India moves up in world rankings

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2001, 2:00 [IST]
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Bridgetown: India has moved up in the world rankings that will decide the groups for the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. The latest provisional seedings for the World Cup were announced by Dr Ali Bacher, executive director of the tournament, in Barbados on Monday. The latest rankings take into account all One-day Internationals played up to March 31. India has moved into fifth place ahead of England, following the first three matches of its series against Australia. England lost all three matches in Sri Lanka during March. The rankings are, with percentage of matches won since the 1999 World Cup: 1. Australia 76.74, 2. South Africa 64.58, 3. Sri Lanka 63.83, 4. Pakistan 53.70, 5. India 48.21, 6. England 47.83, 7. New Zealand 41.46, 8. West Indies 37.21, 9. Zimbabwe 25.45, 10. Bangladesh and Kenya 0.00. The World Cup groupings will be decided on the rankings at the end of September 2001. In terms of an International Cricket Council decision, the World Cup pools will be decided on the following basis: Pool A: Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13. Pool B: Teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14. If the current rankings were applicable the groups would be: Group One: Australia, Pakistan, India, West Indies, Zimbabwe, winners of ICC Trophy in Toronto in July, runners-up Toronto. Group Two: South Africa, Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Kenya, third place Toronto. Copyright AFP 2000 AFP

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