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09 Nov 2016 - 02 Feb 2017

India end 2016 as No.1 Test Team

England slip to fifth position after their 4-0 loss

India have ended 2016 as the number-one ranked Test side on the ICC Test Team Rankings after registering a 4-0 victory over England in the five-match series which culminated with an innings and 75 runs win for the home side in Chennai on Tuesday.

The series win has helped India gain five points and they have moved to 120 points in the last Test team rankings update of 2016, 15 points ahead of second-placed Australia.

In contrast, England, which had started the series tied with Australia on 105 points but were ahead on decimal points, have slipped from second to fifth position.

England are now on 101 points, one point behind Pakistan and South Africa, which are both on 102 points each with Pakistan ranked third on decimals points. This means that four teams are now within four points of each other with the annual cut-off date of 1 April for the ICC cash awards not far away.

The side at the top of the rankings on 1 April will receive $1 million. The second-placed side will be awarded $ 500,000 while the third and fourth placed sides will receive $ 200,000 and $ 100,000 each.

The ICC Test Team Rankings have seen an interesting year, with Australia, Pakistan and India all holding the top ranking between 21 August and 11 October.

The Virat Kohli-led side, which was awarded the ICC Test Championship Mace on 11 October following a 3-0 home series sweep over New Zealand, can’t be overtaken this year since the team rankings are updated only at the end of each Test series.

The next Test series to be completed is the ongoing one between Australia and Pakistan with the third and final Test slated in Sydney from January 3-7.

The ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 20 December, after the India v England series)

Rank

Team

Points

1

India

120 (+5)

2

Australia

105

3

Pakistan

102

4

South Africa

102

5

England

101 (-4)

6

New Zealand

96

7

Sri Lanka

96

8

West Indies

69

9

Bangladesh

65

10

Zimbabwe

05

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ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 schedule announced

Top four sides from the Super Six stage will progress to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 which will be staged in the UK from 26 June to 23 July

With 50 days to go for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017, the ICC has announced the event schedule which brings together 10 sides in their quest to claim four remaining places in the event proper.

The tournament will run from 7-21 February at four Colombo venues and the sides finishing in the top four of the Super Six stage will join defending champion Australia, host England, former winner New Zealand and reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from 26 June to 23 July.

Asian champions and former World Cup finalists India leads Group A which also includes Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand, while South Africa heads Group B which comprises Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Each side will play four matches in the first round, following which the top three sides from each group will progress to the Super Six stage, while also carrying forward points they earn against sides which have progressed to the Super Six stage from their group.

The top four sides from the Super Six stage, in which each side will play three matches against teams from the other group, will complete the eight-team line-up for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, while the top two sides will battle out for the title in the 21 February final.

Holly Colvin, ICC’s Women’s Cricket Officer and a World Cup winner with England in 2009, said: “This is an extremely important event on the women’s cricket calendar as it offers a final opportunity to the sides to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup, which is the ultimate event for any cricketer.

“The top four sides from the Super Six stage will not only qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, but they will also secure places in the next edition of the ICC Women’s Championship. There is incentive for the remaining two sides from the Super Six stage, which will secure ODI status for the next four years. As such, there is plenty to play for in Colombo.

“The ICC World Twenty20 in India and the ICC Women’s Championship have shown that the gap between the top-ranked sides is narrowing. The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier will create more opportunities for women’s cricketers to compete at the highest level and at the same time prepare for a high profile event like the ICC Women’s World Cup.”

Groups:

Group A – India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand

Group B – South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea

Warm-up matches:

Sunday, 5 February – India v South Africa, P.Sara Stadium; Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Mercantile Cricket Association

(MCA); Ireland v Bangladesh, Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC); Zimbabwe v Scotland, Colombo Cricket Club

(CCC); Thailand v PNG, Moors Sports Club.

Tournament fixtures (first round)

Tuesday, 7 February – Sri Lanka v India, P.Sara Stadium; Ireland v Zimbabwe, MCA; South Africa v Pakistan, NCC; Zimbabwe v Scotland, CCC

Wednesday, 8 February – Pakistan v Bangladesh, P.Sara Stadium; Scotland v South Africa, MCA; Sri Lanka v Ireland, NCC; India v Thailand, CCC

Friday, 10 February – India v Ireland, P.Sara Stadium; Thailand v Zimbabwe, MCA

Saturday, 11 February – South Africa v Bangladesh, P.Sara Stadium; Scotland v PNG, MCA; Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, NCC; Ireland v Thailand, CCC

Monday, 13 February – Zimbabwe v India, P.Sara Stadium; Sri Lanka v Thailand, MCA; South Africa v PNG, NCC; Pakistan v Scotland, CCC

Super Six stage (teams to be confirmed after 13 February matches)

Wednesday, 15 February – Match 21, P.Sara Stadium; Match 22, NCC; Match 23, CCC

Friday, 17 February – Match 24, P.Sara Stadium; Match 25, NCC; Match 26, CCC

Sunday, 19 February – Match 27, P.Sara Stadium; Match 28, NCC; Match 29, CCC

Tuesday, 21 February - FINAL

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