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Netherlands’ Michael Swart and Paul Stirling of Ireland have made an all-round impact on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20Is, in the latest update released on Sunday, a day after Ireland beat Afghanistan by 68 runs in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013.
Swart has moved up four places to a career-best 22nd in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen. He has also moved up 24 places to 58th in the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers. His combined effort with the bat and ball has helped him move up seven places to seventh in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I all-rounders.
Stirling, who notched up a 43-ball 76 in the final against Afghanistan, has also moved up 14 places to a best-ever 32nd on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen. He has also moved up two places to 16th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I all-rounders.
The other batsmen to make upward movements are Matt Machan in 31st (up by 14), William Porterfield in 48th (up by three), Ashish Bagai in 55th (up by seven), Steve Tikolo in 62nd (up by 20), Niall O'Brien in 72nd (up by six), Noor Ali in 76th (up by 15) and Rakep Patel in 77th (up by 17).
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen is still headed by England’s Alex Hales with New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum in second spot and India’s Virat Kohli in third place.
Meanwhile, Ireland’s former captain Trent Johnston has ended his T20I career in 21st position in the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers. Scotland’s Majid Haq in 15th is the lone Associate and Affiliate bowler inside the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers.
Afghanistan's Samiullah Shenwari, man of the series in the tournament, is now in 32nd place (up by seven).
The other bowlers to move up are Mudassar Bukhari in 34th (up by 19), Alex Cusack in 37th (up by four), Peter Borren in 42nd (up by seven), Shem Ngoche in 56th (up by 110), Harvir Baidwan in 60th (up by six), Shapoor Zadran in 69th (up by eight), Rizwan Cheema in 70th (up by one) and Rageb Aga in 79th (up by 21).
The bowlers’ table is still headed by West Indies’ Sunil Narine, with Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in third place.
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Meanwhile, Ireland’s unbeaten run in the tournament has meant that it has continued to retain its pre-tournament ninth rank on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table, following a gain of six ratings points to finish at 87.
Afghanistan continues to be in 11th position but has gained three ratings points to end at 71. Netherlands’ has made the biggest upward move, as it jumped three places to 12th with a gain of 20 ratings points to finish with 56.
Scotland and Kenya, which did not qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, have moved down on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table.
Scotland is now in 13th (down by one), while Kenya has moved down a place to 15th.
Meanwhile, Canada has re-entered the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table, in 16th position for the first time in this ranking period having now played the requisite eight qualification matches.
Afghanistan v Pakistan
8 December: One-off T20I, Sharjah (d/n)
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
11 December: 1st T20I, Dubai (d/n)
13 December: 2nd T20I, Dubai (d/n)
Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as of 1 December after the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013)
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