DUBAI - Bangladesh have moved up to No 4 on the ICC's Twenty20 rankings, after beating Ireland 3-0 on their tour of Europe. For now, only England, South Africa and Sri Lanka lie above Bangladesh in the rankings.
According to the ICC rules, only teams that have played at least eight Twenty20 internationals in the period starting August 1 2009 to date (the qualifying period changes every August) will get a ranking.
Their elevated position is perhaps more than what captain Mushfiqur Rahim had hoped for ahead of Bangladesh's tour to Europe; he was eager, he said, to just break into the rankings. "We are still not good in the new format of the game."
ICC Twenty20 rankings
2 South Africa
3 Sri Lanka
7 New Zealand
9 West Indies