Women are shining all over the world. Time and again they are achieving milestones and breaking records. In sports, specifically in cricket, they also show their leadership skills by commanding their sides.
Recently, International Cricket Council (ICC) has acknowledged the achievements of women cricket teams and players by launching the rankings.
The first-ever women cricket match was played between two villages of England, Bramley and Hambledon, on 26th July, 1745.
The inaugural women world cup was held in 1973, two years before first men world cup.
Women cricket grew with slow pace after that. In 2005, International Women Cricket Council (IWCC) and International Cricket Council (ICC) got merged and the popularity reached to the next level after that.
Recently, ICC launched women’s team ranking. The top 10 teams and their captains are listed below in which Pakistan stand seventh.
ICC Women’s Team Rankings (as on 1 October 2015)
Ranking Team Points
1 Australia 134
2 England 124
3 New Zealand 109
4 India 105
5 West Indies 99
6 South Africa 92
7 Pakistan 81
8 Sri Lanka 74
9 Bangladesh 57
10 Ireland 26
Currently, Ireland is on number 10 in women’s team ranking with 26 points. The captain of this emerging team is Isobel Joyce, 32. Her brother Edmund Joyce plays for Ireland men’s team as an opener.
With 57 points, Bangladesh is on number 9. The captain of Bangladesh team is young Jahanara Alam who is just 22 years old. She bats and bowls right-handedly.
Sri Lanka is on number 8 with 74 point. The team is currently leading by 30 years old Shashikala Siriwardena.
With 81 points Pakistan is on number 7, the team is currently being led by Sana Mir. Pakistan won two gold medals in Asian games under her captaincy and she is currently on number 6 in women’s bowling ranking.
26 years old Mignon Du Preez currently leading the South African women team in all three formats, Proteas are on number 6 with 92 points.
5) West Indies
Stafanie Taylor currently leading the emerging West Indian team, with 99 points they are on number 5.
With 105 points, India is currently on number 4. The side is led by Mithali Raj who is also known as ‘Lady Sachin’. She is the second woman ever to score 5000 runs in women’s ODI cricket.
3) New Zealand
With 109 points Kiwi’s are on number 3 under the captaincy of Suzie Bates, apart from being a captain she plays a vital role through her batting and bowling for her team.
With 124 points, England is on number 2 because of their experienced captain Charlotte Edwards, 36. She is highest run-scorer in women cricket ever with 5885 runs in ODI’s and and 2354 in T20.
With 134 points, Australia under the captaincy of Meg Lanning is the number 1 team of the world. The Australian captain plays as an opener at an average of 47.21.