West Indies head T20 tankings
DUBAI, UAE (CMC):
Former World champions West Indies have regained top spot in the ICC Twenty20 rankings without bowling a single delivery, thanks to Sri Lanka's demise on Sunday against New Zealand.
Sri Lanka started the recent two-match series against the Black Caps seven points clear at the top but lost both encounters to slide to second spot, allowing the Windies to go top.
However, both the Windies and Sri Lanka, along with third placed Australia have 118 points, with the Windies ahead only by .36.
West Indies won the T20 World Cup in 2012 when they beat hosts Sri Lanka in the final.
The standings are tightly bunched with England fourth on 117 points, South Africa fifth with 115, while New Zealand and Pakistan lie sixth and seventh respectively on 114 ratings points.
West Indies could find themselves toppled, however, come month end.
New Zealand and Pakistan will clash in a three-match series starting January 15 and if either side can make a clean sweep, they will replace West Indies at the top.