Nepal, Netherland, United Arab Emirates, and Scotland have been added to the ICC ODI rankings list to take the total number of countries from 12 to 16. This means that from now onwards each ODI game the four countries play will work towards determining their ranks on the overall list.
It has been a purposeful year for the sport of cricket up until now, especially for minnows like Ireland and Afghanistan. Ireland played their historic first Test match against Pakistan a week ago while Afghanistan is scheduled to play India in their debut Test match this week in Bangalore.
Now, the ICC has handed a boost to the lesser known cricketing nations like
Netherlands confirmed their ODI status last year after they emerged as winners in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. On the other hand, Scotland, Nepal, and UAE were given their official ODI status after they finished as the top three Associates nations in the recently-concluded ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.
As far as points and the position on the rankings list were concerned, matches played between May 1,
The other two debutants on the list, Nepal, and, Netherlands will qualify when they play at least four ODIs, and hence won’t be visible on the table as of now. But ICC officials also maintained that there will be no change in positions of the previous 12 nations on the list.