The New Zealand Cricket Board has permitted its players to participate in the rest of the IPL to enhance their preparation because the T20 World Cup will also be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Therefore, the NZC will send a second-string New Zealand squad to play Bangladesh in a five-match bilateral T20I series. Bangladesh have a good chance of winning the series if they play smart cricket. Bangladesh have also a chance to become the No. 5 T20I team after the end of the New Zealand series. Let's look at how Bangladesh can improve its ICC T20 ranking.
Ranking Scenarios at the end of BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021
Bangladesh climbed to No. 10 after a 4-1 victory against Australia in the T20I series. They have closed the gap with Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and Afghanistan in terms of rating points. If Bangladesh repeat their performance in the next bilateral home series as they did in the Australia series, they may considerably improve their position in the ICC team rankings.
If Bangladesh win the series, it will be bad news for New Zealand in terms of post-series rankings. New Zealand are ranked third in the ICC's T20 ranking for teams. However, if they lose all of their remaining matches, they will drop to fourth place. The following is the ranking scenario for the BAN vs. NZ series in 2021.
Bangladesh win (5-0)
Bangladesh would move up to fifth place in the ICC T20I team rankings with 248 rating points if they beat New Zealand 5-0. While New Zealand will drop to fourth place with 250 points.
Bangladesh win (4-1)
Bangladesh would move up to sixth place with 245 points if they defeat New Zealand 4-1. New Zealand will likewise drop a spot from their current ranking, with a rating point total of 253.
Bangladesh win (3-2)
Bangladesh would climb up to the sixth position with 241 points if they win the bilateral T20I series against New Zealand 3-2. New Zealand, on the other hand, will drop to fourth place with 256 points.
New Zealand win (3-2)
Even if Bangladesh lose the series 3-2 to New Zealand, their T20I team rankings will rise. With 238 rating points, Bangladesh will move up to seventh place. New Zealand will drop to fourth place with 259 rating points Due to two losses.
New Zealand win (4-1)
If New Zealand win the series 4-1 against Bangladesh, they will be able to maintain their current ICC T20I team rankings. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will maintain its present position in the rankings.
New Zealand win (5-0)
A clean sweep of Bangladesh by New Zealand would boost the Kiwis' rating points, but it wouldn't affect their standing at all. Despite the fact that Bangladesh will remain in the No.10 spot, they will lose some rating points in the process.
The upcoming series will be New Zealand's second bilateral Twenty20I series in Bangladesh. Bangladesh's first target would be to win a T20I against New Zealand, something they had failed to achieve in the previous 10 meetings. Bangladesh will thereafter be aiming for a series victory.
If Bangladesh win the series against New Zealand, they will be able to improve their current T20 ranking. The number of games won by Bangladesh in the series will determine how far they may climb the rankings. Bangladesh will be the fifth-ranked T20I team in the ICC rankings if they whitewash New Zealand, which would be a historic feat.