Following Sri Lanka’s 5 nil white wash against India, the former World champion island nation has failed to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup. On the other edge of the cricket world, two time world title holder West Indies has also fallen into the vicinity of losing substance for the mega event.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will have to wait for the outcome of West Indies series against England and Ireland late in September to find out any chance of going through to the next World Cup without playing qualifiers.
Apart from host England, the top seven ranked teams as on September 30 will qualify directly for the World Cup. Sri Lanka and West Indies are currently ranked number eighth and ninth in the ICC ODI ranking.
The bottom four teams will have to go through the qualifying round playing with top four sides from ICC World Cricket League Championship along with top two sides from ICC World Cricket League. The top two teams will play in the 2019 World Cup.
Now, as Sri Lanka have been crashed out in all five matches of the series against India, West Indies will have to win five out of six ODIs in the forthcoming tournament against England and Ireland to qualify directly for the 2019 WC.
A single loss will throw the Caribbean team into the qualifying rounds.
A state, however, quite embarrassing for both the sides; the 1996 World Cup champion Sri Lanka suffered a decline in last several years whereas West Indies have long been in trouble shoot to regain the glory of cricket.