The International Cricket Council unveiled an expanded ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings table with 80 teams.
Pakistan retained their top spot in the rankings with 286 points while South Africa are ranked on the second number with 262 points.
Pakistan have been the most consistent side in this format, winning eleven T20I series on the trot starting from September 16. Their streak came to an end when they lost to South Africa this year.
The qualification process for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup which is underway includes 58 T20I matches across five regional finals is likely to mean significant movements on the rankings over the coming months.
South Africa and India have swapped positions two and five in the expanded table, whose launch coincides with the annual rankings update in which series results from 2015-16 are removed and outcomes from 2016-17 and 2017-18 are weighted at 50 per cent.
In other significant changes, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have moved up one place each to seventh and eighth positions, respectively, with the West Indies going down to ninth position.