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ICC ODI Rankings: Saeed Ajmal continues to be at the summit despite suspension

Saeed Ajmal continues to top the rankings, despite being banned from bowling since September last year.

Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI bowlers, England’s James Anderson has moved up two places to fourth spot after taking seven wickets in the Carlton Mid ODI tri-series, at an average of just under 20.

Australia’s Mitchell Starc, who was the top wicket-taker in the series (12 wickets for 196 in five matches) has moved up five places to seventh, while England’s top wicket-taker, Steven Finn (11 wickets for 235 in five matches), has progressed 14 places to 12th. Moeen Ali has also progressed his rankings by 41 places to 56th after taking seven wickets for 200 in the series.

Saeed Ajmal continues to top the rankings, despite being banned from bowling since September last year after his bowling action was found to be illegal. With Sunil Narine also ruling himself out of the World Cup for similar reasons, the top two bowlers in the world in ODI cricket will not be starring at cricket’s biggest gala.

Other recent significant movers include West Indies bowler Jason Holder (up 18 places to a career-high 41st) and New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult (up 56 places to a career-high 61st).

Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan has regained the number one ranking after moving up two places, 10 points clear of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews in second place.

Here are the top 10 ranked ODI bowlers in the world:

Rank Bowler Team Rating
1 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 748
2 Sunil Narine West Indies 734
3 Dale Steyn South Africa 724
4 James Anderson England 706
5 Mitchell Johnson Australia 683
6 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 680
7 Mitchell Starc Australia 636
8 Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan 631
9 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 629
10 Morne Morkel South Africa 628
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