ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Sana Mir has backed the International Cricket Council’s move to launch women team rankings, saying women’s cricket will now be taken more seriously than before.
The ICC on Thursday launched the official women’s team rankings, which incorporate results in all three formats into one rankings system, says a press release issued here.
Sana, who is the 34th-ranked batter and 15th-ranked bowler in ODI cricket, said this is a giant step in the direction of getting women at par with men cricket.
“Men’s rankings have established their place in cricket and are widely followed. I am sure this initiative will further boost the efforts of the ICC and the members, as women’s cricket will now be taken more seriously than ever before,” she said.
Sana said every team want to be on top of the pedestal.
“These robust rankings for women’s cricket provide each side a benchmark to monitor its progress and plan how to either retain top spots or gain grounds on higher-ranked sides,” she said.
“Pakistan have been ranked seventh, which now firmly puts the onus on us how we improve our ranking and be considered as a side that is on an ascendency.”
In the rankings, Australia are ranked number one while England are ranked second, 10 points behind Australia, followed by New Zealand (109), India (105), West Indies (99), South Africa (92), Pakistan (81), Sri Lanka (74), Bangladesh (57) and Ireland (26). Teams will be added to the table as and when they reach the required standard.
The innovative new system treats results from Test, ODI and T20I cricket equally.
The ICC women’s team rankings have been devised by statistician and ICC Cricket Committee member David Kendix, who has applied the same methodology as is used for the men’s rankings.
The rankings table is based on results between three and four years, but with the first two years being weighted at only 50 per cent. Currently, results from October 2012 to September 2014 are weighted at 50 per cent, while results since October 2014 are weighted at 100 per cent.