Cape Town - The International Cricket
Council (ICC) on Friday launched a global ICC Women's T20I world rankings, with the Proteas coming in at No 6 on the list.
Three-time ICC Women’s World
Twenty20 champions Australia lead the inaugural 46-team table, which follows
the decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches
between member countries.
All women’s T20 matches
between members have had international status since the Asia Cup in June and the
new rankings system will help teams gauge where they stand in the shortest
format of the game. Teams will have to play six T20I matches in the previous
three to four years to remain on the rankings table.
The system moves away from the
combined rankings in place earlier and there is now a separate ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings
table with 10 teams, in line with the men’s rankings, which are separate for
"We are committed to growing the game and T20 is the vehicle
through which we’ll do this. Global rankings and international status for all
T20 games between Members is a huge step forward and will contribute to our
efforts to accelerate the growth of the women’s game," ICC CEO dave Richardson said.
"The new rankings will
provide incentive for teams to play regularly and mark their progress globally.
I wish teams all the best."
Australia, who were top-ranked
in the combined rankings system, are now ranked number one in both forms of the
game and lead trans-Transman rivals New Zealand by three points in the T20I
rankings table. Australia are on 280 points, New Zealand on 277 while England
are just a further one point behind with 276 points.
Team Rankings (as of 12 October)
1 Australia - 280
Zealand - 277
3 England - 276
Indies - 259
5 India - 249
Africa - 243
7 Pakistan - 227
Lanka - 207
9 Bangladesh - 193
10 Ireland - 188
11 Scotland - 150
12 Thailand - 146
13 Zimbabwe - 145
14 UAE - 130
15 Uganda - 127