Karachi,: : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday launched the official ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which incorporate results in all three formats of the game into one rankings system.
Not surprisingly, Australia is ranked number one following its success in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 in India and the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh. It also leads the ICC Women’s Championship, which is the qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
England is ranked second in the 10-team table, 10 points behind Australia, followed by New Zealand (109), India (105), West Indies (99), South Africa (92), Pakistan (81), Sri Lanka (74), Bangladesh (57) and Ireland (26). Teams will be added to the table as and when they reach the required standard.
The launch of ICC Women’s Team Rankings is part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to investing, incentivising, promoting and publicising women’s cricket, which has already started to drive substantial increase in public interest and participation as well as a marked improvement in the standard of the international game.
The innovative new system treats results from Test, ODI and T20I cricket equally. This means there will be rankings points to play for in every international match, while the volume of matches will ensure the table is a credible reflection of overall performance.
The ICC Women’s Team Rankings have been devised by statistician and ICC Cricket Committee member David Kendix, who has applied the same methodology as is used for the men’s rankings.
The rankings table is based on results between three and four years, but with the first two years being weighted at only 50 per cent. Currently, results from October 2012 to September 2014 are weighted at 50 per cent, while results since October 2014 are weighted at 100 per cent.
The annual update of the ICC Women’s Team Rankings, in which the oldest results will be dropped from rankings and the weightings updated, will be carried out on October 1 each year, whereas the annual updates for men’s Test, ODI and T20I team rankings take place in May.
Pakistan captain Sana Mir, who is the 34th-ranked batter and 15th-ranked bowler in ODI cricket, said: “This is a giant step in the direction of getting women’s cricket at par with men’s cricket. Men’s rankings have established their place in cricket and are widely followed. I am sure this initiative will further boost the efforts of the ICC and the Members, as women’s cricket will now be taken more seriously than ever before.
“Every team wants to be on top of the pedestal. These robust rankings for women’s cricket provides each side a benchmark to monitor its progress and plan how to either retain top spots or gain grounds on higher-ranked sides. Pakistan has been ranked seventh, which now firmly puts the onus on us how we improve our ranking and be considered as a side that is on an ascendency.”
The ICC Women’s Team Rankings will be updated at the end of each series.