Significant improvement for Tigers in ICC ODI Rankings
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Following the completion of the three-match ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Dhaka, and also the first match of the ongoing ODI series between Pakistan and England in UAE, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday has updated both the ICC ODI Team Rankings and the ICC ODI Players Rankings. It was already known prior to the series that sweeping the visitors 3-0 will earn the Tigers only 1 point. And according to that, after whitewashing Zimbabwe, Bangladesh has gained one point to rise to 97 points and has opened up a seven-point advantage over eighth-ranked Pakistan and reduced England’s lead to just two points, which can reduce further depending on how its series against Pakistan pans out. England is now trailing the four-match series 0-1 as they were routed in the first match by 6 wickets. [Watch ভিডিও ক্লিপঃ ৩য় ওয়ানডেতে মুস্তাফিজের ৫ উইকেট]
Meanwhile, in the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, maverick all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has recently become a father and for that missed the last two ODIs, has dropped one place to fourth on 699 points and is now six points behind New Zealand’s Trent Boult. Shakib played in the first match of the series only, where he took his maiden ODI fifer to spin his team to a huge 145-run victory. Still missing the other two matches has cost him the demotion.
On the other hand, Tigers limited-overs skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has retained his 19th position, however, there is better news for a trio of Bangladesh bowlers who have all made significant gains. Arafat Sunny is one of them, as he has vaulted 13 places to a career-high 39th and is now just a single point behind veteran spinner Abdur Razzak, who is out of the team for more than a year.
Besides the cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman, the 20-year-old left-arm paceman, has successfully continued his ascent having only made his international debut in June and has rocketed 25 places to a career-high 41st after taking eight wickets for 94 runs in the series, while Nasir Hossain, the part-timer, has moved up 16 places to a career-high 79th.
In the meantime, the super aggressive opener Soumya Sarkar, despite missing the series due to a rib injury, has moved up one place to join his team-mate Mushfiqur Rahim, who is now just 80 runs short of the 4,000 milestone after top-scoring in the series with 156 runs, in 17th place. However in the Batsmen Rankings, the highest mover overall is Imrul Kayes who has broken into the top 100 (up 16 places to 98th).
This series marked Kayes’ return to ODI cricket since a nightmare World Cup journey in Australia and New Zealand. Kayes has made the occasion memorable with hitting back to back half centuries to play a big role in his team’s trouncing the visitors. Kayes played only two matches in the series. He made a 76 in the second ODI to win the Man of the Match award and followed up such brilliant performance with striking gold once again in the next match as well, where he made 73.
However, the all-rounder list is unchanged with Bangladesh’s iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan continuing to lead the way on 416 points, while Nasir Hossain has climbed six places to a career-high 14th. Nasir shone both the bat and the ball in the recently concluded ODI series against Zimbabwe.
It has been learnt that the ODI Player rankings will be updated next on 21 November following the conclusion of Pakistan’s current series with England.
ICC ODI Championship table (as on 12 November, after Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series & first ODI between Pakistan-England):
1 Australia 127
2 India 114
3 South Africa 112
4 New Zealand 109
5 Sri Lanka 105
6 England 99
7 Bangladesh 97
8 Pakistan 90
9 West Indies 86
10 Zimbabwe 46
11 Ireland 46
12 Afghanistan 45
It is to be noted that retaining their spot within the top 8 ODI teams in the world is quite important for the Tigers to directly qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019. Each One-Day International (ODI) played over the next 23 months will count as England plus next seven highest-ranked sides on 30 September 2017 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The bottom four sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings, along with top sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League, will head to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 to fight out for the two remaining slots.