KATHMANDU, July 9: Nepal is set to enter the official ICC T20 International teams ranking following their match against the Netherlands in the triangular tournament to be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 29th July. The ICC T20I rankings are based on results weighted from last two calendar years at 50% each.
Nepal, who are currently behind Ireland but without the official ranking, needed to play a minimum of 5 T20I games to get an official ranking.
They have played four matches so far during the calculation period and with the match in the triangular to be held at Lord’s between them and Netherlands being granted T20I status by ICC, the match will see them enter official team ranking.
The top 10 teams in the rankings on 31st December 2018 will qualify directly for 2020 ICC WorldT20 while the next best six teams (who participated in 2016 ICC WorldT20 in India) go into the global qualifiers.
Pakistan currently lead the rankings table with associate nations the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Oman taking the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th spot respectively.
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is the third team in the triangular along with the Netherlands with all three matches to be played on same day 29th July.