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Ireland needs big win in upcoming five-game series to overtake Afghanistan in MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings

Anything less than a 4-1 win for Ireland will see Afghanistan stay ahead in rankings

Ireland needs big win in upcoming five-game series to overtake Afghanistan in MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings - Cricket News
Ireland will have to beat Afghanistan by a series margin of at least 4-1.
Ireland will have to defeat Afghanistan by a margin of 4-1 or better in the upcoming five-game series if it hopes to overtake its Asian rival in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings.

Afghanistan, which recently beat Scotland 1-0 in a two-game ODI series, is placed 10th in the team rankings at 51 points with Ireland last in the 12-team list at 41 points.

A 4-1 win for Ireland in the series starting Sunday will lift it to 51 points with Afghanistan slipping down to 44 points to take the last place.

A 3-2 win for Ireland will reduce the gap to three points with Afghanistan ahead on 48 and Ireland on 45.

A win by any margin will keep Afghanistan ahead but not threaten ninth-placed Pakistan, which has 87 points. Zimbabwe will remain sandwiched between Afghanistan and Ireland at 11th in any of these scenarios with its tally of 46 points.

World champion Australia is at the top of the table with 123 points, New Zealand second at 113 while India and South Africa are both at 110 with India ahead on decimal points.

Even though both Afghanistan and Scotland have ODI status, the results of the Afghanistan-Scotland series do not impact the main team rankings as only matches between the top 12 teams are considered for it. However, individual performances are taken into account for the players rankings.

Scotland is top-ranked among four Associate teams with ODI status who are rated separately, with the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea completing that list.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, Afghanistan’s opener Mohammad Shahzad goes in as top-ranked from either side at a career-best 34th, gaining nine places after knocks of 26 and 84 against Scotland at Edinburgh. Mohammad Nabi (56th), Samiullah Shenwari (72nd) and Noor Ali Zadran (83rd) are the other prominent Afghanistan players in the rankings led by AB de Villiers of South Africa. 



Ireland’s batsmen in the top-100 include Paul Stirling (36th), Kevin O’Brien (44th), William Porterfield (71st) and Gary Wilson (82nd).
In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers led by West Indian Sunil Narine, off-spinner Mohamad Nabi has gained one position to reach 22nd while Hamza Kotak (28th), Mirwais Ashraf (31st) and Dawlat Zadran (32nd) will be the other Afghanistan bowlers in focus. 

Nabi (seventh) and Stirling (12th) are the top all-rounders from either side.

For Scotland, pace bowler Bradley Wheal was the biggest gainer in the recent series against Afghanistan, moving up 88 places to 186th after taking two wickets each in the two matches.
 
Series schedule:
10 July – 1st ODI, Belfast
12 July – 2nd ODI, Belfast
14 July – 3rd ODI, Belfast
17 July – 4th ODI, Belfast
19 July – 5th ODI, Belfast
 
Squads:
Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Mark Adair, John Anderson, Peter Chase, Ed Joyce, Tyrone Kane, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling, Sean Terry, Garry Wilson.
Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Javed Ahmadi, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai.
 
MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings (as of 8 July 2016, before the start of Ireland-Afghanistan series)
 
Rank   Team              Points
1.     Australia                  123
2.     New Zealand           113
3.     India                        110
4.     South Africa            110
5.     England                   106
6.     Sri Lanka                 102
7.     Bangladesh                98
8.     West Indies                94
9.     Pakistan                      87
10.  Afghanistan                51
11.  Zimbabwe                  46
12.  Ireland                        41

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI player rankings (as of 8 July, before the start of Ireland-Afghanistan series)
 
Batsmen (Top 10)
Rank                   Player                  Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         887       53.63    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2         ( - )        Virat Kohli          Ind         813       51.51    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   3         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         778       51.97    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4         ( - )        K. Williamson     NZ         752       47.00    798 v SA at Centurion 2015
   5         ( - )        Martin Guptill     NZ         751       43.25    751 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
   6         ( - )        Rohit Sharma      Ind         750       42.08    761 v Aus at Sydney 2016
   7         ( - )        Joe Root              Eng         741       44.96    743 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
   8         ( - )        S. Dhawan           Ind         737       43.97    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   9         ( - )        Q. de Kock           SA         735       41.83    789 v Eng at Centurion 2016
  10        ( - )        T. Dilshan            SL          734       39.44    802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
 
Selected rankings
Rank                  Player                   Team     Points        Avge             Highest Rating
  34                    M. Shahzad            Afg         569          36.07             569 v Scotland at Edinburg 2016
  36                     P. Sterling               Ire          564           33.58             693 v Pak at Dublin 2013
 
Bowlers (Top 10)
Rank                    Player                 Team     Points            Avge            Eco       Highest Rating
   1         ( - )        Sunil Narine        WI         759                25.74           4.07      791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   2         ( - )        Trent Boult          NZ         731       *       22.96           4.81      745 v Aus at Auckland 2016
   3         ( - )        S. Al Hasan          Ban        699                27.89           4.30      717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   4         ( - )        Imran Tahir         SA         693                23.13           4.64      735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   5         ( - )        Mitchell Starc     Aus        681                19.79           4.82      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   6         ( - )        Matt Henry          NZ         675       *!     22.17           5.42      675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
   7=       ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         645                25.93           4.86      746 v Ind at Durban 2013
              ( - )        Kagiso Rabada    SA         645       *!     21.45           4.78      645 v WI at Barbados 2016
   9         ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         628                24.60           4.95      717 v SL at East London 2012
  10        ( - )        M. Irfan               Pak        616                31.14           4.91      641 v UAE at Napier 2015
 
Selected rankings 
Rank                 Player                      Team     Points            Avge              Eco         Highest Rating
  22                     M. Nabi     Afg       560                37.84               4.33       564 v Ire at Dublin 2015
  59                    Tim Murtagh         Ire        467                30.28             4.85       467 v SL at Malahide 2016
             
All-rounders (top 5)
Rank                       Player                        Team         Points                 Highest Rating
   1         ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan                Ban        416                      453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2         ( - )        Mohammad Hafeez           Pak        363                      438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   3         ( - )        Angelo Mathews                SL         344                      427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   4         ( - )        Tillakaratne Dilshan          SL          325                      415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   5         ( - )        James Faulkner                 Aus        315                      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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