Sri Lanka are seven points clear of second-placed West Indies, the reigning World T20 champions. © Getty Images

Sri Lanka are seven points clear of second-placed West Indies, the reigning World T20 champions. © Getty Images

Sri Lanka have retained their position as the No. 1 Twenty20 International team after the annual update of the ICC Twenty20 Internationals rankings were announced on Thursday (July 25). Sri Lanka are seven points clear of second-placed West Indies, the reigning World T20 champions, while India, who last played a T20I against Pakistan in December 2012, are placed third.

The update has brought no change in the rankings. The annual update comes two days prior to a two-match T20I series between West Indies and Pakistan, starting July 27 in St Vincent. Pakistan, currently ranked fourth, will climb up to the second spot if they win the series 2-0, thereby swapping places with West Indies, who are currently on 120 rating points. However, if West Indies win both the matches, they will jump to 132 points, reducing the gap with Sri Lanka to just two rating points.

At the ICC’s annual conference in London in June, it was decided to change the ranking period over a four-year span instead of three. The ICC board also decided that the annual updates to the Test, ODI and T20I rankings should now take place on May 1 each year, instead of August 1, to better align it with the current international calendar.

The updated table now reflects all T20I matches completed after August 1, 2010. All T20I matches played until the start of May 2014 will be added to this table. Fourteen out of the 16 countries with T20I status are part of the rankings, with Afghanistan and Canada yet to play the required eight rated matches. Afghanistan need to play one and Canada two more T20 Internationals prior to May 2014 in order to join the rankings.