Sri Lanka will start the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh – which runs from today, 16 March, to 6 April – as the number-one ranked side on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table.
Sri Lanka, runner-up in 2009 and 2012, is atop the table with 129 ratings points, leading number-two ranked and 2007 champion India by six ratings points.
In fact, eight ratings points separate the top three sides with 2009 winner Pakistan in third position with 121 ratings points.
Sri Lanka launches its campaign on 22 March against South Africa in the Super 10 stage of the tournament at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
Meanwhile, defending champion West Indies will start off in sixth place with 110 ratings points. West Indies slipped to sixth despite winning the three-match series against England 2-1, while 2010 champion England will enter in eighth position.
West Indies will launch its title defence against India on 23 March at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
On the table, which is updated until the 14 March T20I between South Africa and Australia, South Africa is fourth, Australia is in fifth position.
The Super 10 stage will start with an evening match between former champions India and Pakistan in Dhaka on Friday 21 March.
The tournament carries a total prize money of US$ three million, with the winning side taking home US$1.1 million and the runner-up collecting US$550,000.
As many as 35 men’s and 25 women’s tournament matches will be played across Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet in the 22-day tournament.
You can download the Reliance ICC Rankings App to predict the outcome of the series.
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