India have dropped three places to fifth in the expanded men’s Twenty20 International team rankings while Pakistan have consolidated their top position, according to the latest list issued by the International Cricket Council.
The ICC unveiled an expanded T20I team rankings table today with 80 teams who will now be able to gauge their progress in a format, recognized by the world body as the vehicle for the growth of the game.
Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup Champions in 2009, are now on 286 points while the next four teams are within two points of each other.
South Africa and India have swapped positions two and five in the expanded table. In other significant changes, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have moved up one place each to seventh and eighth positions, with the West Indies going down to ninth position.
The move to expand the table follows ICC’s decision last year that all men’s T20 matches between members from January 1 this year will be classified as internationals.