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Afghanistan dethrone Bangladesh in Tests rankings

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:06 PM, 1 May 2020   Updated: 04:09 PM, 1 May 2020

Afghanistan dethrone Bangladesh in Tests rankings

Afghanistan dethrone Bangladesh in Tests rankings

Despite always doing well in limited-overs cricket, Bangladesh have never been able to take advantage in the longest format of cricket. As a result, they have fallen behind Afghanistan in ICC men's Test Team rankings and into 10th place following annual update carried out on Friday.

Not long ago, Afghanistan got the opportunity to play in the elite format of cricket and also got Test status. However, they have already made tremendous progress. What has happened as a result is not at all promising for a Tiger supporter. In just two years, they have overtaken Bangladesh in Test ratings. According to the latest updated data of ICC, Bangladesh has 55 rating points while Afghans have 57 rating points.

In the latest update, that rates all matches played since May 2019 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent, Australia (116) have taken over from India as the top-ranked side in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with New Zealand (115) remaining in second place. India are now third with 114 points. With only two points separating them, this is the second closest the top three teams have been since the Test rankings were launched in 2003. The closest for the top three teams were in January 2016, when India had led Australia and South Africa by a single point.

The only good news for Bangladesh is that Afghanistan has not played enough Tests to get into the rankings. The team has played a total of four Tests in the last four years. They have tasted victory in two matches, one of which is against Bangladesh. However, considering the big gap and the opponents, they have accumulated 57 rating points from the two victories. Bangladesh is currently ranked 9th place in the ICC Test rankings with 55 rating points.

The Tigers retain their 7th place in the ODI rankings. However, they are jumped from 9th to 8th place with 229 rating points in the T20I format. Sri Lankans are in 7th position with 230 points very close to Bangladesh.

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