Australia on top as ICC launches Women’s global T20 rankings

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The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body of the sport, has today announced the launch of global MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings with an aim of continuously fuelling the growth of the game through the shortest format.

While India sits at the fifth spot with 249 points, three-time ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions Australia lead the inaugural 46-team table ahead of New Zealand, England and West Indies. Australia also leads MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings.

The new system moves away from the combined rankings in place earlier and there is now a separate MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings table with 10 teams, in line with the men’s rankings, which are separate for each format.

Captains Meg Lanning of Australia, Harmanpreet Kaur of India and Kathryn Bryce of Scotland are among the women cricketing icons that have echoed praises for the move by ICC which follows the decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches between Member countries.

South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland have also managed a spot in the top 10 roster. Whilst Scotland are the top-ranked Associate Member in 11th and Thailand take 12th place in the first table following some good performances of late including a win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup earlier this year.

All women’s T20 matches between Members have international status since the Asia Cup in June and the new rankings system will help teams gauge where they stand in the shortest format of the game. Teams will have to play six T20I matches in the previous three to four years to remain on the rankings table, ICC has stated in its official release.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “We are committed to growing the game and T20 is the vehicle through which we’ll do this. Global rankings and international status for all T20 games between Members is a huge step forward and will contribute to our efforts to accelerate the growth of the women’s game. “The new rankings will provide incentive for teams to play regularly and mark their progress globally. I wish teams all the best.”

Australia, who were top-ranked in the combined rankings system, are now ranked number one in both forms of the game and lead trans-Transman rivals New Zealand by three points in the T20I rankings table. Australia are on 280 points, New Zealand on 277 while England are just a further one point behind with 276 points.

Australia, will however, have to win their upcoming three-match T20I series from 25 to 29 October against Pakistan in Malaysia by a 3-0 margin to retain their top ranking. Pakistan will be unable to overtake sixth-ranked South Africa even if they were to pull off a shock 3-0 win.

The West Indies, who will defend their ICC Women’s World T20 title at home from 9-24 November, are ranked fourth with 259 points and India are a further 10 points behind in fifth place. The next five teams on the table – South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland – complete the lineup for the West Indies event.

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The list includes nine sides from Europe, 14 from Asia, 13 from Africa, four each from East Asia Pacific and the Americas, apart from Australia and the West Indies.

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings – Top 10 (as of 12 October)

Rank    Team                  Points

1        Australia               280

2        New Zealand         277

3        England                276

4        West Indies           259

5        India                    249

6        South Africa          243

7        Pakistan                227

8        Sri Lanka               207

9        Bangladesh            193

10      Ireland                  188

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings (as of 12 October)

 Rank   Team                Points

1        Australia             140

2        England              123

3        India                  119

4        New Zealand       116

5        South Africa        98

6        West Indies         92

7        Pakistan              73

8        Sri Lanka             58

9        Bangladesh          49

10      Ireland                 21

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings (as of 12 October):

BATTING (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                 Team     Points

  1         (+1)        Suzie Bates          NZ          682

  2         (-1)         Stafanie Taylor     Win         671

  3         ( – )         Meg Lanning        Aus         652

  4         (+1)        Deandra Dottin     Win        616

   5         (-1)         Beth Mooney       Aus        610

   6         ( – )         H. Kaur               Ind        600!

   7         ( – )         Mithali Raj           Ind        580

   8         (+2)        Elyse Villani         Aus        557

   9         (-1)         Sophie Devine      NZ         556

  10        ( – )         Natalie Sciver       Eng        553!

BOWLING (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points

   1         ( – )         Megan Schutt        Aus         684

   2         ( – )         Poonam Yadav       Ind         656

   3         (+2)        Anam Amin            Pak        646

   4         ( – )         Hayley Matthews    Win        621

   5         (+9)        Ellyse Perry            Aus        615

   6         (+1)        Danielle Hazell        Eng        604

   7         (+3)        R. Ahmed              Ban        602!

   8         (+1)        Nida Dar                Pak        594

   9         (-6)         Nahida Akter          Ban        593

  10        (-4)         Leigh Kasperek       NZ         585

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points

   1         (+2)        Stafanie Taylor       Win        342

   2         (-1)         Hayley Matthews    Win        328

   3         (+2)        Ellyse Perry            Aus        289

   4         (-2)         Deandra Dottin       Win        279

   5         (+2)        Sophie Devine        NZ          260