Zimbabwe in last position in ICC Twenty20 rankings

Zimbabwe have a world ranking of 54 points and are below Afghanistan on 75 points who are in ninth position out of the 10 world ranked countries.

The rankings cover a period of between August 2009 up to date and countries such as Bangladesh, Kenya, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Scotland have not been included in the rankings as they have not played enough matches to qualify for the rankings.

Zimbabwe have two Twenty20 matches lined up when they travel to New Zealand in February next year. The two teams which are currently playing against each in Zimbabwe will square it off again on February 11 and 14.

Zimbabwe lost both their two Twenty20 matches against New Zealand early this month. Zimbabwe will also play in the ICC World qualifiers from 13 to 24 March where they are expected to garner points for the world rankings. The ICC World Twnety20 finals will be held in Sri Lanka in September.

Reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion England are the number-one ranked side in the shortest format of the game.

Only six ratings points separate the next four sides with New Zealand occupying third position on 117, followed by South Africa, ICC World Twenty20 2007 winner India, and Australia.

ICC World Twenty20 2009 champion Pakistan is in seventh position, 14 ratings points behind Australia, with West Indies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe following.

Zimbabwean Andy Flower who is England’s coach has masterminded his teams rise to the top placing in both the Twenty20 and Test cricket rankings.

Reliance ICC T20I Championship table (as on 24 October 2011):

Rank   Team                          Points


1          England                       127

2          Sri Lanka                     126

3          New Zealand              117

4          South Africa               113

5          India                          112

6          Australia                      111

7          Pakistan                       97

8          West Indies                 89

9          Afghanistan                75

10        Zimbabwe                   54