West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams believes the improvement in their Test cricket is reflected in a spike in their official rating.
Although the Windies remain in eighth place on the International Cricket Council table, they gained five ranking points to move from 70 to 75 when the annual review took place this week.
The yearly update means Test series results from 2013-14 are no longer included and outcomes from the 2015-16 series weighted at 50 per cent, while greater credence has been given to results from last winter.
The Windies defeated Pakistan in individual Tests home and away during that time, following up the pre-Christmas success in the United Arab Emirates by pegging Misbah-ul-Haq's team back before going on to lose 2-1 in the Caribbean.
"I'm happy that the effort of the squad in the recent Test series versus Pakistan has been recognized in the gaining of valuable ranking points," Adams said.
"Our long-term aim is to strengthen, over time, all relevant aspects of our game and one yardstick to measure our success will be where we lie in the international rankings. Well done to the team on this achievement."
Although India and South Africa hold a significant advantage at the top of the table, the next five teams - headed by Australia on 100 - are separated by just nine points.
England host Jason Holder's Windies in a three-match Test series later this summer.
Meanwhile, West Indies are 14/1 to win the 2019 World Cup, with Australia 10/3 and Pakistan 10/1.
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