Confusion was spreading throughout the media houses regarding the latest rankings of Bangladesh cricket team. Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan Papon confirmed Bangladesh’s 5th spot in the ICC ODI rankings. On the other hand, some sources claimed Bangladesh are still 7th. ICC, however, has not provided any official statement.
According to BCB chief, on their way to secure fifth spot in ODI ranking, Bangladesh have climbed from 97 ranking points to 101. Meanwhile, he also confirmed that Bangladesh will not have to play the forthcoming 2019 World Cup qualifiers.
“We were ranked seventh before but yesterday ICC disclosed the current ODI ranking in Board meeting and we are ranked fifth now in ODIs,” Papon said.
“Obviously we are now risk-free and we also have no chance of playing the qualifier because we grabbed 101 points to secure fifth spot. Sri Lanka and England have 100 points and they are ranked sixth and seventh respectively. We are far ahead from other two World Cup Champions like Pakistan 79 and West Indies 83. The difference is really big,” he added.
“It is really a memorable transformation that for the first time Bangladesh have moved 10 to five. We had a dream, has come true but our major challenge is now the keep the momentum. We have to continue playing that way of cricket which we have been playing since ICC World CUP last year,” he said.
“The cut-off date for the 2019 World Cup line-up is scheduled on September 30 next year and there is very little chance to change our current ranking. We may come from highest five to 7, even if we down to eighth, there is still no problem because the difference between ninth ranked team and us is so high. The ninth-placed team is now on 79 so we have to lose at least 22 points. Even if we lose a series it will be a little effect in the ranking. We just have only two to three series before September.” BCB chief added.
BCB, however, allegedly made a strong case for reconsidering the suspension of players because of suspected illegal bowling actions during ICC T20 World Cup.
Earlier, Bangladesh pace sensation Taskin and left arm spinner Arafat Sunny was reported of having a suspected illegal bowling action by the match officials during the midway of Bangladesh’s ICC World Twenty20 mission in India this year. Taskin then undertook an independent assessment at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai on 15 March.
The 20-year old speed-star had high hopes to earn positive result after review hearing but all hopes were died when ICC uphold Taskin Ahmed bowling action suspension, following a review hearing conducted by a Judicial Commissioner.