Sri Lanka puts No 1 T20I position on the line

Sri Lanka will begin a two-match T20I series against host Bangladesh from 12 February in Chittagong by putting its number one position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Tableon the line.

Sri Lanka enters the series as the number-one ranked side with 129 ratings points, leading 10th ranked Bangladesh by 57 ratings points. Only eight ratings points separate the top four sides, with India (123 points), South Africa (123 points) and Pakistan (121 points) close on the heels of the number-one ranked side.

As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Sri Lanka will lose its top position if it loses both matches in the series. In such a scenario, Sri Lanka will drop nine ratings points and three places to fourth position with 120 ratings points, handing the top position to India.

Sri Lanka needs to win one of the two matches in the series to retain the number-one position.

Bangladesh will stay in 10th position irrespective of the outcome of the series.

This is the final tune-up for both sides ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, which commences on16 March 2014.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Rankings tables, unlike the Test Rankings Table, are updated after every match.

Meanwhile, Tillakaratne Dilshan in eighth position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen  will start off as the highest-ranked batsman in the series.

In fact, Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardena in ninth position, are the only two batsmen in the top 10 likely to feature in the series.

Outside the top 10, the batsmen likely to feature are Kumar Sangakkara (12th), Kushal Perera (25th), Tamim Iqbal (29th), Shakib Al Hasan (31st) and Angelo Mathews (45th).

Ajantha Mendis in fifth and Shakib Al Hasan in ninth will start off as the only two bowlers in the top 10 of theReliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers  to feature in the series.

Outside the top 10, Lasith Malinga (14th), Angelo Mathews (21st), Sachitra Senanayake (40th), Mashrafe Mortaza (52nd) and Thisara Perera (57th) are also likely to take the field.

About ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014

As many as 35 tournament matches will be played across Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet in the 22-day tournament. The format for the men’s event has been changed following an increase in teams from 12 to 16.

As the teams’ seeding are based on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table as of 8 October 2012, the top eight sides following the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will play directly in the Super 10 stage, while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, which finished outside the top eight, will participate in the first round that will be held from 16-21 March.

The first round of the men’s event will include eight sides that will be divided into two groups of four teams each, with the table-toppers progressing to the Super 10 stage.

The Super 10 stage will start with an evening match between former champions India and Pakistan in Dhaka onFriday 21 March.

The two groups of the Super 10 stage are:

Super 10 (S10) Groups (Based on teams’ rankings on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings as on 8 October 2012)

Group 1 – Sri Lanka, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Group B Qualifier 1 (Q1B)

Group 2 – West Indies, India, Pakistan, Australia, Group A Qualifier 1 (Q1A)

Reigning champion the West Indies will launch its title defence against India in an evening match on Sunday 23 March. Earlier on the same day, Pakistan will lock horns with Australia, which is looking for the only global title that has eluded it to date.

If Bangladesh reaches the Super 10 stage, it will play all its matches in Dhaka, facing the West Indies on 25 March, India on 28 March, Pakistan on 30 March and Australia on 1 April.

This is the third time that the men’s and women’s competitions will be played alongside each other, with the women’s semi-finals and final held on the same day as the men’s, and at the same venue.

The first round matches of the women’s event will take place in Sylhet from 23 March to 2 April, with the semi-finals and final played in Dhaka from 3 to 6 April.

Forthcoming fixtures:

 Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

12 February: First T20I, Chittagong

14 February: Second T20I, Chittagong

Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 10 February before Bangladesh v Sri Lanka series)

Rank        Team                          Rating  

1                 Sri Lanka                    129

2                 India                            123

3                 South Africa                 123

4                 Pakistan                        121

5                 West Indies                   113

6                 Australia                       110

7                 New Zealand                 108

8                 England                         105

9                 Ireland                             87

10                Bangladesh                      72

11                Afghanistan                     70

12               Netherlands                     56

13               Scotland                           50

14              Zimbabwe                        46

15              Kenya                               42

16              Canada                                2

Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20Is (as of 10 February before Bangladesh v Sri Lanka series)

Batsmen

Rank     Player               Team       Pts          Ave      S/R       HS Rating

1         B McCullum        NZ         797        36.27    135        849 v Ban at Pallekele 2012

2         Alex Hales           Eng        795        35.45    136        842 v Aus at Durham 2013

3         Aaron Finch         Aus        772*!    45.80    171        772 v Eng at Sydney 2014

4         Virat Kohli          Ind         749*!    34.52    130        749 v Aus at Rajkot 2013

5         Suresh Raina       Ind         712        33.03    136        776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011

6         Yuvraj Singh       Ind         705        33.38    153        793 v SA at St Lucia 2010

7         Martin Guptill     NZ         694        34.11    124        793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

8         T Dilshan             SL          690        30.62    121        802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

9         M Jayawardena   SL          687        31.78    134        785 v Aus at Pallekele 2011

10        Shane Watson      Aus        686        29.42    150        832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank     Player               Team       Pts          Ave      S/R       HS Rating

12        K Sangakkara      SL          676        33.23    121        763 v WI at Barbados 2010

25        KJ Perera             SL          568*!    33.44    128        568 v Pak at Dubai 2013

29        Tamim Iqbal        Ban        526*     24.00    110        537 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

31        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        514*     20.30    126        524 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

45        Angelo Mathews SL          449*     26.09    117        454 v Pak at Dubai 2013

72        Nasir Hossain      Ban        325*!    25.60    122        325 v NZ at Mirpur 2013

85        Thisara Perera     SL          292*     26.63    154        308 v SA at Hambantota 2013

95        Mahmudullah      Ban        246*!    13.60    100        246 v NZ at Mirpur 2013

 

Bowlers

 

Rank     Player                 Team      Pts           Ave      Econ      HS Rating

1         Sunil Narine        WI         804        17.92    6.15      817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

2         Saeed Ajmal        Pak        714        17.02    6.26      788 v NZ at Pallekele 2012

3         N McCullum       NZ         671        20.72    6.85      709 v Zim at Harare 2011

4         M Hafeez             Pak        670        22.90    6.61      689 v Zim at Harare 2013

5         Ajantha Mendis   SL          669        13.23    6.15      762 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2012

6=       Prosper Utseya    Zim        659        28.04    6.57      667 v Pak at Harare 2013

L Tsotsobe           SA         659*     23.23    6.26      672 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

8         N Kulasekara       SL          657        24.81    7.29      676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013

9         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        655        19.84    6.75      668 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

10        Abdur Razzak      Ban        654        18.94    6.97      661 v Ire at Belfast 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank     Player               Team      Pts           Ave      Econ      HS Rating

14        Lasith Malinga    SL          629        22.19    7.39      680 v Eng at Bristol 2011

21        Angelo Mathews SL          588        27.64    6.83      645 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013

40        S Senanayake      SL          503*!    13.25    5.67      503 v Pak at Dubai 2013

52        M Mortaza           Ban        451        34.63    8.38      496 v NZ at Pallekele 2012

57        Thisara Perera     SL          433*!    25.30    8.20      433 v Pak at Dubai 2013

78        Mahmudullah      Ban        370*!    42.66    7.65      370 v NZ at Mirpur 2013

All-rounders

Rank     Player                 Team       Pts        HS Rating

1         M Hafeez             Pak        427       441 v SL at Dubai 2013

2         Shane Watson      Aus        395       557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

3         Yuvraj Singh       Ind         363/*!   363 v Aus at Rajkot 2013

4         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        337*/    350 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

5         Shahid Afridi       Pak        315       413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

For information on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

(Courtesy: International Cricket Council)