Dubai, UAE: The governing body for cricket, International Cricket Council (ICC) has included four emerging ODI sides including Nepal, on the expanded ICC ODI Team Rankings with effect from June 1, 2018.
Other teams inducted into the ranking system are Scotland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Prior to this, there were 12 nations in the ICC’s ranking list but with the inclusion of four additional teams, the tally has moved up to 16.
This elevation means, all ODIs that these four sides will play against other sides on the table, henceforth will count towards a team’s rating points and performance in the rankings table.
The Netherlands secured ODI status and a place in the 13-team ODI league by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship last year, while Scotland, Nepal and the UAE earned ODI status by finishing as the three leading Associates (along with the Dutch) in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.
Scotland have been ranked in 13th place on 28 points – 10 points behind 12th ranked Ireland – while the UAE are another 10 points behind on 18 in 14th position.
The Netherlands have 13 rating points and Nepal have 0 ratings point, but they will reflect on the ICC ODI team rankings table after both have played four more ODIs.
Teams earn points from each match they play against oppositions with an ODI rating.
Points and matches played between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2017 will be weighted at 50%, whereas matches played after May 1, 2017 will be weighted at 100 %.
The positions of the 12 Test playing countries, who were already on the table, are not affected by the introduction of these new teams on the table.
The table is headed by England, who will host next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. India are ranked second, three points behind England, while ICC Champions Trophy winners Pakistan are in sixth place.