Amidst the ongoing Champions Trophy squad announcements, the new ICC annual T20 ranking created news today when Pakistan leapfrogged India to claim the 3rd position in the Annual ICC T20 Rankings. The Virat Kohli-led Indian team dropped to 4th position on 118 points, three points behind 2009 World T20 winner Pakistan.
The Kiwis are topping the table with 125 points with England on the number 2 spot with 121 points. Pakistan has had a good T20 run during the past couple of months where they beat West Indies by margins of 3-0 and 3-1 in the UAE and the Caribbean respectively. They also secured a win in a one-off T20I against England. The Australians have climbed up one step from last year and currently stand on number 6 with the 2012 and 2016 World T20 Champions West Indies at number 7.
Non-test playing nations Afghanistan and Netherlands have been steadily moving up the rankings, with Afghanistan gaining six points to climb to 90 points.
These rankings will decide which teams will automatically qualify for the 2020 World T20. Excluding Australia who are the 2020 World T20 event hosts, the top 9 teams will automatically qualify for the world championship. The bottom 8 sides will get a second chance to qualify when they join regional qualifiers in the World T20 Qualifier event in 2019.
The rankings update caused its fair share of controversy especially among Indian circles as they dropped two places from their previous rank of 2nd place