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Afghanistan outstrip Sri Lanka in ICC T20 rankings

Afghanistan outstrip Sri Lanka in ICC T20 rankings

May 03, 2018 - 11:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon have risen to eighth spot, getting ahead of Sri Lanka, in the International Cricket Council’s T20 rankings.

Last year, the Sri Lankan lost 23 of the 29 one-day internationals (ODIs) and 10 of 15 T20 matches they played, according to the updated ICC rankings.

As Afghanistan moved one slot up, the islanders managed to retain eighth position. They lost seven points, slipping from 84 to 77, the cricket regulatory body said.

Likewise, England have outstripped India to grab the top position in the ICC ODI rankings. England’s upswing has been linked to 2014-15 season, which they could win only seven of 25 ODIs.

The 2014-15 season has been dropped from the latest calculations while those from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent.

England earned eight points and moved to 125 points, with India losing a solitary point and thus falling to second place with 122 points.

South Africa went down a notch to third place from 117 to 113 points, as they lost four points. The fall left them nine points adrift of India and only one point ahead of fourth- placed New Zealand.

Worldinfo-icon champions Australia have slipped to 104 points in fifth position and are only two points ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winners Pakistaninfo-icon, who have gained six points.

In the T20 rankings led by Pakistan, there is no change in the top seven places. However, Afghanistan are now ahead of Sri Lanka in eighth slot.

Pakistan (130) and Australia (126) retain the top two positions while India earned two points to reach 123. With 116 points, New Zealand stayed unchanged, followed by England with 115.



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