Power Ranking the ODI Cricket Nations After 2014 Asia Cup
Following January’s first-ever publication of the Bleacher Report’s One-Day International (ODI) power rankings, it is now time for the release of our latest version which takes into account the recent 50-over series that have been played around the globe.
And so just to recap, this alternative rankings system to the current International Cricket Council (ICC) table is based on how a side is performing right now, not 12 months ago for instance, with the main criteria being: If two nations were to meet both home and away today, just who would come out on top?
As a result, this is what the new standings look like…
12 (Previous Ranking: -): Afghanistan
Current ICC ranking: 12th (30 points)
Last series played: Asia Cup in February and March 2014
Next assignment: TBC
Afghanistan replace Netherlands as the 12th and last-ranked nation due to the latter’s inactivity these past two months, while the former have been taking part in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.
And it is by virtue of their stunning upset win over the hosts in the round-robin phase that sees the minnows make their first appearance in our alternative rankings system.
11 (11): Ireland
Current ICC ranking: 11th (38 points)
Last series played: Lost 1-0 (1) in West Indies in February 2014
Next assignment: Sri Lanka (h) in May 2014
The Irish have played just a one-off limited-overs contest since January, and that resulted in a narrow four-wicket loss to the West Indies in Kingston, meaning the Emerald Isle remain unchanged in 11th position.
10 (10): Zimbabwe
Current ICC ranking: 10th (55 points)
Last series played: Lost 1-2 (3) at home to Pakistan in August 2013
Next assignment: Australia (h) in June and July 2014
No 50-over contests for the Southern Africans since January’s inaugural ratings were published, mean Zimbabwe remain ranked the 10th best ODI team in the world at present ahead of their next challenge with Australia at home this summer.
9 (8): Bangladesh
Current ICC ranking: 9th (79 points)
Last series played: Lost 3-0 (3) at home to Sri Lanka in February and the Asia Cup in February and March 2014
Next assignment: India (h) in June 2014
It has been a hugely disappointing two months of ODI cricket for Bangladesh, who were firstly whitewashed at home by subcontinental rivals Sri Lanka in February.
And things then went from bad to worse for Mushfiqur Rahim and Co. when they lost all four of their contests in the Asia Cup in front of their own supporters to slip back one place in our updated ratings.
8 (7): West Indies
Current ICC ranking: 8th (90 points)
Last series played: Beat Ireland 1-0 (1) at home in February 2014 and lost 1-2 (3) to England at home in February and March 2014
Next assignment: New Zealand (h) in May - July 2014
Dwayne Bravo and Co. may have, as expected, overcome Ireland in a one-off encounter in Jamaica last month, however, the Calypso Kings have since lost a hard-fought three-match series to a new-look England team, meaning a drop of one place in these new rankings for West Indies.
7 (5=) England
Current ICC ranking: 5th (108 points)
Last series played: Lost 1-4 (5) in Australia in January 2014 and won 2-1 (3) in West Indies in February and March 2014
Next assignment: Scotland (a) in May 2014, Sri Lanka (h) in May and June 2014 and India (h) in August and September 2014
A bit of mixed bag for Ashley Giles’ men, who began the year by being outclassed by a rampant Australia side, before coming from behind to win 2-1 in West Indies with a much-changed lineup.
However, despite that recent closely-fought series win, England’s previous thrashing Down Under actually sees them drop down to seventh place in this newly published ODI table.
6 (3): India
Current ICC ranking: 2nd (113 points)
Last series played: Lost 4-0 (5) in New Zealand in January 2014 and the Asia Cup in February and March 2014
Next assignment: Bangladesh (a) in June 2014
It has been a tough past couple of months for the world champions, whose year got off to an unexpectedly poor start when they were annihilated 4-0 in New Zealand, before things then got even worse in the Asia Cup.
There, Virat Kohli’s side could only manage victories over underdogs Afghanistan and hosts Bangladesh, while losing the key contests to Sri Lanka and arch-rivals Pakistan to end all hopes of a place in the final.
Consequently, India have fallen three places to sixth in the newly updated standings ahead of their next assignment, which finds them back in Bangladesh for a three-match series in June.
5 (9): New Zealand
Current ICC ranking: 7th (94 points)
Last series played: Beat India 4-0 (5) at home in January 2014
Next assignment: West Indies (a) in May-July 2014
The biggest climbers in these recently published rankings are the Black Caps on the back of their shock 4-0 destruction of world champions India at home at the start of the year. It was a stunning display by Brendon McCullum’s well-drilled unit that now sees them challenging the top four sides ahead of a trip to the West Indies in May.
4 (1): South Africa
Current ICC ranking: 4th (110 points)
Last series played: Beat India 2-0 (3) at home in December 2013
Next assignment: Zimbabwe (a) in July and August 2014
The Proteas have been inactive in the 50-over game so far in 2014, meaning that AB de Villiers’ men lose their status as the world’s top-ranked ODI side, and they will have to wait until July when they travel to Southern African rivals Zimbabwe for a chance to regain top spot in the table.
3 (4): Australia
Current ICC ranking: 1st (117 points)
Last series played: Beat England 4-1 (5) at home in January 2014
Next assignment: Zimbabwe (a) in June and July 2014
The Aussies have continued their seemingly unstoppable march towards being the number-one ranked team in all three forms of the game so far this year, with Michael Clarke’s team having easily disposed of old foes England in a five-match series at the start of the year.
And that 4-1 victory has seen Australia move up one place to third position in our newly revised ODI rankings. They are now within touching distance of top spot ahead of their summer tour of Zimbabwe, which gets under way in June.
2 (2): Pakistan
Current ICC ranking: 6th (101 points)
Last series played: The Asia Cup in February and March 2014
Next assignment: New Zealand (h) in November and December 2014
Misbah-ul-Haq and Co. remain in second place in the standings after making it all the way to the final of the Asia Cup, only to lose to Sri Lanka in Saturday’s final.
It was a loss that ultimately saw Pakistan lose out on the No. 1 ranking to the winners, who had also beaten them in the round-robin phase of the competition too.
1 (5=) SRI LANKA
Current ICC ranking: 3rd (112 points)
Last series played: Won 3-0 (3) in Bangladesh in February 2014 and the Asia Cup in February and March 2014
Next assignment: Ireland (a) in May 2014 and England (a) in May and June 2014
Angelo Mathews’ side have risen from being joint fifth with England at the turn of the year to now being ranked the world’s best ODI unit and with good reason too after Sri Lanka won all eight of the 50-over contests that they played in 2014.
And while they may have been expected to win against Bangladesh last month, their performances in going unbeaten throughout the entire Asia Cup, culminating in their convincing five-wicket win over Pakistan in Saturday’s final in Mirpur, makes Sri Lanka now the team to beat in this form of the game.