 50 per cent of its matches which explains its current seventh position.
One of the main objectives of introducing the T20I team rankings is to give context to bilateral matches. And this will be evident as soon as Saturday when England will put their Number 1 ranking on the line when it goes head to head with India in the only T20I match of the series at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
While an England victory would increase their advantage over Sri Lanka to four ratings points, in case of a defeat it will slip to third position behind Sri Lanka and India.
ICC General Manager – Cricket, David Richardson, speaking at the launch ceremony, said: “The ICC is delighted to announce the team and player rankings for Twenty20 international cricket. The launch of T20I rankings will generate even more interest in the shortest format and will help to give more context to bilateral T20Is.
“Despite the fact that not as many T20Is have been played as Tests or ODIs, the ICC believes these rankings add context to nation versus nation contests in the shortest of cricket’s three vibrant international formats.”
The T20I table reflects all T20Is played since August 2009. All T20Is played until the start of next August will be added to this table, so by then the ratings will be based on three years of results and, over those three years, matches played in the most recent year will carry most weight.
Schedule of T20Is in the lead up to the ICC World Twenty20 2012 (as on October 24 2011 and subject to changes. T20Is will also be played in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 from March 13-24 not included):
October 29 – India v England, Kolkata
November 11 – Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Dubai
February 1 – Australia v India, Sydney
February 3 – Australia v India, Melbourne
February 11 – New Zealand v Zimbabwe, Auckland
February 14 – New Zealand v Zimbabwe, Hamilton
February 17 – New Zealand v South Africa, Wellington
February 19 – New Zealand v South Africa, Hamilton
February 22 – New Zealand v South Africa, Auckland
February 23 – Pakistan v England, Dubai
February 25 – Pakistan v England, Dubai
February 27 – Pakistan v England, Abu Dhabi
June 24 – England v West Indies, Nottingham
September 8 – England v South Africa, Chester-le-Street
September 10 – England v South Africa, Manchester
September 12 – England v South Africa, Birmingham