Dubai, Mar 7 IBNS | 5 months ago

Four of the top eight sides on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table will be seen in action in six matches in the upcoming fortnight, in the final tune-up ahead of ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, scheduled to be held from Mar 16 to Apr 6.


Third-ranked South Africa on 123 ratings points plays ICC World Twenty20 2010 runner-up Australia (110) in sixth place from Mar 9 at Port Elizabeth.

Meanwhile, ICC World Twenty20 2012 champion fifth-placed West Indies (111) takes on England (105) in eighth position, winner of the 2010 edition, also from 9 March at Bridgetown, Barbados.

Sri Lanka is the number-one ranked side with 129 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.

Hence, just before the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, a bit of movement is expected on the table.

With both series (South Africa v Australia and West Indies v England) being held simultaneously, results in either will affect sides' movements.

Both Australia and England have an opportunity to make upward movements if they win all matches in their respective series. Australia can rise two places to fourth, whereas England can move up two places to sixth.

South Africa can rise a place to second if it wins all the matches against Australia, whereas West Indies and England will retain its pre-series positions if Darren Sammy's side wins the series 3-0.

A loss for any of the four sides will see a number of changes in the table.

Meanwhile, Alex Hales in second position will start off as the highest-ranked batsman on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen in the matches scheduled to be played.

Aaron Finch in third, Shane Watson (eighth) and David Warner (ninth) are the other batsmen within the top 10 who are likely to be in action.

The other batsmen inside the top 20 likely to be in action are JP Duminy (12th), Chris Gayle (16th), Faf du Plessis (17th) and Marlon Samuels (20th).

Outside the top 20, the batsmen likely to be seen in action are Cameron White (25th), George Bailey (29th), Dwayne Bravo (30th), Luke Wright (36th), AB de Villiers (38th), Hashim Amla (40th), Lendl Simmons (43rd), Michael Lumb (47th), Ravi Bopara (55th) and Quinton de Kock (58th).

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, number-one ranked bowler on the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers will lead the field in the coming fortnight and hope to consolidate his lead at the top.

Narine will be seen in action against West Indies. Inside the top 10 the only other bowler likely to be in action is South Africa's Lonwabo Tsotsobe (seventh) against Australia.

Outside the top 10, the bowlers likely to play are Stuart Broad (13th), Samuel Badree (15th), Jade Dernbach (19th), Shane Watson (25th), Mitchell Starc (26th), Darren Sammy (27th), Morne Morkel (30th), Tim Bresnan (35th), Wayne Parnell (38th), Dwayne Bravo (47th), Ravi Rampaul (57th) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (68th).

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 Mar 16-21.

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 on Mar 21.

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 Mar 23.

Earlier on the same day, Pakistan will lock horns with Australia, which is looking for the only global title that it has not bagged.

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

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:


South Africa v Australia

9 March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth

12 March: 2nd T20I, Durban (d/n)

14 March: 3rd T20I, Centurion (d/n)



West Indies v England

9 March: 1st T20I, Bridgetown, Barbados

11 March: 2nd T20I, Bridgetown, Barbados

13 March: 3rd T20I, Bridgetown, Barbados



Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 7 March before South Africa v Australia and West Indies v England series)

Rank Team Rating

1 Sri Lanka 129

2 India 123

3 South Africa 123

4 Pakistan 121

5 West Indies 111

6 Australia 110

7 New Zealand 108

8 England 105

9 Ireland 91

10 Bangladesh 70

11 Afghanistan 70

12 Netherlands 56

13 Scotland 50

14 Zimbabwe 46

15 Kenya 42

16 Canada 2



(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20Is (as of 7 March before South Africa v Australia and West Indies v England 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 Shane Watson Aus 686 29.42 150 832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

