Rashid Khan © AFP
Rashid Khan is at number two in ICC ODI Bowler Rankings with 763 points © AFP

Ahead of the ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland that starts on Monday in Belfast, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who is the top-ranked T20I bowler in the ICC T20I Bowler Rankings, will hope to rise the numero uno position in ODI cricket too. He is currently on 763 points in the ODI circuit. Rashid stands 12 points adrift of the current no. 1 bowler, Jasprit Bumrah. Interestingly, both these bowlers have a career-high rating of 787 points. Khan achieved his high point in ratings during the ODI series against Zimbabwe at Sharjah earlier this year.

Top 20 ODI Bowlers, as they stand on 26 August, 2018:

Rank Player Team Points Avge Eco
1 Jasprit Bumrah Ind 775 22.5 4.64
2 Rashid Khan Afg 763 14.4 3.96
3 Hasan Ali Pak 742 20.88 5.21
4 Trent Boult NZ 699 24.63 5.09
5 Josh Hazlewood Aus 696 24.27 4.72
6 Kuldeep Yadav Ind 684 19.35 4.82
7 Adil Rashid Eng 681 30.8 5.52
8 Kagiso Rabada SA 676 27.62 5.09
9 Imran Tahir SA 666 24.81 4.68
10 Y. Chahal Ind 666 23.86 4.72
11 Chris Woakes Eng 643 30.77 5.5
12 Mitchell Starc Aus 642 20.95 4.93
13 Mitchell Santner NZ 632 33.91 4.9
14 Moeen Ali Eng 621 45.08 5.09
15 Akshar Patel Ind 615 31.31 4.43
16 Mohammad Nabi Afg 611 31.95 4.29
17 M. Rahman Ban 609 20.01 4.71
18 Pat Cummins Aus 607 28.45 5.38
19 M. Mortaza Ban 606 30.87 4.78
20 Matt Henry NZ 606 24.59 5.57

All-rounder Mohammad Nabi would also want to boost his ratings as he stands at no. 2 in the ICC ODI All-rounders Rankings. The number 1 all-rounder is Shakib Al Hasan who stands at 362 points and is clearly ahead of Nabi by 39 points. It would be tough to break that barrier in the near-term for Nabi but he would be inspired to break the mark by his own career-high rating of 349 point. He achieved his personal-best against Ireland in Afghanistan’s ODI series against them in 2017 in Greater Noida.

All-Rounder Mohammad Nabi © AFP
All-Rounder Mohammad Nabi © AFP

Top five ODI All-Rounders, as they stand on 26 August, 2018:

Rank Player Team Points
1 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 362
2 Mohammad Nabi Afg 323
3 M. Hafeez Pak 322
4 Mitchell Santner NZ 317
5 Angelo Mathews SL 305

Currently, no Afghanistan batsman is in the top 20 ODI Batsmen’s list.

Top 20 ODI Batsmen, as they stand on 26 August, 2018:

Rank Player    Team  Points Avge  
1 Virat Kohli Ind 911 58.2
2 Babar Azam Pak 825 54.8
3 Joe Root Eng 818 51.61
4 Rohit Sharma Ind 806 44.98
5 David Warner Aus 803 43.43
6 Ross Taylor NZ 785 46.28
7 Quinton de Kock SA 781 45.25
8 Kane Williamson NZ 778 46.87
9 Shikhar Dhawan Ind 770 45.72
10 Jonny Bairstow Eng 769 50.3
11 Faf du Plessis SA 766 44.4
12 Tamim Iqbal Ban 737! 36.23
13 Martin Guptill NZ 731 42.99
14 Hashim Amla SA 729 49.65
15 MS Dhoni Ind 714 51.25
16 Fakhar Zaman Pak 713 76.07
17 Aaron Finch Aus 706 38.19
18 Jos Buttler Eng 701 40.35
19 Steve Smith Aus 675 41.84
20 Travis Head Aus 670 37

In the ICC ODI Team Rankings, 10th placed team Afghanistan are on 63 points and 12th positioned Ireland are on 38 points. Afghanistan could gain a further two points if they win the ODI series by a margin of 3-0 and Ireland could move to 48 points if they manage to beat Afghanistan by the same margin.

However, there will be no change in the ranking positions with Afghanistan and Ireland remaining in 10th and 12 positions, respectively, in any scenario, as a perusal of the table below would indicate. The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match.

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 26 August, before the Ireland-Afghanistan series):

Rank Team Points
1 England 127
2 India 121
3 New Zealand 112
4 South Africa 110
5 Pakistan 104
6 Australia 100
7 Bangladesh 92
8 Sri Lanka 80
9 West Indies 69
10 Afghanistan 63
11 Zimbabwe 53
12 Ireland 38
13 Scotland 33
14 UAE 18

ICC Player rankings are calculated through a points-based system which is worked out by doing a series of calculations which results in a moving average. Players are rated on a scale of 0 to 1000 points. If a player’s performance is improving on his past record, his points go up and vice versa. The value of each player’s performance is calculated using an objective algorithm which is based on format-specific factors which are all pre-programmed, thus denying any human interference.