Four of the top eight sides on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table will be seen in action in six matches in the upcoming fortnight, in the final tune-up ahead of ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, scheduled to be held from 16 March to 6 April.

Brendon McCullum the number 1 rank T20 batsman. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Third-ranked South Africa on 123 ratings points plays ICC World Twenty20 2010 runner-up Australia (110) in sixth place from 9 March at Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, ICC World Twenty20 2012 champion fifth-placed West Indies (111) takes on England (105) in eighth position, winner of the 2010 edition, also from 9 March at Bridgetown, Barbados.

Sri Lanka is the number-one ranked side with 129 ratings points. Only eight ratings points separate the top four sides, with India (123 points), South Africa (123 points) and Pakistan (121 points) close on the heels of the number-one ranked side.

Hence, just before the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, a bit of movement is expected on the table.

With both series (South Africa v Australia and West Indies v England) being held simultaneously, results in either will affect sides’ movements.

Both Australia and England have an opportunity to make upward movements if they win all matches in their respective series. Australia can rise two places to fourth, whereas England can move up two places to sixth.

South Africa can rise a place to second if it wins all the matches against Australia, whereas West Indies and England will retain its pre-series positions if Darren Sammy’s side wins the series 3-0.

A loss for any of the four sides will see a number of changes in the table.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Rankings tables, unlike the Test Rankings Table, are updated after every match.

Meanwhile, Alex Hales in second position will start off as the highest-ranked batsman on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen in the matches scheduled to be played.

Aaron Finch in third, Shane Watson (eighth) and David Warner (ninth) are the other batsmen within the top 10 who are likely to be in action.

The other batsmen inside the top 20 likely to be in action are JP Duminy (12th), Chris Gayle (16th), Faf du Plessis (17th) and Marlon Samuels (20th).

Outside the top 20, the batsmen likely to be seen in action are Cameron White (25th), George Bailey (29th), Dwayne Bravo (30th), Luke Wright (36th), AB de Villiers (38th), Hashim Amla (40th), Lendl Simmons (43rd), Michael Lumb (47th), Ravi Bopara (55th) and Quinton de Kock (58th).

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, number-one ranked bowler on the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers will lead the field in the coming fortnight and hope to consolidate his lead at the top.

Narine will be seen in action against West Indies. Inside the top 10 the only other bowler likely to be in action is South Africa’s Lonwabo Tsotsobe (seventh) against Australia.

Outside the top 10, the bowlers likely to play are Stuart Broad (13th), Samuel Badree (15th), Jade Dernbach (19th), Shane Watson (25th), Mitchell Starc (26th), Darren Sammy (27th), Morne Morkel (30th), Tim Bresnan (35th), Wayne Parnell (38th), Dwayne Bravo (47th), Ravi Rampaul (57th) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (68th).

Sunil Narine is the current number 1 T20 bowler. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

About ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014
As many as 35 tournament matches will be played across Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet in the 22-day tournament. The format for the men’s event has been changed following an increase in teams from 12 to 16.
As the teams’ seeding are based on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table as of 8 October 2012, the top eight sides following the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will play directly in the Super 10 stage, while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, which finished outside the top eight, will participate in the first round that will be held from 16-21 March.
The first round of the men’s event will include eight sides that will be divided into two groups of four teams each, with the table-toppers progressing to the Super 10 stage.
The Super 10 stage will start with an evening match between former champions India and Pakistan in Dhaka on Friday 21 March.
The two groups of the Super 10 stage are:
Super 10 (S10) Groups (Based on teams’ rankings on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings as on 8 October 2012)
Group 1 – Sri Lanka, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Group B Qualifier 1 (Q1B)
Group 2 – West Indies, India, Pakistan, Australia, Group A Qualifier 1 (Q1A)
Reigning champion the West Indies will launch its title defence against India in an evening match on Sunday 23 March. Earlier on the same day, Pakistan will lock horns with Australia, which is looking for the only global title that it has not bagged.
If Bangladesh reaches the Super 10 stage, it will play all its matches in Dhaka, facing the West Indies on 25 March, India on 28 March, Pakistan on 30 March and Australia on 1 April.

This is the third time that the men’s and women’s competitions will be played alongside each other, with the women’s semi-finals and final held on the same day as the men’s, and at the same venue.

