Ireland requires huge victory in upcoming five game series against Afghanistan, Ireland will have to beat Afghanistan next to the margin of 4-1 or perform best in the upcoming five game series with the faith to overtake its Asian rival in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings. In the recent match, Afghanistan defeat Scotland 1-0 in a two game ODI series. Afghanistan is now placed in tenth place in the team rankings at 51 points to the opposition team of Ireland preceding in the 12 team list at 41 points. The winning series of 4-1 in Ireland started on Sunday by 51 points with Afghanistan drop down to 44 points to take the last place. The winning series of 3-2 in Ireland will decrease the gap to three points with Afghanistan
Ireland requires huge victory in upcoming five game series against Afghanistan
Status of all countries
Afghanistan that wins by margin will keep the status in the tenth place, but not intimidate the ninth placed Pakistan contains 87 points. Zimbabwe will continue in the same status between Afghanistan and Ireland at 11th position with 46 points. Australia always takes the topmost place with 123 points as the world champion. Whereas both India and South Africa with 110 points, but India gets ahead with some decimal points. Although both the teams of Afghanistan and Scotland gets ODI status, therefore the results of Afghanistan and Scotland series do not crash on the main team rankings as well as it only matches on the top 12 teams considered for it. On the other hand, individual performances also are taken into consideration for the player rankings. Scotland becomes the top in ODI status among the four associated teams with the United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong are completing the list.
ICC player rankings for ODI batsman
The opener batsman of Afghanistan, Mohammed Shahzad as the top ranked from either side at the best of the career and gaining the ninth place after the knocks of 26 and 84 against the team of Scotland at Edinburgh. Mohammad Nabi ranked at 56th position, Samiullah Shenwari ranked 72nd position and Noor Ali Zadran ranked 83rd position in the rankings led by South Africa. Ireland’s batsmen, those who are in the top hundred positions, including Paul Stirling at 36th position, 44th position is Kevin O’Brien. William Poterfield at 71st position and 82nd position for Gary Wilson. The ICC player rankings for ODI bowlers go ahead of West Indian Sunil Narine and off spinner Mohammad Nabi has attained the position to reach the 22nd place, therefore 28th place Hamza Kotak along with the 31st and 32nd place will be Mirwais Ashraf and Dawlat Zadran the other Afghanistan bowlers in focus. The top all rounders of either side will be Nabi and Stirling. Among all the players of scotland, pace bowler Bradley Wheal becomes the biggest gainer in the recent series next to Afghanistan, moving up from 88 places to 186th place after taking two wickets in each of the two matches. The series schedule of first ODI Belfast was held 10th July, whereas the second ODI Belfast will be held on 12th July.
Preview of first ODI Belfast
Afghanistan has been listed in the top 50 positions over the past years and has won a couple of series against the team Zimbabwe. Recently Afghanistan is to be positioned with 51 points, but Ireland is in the 12th position with a leading score of 41 points. More than the points and rankings, the team will be hoping to make most of the international publicity throughout the world. Shazad was the opener again proved his capability by scoring 84 runs from 91 balls in the match against Scotland.