Darren Sammy & Kieron Pollard during training (WICB Photo)

Former ICC World Twenty20 2012 champion West Indies and New Zealand will aim for an improvement when they will square-off against each other in the two Twenty20 Internationals to be played on Saturday and Sunday in Roseau.

Both the sides are sitting on equal points at 110, but New Zealand is ranked above the West Indies in sixth place when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

However, there is an opportunity for either of the sides to claim fifth position but to make this happen, it will have to win both the matches. In this scenario, the side that wins both the matches will leapfrog Australia into fifth position while the side that loses both the matches will finish seventh.

There will be no change to the pre-series rankings if the series finishes at one-all.

India sits on top of the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings as it leads reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion Sri Lanka by a fraction of a point.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in fourth position is the highest-ranked batsman from either side in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, while his team-mate Martin Guptill is in 15th position.

Outside the top 20, batsmen targeting improvements to their rankings include Dwayne Bravo (27th), Lendl Simmons (28th), Ross Taylor (39th), Dwayne Smith (44th), Kane Williamson (55th) and West Indies captain Darren Sammy (66th).

West Indies spinners Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine dominate the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers by occupying the top two slots. The highest-ranked New Zealand bowler to feature in the series is Tim Southee, who is occupying 42nd spot.


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