WI ranked second ahead of T20 World Cup
DUBAI, UAE, CMC:
West Indies will enter the Twenty20 World Cup in India second in the ICC rankings, with the hosts installed as the top-ranked side heading into the March 8 to April 3 global event.
In the latest rankings released yesterday, India topped the tables with 127 points, nine clear of West Indies in second. South Africa lie third also on 118 points, while New Zealand are fourth with 116 points.
England, the 2009 champions, are fifth on 112 points, with Australia sixth on 111 points.
Pakistan, who won the 2009 tournament staged in England, are seventh on 110 points, while reigning champions Sri Lanka languish one point behind in eighth.
India's place at the top was assured when they beat Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup in Mirpur on Sunday.
The ongoing three-match series between South Africa and Australia is currently tied at 1-1, but the decisive third game on Wednesday in Johannesburg will have no impact on India's ranking.
West Indies briefly led the T20 rankings in mid-January without lifting a hand after Sri Lanka lost their series 2-0 to New Zealand.