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Opinion: Non test top 10 rankings…

This is my ‘educated’ opinion. It is not necessarily based on the last few games or results.


Due to the lack of games between Bermuda and UAE/Namibia, I am unable to compare them too much. Also, I would think that Kenya is stronger than Bermuda, but we can find out fairly quickly when Bermuda tours them next week. Regarding Netherlands/Canada, that too in my opinion is in Netherlands favor, though a full Canada team may turn out to be more effective. We will have to wait till the end of November to find out.

People, including myself, say all sorts of things about Denmark regarding their junior teams etc. But the point is that the current Danish team was quite impressive, and definitely warrants the position in the top 10. I would not be too pessimistic about them given that all of Klokker, Z Shah, M Pederson, Malcolm Hansen, Hamid Zaman and Yasir Iqbal are U23.

For those that have missed the top 10, I think Afghanistan is an enigma; nobody knows their exact standard, but they didnt do their chances very good by losing to Hong Kong in the ACC Trophy. Usually, teams like Denmark lose to County 2nd XIs, and Afghanistan beat them, but still Afghanistan is difficult to size up due to the lack of games that they play against teams that can be judged. Nepal, USA, Fiji and PNG all would, in my opinion, miss the list.

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  1. Ram
    November 1, 2006 at 9:42 am

    Am uncomfortable with a few things here:

    1. Are you basing these rankings on ODI games or multi-day games?

    2. Canada better than Kenya?…Didn’t Kenya thrash them in the two ODIs they played a couple of months back?

    3. Bermuda better than UAE?….Again, didn’t Bermuda get badly thrashed on their tour of the UAE a few months back?…They even had a tough time against local UAE teams!!

    4. I think Afghanistan may be superior than Bermuda, UAE (and maybe even Denmark?)…I agree that lack of fixtures is a major problem here but considering the number of fixtures the entire ranking is based on and the fact that Afghanistan defeated county second XIs on more than the odd occasion, it may not be a bad idea to give them the benefit of doubt…

    5. Do you think Uganda is superior than USA, Nepal or Hong Kong?

  2. November 1, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    1. Overall standards…… and my gut sense……
    2. Canada, if they had played their full team, including Bhatti and Osinde against Kenya, would have perhaps beaten them…… I would give them the benefit of doubt given that they DID beat Kenya in the 4 day game with their full team…..
    3. I dont know whether Bermuda is better than UAE or not…. perhaps so, perhaps not….. but the point is that they dont play that much so I cannot realiztically compare….. I can however, rank Bermuda as a the worst HPP country and UAE as the best non HPP country….. in which case UAE would be one rank below Bermuda……..
    4. Maybe…… but how can you tell? They lost to Hong Kong !
    5. Yes….. and Nepal and Hong Kong dont come in US category anyway…… US is a better team….. or a better group of players, whatever you want to call it…..

    • Noren Thapa
      August 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

      haha….what do u say man look a nowadays cricket environment nepal is better than all of above countries

  3. Peter Snyman
    November 1, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    ‘Educated’ opinion – placing Canada above Bermuda despite losing their last three games against them? Placing Canada above Kenya despite losing two homes games against them? Uganda in the top ten?

    I think I’ll go with the ratings that appeared today on CricketEurope. They seem to be a bit more realistic than yours!

  4. November 2, 2006 at 1:30 am


    It amuses me that you ask the same questions that have been answered in the post by itself, and also in the comment before yours……..

    Can’t discuss the whole thing again…….

    I made it quite clear in simple English that this is my ‘opinion’ and is not necessarily based on ‘last few results’…….. yet you bring up the point about ‘Bermuda’s last few games against Canada’…..

  5. November 13, 2006 at 3:02 am

    ahhh….. Bermuda have lost out quite easily to Kenya….. so that means that one confusion has been resolved in the rankings above……..

    Bermuda may actually be ranked lower than UAE and Namibia, but I shall not do that, because there arent any fixtures to back that up……..

    Now we have to be a little subjective here…… Canada will be without Davison, Barnett, Bilcilff and Heany in their South African tour…. so they will most probably lose all their games against the likes of Bermuda and Netherlands………

  6. suji
    November 23, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    nasir? what the hell are u on, some drugs or something pcp? ecstacy? Kenya is number one on paper, we beat Canada easily on their own turf, better yet in the last world cup and who the hell are Bhatti and Osinde those are average players with no experience. Scotland and Ireland have never won a match even in the world cup these teams just think they better than us hahaha they have never beaten us in an ODI just players who have big mouths but no action on the field.u are just biased nasir admit it son and we the best and f*&* the rest hahahahah!!! close this damn blog u are a disgrace son. we the kings of associate countries!!!! semifinalists in the last world cup which associate team can better this record NONE!!!!!!!!!! we even got young players coming on, the other teams dont have any.Ok enough of that KenyaIsAnArmy!!!!!!!

