Wednesday, 26 October 2011

ICC T20I rankings will give a lot of context to cricket's shortest format: Yuvraj Singh

Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh today said that the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s Twenty20 International (T20I) team and player rankings, which were launched in a ceremony in Dubai, will give a lot of context to the shortest format of the game.

"A rankings system motivates you to raise the bar. If you are in the top 20, your next aim is to break into the top 10, then the top five, and eventually, the top spot," Singh said.

Reigning World Twenty20 champion England was unveiled as the number-one ranked T20I team.

England, which is also the top ranked Test side, has a rating of 127 points and leads second-placed Sri Lanka by just one rating point.

Only six ratings points separate the next four sides with New Zealand occupying third position on 117, followed by South Africa, India and Australia.

Pakistan is in seventh position, 14 ratings points behind Australia, with West Indies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe to follow.

Teams that have played eight or more T20Is since August 2009 have been included on the table.

Bangladesh, along with Associate Members Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland, which have T20I status, will all join the table as soon as they have played sufficient matches to qualify for a ranking.

Since August 2009, England has played 20 T20Is, winning 12, losing six and with two ending in no-results. Its victories include four against Pakistan, two each against South Africa and Australia, and one each against Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand and India.

In contrast, Pakistan has played the highest number of matches (24) during the same period, but at the same time it has lost more than 50 per cent of its matches which explains its current seventh position.

Eoin Morgan of England, Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis and Australia's Shane Watson were announced the top-ranked batsman, bowler and all-rounder, respectively.

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