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West Indies gets opportunity to overtake Pakistan in ODI rankings

jason-holderLahore : The West Indies will be eyeing the opportunity to wrest back the lead against Pakistan in the ICC ODI team rankings table when it plays in a tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and host Zimbabwe from November 14 to 27.

Pakistan had overtaken the West Indies to eighth position after a 3-0 win in a recent series in the United Arab Emirates but four league matches in the upcoming tri-series as well as a potential final could help the West Indies surge ahead as the two former world champions vie for automatic places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the ICC ODI team rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the World Cup while the bottom four sides will compete with six other sides from the ICC World Cricket League in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. The top two sides from the Qualifier will complete the 10-team line-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The West Indies, which is just one point behind Pakistan with 88 points, could go up to 92 points if it wins all four league matches. A win in the final against higher-ranked Sri Lanka after winning all its league matches will lift it to 94 points, within one point of seventh-ranked Bangladesh.

Wins against Sri Lanka will earn more points for the West Indies because it is 13 points behind Sri Lanka and the rankings system is weighted to reflect this difference.

If the West Indies loses a match each to both teams, it will slip to 87 points unless it goes on to win the final against Sri Lanka, in which case it will move up to 89 points but remain behind Pakistan on decimal points. If it qualifies for the final in such a scenario but beats Zimbabwe in the final, it will find itself on 87 points.

In the individual rankings, spinner Sunil Narine will be working towards moving back to the top in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers. Narine, who was at the top for almost a year before he was overtaken last month by Trent Boult is only 10 points behind the New Zealand pace bowler.

Captain Jason Holder (24th) will be another bowler to look out for in the West Indies team, while the absence of injured captain Angelo Mathews (26th) and spinner Sachithra Senanayake (28th) will see pace bowler Suranga Lakmal leading the Sri Lanka bowlers in 35th position.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen led by South Africa’s AB de Villiers, West Indies batsman Darren Bravo (45th) will be the highest-ranked in the tournament after experienced Marlon Samuels (25th) was not picked for the tri-series.

For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Thirimanne (46th) will be the highest ranked batsman in the absence of Mathews (20th) and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal (39th), while for Zimbabwe, Sean Williams will be the highest-ranked batsman at 54th position.

ICC ODI Rankings (as of 12 November 2016, before the tri-series featuring Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and West Indies)

 

Rank   Team               Points

  1. Australia            118
  2. South Africa      116
  3. New Zealand     112
  4. India                  111
  5. England             107
  6. Sri Lanka           101
  7. Bangladesh          95
  8. Pakistan               89
  9. West Indies          88
  10. Afghanistan         52
  11. Zimbabwe            46
  12. Ireland                  42

    ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 12 November, before the tri-series featuring Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and West Indies)

     

    Batsmen (top 10)

     

    Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Avge     Highest Rating

       1         AB de Villiers     SA         861       53.63    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

       2         Virat Kohli          Ind         848       52.93    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

       3         David Warner      Aus        786!      41.00    786 v SA at Cape Town 2016

       4         Q. de Kock           SA         779       43.84    799 v Aus at Centurion 2016

       5         K. Williamson     NZ         770       46.71    798 v SA at Centurion 2015

       6         Hashim Amla      SA         748       51.33    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

       7         Joe Root               Eng        747       45.71    776 v Pak at Trent Bridge 2016

       8         Martin Guptill     NZ         729       42.35    751 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

       9         Rohit Sharma      Ind         728       41.37    761 v Aus at Sydney 2016

      10        Faf du Plessis      SA         721       40.90    732 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2016

     

    Other selected rankings

     

    Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      Highest Rating

      45        Darren Bravo       WI         552       32.03     588 v Ind at Kanpur 2013

      46        L. Thirimanne     SL          549       34.48     599 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015

      48        Johnson Charles  WI         542       28.09     592 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

      54        Sean Williams     Zim        533       33.43     556 v Ind at Auckland 2015

      58        E. Chigumbura    Zim        517       25.73     554 v SA at Bulawayo 2007

      62        Sikandar Raza     Zim        513       30.00     576 v Afg at Bulawayo 2015

     

     

    Bowlers (top 10)

     

    Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      Eco       Highest Rating

       1         Trent Boult          NZ         735       23.89     4.83      766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

       2         Sunil Narine        WI         725       26.46     4.12      791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

       3         Imran Tahir         SA         712       23.44     4.65      735 v SL at Sydney 2015

       4         Mitchell Starc     Aus        690       19.61     4.78      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

       5         Matt Henry          NZ         661*     22.92     5.43      675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

       6         S. Al Hasan          Ban        660       27.93     4.32      717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

       7         Adil Rashid         Eng        655!      35.17     5.59      655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016

       8         Kagiso Rabada    SA         628*     25.11     5.24      646 v Aus at Johannesburg 2016

       9         Akshar Patel        Ind         624*!    30.20     4.38      624 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016

      10        M. Mortaza          Ban        623       30.07     4.70      653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009

     

    Other selected rankings

     

    Rank     Player                 Team     Pts        Avge      Eco       Highest Rating

    24          Jason Holder        WI         551       33.01     5.60      577 v Aus at St Kitts 2016

    35          Suranga Lakmal   SL          517       30.17     5.54      563 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015

    43          Tendai Chatara    Zim        497*     34.97     5.13      562 v Ire at Hobart 2015

    48          T. Panyangara      Zim        472       46.68     5.71      492 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

     

    All-rounders (top five)

     

    Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Highest Rating

       1         S. Al Hasan          Ban        391       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

       2         A. Mathews         SL          352       427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

       3         M. Nabi               Afg         332       335 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

       4         James Faulkner   Aus        315       361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

       5         Mitchell Marsh   Aus        299*/*  302 v WI at Barbados 2016

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