The first round matches of the women’s event will take place in Sylhet from 23 March to 2 April, with the semi-finals and final played in Dhaka from 3 to 6 April.
Forthcoming fixtures:

South Africa v Australia
9 March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
12 March: 2nd T20I, Durban (d/n)
14 March: 3rd T20I, Centurion (d/n)

West Indies v England
9 March: 1st T20I, Bridgetown, Barbados
11 March: 2nd T20I, Bridgetown, Barbados
13 March: 3rd T20I, Bridgetown, Barbados

Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 7 March before South Africa v Australia and West Indies v England series)
Rank        Team                          Rating
1                 Sri Lanka                    129
2                 India                            123
3                 South Africa                 123
4                 Pakistan                        121
5                 West Indies                   111
6                 Australia                       110
7                 New Zealand                 108
8                 England                         105
9                 Ireland                             91
10                Bangladesh                      70
11                Afghanistan                     70
12               Netherlands                     56
13               Scotland                           50
14              Zimbabwe                        46
15              Kenya                               42
16              Canada                                2

(Developed by David Kendix)
Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20Is (as of 7 March before South Africa v Australia and West Indies v England series)
Batsmen
Rank     Player               Team       Pts          Ave      S/R       HS Rating
1           B McCullum         NZ          797         36.27     135         849 v Ban at Pallekele 2012
2           Alex Hales            Eng         795         35.45     136         842 v Aus at Durham 2013
3           Aaron Finch          Aus         772*!    45.80     171         772 v Eng at Sydney 2014
4           Virat Kohli            Ind          749*!    34.52     130         749 v Aus at Rajkot 2013
5           Suresh Raina        Ind          712         33.03     136         776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011
6           Yuvraj Singh        Ind          705         33.38     153         793 v SA at St Lucia 2010
7           Martin Guptill       NZ          694         34.11     124         793 v SA at Hamilton 2012
8           Shane Watson      Aus         686         29.42     150         832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
9           David Warner       Aus         685         28.63     138         826 v WI at St Lucia 2010
10         H Masakadza      Zim         672         28.40     115         685 v Ban at Bulawayo 2013
11         K Sangakkara      SL           671         32.77     121         763 v WI at Barbados 2010
12         JP Duminy            SA           666         35.68     123         694 v Eng at Durham 2012
13         Kusal Perera         SL           664*      35.09     130         665 v Ban at Chittagong 2014
14         T Dilshan               SL           662         29.33     121         802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009
15         M Jayawardena   SL           659         31.78     134         785 v Aus at Pallekele 2011
16         Chris Gayle           WI          653         32.80     142         831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012
17         Faf du Plessis        SA           652*      35.50     119         677 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
18         M Hafeez              Pak         637         25.51     118         649 v SL at Dubai 2013
19         Eoin Morgan        Eng         636         31.40     133         872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011
20         Marlon Samuels  WI          615         28.90     131         723 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

Selected Rankings
Rank     Player               Team       Pts          Ave      S/R       HS Rating
25         Cameron White   Aus         571        32.81     135         657 v SA at Johannesburg 2011
29         George Bailey       Aus         531*!    30.07     147         531 v Eng at Sydney 2014
30         Dwayne Bravo     WI          521         26.86     116         552 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013
36         Luke Wright          Eng         484         19.28     137         512 v NZ at The Oval 2013
38         AB de Villiers        SA           469         21.67     121         571 v WI at Antigua 2010
40         Hashim Amla       SA           468*!    24.05     121         468 v Pak at Cape Town 2013
43         Lendl Simmons    WI          448*      26.10     112         506 v SA at The Oval 2009
47        Michael Lumb     Eng         432*      21.57     137         441 v Aus at Melbourne 2014
55         Ravi Bopara         Eng         401*      24.57     111         427 v Aus at Hobart 2014
58         Quinton de Kock SA           391*!    31.00     114         391 v Pak at Cape Town 2013
64         David Miller          SA           380*!    29.90     134         380 v Pak at Cape Town 2013
72         Jos Buttler             Eng         327*      22.40     139         333 v Aus at Melbourne 2014
80         Albie Morkel         SA           305*      23.68     143         477 v NZ at Barbados 2010
81         Dwayne Smith     WI          304*      17.94     129         392 v NZ at Lauderhill 2012
103        Shaun Marsh        Aus         232*      18.58     105         252 v Eng at Southampton 2013

