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Afghanistan players on the move after series win over Zimbabwe gives it 10th position on the ICC ODI Team Rankings

Afghanistan had started the series in 12th position and had moved to 10th after taking a 2-0 lead

Afghanistan players on the move after series win over Zimbabwe gives it 10th position on the ICC ODI Team Rankings - Cricket News
Mohammad Shahzad rocketed 39 places to 42nd in the latest charts.
·       Guptill, Henry and McClenaghan achieve career-best rankings following series win over Sri Lanka
 
Afghanistan’s second successive series win over Zimbabwe has given it 10th position on the ICC ODI Team Championship. After defeating the African side by 3-2 in Bulawayo in October 2015, Afghanistan wrapped up the return series by the same margin in Sharjah 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 12thwhen Zimbabwe won the third and fourth One-Day Internationals. A narrow two-wicket victory with two balls to spare meant Afghanistan finished not only reclaimed the 10th position but for the first time finished in a series above Ireland and Zimbabwe.
 
Afghanistan now has 47 points and it trails ninth-ranked West Indies by 39 points. In contrast, Zimbabwe is 12th but only two points separate it from 10th-ranked Afghanistan.
 
The star of Afghanistan’s series win was its 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.
 
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who took eight wicket 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 won by 3-1.
 
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 has retained its fourth place while Sri Lanka has stayed in fifth position. Only 17 points separate second ranked India with seventh-ranked Bangladesh.
 
ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 7 January 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
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
ICC ODI PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 7 January, after the New Zealand-Sri Lanka and Afghanistan-Zimbabwe series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Avge.     Highest Ranking
   1         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         900        54.21    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2         ( - )        Virat Kohli          Ind         804        50.60    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   3         (+2)       Hashim Amla      SA         776        52.70    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4         (-1)        Kane 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         ( - )        Shikhar 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)        Glenn Maxwell    Aus        717        34.88    724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015
 
Selected Rankings:
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player             Team         Points         Avge.              Highest Ranking
  21        ( - )        Angelo 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 Bulawayo 2015
  69        (-14)      S. Shenwari         Afg        496        33.57        561 v NZ at Napier 2015
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Points    Avge      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 East 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      656 v NZ at Christchurch 2015
  21        (+22)     M. McClenaghan NZ         570        28.20    5.94      603 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  23        (+20)     Mohammad Nabi Afg        559        37.98    4.32      564 v Ire at Dubai (GCA) 2015
  25        (+59)     Hamza 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 Colombo (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)       Mohammad Hafeez           Pak        356          438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   3         (-1)        Tillakaratne 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

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