Nearly six months after Afghanistan qualified for their maiden appearance at an ICC Cricket World Cup, their success story continues to make waves.
Following Afghanistan’s 32-runs win over Bangladesh on Saturday in the Asia Cup at Fatullah, their first against a Full Member side, they have met the criteria for inclusion in the main Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings table for the first time ever.
Afghanistan join the table in 12th place with 32 ratings points, with the opportunity to slide past 11th-placed Ireland should they win either of their two remaining Asia Cup group matches.
To gain the promotion to the main rankings table, Afghanistan needed to either win two ODIs against Full Members, or achieve one win in an ODI against a Full Member and also needed to have won more than 60 per cent of qualifying matches versus other Associates (as shown on the Associate / Affiliate ODI Ranking Table).
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 their opponents at the time the matches were played.
It has been a remarkable journey for Afghanistan who were playing in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Five in 2008.
In 2010, they qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 by winning the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2010.
They then finished second to Ireland in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 to reach the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012. Afghanistan finished runners-up a second time to Ireland at the qualifying event in 2013 to make it to the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
Afghanistan have also played in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2010 in New Zealand, the 2012 edition in Australia, and, most recently, finished seventh in the just-concluded Under-19 World Cup.