Sports Desk: Bangladesh has risen to the eighth position in the ICC T20 rankings, leaving Afghanistan behind. Bangladesh has taken a step forward in the annual update of ranking. They are ninth in tests and seventh in ODIs as before.
The annual update of the ICC rankings was released on Wednesday. There has been no change in the top spot in the three editions. As before in Tests, Australia, New Zealand in ODIs, and India at the top of the T20.
In the case of ranking updates, all the performances of the teams from May 2019 have been taken into consideration. The performance of the 2018-19 season has gone beyond calculation.
Since May 2021, the performance of the teams has been taken into consideration. The performance of the previous two years has been taken into consideration by 50 percent.
Bangladesh is still looking for ground under its feet in T20. After the defeat in the T20 World Cup, the country was whitewashed against Pakistan. Mahmudullah’s side drew their last series 1-1 against Afghanistan.
Before the World Cup, Bangladesh won the series against Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (3-2) by setting up a spin stage on home soil. Earlier, Zimbabwe won the series 2-1. These victories have played a big role in improving the rankings.
Bangladesh’s new rating is now 233, up to two rating points. Afghanistan has lost 6 rating points this time. With 228 ratings, the team has dropped two steps back to number ten. Sri Lanka is one step ahead in ninth place with 230 points.
India still holds the top spot with 270 rating points. However, the team is 5 points ahead of the two England, the English lost four points (265). Third-placed Pakistan (261) lost three points.
New Zealand is followed by South Africa and Australia. Ken Williamson’s team is in sixth place with 250 points. South Africa is fourth with 253 points and Australia is fifth with 251 points.
The two-time world champion West Indies is in the seventh position, one step above Bangladesh with 240 points.
Australia, which is at the top of the Test rankings, has narrowed the gap with second-placed India by one point. Australia now has 128 points, up from 119 at home, after losing the series 4-0 to England at home in January. India now increased by one point to 119 points.
England lost 9 points after a bad time, and also dropped from five to six in the rankings. The team’s points are now 6, their lowest since 1995.
Third-placed New Zealand (111) lost four points. Fourth-placed South Africa (110) are now just one point behind them. Pakistan is in fifth place with 93 ratings.
The next four places in the Test rankings did not change. As before, Sri Lanka (81) in seventh place, West Indies (77) in eighth place, Bangladesh (51) in ninth place, and Zimbabwe (25) in tenth place.
Afghanistan and Ireland are not in the rankings. They did not get a chance to play enough tests to come in the rankings.
While New Zealand retained the top spot in the ODIs, second-placed England narrowed the gap. New Zealand’s new points increased by 125 points by three points, and England’s points increased by 5 points.
Three Australians with 106 points, for India with two points less. They are followed by Pakistan (102) and South Africa (99).
Bangladesh, which is in the seventh position, has increased its rating by 95. They are followed by Sri Lanka (87), West Indies (73), and Afghanistan (66).