The ICC today included Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland, and UAE in the ODI rankings. In addition, they announced that these rankings do not influence the rankings of 12 test-playing nations. They released a press note that the results of bilateral ODI results played by these nations will impact the ICC ratings.
The Netherlands secured 13th position in the ODI rankings by winning World Cricket League Championship and Scotland, Nepal, and UAE attained ODI status by attaining top three positions in association with Netherlands in ICC world cup qualifier 2018. Scotland attained the 13th position with 28 points, lagging behind the 12th ranker, Ireland by 10 points. The UAE is in 14th position with 18 points. Nepal and Netherlands will have to play four matches each to get the place in the points table.
The press release by ICC stated that “Teams earn points from each match they play against opposition with an ODI rating. Points and matches played between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2017, will be weighted at 50 percent, whereas matches played after May 1, 2017, will be weighted at 100 percent.
“The positions of the 12 Test playing countries who were already on the table, are not affected by the introduction of these new teams on the table.”
England is at the top of the points table and India is lagging back by three points to continue in the second place in the ICC. The winners of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan are in the sixth position of the ICC ODI rankings. The primary rankings of UAE, Nepal, Netherlands, and Scotland are determined by their performances since May 2015, namely, between UAE and Scotland, UAE and full members, between Nepal and Netherlands, Nepal and full members and performances of UAE and Scotland in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018. The World Cup 2019 is about to take place in England.