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Players eye rankings with ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in mind

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The Asia Cup offers teams and players a chance to make gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Rankings charts, as six Asian teams battle for supremacy in the United Arab Emirates.

 • Several leading players in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings to feature in six-nation Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates

• Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan: “We are looking forward to playing in front of the UAE crowds as we prepare for the World Cup. We have a lot of fans here who will be following our fortunes”

• Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: “The ICC Cricket World Cup is what everyone is looking forward to with enthusiasm and this will help us prepare well with so many from here playing in the mega event next year.”

• India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah: “Being at the top of the ICC rankings is a matter of great pride for me. We will be playing against some leading players and I know the conditions can be challenging but I’m hoping to be at my best."

• Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: “Half the teams who will feature in the World Cup are participating in the Asia Cup so it is a great chance for us to see where we stand. We have sweet memories of the ICC Champions Trophy last year but we have new challenges ahead.”

• Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: “There are three higher ranked oppositions in the fray and it is a good chance to move up in the ICC ODI rankings”

Several leading players go into the upcoming Asia Cup aiming to not only consolidate their positions in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings but also to use the multi-nation tournament in preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

With five of the six teams in the Asia Cup to feature in next year’s mega event, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Shakib Al Hasan and Babar Azam are excited at the prospect of being pitted against the best of the region in the 15-28 September tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

The Asia Cup commences with a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Dubai on Saturday. Afghanistan, qualifiers Hong Kong, India and Pakistan get into action later as they try to qualify for the Super Four stage and get more tournament practice with just eight months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

India fast bowler Bumrah, who has a lead of 20 points over Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, is looking to maintain his top position while Pakistan batsman Babar is hoping to bridge the big gap with Virat Kohli, who is not playing in this tournament. Similarly, Bangladesh’s Shakib is aiming to be at his best and show everyone why he is top-ranked among all-rounders.

Several openers who figure prominently in the rankings will be seen in action, including the India pair of Rohit Sharma (fourth) and Shikhar Dhawan (ninth), Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal (12th) and Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman (16th).

Among bowlers, Pakistan’s Hasan Ali is looking to claw his way back two spots to number one, while India spinners Kuldeep Yadav (sixth) and Yuzvendra Chahal (joint-ninth) are the others in the top 10.

In the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, India are the top-ranked side in the tournament. They are presently second with 121 points, six points behind England, while Pakistan are in fifth position and 104 points.

India, Pakistan and Hong Kong are in Group A while Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka form Group B for the preliminary stage. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Fours with the top two sides from there making the final.

Aghanistan captain Asghar Afghan: “We are looking forward to playing in front of the UAE crowds as we prepare for the World Cup. We have a lot of fans here who will be following our fortunes.
 
“It is a chance for the team to gather ranking points on the ODI table and also to improve our individual rankings. We look forward to playing good, competitive cricket against good sides in the Asia Cup.”

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: “We have some great recent memories of the Asia Cup. We have been finalists in two of the last three events and on rankings we are the third best ODI team in Asia. That will inspire us and give us confidence as we get ready to play against some very tough sides.

“The ICC Cricket World Cup is what everyone is looking forward to with enthusiasm and this will help us prepare well with so many from here playing in the mega event next year.”

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: “This tournament is a great chance for us to rise up in the ICC ODI team rankings, especially since the ICC Cricket World Cup is not very far away.

“Half the teams who will feature in the World Cup are participating in the Asia Cup so it is a great chance for us to see where we stand. We have sweet memories of the ICC Champions Trophy last year but we have new challenges ahead.”

“There are three higher ranked oppositions in the fray and it is a good chance to also move up in the ICC ODI rankings”
“There are three higher ranked oppositions in the fray and it is a good chance to also move up in the ICC ODI rankings”

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: “This continental tournament gives us a chance to test ourselves against some good sides and also prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the process.

“There are three higher ranked oppositions in the fray and it is a good chance to also move up in the ICC ODI rankings.”

Top-ranked bowler Jasprit Bumrah of India: “The Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates is going to be huge and I’m really looking forward to doing my best here.

“Being at the top of the ICC rankings is a matter of great pride for me. We will be playing against some leading players and I know the conditions can be challenging but I’m hoping to be at my best."

Top-ranked all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh: “This continental tournament pits some leading players against each other and I’m sure fans would be hoping for some top-class action.
 
