Dubai: England has vaulted into second place on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings following the annual update*, which was carried out on 1 May to ensure the table continues to reflect the recent form of sides.
In the recently released ICC T20 Team Rankings, India slips to fourth position. India has also lost ground following the annual update after dropping six points. It is now on 118 points, three points behind ICC World Twenty20 2009 winner Pakistan, which has joined England on 121 points after gaining five points but is ranked behind the ICC World Twenty20 2010 winner by a fraction of a point.
Australia and the next nine highest-ranked sides on the ICC T20I Team Rankings will qualify automatically for the ICC World Twenty20 2020 which will be staged in Australia.
The bottom eight sides on the team rankings will get a second chance to qualify for the seventh edition of the tournament when they will join the regional qualifiers in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2019.
Scotland is in 11th rank on 67 points (up by four), followed by the UAE in 13th (52, up by four), Netherlands in 14th (49, down by nine), Hong Kong in 15th (46, up by three), PNG in 16th (39, down by four), Oman in 17th (38, down by one) and Ireland in 18th (36, down by four).
Six sides will qualify from the qualifier to complete the 16-team line-up.
MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as on 2 May, following the annual update):
|1||New Zealand||125 (-2)|
|5||South Africa||111 (-6)|
|7||West Indies||109 (-3)|
|8||Sri Lanka||95 (-4)|
|15||Hong Kong||46 (+3)|