ICC announces the limited overs rankings following the annual update
Pakistan continues to be at the top in the shortest format of the game.
Updated - May 2, 2018 12:31 pm
International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the ODI and T20 International rankings after the annual update as the results of 2015/16 and 2016/17 season were taken into consideration. England have been crowned as the new number 1 team in the limited overs format as they trumped India after gaining 8 points. They revamped their ODI squad after 2015 World Cup debacle and are now also being touted as the favourites for the upcoming mega event next year which they are hosting.
South Africa slipped to the third place after losing four points and are now nine points adrift of the Men in Blue who have 122 points to their name. The World Champions Australia had a huge effect of the annual update on their rankings as they lost 8 points and are now fifth. They are only two points ahead of Pakistan who were the Champions Trophy winners last year.
Pakistan at the top in T20I rankings
As far as the T20I rankings are concerned, Pakistan continues to be at the numero uno position in the format and has the four-point lead over the second placed Australia. The biggest change in the rankings is Afghanistan overcoming Sri Lanka and securing the eighth position with 87 points to their name. India are slated at the third position in the shortest format with 123 points.
The World T20 title holders Windies have 114 points and ranked seventh just behind South Africa. Sri Lanka have reached the lowest point after being ranked ninth in the T20Is with only 85 points who at one stage were the champions back in 2014. They will have to improve a lot in both the limited overs format as they stand at the eighth position in the ODIs as well with 77 points.