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Chance for Bangladesh to move closer to World Cup qualifications
by International Cricket Council


Event:Ireland Tri-Series 2017

DateLine: 11th May 2017

 

Bangladesh gets an opportunity to enhance its chances of direct qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in an upcoming tri-series to be held in Dublin from 12 to 24 May.

 

Bangladesh, which is three points ahead of Pakistan at 91 points on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, gets to play four matches in the tournament – two each against host Ireland and fourth-ranked New Zealand.

 

One win against New Zealand and two against Ireland could help seventh-placed Bangladesh overtake Sri Lanka (93). Bangladesh will reach 94 points in such a scenario, while winning all four matches will lift it to 97 points.

 

Former world champions Pakistan and the West Indies are fighting for direct qualification but Pakistan (88) has a nine-point lead over the West Indies and also gets a chance to improve its points tally against higher-ranked oppositions during next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from 1-18 June.

 

Host England and seven other top-ranked sides as on 30 September 2017 gain direct places in the next ICC Cricket World Cup while the other four teams on the ODI table will go through a qualifying tournament.

 

While Bangladesh has a lot to play for, it will also be a chance for Ireland to improve its points tally while it will help New Zealand prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy.

 

As for New Zealand, it will remain in fourth position even if it loses both its matches to Bangladesh provided it does not lose to Ireland. It will slip from 115 points to 112 points in such a scenario but an added loss to Ireland will see it slip below England to 109 points.

 

Series scenarios for Bangladesh:

 

· Wins all its four matches – 97 points · Wins both matches against Ireland and one against New Zealand – 94 points · Wins both matches against Ireland but loses both to New Zealand – 90 points · Loses one match against Ireland and both to New Zealand – 87 points · Loses all four matches – 83 points

 

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

 

Meanwhile, England defeated Ireland 2-0 in a two-match home series to gain one point on the rankings table.

 

England’s Jonny Bairstow has gained 14 places to reach a career-best 98th rank among batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings after unbeaten knocks of 10 and 72 while Tim Murtagh of Ireland (up two places to 32) and Jake Ball of England (up three places to 99) have moved up in the bowlers’ list.

 

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 10 May, before the Ireland tri-series) Rank Team Points 1. South Africa 123 2. Australia 118 3. India 117 4. New Zealand 115 5. England 110 (+1) 6. Sri Lanka 93 7. Bangladesh 91 8. Pakistan 88 9. West Indies 79 10. Afghanistan 52 11. Zimbabwe 48 12. Ireland 42 (-1)

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 8 May 2017 after the England-Ireland series, before Ireland tri-series)

 

Batsmen (top 10)

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating 1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 875 54.28 902 v NZ at Auckland 2015 2 ( - ) David Warner Aus 871 44.84 880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017 3 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 852 53.11 886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014 4 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 792! 48.81 792 v Ire at Lord's 2017 5 ( - ) Faf du Plessis SA 781 43.81 791 v SL at Cape Town 2017 6 ( - ) Q. de Kock SA 780 43.64 803 v NZ at Wellington 2017 7 ( - ) Martin Guptill NZ 777 43.66 789 v SA at Hamilton 2017 8 ( - ) Babar Azam Pak 762*! 55.08 762 v WI at Guyana 2017 9 ( - ) K. Williamson NZ 757 45.90 798 v SA at Centurion 2015 10 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 733 43.67 752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

 

Other selected rankings

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating 17 (+1) Jos Buttler Eng 652 36.34 723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016 18 (-1) Jason Roy Eng 643* 38.67 664 v WI at Antigua 2017 22 (+1) M. Rahim Ban 629 31.44 671 v Zim at Mirpur 2015 60 (+1) W. Porterfield Ire 515 31.67 537 v Ban at Belfast 2010 98 (+14) J. Bairstow Eng 409*! 37.25 409 v Ire at Lord's 2017

 

Bowlers (top 10)

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Eco Highest Rating 1 ( - ) Imran Tahir SA 750 23.65 4.63 786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017 2 ( - ) Mitchell Starc Aus 701 19.88 4.81 783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015 3 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 697 24.85 4.98 766 v Ind at Delhi 2016 4 ( - ) Sunil Narine WI 690 26.46 4.12 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013 5 ( - ) Kagiso Rabada SA 686*! 25.29 5.11 686 v NZ at Auckland 2017 6 ( - ) J. Hazlewood Aus 684*! 25.18 4.65 684 v NZ at Hamilton 2017 7 ( - ) Chris Woakes Eng 630 32.60 5.60 636 v WI at Barbados 2017 8 ( - ) S. Al Hasan Ban 627 28.54 4.37 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009 9 ( - ) M. Nabi Afg 622 32.33 4.32 653 v Zim at Harare 2017 10 ( - ) Matt Henry NZ 619* 25.10 5.69 675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

 

Other selected rankings

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Eco Highest Rating 32 (+2) Tim Murtagh Ire 534*! 37.56 4.75 534 v Eng at Lord's 2017 99 (+3) Jake Ball Eng 365*! 28.28 5.83 365 v Ire at Lord's 2017

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating 1 ( - ) S. Al Hasan Ban 377 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009 2 ( - ) M. Hafeez Pak 353 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013 3 ( - ) M. Nabi Afg 330 349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017 4 ( - ) A. Mathews SL 309 427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014 5 ( - ) J. Faulkner Aus 308 361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

 

*indicates provisional rating; !indicates career-highest rating

 

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