Windies misses auto-qualification for World Cup cricket

Caribbean ambassadors the West Indies have missed out on automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, cricket’s showpiece tournament.

gayle bat smlThe West Indies lost the first game in a five-match one-day international series against England last month. That result made Sri Lanka the eighth and final nation to gain an automatic berth to the World Cup, to be staged in England.

The West Indies needed to win at least four of those five games, and avoid defeat, to gain an automatic World Cup spot, based on the ranking/qualification points system. The Caribbean team eventually lost the series 4-0. One game was rained out.

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However, the West Indies, World Cup champions in 1975 and 1979, still have an opportunity to compete in the tournament via qualification campaign. Two of 12 countries from that competition will play in the World Cup, among them Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland, the bottom three teams in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking. Other teams will come from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.

So far, Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa have gained automatic qualification to the 2019 World Cup, to be played May 30 to July 15.

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