Bangladesh will rise to fifth place of the International Cricket Council’s ODI team rankings after the annual update this Saturday, according to the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan
In an impromptu press briefing in his office in Dhanmondi, Hasan said the ICC CEO Dave Richardson announced during a meeting in Dubai last Sunday that Bangladesh, who are currently seventh with 87 points, will gain 101 points after the fresh calculation, which will take them ahead of England and Sri Lanka.
“At the ICC meeting, the highlight for us was the ODI rankings, which was announced last Sunday. They disclosed Bangladesh are in No 5, for the first time in such a high position. We always hovered around No 9 or 10, and then we rose to No 8 and 7. We are just a point above England and Sri Lanka who are in No 6 and 7 respectively with 100 points,” said Nazmul to the media.
After the annul update Australia (128) will be at the top of the chart followed by New Zealand (117), India (115), South Africa (114), Bangladesh (101), England (100), Sri Lanka (100), West Indies (83), Pakistan (79) and, Afghanistan (49), Ireland (47) and Zimbabwe (42).
According to Nazmul, the new ranking will help Bangladesh to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup.
“Our performance has been recognised by the ICC. This will play a role in our qualification for the 2019 World Cup. Richardson said the projection is for Bangladesh to be all but confirmed for the tournament. We have to go down by 22 points to be below No 8 in the ODI rankings. We do not also have a lot of ODI series too, so we should remain afloat,” he said.
The updated rankings reflects all the ODIs played in the last three-four years. The ICC has been following the pattern every May where they update once a year, the rankings changes suddenly even if any team did not played any match.
However, the BCB president also added that it will be a big challenge for Bangladesh to hold on to the position and perform better in future.
“Being at No 5 was a dream. The major challenge will be to hold on to this position. We hope to keep playing the same brand of cricket. We lost a few matches that we should have won. If we can get past our errors, there will be nothing stopping us,” he said.