DUBAI—India and West Indies both have a chance to elbow out Sri Lanka from top spot before the turn of the year since as many as seven T20Is, featuring most of the top ranked sides, are confirmed to be played across the globe.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand launched an interesting couple of months of Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) when they played a one-off match at Pallekele yesterday. Sri Lanka, the ICC World T20 finalist, will start as the number-one ranked side on the Reliance ICC T20I Championship table while New Zealand, which lost two ICC World Twenty20 2012 Super Eight stage matches in Super Overs, will begin in eighth position.
While a win will ensure that Sri Lanka end the year as the number-one ranked T20I side, a defeat for Sri Lanka will give ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies a sniff of the number one position on the table for the first time since the launch of the current rankings system in October 2011.
In the scenario of Sri Lanka losing to New Zealand, Angelo Mathews’ side will drop six ratings points and will join Darren Sammy’s side on 121 ratings points. This means that if the West Indies beat Bangladesh on 10 December in Dhaka, the men from the Caribbean will add the number-one ranking to their ICC World T20 title.
This may, however, turn out to be a brief stay on top of the ladder as India will leapfrog the West Indies if they defeat England in the T20Is in Pune and Mumbai on December 20 and 22. If India beat England 2–0, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side will earn seven ratings points to move to 127 ratings points and will move five points clear of the West Indies. A one-all result will mean both India and England will retain pre-series ratings.