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Opportunity for both New Zealand and Pakistan to top ICC T20I Rankings

Afghanistan is now sitting on 80 points in ninth position after gaining three points

Opportunity for both New Zealand and Pakistan to top ICC T20I Rankings - Cricket News
Mohammad Shahzad broke into the top 10 of the ICC T20I Player Rankings.
·         Afghanistan’s Shahzad and Dawlat break into the top 10
 
·         Guptill, Williamson, Mathews, Cremer, Nabi, Milne and Hotak also on the move
 
New Zealand and Pakistan will have an opportunity to achieve number-one T20I ranking for the first time when they lock horns in the three-match series in Auckland on Friday, 15 January.
 
New Zealand, following its 2-0 win over Sri Lanka, has joined Pakistan on 114 points. The side which wins all the three matches in the forthcoming series will move ahead of the West Indies in number-one spot, and the losing side will drop to eighth position. The side that wins the series 2-1 will leapfrog South Africa into fifth position.
 
Afghanistan, which won its two-match series against Zimbabwe in Sharjah on Sunday, is now sitting on 80 points in ninth position after gaining three points. Zimbabwe, in contrast, has stayed in 14th position but has slipped to 50 points after conceding three points.
 
The ICC T20I Championship table is extremely tight with only eight points separating the top eight sides. With a number of Twenty20 Internationals to be played in the lead up to the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, there is likely to be plenty of reshuffling at the top of the order.
 
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the ICC T20I Championship, please click hereThe T20I rankings table is updated after each match.
 
Meanwhile, there has been plenty of movement in the ICC T20I Player Rankings following the conclusion of the New Zealand-Sri Lanka and Afghanistan-Zimbabwe series.
 
The biggest movers in the latest rankings are Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper/batsman Mohammad Shahzad and fast bowler Dawlat Zadran. The two players have broken into the top 10 of the ICC T20I Player Rankings. For Shahzad it’s the first time in his career.
 
The opening batsman has jumped 12 places to eighth position after scoring 151 runs in two matches against Zimbabwe, including a 67-ball 118 not out in the second match. This is the highest T20I score ever by a batsman from an Associate Member and fourth overall.
 
Dawlat has squeezed his way into the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, for a career-best eighth spot. This after Zadran took five wickets in the series, the highest by any bowler from either team, which has helped him move him up by six places. The medium-pace bowler bettering his previous best ranking of 10th achieved last year in Zimbawe after a similar 2-0 series victory over the hosts.


 
Mohammad Nabi and Hamza Hotak have also benefitted from the series. Nabi has moved up five places to 20th, while Hamza has vaulted 43 places to 38th position.
 
There is some good news for Zimbabwe as well, whose Graeme Cremer has achieved a career-high ranking of 14th. Cremer has gained six places after taking four wickets against Afghanistan.
 
Over in New Zealand, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have stolen top honours.
 
Guptill, who broke his side’s record for fastest T20I half-century in the second match, has risen five places to fifth, while Munro, who improved Guptill’s record a few overs later in the same match has gained 28 places and is now in 66th spot.
 
Other batsmen to improve their rankings include Kane Williamson in 11th (up by three places), Angelo Mathews in 30th (up by eight places) and Ross Taylor in 41st (up by two places).
 
The batsmen’s list is headed by Australia’s Aaron Finch, followed by Virat Kohli of India and England’s Alex Hales.
 
The New Zealand bowlers to move up the order included Adam Milne, who has climbed four places to 36th in the latest rankings.
 
Samuel Badree of the West Indies is the number-one ranked bowler but India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has benefitted from Sachithra Senanayake and the injured Lasith Malinga’s slide to move into second position.
 
In the ICC Player Rankings for T20I All-rounders, Angelo Mathews has achieved a career-best fifth position. The list is headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.
NZ-Pak series schedule:
 
15 Jan – 1st T20I, Auckland
17 Jan – 2nd T20I, Hamilton
22 Jan – 3rd T20I, Wellington
 
ICC T20I TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (as on 11 January, after the conclusion of Afghanistan-Zimbabwe and New Zealand-Sri Lanka series, and before the start of New Zealand-Pakistan series)
 
RANK TEAM             POINTS
1          West Indies      118
2          Australia          118
3          Sri Lanka         118
4          England           117
5          South Africa    115
6          Pakistan           114
7          New Zealand   114
8          India                110
9          Afghanistan     80
10        Bangladesh      69
11        Scotland           66
12        Hong Kong      61
13        Netherlands     61
14        Zimbabwe        50
15        Ireland             42
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
ICC T20I PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 11 January, after the conclusion of Afghanistan-Zimbabwe and New Zealand-Sri Lanka series, and before the start of New Zealand-Pakistan series)
 
