Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand start ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 preparations from tomorrow
Only seven ratings points separate second-placed India from sixth-ranked Sri Lanka
Chance for Ireland and Netherlands to improve their rankings
Pressure on Dhoni to retain his number-one batting position
Five of the 14 sides taking part in next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will start their preparations for the biggest prize in cricket when they feature in a series of ODIs in Dambulla and Clontarf, Ireland.
While Sri Lanka hosts India and New Zealand in a triangular tournament in Dambulla from Tuesday (10 August), the Netherlands will take on Ireland in two ODIs which will be played on 16 and 18 August.
And England and Pakistan will soon join the bandwagon of sides which will be giving a final touch-up to their World Cup preparations when they go head to head in a five-match ODI series on 10 September after the conclusion of their four-Test series which is currently in progress.
All the sides on the table will not only be aiming to gain early momentum going into ICC’s flagship event but will also be targeting to improve their positions on the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship as US$175,000 will be awarded to the side which finishes on top of the ladder at the 1 April 2011 cut-off date along with the championship shield. The side which finishes second will earn US$75,000.
After last week’s annual update, four-time world champion Australia sits pretty in top position on 132 ratings points but only seven ratings points separate the next five sides, including second-placed India, fourth-ranked New Zealand and sixth-placed Sri Lanka.
As such, there will be a reshuffle of cards in the middle of the table irrespective of how the series pans out with India out to defend its new second-placed position while narrowing the gap with Australia, and Sri Lanka and New Zealand hoping to put up some strong performances which can help them challenge India’s position.
India can strengthen its second position if it wins all its matches which will put it on 125 ratings points. However, its failure to win a single ODI in Dambulla will mean it will drop to sixth position on 111 ratings points.
Likewise, Sri Lanka can rise to second position but for this to happen, it needs to win all its four league matches and hope New Zealand wins in either of its two ODIs against India.
Ross Taylor’s Black Caps can dislodge Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side from the second position as early as tomorrow if it wins the tournament opener but will need to beat Sri Lanka in its next match to cling on to its new position on the table.
To see how the results would affect the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table, check out the predictor function on the ICC website at http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/odi_predictor.php.
Meanwhile, there will be plenty at stake in the Ireland-Netherlands series as both the sides have a chance to move up to 10th position. However, to make this happen, both the sides will have to win both the ODIs.
A 2-0 win for Netherlands will put it ahead of Zimbabwe and Ireland in 10th position on 48 ratings points while Ireland will jump to 10th if it wins both the ODIs. A one-all drawn series will see both the sides retain their pre-series positions.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the field but by just. He is only two points clear of South Africa’s AB de Villiers which means the wicketkeeper-batsman will have to bat consistently well to not only retain the top position but also extend his advantage over the Proteas’ batsman.
Sri Lanka’s Tillekeratne Dilshan (seventh), Kumar Sangakkara (11th), Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh (all 16th) and Ross Taylor (19th) are the other batsmen inside the top 20 who will be eyeing upward movements.
Outside the top 20 are Suresh Raina (23rd), Mahela Jayawardena (31st), Scott Styris (35th), Upul Tharanga (42nd), Rohit Sharma (46th) and Martin Guptill (49th).
New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori leads the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. Though he will drop points for missing the series as a player loses 0.5 per cent of his ratings points for every ODI he misses, such is his lead that he is still likely to finish on top of the chart at the end of the series.
Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara is the highest-ranked bowler in third position who will be appearing in this series. He trails Shakib Al Hasan by 17 ratings points but can go ahead of the Bangladesh left-arm spinner with a few strong performances.
New Zealand Kyle Mills in the next highest-ranked bowler as his shares fifth position with England’s Stuart Broad and has fourth-placed Ray Price of Zimbabwe firmly within his sights while Jacob Oram is in 10th spot.
Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka has a good opportunity to return to the top 10 as he currently sit in 12th position while India’s highest-ranked bowler in the absence of 11th-ranked Harbhajan Singh is Praveen Kumar in 15th spot.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, the highest-ranked player from the participating sides is Jacob Oram who currently occupies sixth position. The list is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh while Vettori is presently in fifth spot but may slip in the rankings as he will not figure in the series.
Yuvraj Singh is the highest-ranked India all-rounder in seventh position and will be hoping to climb up the table.
