Bangladesh record best in ICC Test rankings

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Dhaka, May 1: Bangladesh have moved ahead of the West Indies to the eighth position for the first time in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings.

Tigers have gained four points to reach 75, eight points clear of the Windies, the ICC said in a statement on Tuesday, UNB reported.

The West Indies have gone down to ninth, their worst record in the longest version of the game. The Caribbeans had 72 rating points in April, whereas the Tigers had one less.

However, the Windies team lost five rating points in the next one month while Bangladesh earned four to leapfrog the former giants.

The records since the start of 2015 have not been too different, with Bangladesh winning three of their 18 Tests and losing 10, while the Windies have won five and lost 18 of their 28 Tests.

India once again stamped their authority in the ICC Test rankings as the Asian country pushed its lead over South Africa from four to thirteen to remain in the top ranked side with 125 points.

The annual update does not include the results for the 2014-15 season, but equal weightage has been given for 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, it said.

After the conclusion of the home summer and having won Test series against India and Australia, South Africa are comfortably placed second in the rankings despite losing five points from their previous update.

Sri Lanka stayed firm at the sixth position having lost one point, while Pakistan slipped to seventh after losing two points.

The ICC Test rankings table will have its new additions in Ireland and Afghanistan following their Test debut (later this year) after having attained the Full Membership status in 2017.

Afghanistan are set to embark their Test journey against India in Bengaluru (14-18 June), while Ireland will face off Pakistan in their first ever Test at Malahide in Dublin (11-15 May).

ICC Test Team Rankings following the Annual update:

Rank Team Points

1 India 125 (+4)

2 South Africa 112 (-5)

3 Australia 106 (+4)

4 New Zealand 102 (-)

5 England 98 (+1)

6 Sri Lanka 94 (-1)

7 Pakistan 86 (-2)

8 Bangladesh 75 (+4)

9 Windies 67 (-5)

10 Zimbabwe 2 (+1)