  7. November 24, 2006 at 5:01 am

    And why would I be biased against Kenya?

  8. Nishadh Rego
    November 24, 2006 at 5:59 am


    This blog is an objective, informative, and efficient blog that documents the happenings in associate cricket as accurately and effectively as possible. Please refrain from making personal comments abusing anyone related to the blog.

    We certainly appreciate the fact that you are an ardent kenyan fan..but expressions of your support and language of your opinions are certainly unacceptable..

    For your sake and the sake of the reputation of Kenyan Cricket, I hope you aren’t a former or current player in Kenya or for Kenya.

  9. March 12, 2008 at 7:44 am

    afghansitan is best cricket team in the whole world after india,
    afghansitan got the best bowlers and all rounders

  10. April 6, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I just want to say something to the cricket world that afghanistan is in wrong leuge afghanistan can beat time like uae burmuda bangla irland scotland i am my self a cricter i play for county warickshire 1 day inshallah i will play 4 afghanistan show the world that afghanistan is the best team we have bowler better then indian bowlers and big hittdr like shahid khan afridi i will never compare others team with afghanistan never ever

  11. samit tandukar
    May 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    best team in the world is nepal among the non test and will be in test playing nations after some year .

  12. Ahmad Shakib
    June 3, 2008 at 1:29 am


    If the nepal is the Best team in the world how the lost to Afghanistan is Division 5 Semi Final?
    In my openion Afghanistan Should be In WCQ League (World Cup Qualifiers). Yes or No? and they should get there position in WC 2011. I am praying for them!!!!!!
    Many thanks to All fans?

  13. June 30, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Heloo dear and sweet readers !!!!!!!!!!

    im very happy to comment about afghan national cricket team today

    as all u know that afghan team has no facility but has more victories in international games

    therefore i request all doners in afghanistan to focus on sports either as in other aspects specially on cricket team

    Ok I don’t waste more time of u dear readers all the best…
    Best Regards: Mohammad Sadiq “Kakar ” From Mazar-e-Sharif Afghanistan, if u had any thing to tell me surely contact me at my numbers +93778313720— +93708569806 I will be at ur service

  14. Shoaib/Afghanistan
    October 18, 2008 at 8:04 am

    How is the ranking of Non-test nations now?
    Where does Afghanistan stand?
    Afghanistan won Jersey WCL Division 5 in May and Tanzania WCL Division 4 in October.

  15. Art
    January 3, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Recently umpired a match that contained six Bermudan internations in one team. Nice guys each and everyone but I was not impressed.

  16. Prasanna Lamichhane
    March 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I can see Nepal rite up there!!!!

  17. migmnar lama
    April 29, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    the nepal is the best i think the uae cant be best

  18. David Moore
    February 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Afghanistan are set to compete in 2010 ICC World Twenty20
    If they win the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Group A.

    The first qualifier will go into Group C of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 along with South Africa and India while the second qualifier will join West Indies and England in Group D

  19. madhav chauhan
    April 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Readers will be happy if the ranking of non test playing nation will be given. what is the ranking of Nepal,afganistan and USA? how is the ranking of non-test nations now?

  20. April 5, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Madhav, wow …. you picked up on a post which is 5 years old.

    Current associate rankings are

    1) Ireland
    2) Scotland
    3) Afghanistan
    4) Netherlands
    5) Canada
    6) Kenya
    7) Namibia
    8 ) UAE
    9) Uganda
    10) Bermuda
    11) Hong Kong
    12) Papua New Guinea
    13) Oman
    14) Italy
    15) Denmark
    16) USA

    • Noren Thapa
      August 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

      1) Nepal
      2) Netherlands
      3) Canada
      4) Ireland
      5) UAE
      6) Scotland
      7) Denmark
      8) Namibia
      9) USA
      10) Kenya

  21. July 6, 2012 at 7:11 am

    nepal plays the game beautifully bt can’t manage to win the game which they must win.if we see overall performance nepal deserve good place in world cricket.hope nepal will soon be able to play world cup.i being cricket lover like to see nepal on wc.i like hongkong n afganistan too.i would like to see all 3 in wc.

    • July 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Hong Kong?? They hardly have an indegenous player, and didn’t manage to do much in t20 qualifiers.

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