“It’s an honour to be the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and I am hoping to be at my best during the tournament.”

"I have some extra incentive (to perform in the Asia Cup) in my individual ranking"

Second-ranked batsman Babar Azam of Pakistan: “We as a team are looking forward to the Asia Cup and I have some extra incentive in my individual ranking.

“I know Virat is way ahead in terms of rating points but this is definitely a chance to consolidate my position at number two and gain some valuable ranking points.”

Third-ranked bowler Hasan Ali of Pakistan: “The Asia Cup is going to be a well-fought tournament and an opportunity for a lot of our players.

“I have been top-ranked in the format earlier and will give it my best shot to try and reach the summit once again. This tournament provides me with a chance to work towards that objective.”

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The predictor function is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 13 September, before the Asia Cup):

RankTeamPoints
1England127
2India121
3New Zealand112
4South Africa110
5Pakistan104
6Australia100
7Bangladesh92
8Sri Lanka80
9West Indies69
10Afghanistan62
11Zimbabwe53
12Ireland39
13Scotland33
14UAE21

 

*Nepal and the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing two more matches each

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 13 September, before the Asia Cup):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank  PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1Virat KohliInd911!58.2911 v Eng at Headingley 2018
2Babar AzamPak82554.8846 v NZ at Wellington 2018
3Joe RootEng81851.61819 v Aus at Brisbane 2018
4Rohit SharmaInd80644.98825 v SL at Mohali 2017
5David WarnerAus80343.43880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
6Ross TaylorNZ78546.28789 v Eng at Dunedin 2018
7Quinton de KockSA78145.25808 v Ban at East London 2017
8Kane WilliamsonNZ77846.87798 v SA at Centurion 2015
9Shikhar DhawanInd77045.72794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
10Jonny BairstowEng76950.3777 v Aus at Durham 2018
11Faf du PlessisSA76644.4802 v Ind at Durban 2018
12Tamim IqbalBan737!36.23737 v Win at St Kitts 2018
13Martin GuptillNZ73142.99789 v SA at Hamilton 2017
14Hashim AmlaSA72949.65901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
15MS DhoniInd71451.25836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
16Fakhar ZamanPak713*!76.07713 v Zim at Bulawayo 2018
17Aaron FinchAus70638.19744 v Eng at Melbourne 2015
18Jos ButtlerEng70140.35723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
19Steve SmithAus67541.84752 v Pak at Sydney 2017
20=Travis HeadAus670*!37670 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018
 Jason RoyEng67039.06680 v Aus at Durham 2018

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank PlayerTeamPointsAvgeEco.Highest Rating
1Jasprit BumrahInd775*22.54.64787 v SA at Centurion 2018
2Rashid KhanAfg75514.223.92787 v Zim at Sharjah 2018
3Hasan AliPak742*20.885.21766 v NZ at Wellington 2018
4Trent BoultNZ69924.635.09766 v Ind at Delhi 2016
5Josh HazlewoodAus69624.274.72733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
6Kuldeep YadavInd684*19.354.82698 v Eng at Lord's 2018
7Adil RashidEng681!30.85.52681 v Ind at Headingley 2018
8Kagiso RabadaSA67627.625.09724 v Eng at Lord's 2017
9=Imran TahirSA66624.814.68786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017
 Y.ChahalInd666*23.864.72668 v Eng at Lord's 2018
11Chris WoakesEng64330.775.5673 v NZ at Christchurch 2018
12Mitchell StarcAus64220.954.93783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
13Mitchell SantnerNZ63233.914.9663 v Eng at Hamilton 2018
14Moeen AliEng62145.085.09629 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018
15Akshar PatelInd615*31.314.43663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017
16M. RahmanBan609*20.014.71610 v Win at Guyana 2018
17Mohammad NabiAfg60831.164.28653 v Zim at Harare 2017
18Pat CumminsAus60728.455.38626 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
19=M. MortazaBan60630.874.78653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009
 Matt HenryNZ60624.595.57675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank PlayerTeamPointsHighest Rating
1Shakib Al HasanBan362453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
2M. HafeezPak322438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
3Mitchell SantnerNZ317!317 v Eng at Christchurch 2018
4M. NabiAfg316349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017
5A. MathewsSL305427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

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