Triangular series schedule
10 Aug – India v New Zealand (d/n), Dambulla
13 Aug – Sri Lanka v New Zealand (d/n), Dambulla
16 Aug – Sri Lanka v India (d/n), Dambulla
19 Aug – Sri Lanka v New Zealand (d/n), Dambulla
22 Aug – Sri Lanka v India (d/n), Dambulla
25 Aug – India v New Zealand (d/n), Dambulla
28 Aug – Final (d/n), Dambulla
16 Aug – Ireland v Netherlands, Clontarf
18 Aug – Ireland v Netherlands, Clontarf
Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table (before the start of triangular series in Sri Lanka):
Rank Team Rating
1 Australia 132
2 India 118
3 South Africa 115
4 New Zealand 114
5 England 113
6 Sri Lanka 111
7 Pakistan 98
8 West Indies 67
9 Bangladesh 53
10 Zimbabwe 36
11 Ireland 35
12 Netherlands 32
13 Kenya 0
(Developed by David Kendix)
ICC One-Day Rankings (before the start of triangular series in Sri Lanka)
Rank Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
1 MS Dhoni Ind 807 51.31 837 v Aus at Delhi 2009
2 AB de Villiers SA 805 43.56 814 v WI at Dominica 2010
3 Mike Hussey Aus 792 51.65 865 v NZ at Perth 2007
4 Hashim Amla SA 751*! 54.84 751 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2010
5 Chris Gayle WI 738 39.42 808 v Zim at Harare 2003
6 S.Tendulkar Ind 732 45.12 887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998
7 T.Dilshan SL 730 35.27 745 v Ban at Dambulla 2010
8 Jacques Kallis SA 721 45.73 818 v WI at Johannesburg 2004
9 Ricky Ponting Aus 716 42.85 831 v NZ at Hobart 2007
10 S.Chanderpaul WI 711 41.77 778 v Eng at Guyana 2009
11 K.Sangakkara SL 693 36.72 755 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2006
12 Graeme Smith SA 691 40.08 785 v Ind at Kolkata 2005
13 P.Collingwood Eng 678 36.52 700 v Aus at Lord’s 2010
14 Michael Clarke Aus 659 43.03 751 v SL at Melbourne 2008
15 Shane Watson Aus 658 40.29 666 v Eng at The Oval 2010
16= Virender Sehwag Ind 655 34.02 787 v NZ at Auckland 2003
Virat Kohli Ind 655* 45.08 681 v SL at Harare 2010
Yuvraj Singh Ind 655 37.09 786 v WI at Kingston 2009
19 Ross Taylor NZ 650 35.82 698 v Aus at Adelaide 2009
20 G.Gambhir Ind 649 38.07 702 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
Rank Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Rating
1 Daniel Vettori NZ 761 31.21 4.14 790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008
2 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 694 31.16 4.18 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
3 N.Kulasekara SL 677 28.38 4.53 727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009
4 Ray Price Zim 666 35.91 3.79 722 v WI at Guyana 2010
5= Kyle Mills NZ 658 26.45 4.68 723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
Stuart Broad Eng 658 26.07 5.13 703 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008
Doug Bollinger Aus 658*! 22.14 4.33 658 v Eng at Lord’s 2010
8 Dale Steyn SA 640 30.65 5.30 662 v Zim at Benoni 2009
9 Shahid Afridi Pak 636 34.73 4.61 667 v Ind at Mirpur 2008
10 Jacob Oram NZ 629 30.66 4.35 770 v Aus at The Oval 2004
11 Harbhajan Singh Ind 624 32.84 4.30 738 v WI at Bridgetown 2002
12 Ajantha Mendis SL 621* 19.07 4.37 642 v SA at Centurion 2009
13 Mitchell Johnson Aus 620 25.71 4.94 729 v Ban at Darwin 2008
14 Ryan Harris Aus 610*! 16.12 4.69 610 v Eng at Lord’s 2010
15 Praveen Kumar Ind 609 33.78 5.06 617 v NZ at Wellington 2009
16 James Anderson Eng 603 30.36 5.00 700 v Ban at Dhaka 2003
17 Saeed Ajmal Pak 600* 30.21 4.17 610 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2009
18= Johan Botha SA 595 41.21 4.63 665 v Aus at Centurion 2009
Graeme Swann Eng 595* 25.54 4.53 604 v Aus at Lord’s 2010
20 Zaheer Khan Ind 584 29.80 4.92 701 v SA at Dhaka 2003
Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 390 454 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
2 Shahid Afridi Pak 382! 382 v Ban at Dambulla 2010
3 Shane Watson Aus 367 385 v Pak at Sydney 2010
4 Jacques Kallis SA 350 506 v WI at Bridgetown 2001
5 Daniel Vettori NZ 349 354 v Aus at Auckland 2010
*Indicates a provisional rating