Windies drops in T20 rankings

West Indies Kieron Pollard bats as his teammate Dwayne Bravo looks on during a practice session in Kingstown, St. Vincent.
Associated Press / Andres Leighton, file

West Indies has slumped to tenth spot in the latest International Cricket Council’s Twenty 20 rankings, just six months before the team defend its title at the T20 World Cup in India.

Following the annual update last week, which saw results from 2017-2018 eliminated, the West Indies team found itself on 222 rating points but still within striking distance of the three teams immediately ahead of them.

Bangladesh is ninth on 225 points, Sri Lanka on eighth with 227 points while Afghanistan is seventh with 236.

West Indies experienced an inconsistent run of form in the shortest format in recent years, with only four series wins in the last 12 while losing 14 of their last 23 games inside the last two and a half years.

The team won the last T20 World Cup staged in India five years ago and is preparing for their title defense under white ball captain, Kieron Pollard, recently named Wisden, Leading T20 Cricketer in the World.

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