Afghanistan aim to gain valuable points in the ODI series against Ireland

Afghanistan aim to gain valuable points in the ODI series against Ireland

Afghanistan can gain points if they win the ODI series 3-0.

Afghanistan team
Afghanistan team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will be hoping to make a move towards the top of the bowlers’ list in the ICC ODI Player Rankings as his side prepares for a three-match ODI series against Ireland in Belfast from Monday. Rashid, who is the top-ranked bowler in T20Is and a major draw in T20 leagues the world over, is currently on 763 points in ODIs, just 12 points adrift of top-ranked India pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

His compatriot Mohammad Nabi is another player who would be eyeing the chance of moving up the rankings from his 16th position among bowlers and second among all-rounders. The leading Afghanistan batsmen in terms of rankings are Rahman Shah (31st) and Mohammad Shahzad (47th), while for Ireland, Paul Stirling (34th) and Kevin O’Brien (50th) lead the field. Fast bowler (Tim Murtagh 23rd) and off-spinner Andy McBrine (44th) are their main bowlers in terms of rankings in the series which culminates on 31 August.

In the ICC ODI Team Rankings, Afghanistan can gain two points and reach 65 points if they are able to continue the kind of domination displayed in a recent three-match T20I series against Ireland and win the ODI series 3-0. On the other hand, Ireland can move up by 10 points to 48 if they are able to win by the same margin. However, there will be no change in the ranking positions with Afghanistan and Ireland remaining in 10th and 12 positions, respectively, in any scenario.

The next rankings update will take place following the ODIs of the Asia Cup Qualifiers, to be held in Malaysia from 29 August to 6 September. Nepal and the United Arab Emirates are the two sides with ODI status and their match on 30 August will enjoy ODI status, as will the final should both these teams qualify for it.

ICC ODI team rankings

Rank Team Points
1 England 127
2 India 121
3 New Zealand 112
4 South Africa 110
5 Pakistan 104
6 Australia 100
7 Bangladesh 92
8 Sri Lanka 80
9 West Indies 69
10 Afghanistan 63
11 Zimbabwe 53
12 Ireland 38
13 Scotland 33
14 UAE 18

Batsmen ranking (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 911! 58.2
2 ( – ) Babar Azam Pak 825 54.8
3 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 818 51.61
4 ( – ) Rohit Sharma Ind 806 44.98
5 ( – ) David Warner Aus 803 43.43
6 ( – ) Ross Taylor NZ 785 46.28
7 ( – ) Quinton de Kock SA 781 45.25
8 (+1) Kane Williamson NZ 778 46.87
9 (+1) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 770 45.72
10 (+1) Jonny Bairstow Eng 769 50.3
11 -3 Faf du Plessis SA 766 44.4
12 (+1) Tamim Iqbal Ban 737! 36.23
13 (+1) Martin Guptill NZ 731 42.99
14 -2 Hashim Amla SA 729 49.65
15 ( – ) MS Dhoni Ind 714 51.25
16 ( – ) Fakhar Zaman Pak 713*! 76.07
17 ( – ) Aaron Finch Aus 706 38.19
18 ( – ) Jos Buttler Eng 701 40.35
19 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 675 41.84
20= ( – ) Travis Head Aus 670*! 37
( – ) Jason Roy Eng 670 39.06

Bowlers ranking (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Eco
1 ( – ) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 775* 22.5 4.64
2 ( – ) Rashid Khan Afg 763* 14.4 3.96
3 ( – ) Hasan Ali Pak 742* 20.88 5.21
4 ( – ) Trent Boult NZ 699 24.63 5.09
5 ( – ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 696 24.27 4.72
6 ( – ) Kuldeep Yadav Ind 684* 19.35 4.82
7 (+1) Adil Rashid Eng 681! 30.8 5.52
8 (+1) Kagiso Rabada SA 676 27.62 5.09
9= -2 Imran Tahir SA 666 24.81 4.68
(+1) Y. Chahal Ind 666* 23.86 4.72
11 ( – ) Chris Woakes Eng 643 30.77 5.5
12 ( – ) Mitchell Starc Aus 642 20.95 4.93
13 ( – ) Mitchell Santner NZ 632 33.91 4.9
14 ( – ) Moeen Ali Eng 621 45.08 5.09
15 ( – ) Akshar Patel Ind 615* 31.31 4.43
16 ( – ) Mohammad Nabi Afg 611 31.95 4.29
17 ( – ) M. Rahman Ban 609* 20.01 4.71
18 ( – ) Pat Cummins Aus 607 28.45 5.38
19= ( – ) M. Mortaza Ban 606 30.87 4.78
( – ) Matt Henry NZ 606 24.59 5.57

All-rounder rankings (top 5)

Rank   (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 362
2 ( – ) M. Nabi Afg 323
3 ( – ) M. Hafeez Pak 322
4 ( – ) Mitchell Santner NZ 317!
5 ( – ) Angelo Mathews SL 305

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