Washout makes Windies’ World Cup direct qualification tougher

The 1975 and 1979 champion side will have to either win all its matches of an upcoming five-match series against England or win 4-0 with either a tie or a no-result.

Jason Holder v India Windies
Windies captain Jason Holder celebrates with teammates. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Windies’ challenge of qualifying directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has become more difficult after its match against Ireland in Belfast was abandoned due to rain on Wednesday. The 1975 and 1979 champion side will now have to either win all its matches of an upcoming five-match series against England from 19 to 29 September or win 4-0 with either a tie or a no-result in the remaining match in order to qualify ahead of eighth-placed Sri Lanka, which is eight points ahead with 86 points on the points table.

The Windies needed to win against Ireland and then also defeat England in the last four matches of their series but that equation has changed and now it can’t also afford to lose the opening match in Old Trafford on 19 September. The top seven ODI sides apart from host England as on 30 September qualify direct for ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event, which will take place from 30 May to 15 July in the United Kingdom.

The bottom four sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings will need to play a Qualifying event also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2. The top two teams from this Qualifying event will then advance to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

England v West Indies ODI series schedule

1st ODI – England vs Windies | September 19, Old Trafford, Manchester

2nd ODI – England vs Windies, September 21, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3rd ODI – England vs Windies, September 24, County Ground, Bristol

4th ODI – England vs Windies, September 27, Kennington Oval, London

5th ODI – England vs Windies, September 29, The Rose Bowl, Southampton

ICC ODI Team Rankings

Team Matches Points Rating
South Africa 50 5957 119
Australia 47 5505 117
India 45 5266 117
England 50 5645 113
New Zealand 46 5123 111
Pakistan 41 3885 95
Bangladesh 31 2905 94
Sri Lanka 59 5088 86
West Indies 36 2824 78
Afghanistan 30 1618 54
Zimbabwe 41 2129 52
Ireland 25 1028 41

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