BATSMEN (top 10)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         SR           HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Aaron Finch          Aus      854         39.78       152         892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
   2           ( - )          Virat Kohli            Ind        845         44.17       133         897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
   3           ( - )          Alex Hales           Eng       795         34.71       136         866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014
   4           ( - )          Faf du Plessis      SA        758         39.28       135         843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
   5=        (+2)         Chris Gayle           WI         703         35.15       143         831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012
                (+5)         Martin Guptill       NZ         703         33.36       127         793 v SA at Hamilton 2012
   7           (-2)          B. McCullum        NZ         684         35.66       136         849 v Ban at Pallekele 2012
   8           (+12)      M. Shahzad          Afg         681!        30.86       136         681 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
   9           (-3)          Kusal Perera       SL          678*        27.09       133         751 v SA at Chittagong 2014
  10         (-2)          Eoin Morgan         Eng        665         30.59       133         872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011
 
  Selected rankings (top 50)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         SR           HS Rating
  11         (+3)       Kane Williamson      NZ        661!        31.85       129           661 v SL at New Plymouth 2016
  13         (-4)        T. Dilshan               SL         650         28.38       121          802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009
  17         (-1)        Ahmed Shehzad     Pak        603         25.94       116          709 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  18         (+1)       H. Masakadza        Zim        601         28.15       116           685 v Ban at Bulawayo 2013
  20         (-2)        Umar Akmal           Pak        592         26.31       123          709 v Zim at Harare 2011
  21         (-1)        Marlon Samuels     WI          582         28.84       122          723 v Ban at Mirpur 2012
  25         ( - )        M. Hafeez             Pak         530         22.73      115           649 v SL at Dubai 2013
  30         (+8)       Angelo Mathews    SL           513!       27.46       124           513 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016
  35         ( - )        Shahid Afridi         Pak         492         18.47      148           537 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2010
  36         (-5)        E. Chigumbura      Zim         489         19.48      149           529 v Afg at Bulawayo 2015
  41         (+2)       Ross Taylor          NZ          458         24.14      121           538 v Pak at Hamilton 2010
 
BOWLERS (top 10)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         Eco.        HS Rating
   1           ( - )       Samuel Badree       WI         751         14.96       5.39       855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014
   2           (+2)      R. Ashwin               Ind        681          26.96      7.24       717 v SA at Mirpur 2014
   3           (-1)       S. Senanayake       SL         671*       17.45        6.19       712 v Eng at The Oval 2014
   4           (+1)      Shahid Afridi          Pak        670         23.68       6.56       814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
   5           (+1)      Mitchell Starc        Aus        659         19.53       6.72       702 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   6           (-3)       Lasith Malinga       SL          657         21.02       7.27       684 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015
   7           (+1)      Imran Tahir           SA          641*       15.77       6.45       675 v WI at Johannesburg 2015
   8           (+6)      Dawlat Zadran       Afg         636!       18.83       7.35       636 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
   9           ( - )       N. Kulasekara       SL          628         23.43      7.25       676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013
  10         ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan   Ban        626         20.22       6.49       672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014
 
Selected rankings (top 50)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         Eco.        HS Rating
  11         ( - )        M. McClenaghan     NZ        619!        26.37        7.87       619 v SL at New Plymouth 2016
  14         (+6)       Graeme Cremer       Zim      608*!       16.34        6.74       608 v Afg at Sharjah 2016
  17         (-1)        Sohail Tanvir           Pak      589         26.97        7.22       600 v Eng at Dubai 2015
  20         (+5)       Mohammad Nabi     Afg       565         28.35        7.08       575 v Zim at Bulawayo 2015
  21         (-3)        Angelo Mathews     SL        564         26.96        6.76       645 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013
  36         (+4)       Adam Milne            NZ       502*!       29.30        7.35       502 v SL at New Plymouth 2016
  38         (+43)     Hamza Hotak         Afg       495*!       19.85        6.61       495 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
  43         (-6)        S. Shenwari           Afg       478         21.04        6.33       580 v HK at Chittagong 2014

ALL-ROUNDERS (top 5)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                                  Team     Points    Highest Ranking
   1           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan                  Ban       362        408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
   2           ( - )          Shahid Afridi                        Pak       330        413 v NZ at Dubai 2009
   3           ( - )          Shane Watson                     Aus       304        557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   4           ( - )          M. Hafeez                           Pak       303        441 v SL at Dubai 2013
   5           (+1)         Angelo Mathews                  SL         289!       289 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016