ICC extends ODI-ranked nations; Nepal, UAE among new inclusions

ICC extends ODI-ranked nations, Nepal, UAE among new inclusions - InsideSport

Emerging one-day international sides, Nepal, Scotland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates have joined the 12 leading ODI nations on the expanded MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings. The change comes into effect immediately.

This elevation means all ODIs these four sides will play against other sides on the table henceforth will count towards a team’s rating points and performance in the rankings table.

The Netherlands had secured ODI status and a place in the 13-team ODI league by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship last year, while Scotland, Nepal and the UAE earned ODI status by finishing as the three leading Associates (along with the Dutch) in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

Scotland have been ranked in 13th place on 28 points – 10 points behind 12th ranked Ireland – while the UAE are another 10 points behind on 18 in 14th position. The Netherlands have 13 rating points and Nepal are yet to score any. However, the two teams will start reflecting on the ICC ODI team rankings table after playing four more ODIs each.

The initial rankings for the four new teams are based on all ODIs played since May 2015 by Scotland and the UAE against Full Members and against each other; Non-ODIs played by the Netherlands and Nepal against Full Members, Scotland and the UAE as part of the ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament 2018.

Teams earn points from each match they play against oppositions with an ODI rating. Points and matches played between 1 May, 2015, and 30 April, 2017, will be weighted at 50 per cent, whereas matches played after 1 May, 2017, will be weighted at 100 per cent, ICC has stated in a Press release.

The positions of the 12 Test-playing countries, who were already on the table, are not affected by the introduction of these new teams on the table.

The table is headed by England, who will host next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. India are ranked second, three points behind England, while ICC Champions Trophy winners Pakistan are in sixth place.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 1 June):

Rank          Team                Points

1                England             125

2                India                 122

3                South Africa       113

4                New Zealand      112

5                Australia            104

6                Pakistan             102

7                Bangladesh         93

8                Sri Lanka            77

9                Windies              69

10              Afghanistan         63

11              Zimbabwe           55

12              Ireland               38

13              Scotland             28

14              UAE                   18