9 David Warner Aus 685 28.63 138 826 v WI at St Lucia 2010

10 H Masakadza Zim 672 28.40 115 685 v Ban at Bulawayo 2013

11 K Sangakkara SL 671 32.77 121 763 v WI at Barbados 2010

12 JP Duminy SA 666 35.68 123 694 v Eng at Durham 2012

13 Kusal Perera SL 664* 35.09 130 665 v Ban at Chittagong 2014

14 T Dilshan SL 662 29.33 121 802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

15 M Jayawardena SL 659 31.78 134 785 v Aus at Pallekele 2011

16 Chris Gayle WI 653 32.80 142 831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

17 Faf du Plessis SA 652* 35.50 119 677 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

18 M Hafeez Pak 637 25.51 118 649 v SL at Dubai 2013

19 Eoin Morgan Eng 636 31.40 133 872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

20 Marlon Samuels WI 615 28.90 131 723 v Ban at Mirpur 2012



Selected Rankings



Rank Player Team Pts Ave S/R HS Rating

25 Cameron White Aus 571 32.81 135 657 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

29 George Bailey Aus 531*! 30.07 147 531 v Eng at Sydney 2014

30 Dwayne Bravo WI 521 26.86 116 552 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

36 Luke Wright Eng 484 19.28 137 512 v NZ at The Oval 2013

38 AB de Villiers SA 469 21.67 121 571 v WI at Antigua 2010

40 Hashim Amla SA 468*! 24.05 121 468 v Pak at Cape Town 2013

43 Lendl Simmons WI 448* 26.10 112 506 v SA at The Oval 2009

47 Michael Lumb Eng 432* 21.57 137 441 v Aus at Melbourne 2014

55 Ravi Bopara Eng 401* 24.57 111 427 v Aus at Hobart 2014

58 Quinton de Kock SA 391*! 31.00 114 391 v Pak at Cape Town 2013

64 David Miller SA 380*! 29.90 134 380 v Pak at Cape Town 2013

72 Jos Buttler Eng 327* 22.40 139 333 v Aus at Melbourne 2014

80 Albie Morkel SA 305* 23.68 143 477 v NZ at Barbados 2010

81 Dwayne Smith WI 304* 17.94 129 392 v NZ at Lauderhill 2012

103 Shaun Marsh Aus 232* 18.58 105 252 v Eng at Southampton 2013



Bowlers



Rank Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Rating

1 Sunil Narine WI 784 17.64 5.90 817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

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

3 Ajantha Mendis SL 674 13.61 6.16 762 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2012

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

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

6 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 662 19.16 6.69 668 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

7= 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

9 N Kulasekara SL 656 23.78 7.31 676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013

10 Dale Steyn SA 647 15.78 6.20 688 v WI at Antigua 2010

11 Shahid Afridi Pak 646 22.50 6.48 814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

12 Lasith Malinga SL 641 21.61 7.37 680 v Eng at Bristol 2011

13= Stuart Broad Eng 632 22.34 7.50 672 v Pak at Cardiff 2010

George Dockrell Ire 632 15.60 5.94 636 v WI at Jamaica 2014

15 Samuel Badree WI 630*! 19.00 5.58 630 v Ire at Jamaica 2014

16= Abdur Razzak Ban 628 18.94 6.97 661 v Ire at Belfast 2012

Majid Haq Sco 628 16.85 6.29 643 v Net at Dubai (GCA) 2013

Steven Finn Eng 628 19.48 7.16 667 v Aus at Durham 2013

19 Jade Dernbach Eng 621 24.02 8.42 664 v Aus at Durham 2013

20 Alex Cusack Ire 614! 15.96 6.51 614 v WI at Jamaica 2014



Selected Rankings



Rank Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Rating

25 Shane Watson Aus 576 22.50 7.43 671 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2012

26 Mitchell Starc Aus 569*! 16.05 6.00 569 v Eng at Sydney 2014

27 Darren Sammy WI 552 21.05 6.80 686 v Eng at The Oval 2011

30 Morne Morkel SA 536 21.02 7.08 646 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

35 Tim Bresnan Eng 517 33.47 7.58 621 v Ind at Kolkata 2011

38 Wayne Parnell SA 513 25.82 7.85 517 v Pak at Dubai 2013

47 Dwayne Bravo WI 464 27.58 8.24 477 v NZ at Lauderhill 2012

48 Robin Peterson SA 461* 20.14 7.57 541 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2012

57 Ravi Rampaul WI 440 24.00 8.56 543 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

68 N Coulter-Nile Aus 400*! 23.11 8.66 400 v Eng at Sydney 2014

71 Ryan McLaren SA 392* 18.06 7.25 417 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2012

72 Luke Wright Eng 391* 26.17 8.39 405 v NZ at The Oval 2013

76 Brad Hogg Aus 384* 61.60 7.51 461 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2012

77 Marlon Samuels WI 383* 28.50 8.37 416 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

83 Imran Tahir SA 353* 15.57 5.19 381 v Pak at Dubai 2013

89 Glenn Maxwell Aus 343*! 27.62 7.36 343 v Eng at Sydney 2014

91 Chris Gayle WI 338* 23.33 7.11 382 v Aus at Hobart 2010

94 Albie Morkel SA 325 33.36 7.99 487 v Ind at St Lucia 2010

99 James Faulkner Aus 317* 26.00 8.27 337 v Ind at Rajkot 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 359*/ ! 359 v SL at Chittagong 2014

5 Shahid Afridi Pak 315 413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

(Posted on 07-03-2014)