India could lose top ODI spot

Calcutta: India's numero uno spot in the one-day rankings is threatened. If South Africa whitewash Pakistan in the five-match home series starting Sunday, they can leapfrong ahead of India, England and Australia to be at the top.

If the Proteas achieve this series result, then the side will win the ODI mace as the top three sides have no ODIs scheduled before the April 1 cut-off date and South Africa's position will be assured.

South Africa have previously won the ODI mace twice, firstly when they finished as the No.1 ranked ODI side in 2008 and then again in 2009.

If South Africa win the series 4-1, then they will move ahead of England into second position and will collect a cheque of $ 75,000 to compliment the prestigious mace and $450,000 which they have already won by sealing the No.1 position on the Test Championship table.

Rankings

Teams: 1. India (119); 2. England (117); 3. Australia (116); 4. South Africa (112); 5. Sri Lanka (110); 6. Pakistan (107); 7. West Indies (86); 8. New Zealand (82); 9. Bangladesh (78); 10. Zimbabwe (47)

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