West Indies cricket squad has slipped in international ranking

The West Indies team has taken a second blow to its international rankings after slipping in the One-Day International rating, which was announced last week by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Recently they sunk to a historic low (ninth) in the ICC Test rankings.

The former two-time World Cup winners have remained in ninth position in the latest ranking close to minnows Afghanistan who is at the bottom of the table.

The regional team has lost five points to plunge to 69 points dangerously close Afghanistan on 63 points.

Afghanistan who beat West Indies in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe recently, gained five points to enhance their standings.

The West Indies were forced to take the route of the qualifiers for the first time ever after they failed to make the top eight in the rankings by the Sept. 30 cut-off date last year.

The Windies endured a poor run in the ODIs last year, failing to win a single series while winning just three out of 23 matches.

They suffered a 3-0 whitewash when the hosted England last year March and were beaten 4-0 in a five-match series when they undertook a reciprocal tour last September.

New Zealand also swept the Caribbean side 3-0 last December to ensure they ended the year on a losing note.

West Indies will play at least four one-day series over the coming months in preparation for the World Cup and will be targeting good results in order to improve their rankings.

England gained eight points after results from the 2014-2015 season were discarded and has now overtaken India as the top-ranked side, on 125 points with South Africa in third place.

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