ICC World Twenty20 2016 semi-finalist New Zealand have stormed up the chart to claim number-one position for the first time in the T20I charts of the latest ICC rankings following the annual update.
New Zealand's Mitchell Santner (R) celebrates the fall of a wicket with teammate New Zealand's Martin Guptill during their World T20 campaign. Pic/AFP
Kane Williamson’s side has gained 12 points following the annual update and has consequently vaulted two places to join India on 132 points. However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, it is New Zealand, which is ahead of the MS Dhoni-led side by +0.21.
ICC World Twenty20 2016 champion West Indies have slipped to third after conceding three points. The main reason for the Caribbena team's slip is that its results from the 2012-13 season, which includes victory in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, have now been dropped.
The West Indies now leads fourth-ranked South Africa by three points, which has broken away from England.
Australia, which won its fifth World Cup title in Melbourne last year, is now sitting on 124 points after dropping two points to lead New Zealand by 11 points.
Indian has slipped even in the ODI rankings. Dhoni's side has falled one place to fourth and vacated the 3rd position for South Africa. The West Indies have exchanged places with Pakistan to push the 1992 World Cup winners out of the top eight.
Other sides to gain following the annual update include sixth-ranked England (103, up two), seventh-ranked Bangladesh (98, up one), eighth-ranked West Indies (88, up two), 10th-ranked Afghanistan (51, up four) and 11th-ranked Zimbabwe (47, up two).
A significant date on the ICC events calendar is September 30, 2017, which is the rankings cut-off date for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The host, England, and the seven next highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for cricket’s biggest event, while the bottom four ODI ranked sides will join the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 to fight for the two remaining positions.
Although there will be another ODI team rankings annual update prior to this cut-off date, it is significant that from now on the results of all ODIs that will affect qualification will be weighted at 100 per cent whereas matches played between May 2014 and April 2016 will by then be weighted at only 50 per cent.
All the teams bunched together in the middle of the table will have to win as many matches as possible in the forthcoming season, knowing it will help ensure direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged from 30 May to 15 July in the United Kingdom.
ICC ODI Team Rankings
Rank* Team Points*
1(-) Australia 124(-2)
2(-) New Zealand 113(-1)
3(+1) South Africa 112(-)
4(-1) India 109(-4)
5(-) Sri Lanka 104(-)
6(-) England 103(+2)
7(-) Bangladesh 98(+1)
8(+1) West Indies 88(+2)
9(-1) Pakistan 87(-)
10(-) Afghanistan 51(+4)
11(+1) Zimbabwe 47(+2)
12(-1) Ireland 42(-4)
ICC T20I Team Rankings
Rank* Team Points*
1(+2) New Zealand 132(+12)
2(-1) India 132(+6)
3(-1) West Indies 122(-3)
4(+1) South Africa 119(+4)
5(-1) England 114(-1)
6(-) Australia 110(-2)
7(-) Pakistan 104(-3)
8(-) Sri Lanka 98(-7)
9(-) Afghanistan 78(-3)
10(-) Bangladesh 74(-)
11(+1) Netherlands 67(+8)
12(+1) Zimbabwe 58(+1)
13(-2) Scotland 57(-2)
14(+1) UAE 54(+11)
15(+1) Ireland 48(+9)
16(+1) Oman 37(-)
17(-3) Hong Kong 29(-15)
The ODI and T20I rankings tables, unlike the Test rankings table, are updated after each match.
The latest Future Tours Programme lists the following ODI series until September 2016:
Sri Lanka vs Ireland (away, two ODIs, June)
Sri Lanka vs England (away, five ODIs, June)
Bangladesh No ODIs scheduled
West Indies Tri-series vs Australia and South Africa (home, June)
Pakistan vs Ireland (away, two ODIs, August)
Pakistan vs England (away, five ODIs, August)
Zimbabwe vs India (home, three ODIs June)