Afghan players move up ICC rankings

AFGHANISTAN’S second successive series win over Zimbabwe has given them 10th position on the International Cricket Council One-Day International Team Championship. After defeating Zimbabwe 3-2 in Bulawayo in October 2015, Afghanistan wrapped up the return series by the same margin in Sharjah, United Artab Emirates, on Wednesday.

Afghanistan had started the series in 12th position and had moved to 10th after taking a 2-0 lead. But it dropped back to 12th when Zimbabwe won the third and fourth ODIs. A narrow two-wicket victory with two balls to spare meant Afghanistan not only reclaimed the 10th position, but for the first time finished in a series above Ireland and Zimbabwe.

Afghanistan now have 47 points and trail ninth-ranked West Indies by 39 points. In contrast, Zimbabwe are 12th but only two points separate them from 10th-ranked Afghanistan. The star of Afghanistan’s series win was their wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad, who finished with 237 runs.

This performance is clearly reflected in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsman as the 27-year-old batsman has rocketed 39 places to 42nd in the latest charts.

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza was the top-scorer of the series with 266 runs for which he has been rewarded with a rise of 14 places that has put him in 56th position. Afghanistan bowlers have also made big strides in the latest player rankings.

Mohammad Nabi, who took eight wickets in the series, has vaulted 20 places and is now sitting in 23rd position, while his team-mate Hamza Hotak, who was the leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets, has jumped 59 places to 25th.

Dawlat Zadran and Mirwais Ashraf have also improved their rankings. Dawlat’s 10 wickets have helped him rise four places to 29th, while Mirwais Ashraf has gained 27 places and is now in 31st position after finishing the series with eight wickets.

The latest ICC ODI Player Rankings also incorporates the recently concluded series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which New Zealand won3-1. The series was dominated by New Zealand’s opener Martin Guptill and fast bowler Matt Henry.

Guptill finished the series with 331 runs, including one century and two half-centuries, which has put him in a career-best seventh position after rising eight places, while Henry has blasted his way into the top 10 for the first time in his career in eighth position after his 13 wickets gave him a lift of 44 places.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the other big mover after he has gained 22 places to sit just outside the top 20 in 21st position. McClenaghan took six wickets in the series.

The series win means New Zealand have retained their fourth place while Sri Lanka have stayed in fifth position. Only 17 points separate second-ranked India with seventh-ranked Bangladesh.

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on January 7, 2016)

Rank Team Points

1 Australia 127

2 India 114

3 South Africa 112

4 New Zealand 111

5 Sri Lanka 104

6 England 101

7 Bangladesh 97

8 Pakistan 87

9 West Indies 86

10 Afghanistan 47

11 Ireland 46

12 Zimbabwe 45

ICC ODI Player rankings (as on January 7, after the New Zealand-Sri Lanka and Afghanistan-Zimbabwe series)

 

Batsmen (Top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avg Highest Ranking

1 ( – ) AB de Villiers SA 900 54.21 902vNZ at Auc 2015

2 (-) V Kohli Ind 804 50.60 886vBan at Fatullah 2014

3 (+2) H Amla SA 776 52.70 901 v Eng at T/Bridge 2012

4 (-1) K Williamson NZ 770 47.86 798 v SA at Centurion 2015

5 (-1) T. Dilshan SL 760 39.44 802 v Sco at Hobart 2015

6 ( – ) MS Dhoni Ind 741 52.26 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

7 ( – ) S Dhawan Ind 730 42.93 794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

8 (+7) Martin Guptill NZ 722! 42.71 722 v SL at Bay Oval 2016

9 (-1) Ross Taylor NZ 720 43.90 743 v Zim at Harare 2015

10 (-1) G Maxwell Aus 717 34.88 724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015

 

Selected Rankings:

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avg Highest Ranking

21 ( – A Mathews SL 647 39.87 707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

34 (-3) L. Thirimanne SL 583 34.48 599 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015

42 (+39) M. Shahzad Afg 550*! 35.05 550 v Zim at Sharjah 2016

45 (-5) Corey Anderson NZ 539* 35.30 604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014

47 (-5) Sean Williams Zim 538 33.43 556 v Ind at Auckland 2015

50 (-5) Grant Elliott NZ 534 35.15 557 v Zim at Harare 2015

53 (-3) E. Chigumbura Zim 523 25.95 554 v SA at Bulawayo 2007

54= (+2) Luke Ronchi Aus/NZ 522 26.68 617 v SL at Christchurch 2015

(-10) Sikandar Raza Zim 522 30.44 576 v Afg at Bulawayo 2015

56 (+14) H. Masakadza Zim 521 29.05 566 v Ban at Mirpur 2009

(-7) Mohammad Nabi Afg 521 29.38 541 v Zim at Sharjah 2015

68 (-4) Craig Ervine Zim 498 36.84 524 v Afg at Byo 2015

69 (-14) S. Shenwari Afg 496 33.57 561 v NZ at Napier 2015

 

Bowlers (Top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avg Eco Highest Ranking

1 ( – ) Mitchell Starc Aus 713 19.65 4.85 783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

2 ( – ) Trent Boult NZ 706* 23.48 4.66 738 v Eng at The Oval 2015

3 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 699 27.89 4.30 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

4 ( – ) Imran Tahir SA 688 22.94 4.49 735 v SL at Sydney 2015

5 ( – ) Dale Steyn SA 682 25.93 4.86 746 v Ind at Durban 2013

6 ( – ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 672 25.26 4.83 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

7 ( – ) Morne Morkel SA 666 23.98 4.90 717 v SL at E London 2012

8 (+44) Matt Henry NZ 650*! 21.60 5.38 650 v SL at Bay Oval 2016

9 (-1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 642 22.73 4.18 810 v SA at Centurion 2013

10 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 640 31.27 4.81 691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

Selected Rankings:

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Eco. Highest Ranking

20 (-6) S. Senanayake SL 571 35.35 4.76 656v NZ at C/church 2015

21 (+22) M. McClenaghan NZ 570 28.20 5.94 603 v SL at C/church 2015

23 (+20) M Nabi Afg 559 37.98 4.32 564 v Ire at Dubai (GCA) 2015

25 (+59) H Hotak Afg 555*! 21.03 3.78 555 v Zim at Sharjah 2016

29 (+4) Dawlat Zadran Afg 554 28.96 5.38 574 v Zim at Sharjah 2016

31 (+27) Mirwais Ashraf Afg 544*! 30.08 4.02 544 v Zim at Sharjah 2016

36 (-15) Suranga Lakmal SL 534 30.11 5.58 563 v WI at Col (RPS) 2015

37 (-14) Tim Southee NZ 532 31.98 5.34 638 v Eng at Wellington 2015

41 (-13) Angelo Mathews SL 518 35.10 4.63 649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

43 (+5) Adam Milne NZ 515* 40.92 5.05 530 v SL at Christchurch 2015

58 (-7) T. Panyangara Zim 479 46.68 5.71 492 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

67 (-4) T. Dilshan SL 459 44.39 4.86 529 v NZ at Hamilton 2015

69 (-5) N. Kulasekara SL 450 34.08 4.86 727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Ranking

1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 416 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2 (+1) M Hafeez Pak 356 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

3 (-1) T Dilshan SL 349 415 v Sco at Hobart 2015

4 (+1) Glenn Maxwell Aus 348 351 v Eng at Headingley 2015

5 (+1) James Faulkner Aus 340*/ 361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

* Indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.

!indicates career-highest rating. – icc-cricket.com

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