Cape Town - The Proteas could move back to the No 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings if they whitewash Bangladesh in their upcoming ODI series.
Last month, India overtook South Africa after their 4-1 win against Australia at home, which left Virat Kohli's charges currently one point ahead of the Proteas on 120 points.
However, the Proteas will go ahead of India - on decimal points - with a 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh and would reach 121 points with a 3-0 whitewash.
However, Faf du Plessis' men will only remain at the top if India are unable to win the opening match of their three-match ODI series against New Zealand, which will be played on the same day as the final ODI between South Africa and Bangladesh - on October 22.
If India defeat the Black Caps in their clash, they too will be on 121 points - but ahead on decimal point calculation.
However, India will have to go on to win the series against New Zealand 3-0 to retain the top spot as anything less than that scenario will see the Proteas regain the No 1 position - should they triumph 3-0 over Bangladesh.
South Africa v Bangladesh series scenarios:
- South Africa beat Bangladesh 3-0 - South Africa 121, Bangladesh 92
- South Africa beat Bangladesh 2-1 - South Africa 119, Bangladesh 95
- Bangladesh beat South Africa 2-1 - South Africa 117, Bangladesh 97
- Bangladesh beat South Africa 3-0 - South Africa 115, Bangladesh 100
Bangladesh ODI series itinerary:
Sunday, October 15 - 1st ODI, Diamond Oval
Wednesday, October 18 - 2nd ODI, Boland Park
Sunday, October 22 - 3rd ODI, Buffalo Park
Current ICC ODI team rankings:
1. India - 120
2. South Africa - 119
3. Australia - 114
4. England - 114
5. New Zealand - 111
6. Pakistan - 95
7. Bangladesh - 94
8. Sri Lanka - 86
9. West Indies - 77
10. Afghanistan - 54
11. Zimbabwe - 52
12. Ireland - 41