Dubai: Reigning world champions England top the first Twenty20 rankings announced for the all the rage format of the game on Monday. England, who won the third publication of the World Twenty20 under Paul Collingwood in the West Indies last year, have a rating of 127 points and go ahead second placed Sri Lanka by just one point.
England is already world number one in Tests, as Australia top the one-day ranking. The International Cricket Council (ICC) broad manager cricket David Richardson said a true context will be provide to the new and well-liked brand of the game through the rankings. The launch of T20 rankings will make even more attention in the shortest format and will help to give more contexts to two-sided T20 matches," Richardson, a former South African wicket-keeper, said at the launch service.
Only six ranking points part the next four sides with New Zealand on second with 117 follow by South Africa (113) and 2007 World T20 winner India on 5th with 112.Australia are located at sixth with 111, Pakistan are seventh (97) and West Indies next on 89. Afghanistan, who played the third version of World Twenty20, is ninth with 75 and Zimbabwe are tenth (54).Bangladesh, Ireland and Scotland have not played the necessary number of matches since the August 2009 and so were not placed in the rankings.
Richardson said it was main to recognize all formats of the game."We have rankings for Tests and one-day by now in place since 2001, so the T20 rankings is a new count and will help us draw the seedlings for the next World Twenty20 Cup to be held in Sri Lanka next year," said Richardson.
England's Eoin Morgan tops the Twenty20 player’s rankings in the batting section, while Ajanta Mentis of Sri Lanka is the top bowler and Australia's Shane Watson is the world's best Twenty20 all-rounder. New Zealand's Brendon McCollum is second in the batsmen rankings while England's Kevin Petersen is third and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayewardene is fourth.
Jayewardene welcomed the Twenty20 rankings and said it will add to the struggle. "I think rankings are main and will add to the struggle," Jayewardene said at the launch. "Twenty20 cricket is a helpful control on the other format of the game," he new.
ICC Twenty20 Championship
24 October 2011