West Indies getting nearer to Bangladesh
Prior to the commencement of the Ballr Cup tri-series in the Caribbeans involving Australia and South Africa as other two participating teams, West Indies had 88 rating points to their credit — 10 points behind Bangladesh. (নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ূন)
But after showing some stellar performances throughout the series, West Indies have continued to take upward trajectory on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings. Earlier it was known midway through the series that West Indies had managed five points by beating Australia and South Africa once in the first half of the tournament.
And now West Indies have gained one more point, for they beat South Africa yet another time to reach the final of the series. The Jason Holder-led side may have been handed a defeat at the hands of Australia in the final on Sunday, but still their berth in the final ensured that they got 94 points on the rankings.
West Indies are still ranked 8th on the rankings, but they have reduced their points difference with the 7th ranked Bangladesh at a great extent. They are now just four points behind the Tigers. In the mean time, Australia continue to be at the top with 123 points, while New Zealand are second with 113 points. South Africa slipped to the fourth spot, leapfrogged by India for the third position.
It can be noted that England plus seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (after the conclusion of the tri-series, and third ODI between England and Sri Lanka)
1 Australia 123 (-1)
2 New Zealand 113
3 India 110
4 South Africa 110 (-2)
5 England 104 (+1)
6 Sri Lanka 104 (-)
7 Bangladesh 98
8 West Indies 94 (+6)
9 Pakistan 87
10 Afghanistan 51
11 Zimbabwe 46
12 Ireland 41
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com