West Indies slips further in T20 rankings

Reigning World Champion West Indies has slipped further in the latest ICC Twenty20 rankings following their 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the powerhouse India.

While the regional side remains seventh in the 17-team standings, they have lost four rating points to slip to 102 points, further narrowing the gap between themselves and eight-lace Afghanistan on 92 points.

Of the major Test-playing nations, West Indies are now only above Sri Lanka who languish in ninth on 87 points.

Pakistan top the standings on 138 points with India second on 127 after picking up three points from the comprehensive series win.

Australia are third on 118 points while England lie fourth on the same number, with New Zealand fifth on 112 and South African on 111.

West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup two years ago in India when they stunned England in a dramatic final at Eden Gardens.

Since then, however, their decline has been steady, losing six of their eight series and 16 of 26 Twenty20 Internationals.

Their latest series defeat to India was their fourth straight, leaving them with much rebuilding especially with next year’s World Cup in England fast approaching.

West Indies stands at eighth in the Test rankings, and ninth in ODI rankings.

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