Windies in trouble to make place in 2019 WC after Ireland washout

Sri Lanka or West Indies: Who to go through qualifiers for WC 2019?Two times world champion West Indies has fallen into some serious trouble after being forced to face the ignominy of the new qualification process set by ICC following their washout in Ireland.

Now they have to thrash England in the upcoming series to directly make their place into the World Cup.

The game at Stormont was scrapped without a ball being bowled after fresh rain followed an overnight soaking of the pitch, leaving the umpires with no choice but to abandon the match.

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It means the mighty Windies side have to beat England fair and square 4-0 or 5-0 without giving the English a single chance to win to make themselves up above Sri Lanka who is currently at the eighth position.

Only the top seven ODI sides, apart from hosts England, currently ranked fourth, as of September 30 will qualify directly for the 50-over showpiece event in 2019.

“England are a quality cricket side and they are playing at home,” said the skipper.

“We’re at the stage where we are looking to turn a corner and qualify for the World Cup, whether we have to go through the qualifiers or qualify automatically. We’re excited for the series and hopefully we can play some good cricket.” He added.

Shakib Ahmed