Nepal, Scotland among four teams inducted in ICC ODI rankings

The Netherlands, being winners of the ICC World Cricket League Championship gained ODI status. Scotland, Nepal and the UAE on the other hand had table-topped the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.

Scotland along with Nepal, Netherlands, and, the UAE have been included in the ODI rankings list.   -  Getty Images

The ICC has included Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland and the UAE in their ODI rankings list apart from the 12 existing countries. Results of all the bilateral ODIs involving these new teams will henceforth be taken into account while calculating the rating points.

The initial rankings for the four new teams are based on: all ODIs played since May 2015 by Scotland and the UAE against Full Members and against each other; Non-ODIs played by the Netherlands and Nepal against Full Members, Scotland and the UAE as part of the ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament 2018.

ALSO READ: BCCI: Teams touring India to play Afghanistan

Scotland have been ranked 13th with 28 points. The UAE comes next on the list with 18 points. The Netherlands have 13 rating points and along with Nepal will need to play four more matches in order to get into the table.

“Teams earn points from each match they play against an opposition with an ODI rating. Points and matches played between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2017 will be weighted at 50 per cent, whereas matches played after May 1, 2017 will be weighted at 100 per cent.

“The positions of the 12 Test playing countries, who were already on the table, are not affected by the introduction of these new teams on the table,” the ICC release said.

The ODI rankings table is headed by next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup hosts England. India is ranked second while ICC Champions Trophy winners Pakistan is in the sixth place.