Saturday, February 24, 2018

Windies need series win danger of losing crucial ratings points

THE West Indies will take on Bangladesh in the first match of the two-Test series, starting tomorrow in Kingstown, St Vincent. The two teams are currently ranked eighth and tenth respectively on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.

The West Indies, which is currently sitting on 74 ratings points, leads Bangladesh (21) by 53 ratings points. And because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, the West Indies will drop points if it doesn’t win the series convincingly.

A 1-0 series win will earn Bangladesh 13 ratings points and will cost the West Indies eight ratings points, while a 2-0 series win will help Mushfiqur Rahim’s side gain 15 ratings points with the West Indies losing ten ratings points.

In the event of a drawn series, Bangladesh will benefit by gaining seven ratings points, while the West Indies will drop four ratings points. In contrast, the West Indies can earn a maximum of one rating point if it wins both the Tests. In this scenario, Bangladesh will drop two ratings points.

Meanwhile, Shivnarine Chanderpaul will go into the series as the highest-ranked batsman from either side, in sixth place on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Other batsmen to feature inside the top 50 and set to appear during the series are Darren Bravo (22nd), Chris Gayle (29th), Mominul Haque (33rd), Tamim Iqbal (42nd), Nasir Hossain (46th) and Denesh Ramdin (49th).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Kemar Roach in 11th position is the highest-ranked bowler from either side. Shane Shillingford (21st), Sulieman Benn (30th), Narsingh Deonarine (47th), Jerome Taylor (49th), Mahmudullah (61st), Robiul Islam (62nd) and Shannon Gabriel (66th) are some of the other bowlers who may feature in the series.

Series schedule:

September 5-9 – First Test, Kingstown, St Vincent

September 13-17 – Second Test, Gros Islet, St Lucia