Sri Lanka has slumped in the points system of the ICC ODI cricket rankings going down to 93 from 98 after drawing the last home series against Bangladesh 1-1.
The change in the rankings mean Sri Lanka leads Bangladesh by just two points while occupying the sixth slot.
While Sri Lanka has 93 points, Bangladesh is in the seventh position with 91 points.
The top ranked team South Africa has gained four points following the annual update and is now on 123 points while world champion and second-ranked Australia remains on 118 points.
India which will defend the ICC Champions Trophy title in England in June, has swapped places with New Zealand as both countries have gained points. India took a five-point gain as against New Zealand’s increase of three points and is ranked in the third position with 117 points while the latter occupies the fourth rank with 115 points.
England, host of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, has retained its fifth ranking but has moved up one point to 109.
There is no change to 10th ranked Afghanistan’s tally of 52 points but 11th ranked Zimbabwe has dropped two points and is now on 46 while Ireland has gained one point and is on 43.
“The small difference in points in the middle of the table adds a lot of context, entertainment and excitement to the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and other matches up to 30th September since performances during this period could help sides to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 rather than having to progress through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018”, the ICC said in a statement while noting the latest ODI rankings.
It said the annual update is carried out to ensure the table continues to reflect recent form of teams with older results being discarded.
ODI rankings (as of May 1 following annual update)
1. South Africa 123 (+4)
2. Australia 118 (-)
3. India 117 (+5)
4. New Zealand 115 (+2)
5. England 109 (+1)
6. Sri Lanka 93 (-5)
7. Bangladesh 91 (-1)
8. Pakistan 88 (-2)
9. West Indies 79 (-4)
10. Afghanistan 52 (-)
11. Zimbabwe 46 (-2)
12. Ireland 43 (+1)