Pakistan retains top spot in ICC T20I rankings

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today unveiled an expanded MRF Tyres ICC men’s T20I team rankings table with 80 teams as Pakistan reign supreme in the game’s shortest format.

the 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.

According to ICC, 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 the 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.

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, the Green Shirts have consolidated their position at the top of the table, which has a wider spread of points to accommodate the additional teams.

While 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.

T20I rankings: 1 Pakistan,2 South Africa, 3 England,4 Australia,5 India,6 New Zealand,7 Afghanistan,8 Sri Lanka,9 West Indies,10 Bangladesh.