Zimbabwe bottom of first T20 rankings

Zimbabwe, reeling from a disappointing performance against England in the ongoing one-day international and Test series against New Zealand, had salt added to their wound this week when the International Cricket Council unveiled the first Twenty-20 rankings table.

They are ranked last in the 10-team standings, with 54 points. The new comes as a blow the team, which is preparing for the ICC T20 Cup where they are drawn alongside favourites Sri Lanka and South Africa.

England, which is also the top ranked Test side, has a rating of 127 points and leads second-placed Sri Lanka by just one point.

Only six points separate the next four sides with New Zealand occupying third position on 117, followed by South Africa, ICC World Twenty20 2007 winner India, and Australia.

ICC World Twenty20 2009 champion Pakistan is in seventh position, 14 ratings points behind Australia, with West Indies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe to follow.

Teams that have played eight or more T20Is since August 2009 have been included on the table. Bangladesh, along with Associate Members Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland, which have T20I status, will all join the table as soon as they have played sufficient matches to qualify for a ranking.

One of the main objectives of introducing the T20I team rankings is to give context to bilateral matches.

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