- Australia tops both lists as ICC introduces separate rankings for ODIs and T20Is in keeping in line with men’s rankings
- ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “The new rankings will provide incentive for teams to play regularly and mark their progress globally. I wish teams all the best”
- Captains Meg Lanning of Australia, Harmanpreet Kaur of India and Kathryn Bryce of Scotland among those to laud new system
- FAQs on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings can be found here
Three-time ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions Australia lead the inaugural 46-team table, which follows the decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches between Member countries. Scotland are the top ranked Associate Member in 11th, while Thailand take 12th place in the first table following some good performances of late, including a win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup earlier this year.
All women’s T20 matches between Members have international status since the Asia Cup in June and the new rankings system will help teams gauge where they stand in the shortest format of the game. Teams will have to play six T20I matches in the previous three to four years to remain on the rankings table.
The system moves away from the combined rankings in place earlier and there is now a separate MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings table with 10 teams, in line with the men’s rankings, which are separate for each format.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson:“We are committed to growing the game and T20 is the vehicle through which we’ll do this. Global rankings and international status for all T20 games between Members is a huge step forward and will contribute to our efforts to accelerate the growth of the women’s game. The new rankings will provide incentive for teams to play regularly and mark their progress globally. I wish teams all the best.”
Australia, who were top-ranked in the combined rankings system, are now ranked number one in both forms of the game and lead trans-Transman rivals New Zealand by three points in the T20I rankings table. Australia are on 280 points, New Zealand on 277 while England are just a further one point behind with 276 points.
Australia, will however, have to win their upcoming three-match T20I series from 25 to 29 October against Pakistan in Malaysia by a 3-0 margin to retain their top ranking. Pakistan will be unable to overtake sixth-ranked South Africa even if they pull off a shock 3-0 win.
The Windies, who will defend their ICC Women’s World T20 title at home from 9-24 November, are ranked fourth with 259 points and India are a further 10 points behind in fifth place. The next five teams on the table – South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland – complete the lineup for the West Indies event.
The list includes nine sides from Europe, 14 from Asia, 13 from Africa, four each from East Asia Pacific and the Americas, apart from Australia and the West Indies.
Both old and new teams on the rankings table have welcomed the global rankings, which coincide with the annual update and have been introduced with less than a month to go for the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies.
Australia captain Meg Lanning:“Being named the top-ranked country in the ICC T20I rankings is nice recognition for the consistent style of cricket that we’ve been playing over the last year or so.
“I welcome the new teams on the table and wish them all the best on behalf of the Australian team. The women’s game has been on an upward move and I am sure this will further help spread the game worldwide.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur:“The global women’s T20I rankings is a welcome move as such an all-inclusive list will only help spread the game worldwide.
“I’m sure these rankings will encourage more countries to play the game regularly and teams will get a good idea of where they stand in the global context. Players always take interest in the ICC rankings as they are a true reflection of where teams and players stand.”
Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce:“We are all delighted and I think it shows what a great direction the women's game is moving in. I think it will make a huge difference to Scottish cricket as it will open up opportunities to play against high quality nations more often.
“I think having ranking points will make it more appealing for other nations to play against us, and hopefully with the increase in highly competitive matches, with something at stake every time, will improve the standard of women's cricket across the board.”
Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch: “The global rankings come as a welcome expansion and will help in the growth of the game as they will reflect where the teams stand.
“We have been doing well and even pulled off a victory over Sri Lanka in this year’s Asia Cup. The rankings will provide teams like ours further incentive to do well.
“Now cricket fans the world over will know how the game is expanding and how teams are faring in international cricket.”
Chinese Cricket Association Director Song Yingchun: “So far, everyone only knew about the leading teams and their performances but these rankings will also get other teams in the news. With a clear structure of the competition, we could understand better about our position and direction going on forward.”
“This is also a common practice for most of the professional sport around the world. This would be a really good chance for national cricket bodies like CCA to build their cases with governments and sports bodies.
“This can lead to better promotion and enhanced support from various stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, former New Zealand captain Suzie Bates, Australia fast bowler Megan Schutt and West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor top the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings which include new players from Southern African and South American teams.
MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings (as of 12 October)
(Developed by David Kendix)
MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings (as of 12 October)
MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings (as of 12 October)
BATTERS (top 20)
687 v Aus at Brisbane - 2018
772 v NZ at St Lucia 2010
722 v Win at Melbourne 2014
652 v Eng at Bridgetown 2013
|Aus||610||36.71||123||674 v Ind at Mumbai 2018|
|6||(-)||H. Kaur||Ind||600||27.91||101||600 v SL at Katunayake 2018|
|36.88||100||763 v Win at Ahmedabad 2011|
|8||(+2)||Elyse Villani||Aus||557||29.40||118||597 v Ire at Dublin 2015|
|9||(-1)||Sophie Devine||NZ||556||27.14||123||569 v Aus at Sydney 2018|
|10||(-)||Natalie Sciver||Eng||553||24.05||110||552 v NZ at Chelmsford 2018|
|Sarah Taylor||Eng||534||29.00||111||723 v Aus at Chelmsford 2013|
|12||(+3)||Hayley Matthews||Win||529||20.03||107||529 v SA at Trinidad 2018|
|13||(-4)||D. van Niekerk||SA||526||28.94||94||558 v Eng at Taunton 2018|
|14||(-)||J. Rodrigues||Ind||522||37.33||137||522 v SL at Katunayake 2018|
|15||(+2)||Lizelle Lee||SA||520||24.06||103||520 v Win at Trinidad 2018|
|Bismah Maroof||Pak||518||25.54||88||582 v Ban at Karachi 2015|
|17||(-1)||Smriti Mandhana||Ind||512||21.17||112||563 v Eng at Mumbai 2018|
|18||(-)||Mignon du Preez||SA||507||22.22||98||556 v Eng at Johannesburg 2016|
|19||(-)||Clare Shillington||Ire||503||18.39||99||613 v Pak at Dublin 2013|
|20=||(+5)||Javeria Khan||Pak||493||20.66||88||493 v Ban at Cox's Bazar 2018|
|(+8)||Alyssa Healy||Aus||492||18.94||116||516 v Ire at Dublin 2015|
|(+1)||Danielle Wyatt||Eng||493||18.40||127||494 v SA at Taunton 2018|
BOWLERS (top 20)
|Rank||(+/-)||Player||Team||Points||Average||Economy Rate||Highest Rating|
|1||(-)||Megan Schutt||Aus||684||17.47||6.15||687 v Aus at Brisbane 2018|
|2||(-)||Poonam Yadav||Ind||656||13.34||5.46||657 v SL at Katunayake 2018|
|3||(+2)||Anam Amin||Pak||646||17.87||4.60||656 v Ban at Dehli 2016|
|4||(-)||Hayley Matthews||Win||621||16.79||5.83||646 v SA at Trinidad 2018|
|5||(+9)||Ellyse Perry||Aus||615||19.87||5.90||688 v NZ at Nelson 2018|
|6||(+1)||Danielle Hazell||Eng||604||20.07||5.50||688 v NZ at Chelmsford 2011|
|7||(+3)||R. Ahmed||Ban||602||18.18||5.32||602 v Pak at Cox's Bazar 2018|
|8||(+1)||Nida Dar||Pak||594||15.80||4.93||636 v SA at Doha 2014|
|9||(-6)||Nahida Akter||Ban||593||16.55||5.21||633 v Ire at Utrecht 2018|
|10||(-4)||Leigh Kasperek||NZ||585||12.47||6.01||633 v Ire at Dublin 2018|
|11||(-)||A. Mohammed||Win||579||16.40||5.50||686 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011|
|12||(-)||Anya Shrubsole||Eng||576||13.81||5.59||690 v Win at Dharamsala 2016|
|13||(+37)||Any Fletcher||Win||569||19.78||5.76||569 v SA at Trinidad 2018|
|14||(+1)||Anuja Patil||Ind||561||22.71||5.95||582 v SA at Potchefstroom 2018|
|15||(+1)||Ciara Metcalfe||Ire||558||19.18||5.62||560 v PNG at Amstelveen 2018|
|16||(-8)||Jess Jonassen||Aus||556||24.41||5.49||611 v Eng at Canberra 2017|
|17=||(+1)||Salma Khatun||Ban||548||18.97||4.91||655 v Ire at Sylhet 2014|
|(-)||S. Ecclestone||Eng||548||19.63||7.05||548 v NZ at Chelmsford 2018|
|19||(+19)||Shamilia Connell||Win||544||30.66||6.14||544 v SA at Trinidad 2018|
|20||(+1)||Sana Mir||Pak||541||21.67||5.20||651 v Ban at Dublin 2012.|
ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)
|1||(+2)||Stefanie Taylor||Win||342||431 v SL at Bridgetown 2012|
|2||(-1)||Hayley Matthews||Win||328||330 v NZ at Bay Oval 2018|
|3||(+2)||Ellyse Perry||Aus||289||322 v NZ at Nagpur 2016|
|4||(-2)||Deandra Dottin||Win||279||298 v NZ at New Plymouth|
|5||(+2)||Sophie Devine||NZ||260||307 v Eng at Hove 2010|