Kathmandu, October 14, 2018: Nepal women team has secured 18th position with 117 points in the ICC Women’s T20 Team Rankings launched by International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday.
The table is led by three-time ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions, Australia whereas New Zealand and England secures the second and third place respectively. Nine sides from Europe, 14 from Asia , 4 each from East Asia Pacific and the Americas, apart from Australia and the West Indies are included in the list. The Chief Executive Officer of ICC, David Richardson mentioned that the new rankings shall motivates the team to play regularly and resemble the progress globally.
Since the suspension of Cricket Association of Nepal, the Nepal women team has remained inactive. However, the team has received both the ODI and Twenty20 status.
All women’s T20 matches between Members have 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 Windies, who will defend their ICC Women’s World T20 title at home from 9-24 November, are ranked fourth with 259 points and India are a further 10 points behind in fifth place. The next five teams on the table – South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland – complete the lineup for the West Indies event.