Calcutta: India may become the No. 1 in the ICC T20 rankings if they manage a clean sweep against England in the upcoming T20Is at home and a few other international matches.
As many as seven T20Is, featuring most of the top-ranked sides, are confirmed to be played across the globe before the turn of the year, and, if Sri Lanka lose in Pallekele, then there can be a change at the top of the table on at least two occasions, the ICC said in a statement.
Sri Lanka, the World T20 finalist, will start as the No. 1 ranked side on the T20I Championship table while New Zealand, who lost two World T20 Super Eight stage matches in Super Overs, will begin in eighth position.
While a win will ensure that Sri Lanka will end the year as the No. 1 ranked T20I side, a defeat for Sri Lanka will give T20 champion West Indies a sniff of the No. 1 position on the Championship table for the first time since the launch of the current system in 2011.