TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jun 26, 2018, 14:46 IST
NEW DELHI: A busy period of Twenty20 international cricket offers third-placed India a shot at moving up the ICC team rankings, provided they launch an unbeaten run against Ireland and England and a few other results elsewhere in the world go their way.
There are as many as 13 T20Is scheduled to be played across the next two weeks, with England playing Australia in a one-off game in Birmingham on June 27, the same as day Ireland host India for the first of two fixtures. From July 1-8, a tri-series in Zimbabwe featuring the hosts, Australia and Pakistan will be held, while from July 3-8 there will be three T20Is between England and India.
Virat Kohli’s team can reach 127 points if they win all five T20Is. If England beat Australia and sweep India 3-0, they would reach 126 points. However, both India and England could become No 1 if Zimbabwe manage to beat Australia and Pakistan during the league stage of their home tri-series.
Pakistan, the No 1 side in T20Is with 131 points, will be wary of Australia who sit five points below them, when the Zimbabwe series begins. Australia can dislodge Pakistan from the top spot irrespective of what happens in the one-off against England, should they win all four league matches against Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
If Australia beat England and then win all four league matches in Zimbabwe, they will have gained 137 points. If Pakistan win all four league matches and the final against Australia they will have 136 points.
In the player ratings for T20I batsmen, former No 1 Kohli will eye progress upwards from No 8 with a run of good scores against Ireland and England.
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