Zim back on Test rankings

HARARE - Zimbabwe bounced back on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings after the two-match defeat against New Zealand in Bulawayo earlier this month.

The team, whose last Test was way back in November 2014, had been temporarily removed from the rankings owing to having played few matches to warrant any listing.

Zimbabwe lost 2-0 in the two-match series after going down by an innings and 117 runs in the first Test before losing the second by 254 runs.

Makhaya Ntini’s side are now ranked number 10 with eight points.

Pakistan lead the pack for the first time with 111 points followed by India with 110 points while Australia (108) and England (108) complete the top four.

New Zealand are in fifth place with 99 points, Sri Lanka occupy position six with 95, South Africa are seventh with 92 points while West Indies and Bangladesh complete the top nine.

Zimbabwe Cricket spokesperson Darlington Majonga confirmed the country’s reinstatement on the ICC Test rankings.

“...We had temporarily lost our ranking, not Test status, simply because we had not played the required number of matches over the new rating period,” Majonga said.

“After the recent two Tests against New Zealand in Bulawayo, we are automatically back on the Test rankings table.”

Majonga also confirmed the incoming home Test series against Sri Lanka. Earlier reports had suggested that ZC were contemplating replacing the longer format with a Triangular series involving Sri Lanka and West Indies.

“... We have always reiterated that our commitment to Test cricket remains unquestionable and as strong as ever,” Majonga added.

“I’m afraid those rumours are false and nothing more than bar-talk. We can confirm Sri Lanka will be touring here for a two-match Test series.

“After that, we are planning to host a triangular one-day international series involving Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and the West Indies and hopefully we will announce the official schedule as soon as a few logistical nitty-gritties are finalised.”

On the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s proposed two-tier system in Test cricket, ZC once again kept their cards close to their chest opting to comment after an official position has been made.

The proposed two tier system seeks to “add meaning and context” to Test cricket by creating a more competitive competition with teams playing each other that are of a more equal standard.

If approved the move will see Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies possibly being relegated to the second division and joining emerging nations such as Afghanistan, Ireland and Nepal in a league of their own.

The move will however, come with huge financial repercussions as mainly powerhouses such as India, England and Australia guarantees the biggest reward in terms of television rights.

South Africa and New Zealand have openly backed the idea while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have spoken against it.

“Zimbabwe Cricket has meticulously pored over the proposed system, but further deliberations are still ongoing before we can make our official position public,” Majonga said.

Comments (2)

we need to take this Test matches seriously. we as Zimbabweans would like to see our nation rising in Test status.

DANZI - 24 August 2016

Plz don't. Remove test from Sri Lanka tour I just love ur spirit

nirav - 4 September 2016

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