West Indies Jump To #4 In ICC Cricket Rankings

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With just a week remaining before the highly anticipated T20 World Cup 2024 kicks off, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the final T20I team rankings. These rankings provide a last-minute glimpse into the form and standing of the 20 teams participating in this year’s tournament, setting the stage for an exciting and competitive event.

The T20 World Cup will see 20 teams from around the globe battling it out for the coveted title. This year’s tournament promises thrilling matches and showcases the best in T20 cricket. Fans and teams alike are gearing up for what is expected to be a memorable competition, filled with intense rivalries and remarkable performances.

1. India (IND)

Ranking: 1st
Matches: 47
Points: 12,410
Rating: 264
PerformanceIndia have consistently been a dominant force in T20 cricket, known for their strong batting lineup and effective spin bowling attack. Their best performance in the T20 World Cup came in 2007 when they won the inaugural tournament. In the last edition, they reached the semi-finals, showcasing their consistent performance at the highest level.

2. Australia (AUS)

Ranking: 2nd
Matches: 33
Points: 8,471
Rating: 257
Performance: Australia are renowned for their aggressive style of play and has a history of performing well in ICC tournaments. They won their first T20 World Cup in 2021, and in the last edition, they were strong contenders but were knocked out before the semi-finals.

3. England (ENG)

Ranking: 3rd
Matches: 31
Points: 7,865
Rating: 254
Performance: England’s T20 team are known for its powerful batting and versatile all-rounders. They won the T20 World Cup in 2010 and 2022 and were runners-up in 2016. In the most recent edition, they reached the finals and defeated Pakistan, continuing their trend of strong performances in T20 cricket.

4. West Indies (WI)

Ranking: 4th
Matches: 39
Points: 9,844
Rating: 252
Performance: The West Indies team are famous for their explosive batting and a wealth of T20 specialists. They have won the T20 World Cup twice, in 2012 and 2016. However, in the last edition, they did not progress beyond the group stages, highlighting a dip in form.

5. New Zealand (NZ)

Ranking: 5th
Matches: 45
Points: 11,229
Rating: 250
Performance: Known for their balanced team and strategic play, New Zealand have often been a dark horse in ICC events. They were runners-up in the 2021 T20 World Cup. In the latest edition, they reached the semi-finals, maintaining their reputation as a formidable team.

6. Pakistan (PAK)

Ranking: 6th
Matches: 41
Points: 10,023
Rating: 244
Performance: Pakistan are celebrated for their strong bowling attack and unpredictable nature. They won the T20 World Cup in 2009. In the most recent edition, they reached the final but lost to England, continuing their legacy as a competitive team in T20 cricket.

7. South Africa (SA)

Ranking: 7th
Matches: 26
Points: 6,349
Rating: 244
Performance: South Africa are known for their strong pace attack and dynamic fielding. Despite their talent, they have never won a T20 World Cup and were eliminated in the Super 12 stage in the last edition, reflecting their struggles in ICC tournaments.

8. Sri Lanka (SL)

Ranking: 8th
Matches: 34
Points: 7,898
Rating: 232
Performance: Sri Lanka have a rich history in T20 cricket, winning the T20 World Cup in 2014. In the most recent edition, they reached the Super 12 stage, showing glimpses of their past prowess but falling short of the knockout rounds.

9. Bangladesh (BAN)

Ranking: 9th
Matches: 43
Points: 9,707
Rating: 226
Performance: Known for their passionate fan base and improving cricket infrastructure, Bangladesh have yet to make a significant impact in the T20 World Cup. They were eliminated in the group stages in the last edition, showing the need for further development in T20 cricket.

10. Afghanistan (AFG)

Ranking: 10th
Matches: 31
Points: 6,725
Rating: 217
Performance: Afghanistan have made remarkable strides in international cricket with their strong spin attack. They have yet to progress beyond the Super 12 stage in the T20 World Cup but have consistently been competitive, reflecting their rapid rise in cricketing ranks.

11. Ireland (IRE)

Ranking: 11th
Matches: 44
Points: 8,680
Rating: 197
Performance: Known for their spirited performances, Ireland have often punched above their weight. They first appeared in the 2009 edition and reached the Super 8 stage. In subsequent editions, they have exited either from the group stage or the Super 12 stage. In the T20 World Cup 2024, they aim to reach beyond the group stages, leveraging their experience and skilled players.

12. Namibia (NAM)

Ranking: 13th
Matches: 33
Points: 6,253
Rating: 189
Performance: Namibia have shown significant progress in T20 cricket. They first took part in the 2021 edition and reached the Super 12 stage, but in the next edition in 2022, they exited in the group stage. Their aim in the T20 World Cup 2024 will be to make it to the Super 8 stage, building on their performances in previous editions.

13. Scotland (SCO)

Ranking: 14th
Matches: 21
Points: 3,970
Rating: 189
Performance: Scotland appeared in the first two editions of the tournament and after missing the next three, they re-entered in 2016 and have continued to participate. Except for the 2021 edition where they reached the Super 12 stage, their journey always ended in the group stage. Known for their resilience, Scotland aims to advance to the Super 8 stage in the T20 World Cup 2024, showcasing their growing prowess in T20 cricket.

14. Netherlands (NED)

Ranking: 15th
Matches: 17
Points: 3,126
Rating: 184
Performance: The Netherlands have a history of causing upsets in ICC tournaments, including their first appearance in the 2009 edition when they defeated host England. In the last edition in 2022, they defeated South Africa. They will look to continue this trend in the T20 World Cup 2024 by advancing past the group stages.

15. Nepal (NEP)

Ranking: 17th
Matches: 36
Points: 6,147
Rating: 171
Performance: Nepal appeared only once in the T20 World Cup in 2014 and finished in 12th place. Known for their passionate cricket culture, Nepal will aim to make a significant impact in the T20 World Cup 2024, targeting the Super 8 stage and beyond.

16. United States of America (USA)

Ranking: 18th
Matches: 14
Points: 2,308
Rating: 165
Performance: Co-hosting the T20 World Cup 2024, the USA are a developing cricket nation. In their first appearance, they aim to use the T20 World Cup 2024 as a platform to showcase their growth and advance past the group stages.

17. Oman (OMN)

Ranking: 19th
Matches: 34
Points: 5,605
Rating: 165
Performance: Oman has been steadily improving. They played only twice, in 2016 and 2021, and finished in the group stage both times. They aim to take one step forward and reach the Super 8 stage in the T20 World Cup 2024.

18. Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Ranking: 20th
Matches: 27
Points: 3,981
Performance: Papua New Guinea, nicknamed the Barramundis, appeared only once in the 2021 edition and finished last, in 16th place. Known for their enthusiastic play, PNG aim to make a mark in the T20 World Cup 2024 by advancing past the group stages.

19. Uganda (UGN)

Ranking: 22nd
Matches: 58
Points: 7,782
Rating: 134
Performance: Uganda are a developing team with ambitions to perform well in the T20 World Cup 2024 in their first shortest format world cup appearance.

20. Canada (CAN)

Ranking: 23rd
Matches: 18
Points: 2,251
Rating: 125
Performance: Canada aim to showcase their cricketing talents in the T20 World Cup 2024 by advancing past the group stages in their debut appearance under the captaincy of all-rounder Saad bin Zafar

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