3 Mar 2014

Afghanistan enters main ODI cricket rankings table for the first time

7:17 am on 3 March 2014

Nearly six months after Afghanistan qualified for its maiden appearance at a Cricket World Cup, its success story continues to make waves.

Following Afghanistan's 32-runs win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup at Fatullah, its first against a Full Member side, it has met the criteria for inclusion in the main International Cricket Council One Day Team Rankings table for the first time.

Afghanistan joins the table in 12th place with 32 ratings points, with the opportunity to slide past 11th-placed Ireland should it win either of its two remaining Asia Cup group matches.

Afghanistan immediately achieved a ranking upon entry into the table, having played 12 ODIs since August 2010, with the minimum requirement being eight matches.

Afghanistan's 32 ratings points come from the results of these 12 ODIs and the ranking of its opponents at the time the matches were played.

It has been a remarkable journey for Afghanistan which was playing in the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in 2008.