Bangladesh can increase lead over Pakistan and West Indies in race for direct qualification for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Bangladesh can stretch its lead over Pakistan and the West Indies with a series win and it only needs to avoid being blanked 3-0 so as not to drop points in the team rankings which will determine the automatic qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Bangladesh is currently ranked seventh with 95 points, ahead of Pakistan (89) and the West Indies (87) as teams look to garner important points since host England and seven other highest-ranked sides as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament.
New Zealand, which lost 3-0 to Australia in the recent Chappell-Hadlee series, will drop one place in the rankings with a series loss by any margin while Bangladesh will remain in seventh position irrespective of any result.
· If New Zealand wins 3-0: New Zealand 111 points; Bangladesh 91 points
· If New Zealand wins 2-1: New Zealand 109 points, Bangladesh 95 points
· If Bangladesh wins 3-0: New Zealand 105 points, Bangladesh 100 points
· If Bangladesh wins 2-1: New Zealand 107 points (behind England on decimal points), Bangladesh 97 points
The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The ODI team rankings are availablehere, while the ICC ODI predictor function is available here.
In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be top-ranked from either side in fifth position with Martin Guptill following him in sixth position. For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim will be the best-ranked batsman in 18th position and hoping to move up the rankings table.
New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult is top-ranked in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers with Matt Henry in seventh position. Bangladesh also has two players in the top 10 with left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan in fifth position and Mashrafe Mortaza placed 10th.
Shakib is the top-ranked all-rounder in this format.
MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 24 December, before the New Zealand-Bangladesh series):
Rank Team Points
1 Australia 120
2 South Africa 116
3 India 111
4 New Zealand 109
5 England 107
6 Sri Lanka 101
7 Bangladesh 95
8 Pakistan 89
9 West Indies 86
10 Afghanistan 52
11 Zimbabwe 48
12 Ireland 42