Big points swings possible in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table

Thu, Oct 16, 2008 11:30 AM

Kenya could jump from 12th to ninth in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table if it puts together a run of stellar performances in the coming weeks.

Even though ninth-placed Bangladesh is 47 points ahead of Kenya it is possible for Steve Tikolo's team to catch it if it beats Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Ireland and Zimbabwe go head to head in the opening match of an ODI tri-series in Nairobi on Friday with the three teams involved playing each other twice and a final taking place in Nairobi Gymkhana on 25 October.

Given Kenya is currently on the bottom of the ODI Championship table it has the most to gain, and victories over Ireland and Zimbabwe in its opening two games would see it shoot up and overtake both in the rankings into 10th position.

And if it continues its winning ways and finishes the series unbeaten it would then go into two ODIs against South Africa with confidence sky-high. A victory in either or both of those games in Kimberley and Potchefstroom would put the semi-finalists from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 ahead of Bangladesh in ninth place.

Ireland is currently ranked in 10th spot, ahead of all the other Associate teams and Zimbabwe. After beating Kenya by an innings and 65 runs in this week's four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match, William Porterfield's team will be confident it can continue that could form into the one-day version of the game.

Wins over Kenya and Zimbabwe would put a big gap between the Irishmen and their nearest rivals and although they cannot quite catch Bangladesh on this occasion, they certainly can put serious pressure on Mohammad Ashraful's team.

But conversely, because Ireland is ranked above the other two, the pressure will be on as defeats could relegate it to lowly 12th on the table.

Zimbabwe will by eyeing this tri-series as an opportunity to regain one place in the rankings and a good showing will put it back up to 10th position. However, like Ireland, captain Prosper Utseya will be anxious not to let his guard drop or his side could end up bottom of the pile.

Upcoming matches:

17 Oct - Ireland v Zimbabwe, Nairobi

18 Oct - Kenya v Ireland, Nairobi

19 Oct - Kenya v Zimbabwe, Nairobi

21 Oct - Ireland v Zimbabwe, Nairobi

22 Oct - Kenya v Ireland, Nairobi

23 Oct - Kenya v Zimbabwe, Nairobi

25 Oct - tri-series final, Nairobi

31 Oct - South Africa v Kenya, Kimberley

2 Nov - South Africa v Kenya, Potchefstroom

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table (as of 16 October 2008, ahead of tri-series involving Kenya, Ireland and Zimbabwe)

Rank Team Rating

1 Australia 131
2 South Africa 118
3 England 116
4 New Zealand 113
5 India 113
6 Pakistan 110
7 Sri Lanka 105
8 West Indies 95
9 Bangladesh 47
10 Ireland 22
11 Zimbabwe 16
12 Kenya 0

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