According to the latest ICC T20 rankings released by the International Cricket Council, West Indies has emerged as the No .1 team surpassing defending champions Srilanka. West Indies had been deemed as the top ranked team after New Zealand defeated Srilanka by nine wickets on January 10 at Eden Park, Auckland.
The Carribeans occupied the first spot with 118.36 points, followed by Australia and Srilanka on second and third places respectively. Australia and Srilanka are separated by a marginal difference of decimal points.
Srilanka was the top ranked team before the start of the series against New Zealand. However, the defending champions have fell to third place after losing two consecutive matches against New Zealand. Srilanka had lost five of the six T20 matches that has been played since the conclusion of the ICC World T20 in 2014. On the other hand, West Indies have won four out of eight T20s played after the mega tournament in Bangladesh.
Though West Indies were successful in exhibiting a decent performance in T20 format, the Carri beans are still struggling to maintain consistency in other formats, with being ranked eighth and ninth in Tests and ODIs respectively.
On the other hand, England, South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan will face a power tussle in the upcoming matches as the fourth ranked England and Seventh ranked Pakistan are separated with only a difference of three points.