Bangladesh, one win away from direct qualification

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Team Bangladesh celebrating a wicket.©Cricket Europe

Bangladesh is now in a safe position in the latest ICC ODI Team Ranking after beating Ireland in the tri-nation series, on Friday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, on Monday. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ জিতলেই বিশ্বকাপ নিশ্চিত বাংলাদেশের!]

There is little change in the recently released Rankings as New Zealand has gained a solitary point to remain in fourth position with 116 points while Bangladesh has stayed in seventh place with the pre-tournament 91 points.

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Had Bangladesh lost all of the matches in the series, they would have gone down to number 8 ranking with 83 rating points. But there is no risk left for the Tigers as they came victorious in their third match of the ongoing tri-nation series against hosts Ireland.

Bangladesh can still go up to 93 points and increase its lead over Pakistan if it wins its last match against New Zealand.
These points could be vital points towards qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as host England and seven other top-ranked sides as on 30 September 2017 gain direct places while the other four teams on the ODI table will go through a qualifying tournament.

However, If Bangladesh win their next game against New Zealand, on Wednesday, it will confirm their direct qualification to the Cricket World Cup 2019, no matter what happens in the upcoming matches. Pakistan is currently on 88 points while the West Indies is on 79 points. The possibility for West Indies to increase rating points is very low as they don’t have a busy schedule between the time period of 30th September.

Latest ICC Ranking :

Rank    Team                Points

  1. South Africa          123
  2. Australia               118
  3. India                    117
  4. New Zealand         116 (+1)
  5. England               110
  6. Sri Lanka               93
  7. Bangladesh            91
  8. Pakistan                88
  9. West Indies           79
  10. Afghanistan           52
  11. Zimbabwe             48
  12. Ireland                 41 (-1)