DUBAI, UAE (ICC) -- The West Indies will take on Bangladesh in the first match of a two-Test series on 5 September 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, who are currently sitting on 74 ratings points, lead Bangladesh (21) by 53 ratings points. And because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, the West Indies will drop points if they don’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 10 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 ratings point if it wins both the Tests. In this scenario, Bangladesh will drop two ratings points.
The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings tables, is updated after the conclusion of a series.
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 likely 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.
5-9 September – First Test, Kingstown, St Vincent
13-17 September – Second Test, Gros Islet, St Lucia