ICC T20I Championship

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This article is about the ranking scheme. It is not to be confused with ICC World Twenty20.
ICC T20 Rankings
ICCranking logo.png
ICC T20 Championship logo
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format Twenty20 International
First tournament 2012
Last tournament ongoing
Tournament format notional (ongoing points
accumulation through
all matches played)
Number of teams 17
Current champion  Sri Lanka (126 rating)
Most successful  Sri Lanka (32 months)

The ICC T20 Championship is an international Twenty20 cricket competition run by the International Cricket Council. The competition is notional in that it is simply a ranking scheme overlaid on the regular T20I match schedule.[1] After every T20I match, the two teams involved receive points based on a mathematical formula. The total of each team's points total is divided by the total number of matches to give a rating, and all teams are ranked on a table in order of rating.[2]

As of 1 August 2015, Sri Lanka lead the ICC T20I Championship with a rating of 126.


According to the ICC website, "Only teams who have completed at least eight T20 international matches since 1st August between three and four years ago will have their rating above converted into a ranking on the main table." [3]


The calculations for the Table are performed as follows:

  • Each team scores points based on the results of their matches.
  • Each team's rating is equal to its total points scored divided by the total matches played. (Series are not significant in these calculations).
  • A match only counts if played in the last three years.
  • Matches played in the first year of the three-year limit count one-third; matches played in the second year count two-thirds; matches played in the last year count fully; essentially, recent matches are given higher weighting.
  • To determine a team's rating after a particular match:
    • Determine the match result (win, loss, or tie)
    • Calculate the match points scored:
      • If the gap between the ratings of the two teams at the commencement of the match is fewer than 40 points, then:
        • The winner scores 50 points more than the opponent's rating
        • The loser scores 50 points fewer than the opponent's rating
        • Each team in a tie scores the opponent's rating
      • If the gap between the ratings of the two teams at the commencement of the match is more than or equal to 40 points, then :
        • The winner, if it is the stronger team, scores 10 points more than its own rating
        • The winner, if it is the weaker team, scores 90 points more than its own rating
        • The loser, if it is the stronger team, scores 90 points fewer than its own rating
        • The loser, if it is the weaker team, scores 10 points fewer than its own rating
        • The stronger team in a tie scores 40 points fewer than its own rating
        • The weaker team in a tie scores 40 points more than its own rating
    • Add the match points scored to the points already scored (in previous matches as reflected by the table) and determine the new rating. However, matches (and the points) which do not lie in last three year range will have to be removed.
  • Points earned by teams depend on the opponents ratings, therefore this system needed to assign base ratings to teams when it started.

Current rankings[edit]

ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Sri Lanka 15 1891 126
2  Australia 16 1953 122
3  Pakistan 22 2642 120
4  India 12 1413 118
5  West Indies 17 1994 117
6  South Africa 23 2548 111
7  New Zealand 19 2047 108
8  England 16 1653 103
9  Afghanistan 12 926 77
10  Bangladesh 10 733 73
11  Hong Kong 7 503 72
12  Scotland 10 661 66
13  Netherlands 14 859 61
14  Zimbabwe 10 556 56
15  Ireland 10 422 42
Reference: ICC Rankings, 16 August 2015

Historical ICC T20I Champions[edit]

This table lists the teams that have successively held the highest rating since the T20I ranking was introduced.[citation needed]

Country Start End Duration Highest Rating
 England 24 October 2011 March 2012 6 months 140
 South Africa March 2012 September 2012 7 months 130
 Sri Lanka September 2012 28 March 2014 19 months 134
 India 28 March 2014 3 April 2014 6 days 130
 Sri Lanka 3 April 2014 4 April 2014 1 day 131
 India 4 April 2014 6 April 2014 2 days 132
 Sri Lanka 6 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 month 133
 India 1 May 2014 6 September 2014 4 months 131
 Sri Lanka 7 September 2014 135


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