Bowlers
Rank     Player                 Team      Pts           Ave      Econ      HS Rating
1           Sunil Narine          WI          784         17.64     5.90       817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013
2           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         714         17.02     6.26       788 v NZ at Pallekele 2012
3           Ajantha Mendis   SL           674         13.61     6.16       762 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2012
4           N McCullum         NZ          671         20.72     6.85       709 v Zim at Harare 2011
5           M Hafeez              Pak         670         22.90     6.61       689 v Zim at Harare 2013
6           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        662         19.16     6.69       668 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
7=        Prosper Utseya     Zim         659         28.04     6.57       667 v Pak at Harare 2013
L Tsotsobe            SA           659*      23.23     6.26       672 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
9           N Kulasekara       SL           656         23.78     7.31       676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013
10         Dale Steyn            SA           647         15.78     6.20       688 v WI at Antigua 2010
11         Shahid Afridi        Pak         646         22.50     6.48       814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
12         Lasith Malinga     SL           641         21.61     7.37       680 v Eng at Bristol 2011
13=       Stuart Broad         Eng         632         22.34     7.50       672 v Pak at Cardiff 2010
George Dockrell   Ire           632         15.60     5.94       636 v WI at Jamaica 2014
15         Samuel Badree    WI          630*!    19.00     5.58       630 v Ire at Jamaica 2014
16=       Abdur Razzak      Ban        628         18.94     6.97       661 v Ire at Belfast 2012
Majid Haq            Sco         628        16.85     6.29       643 v Net at Dubai (GCA) 2013
Steven Finn           Eng         628         19.48     7.16       667 v Aus at Durham 2013
19         Jade Dernbach     Eng         621         24.02     8.42       664 v Aus at Durham 2013
20         Alex Cusack         Ire           614!       15.96     6.51       614 v WI at Jamaica 2014

Selected Rankings

Rank     Player               Team      Pts           Ave      Econ      HS Rating
25         Shane Watson      Aus         576         22.50     7.43       671 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2012
26         Mitchell Starc       Aus         569*!    16.05     6.00       569 v Eng at Sydney 2014
27         Darren Sammy    WI          552         21.05     6.80       686 v Eng at The Oval 2011
30         Morne Morkel      SA           536         21.02     7.08       646 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
35         Tim Bresnan         Eng         517         33.47     7.58       621 v Ind at Kolkata 2011
38         Wayne Parnell      SA           513         25.82     7.85       517 v Pak at Dubai 2013
47         Dwayne Bravo     WI          464         27.58     8.24       477 v NZ at Lauderhill 2012
48         Robin Peterson     SA           461*      20.14     7.57       541 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2012
57         Ravi Rampaul     WI          440         24.00     8.56       543 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012
68         N Coulter-Nile      Aus         400*!    23.11     8.66       400 v Eng at Sydney 2014
71         Ryan McLaren    SA           392*      18.06     7.25       417 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2012
72         Luke Wright          Eng         391*      26.17     8.39       405 v NZ at The Oval 2013
76         Brad Hogg            Aus         384*      61.60     7.51       461 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2012
77         Marlon Samuels  WI          383*      28.50     8.37       416 v Ban at Mirpur 2012
83         Imran Tahir          SA           353*      15.57     5.19       381 v Pak at Dubai 2013
89         Glenn Maxwell     Aus         343*!    27.62     7.36       343 v Eng at Sydney 2014
91         Chris Gayle           WI          338*      23.33     7.11       382 v Aus at Hobart 2010
94         Albie Morkel         SA           325         33.36     7.99       487 v Ind at St Lucia 2010
99         James Faulkner    Aus         317*      26.00     8.27       337 v Ind at Rajkot 2013

All-rounders
Rank     Player                 Team       Pts        HS Rating
1           M Hafeez              Pak         427        441 v SL at Dubai 2013
2           Shane Watson      Aus         395        557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
3           Yuvraj Singh        Ind          363/*!   363 v Aus at Rajkot 2013
4           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        359*/ !  359 v SL at Chittagong 2014
5           Shahid Afridi        Pak         315        413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

For information on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

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