No.1 ranking is a booster shot

West Indies cricket team has just been ranked number one in the T20 format of the game and with less than 60 days to go before the ICC World T20, the CEO, Michael Muirhead, is remarking that the ranking “will serve as a confidence booster going into the tournament.”

The tournament is scheduled for India, March 8 to April 3 and the Caribbean team will play in Group 1 with England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the winner from the Group B stage matches. Group B includes Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland and Zimbabwe.

The CEO also admitted that the rankings in the more traditional formats “need to be improved, but we are counting on the regional and international schedules along with other development programmes to help prepare the players for those competitions.”

Muirhead notes “the preparation for the tournament will include a camp outside of the region along with warm up games. The squad will be announced shortly.”

West Indies have accumulated 118.36 rating points, and are just ahead of both Sri Lanka and Australia who have exactly 118 rating points each.

The team won half the amount of T20 games they have played since the last World Cup in 2014.