Calcutta: India will start their campaign in the Asia Cup with an aim to retain the No. 2 spot in the ICC ODI team rankings at the April 1 cut-off date.
At No. 2, India will be the highest ranked side in the five-team tournament with 115 ratings points.
Apart from India, the tournament will feature fourth-ranked Sri Lanka, sixth-placed Pakistan, ninth-placed Bangladesh and unranked Afghanistan.
India held the No. 1 rank for a year, but ceded the top position to Australia after losing their recent ODI series against New Zealand 0-4.
Australia are now assured of the No. 1 ranking on the cut-off date with 117 ratings points.
Even if India win all their matches in the Asia Cup, including the final, they will gain two ratings points to move to 117, at par with Australia. But when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Michael Clarke’s side will be ranked higher.
Therefore, India can at best hope to retain the position at the end of the Asia Cup, but their position could be challenged by fourth-ranked Sri Lanka.