The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Friday, unveiled the expanded rankings for the Men’s T20I rankings featuring 80 teams.
Likes of Austria, Botswana, Luxembourg and Mozambique have all been included in the first men’s T20I rankings that features all members, which meet the criteria of having played at least 6 matches against other ICC Members since May of 2016.
The decision to expand the table was first discussed last year between the full members. It was concluded that all of the qualified participants will be given the International Status from 1st January, 2019.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has consolidated its position at the top of the table, which has a wider spread of points to accommodate the additional teams. Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup champions in 2009, is now at 286 points while the next four teams are within two points of each other – South Africa (262), England (261), Australia (261) and India (260).
In other significant changes, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have moved up one place each to seventh and eighth positions, respectively, with the West Indies going down to ninth position. In what will be big news for their passionate fans, Nepal has moved from 14th to 11th position while Namibia has grabbed the 20th position.
Here is the complete ICC Men’s T20I Rankings (as of 3rd May):
|17.||Papua New Guinea||172|
|65.||Isle of Man||21|
It is worth pointing out that Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Cameroon and Bermuda have also played matches but not enough to be on the T20I points table.