By Staff Writers | July 25, 2013
Sri Lanka retained their position as the number-one ranked T20 side after the annual update of the ICC T20I rankings table, which was announced on Thursday.
The annual update was released just two days before Pakistan takes on defending ICC World T20 champions West Indies in a two-match series, starting on July 27 in St. Vincent.
At the June ICC board meeting, it was agreed to change the T20I rankings period from three years to four years. The ICC board also decided that the annual update to the Test, ODI and T20I rankings should take place on May 1 each year, rather than August 1, to better align with the current international calendar. This change has been incorporated in the latest update and has been backdated to May 1, 2013.
The updated table now reflects all T20I matches completed after August 1, 2010. All T20I matches played until the start of May 2014 will be added to this table, so that by May 2014, the ratings will be based on just under four years of results.
There are no ranking changes as a result of this annual update and most countries’ ratings changed by no more than a point or two.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has an opportunity to move to the second place in the rankings table if they win both matches against West Indies in the upcoming series.
Fourth-ranked Pakistan is currently on 118 ratings points, but could potentially move up to second place with 124 rating-points, thereby swapping places with second-placed West Indies with 120 ratings points.
On the other hand, if West Indies wins both the matches, they could gain five rating-points to finish at 132, reducing the gap with number-one ranked Sri Lanka to just two ratings points.
ICC T20I rankings (as of 23 July)
Rank Country / Rating Points
1 Sri Lanka / 134
2 West Indies / 127
3 India / 121
4 Pakistan / 118
5 England / 113
6 South Africa / 112
7 Australia / 103
8 New Zealand / 102
9 Ireland / 81
10 Bangladesh / 74
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