West Indies sinks to new low in International Cricket Council rankings

West Indies sinks to new low in International Cricket Council rankings
West Indies captain Jason Holder bowls to England’s Johnny Bairstow during the second One Day International match between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
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West Indies has sunk to a historic low (9th) in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which were released last week.

The ICC release states West Indies lost five rating points to tumble to 67 and are now only above minnows Zimbabwe, which has two points inside the last five years.

The regional team is also now on eight points behind Bangladesh which picked up four points to move to 75 to take over the eighth spot in the rankings.

The sad news for the Windies come on the heels of a despicable tour of New Zealand last December when they suffered a 2-0 whitewash.

They were crushed by an innings and 67 runs in the opening Test at Wellington, with both matches finishing inside two days.

West Indies beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in a two-match series last November but got no points from that victory.

Once world champions, the Windies team has fallen from the top of the table and has struggled badly over the past two decades.

Last year, the team won just three of 10 Tests and their victory over Pakistan in November 2016 broke a 19-month losing streak.

West Indies will have a chance to improve its rankings when they host Sri Lanka in June and Bangladesh in a two-Test series the following month and India for Tests matches later in the year.

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