Zimbabwe’s historic win against Sri Lanka has given the West Indies a glimmer of hope of direct qualification for the Icc cricket World Cup with the gap between the two time former champions West Indies narrowed to 10 points on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Ranking.India defeated the West Indies 3 -1 and Zimbawe overpowered Sri Lanka 3 – 2, resulting in changes to the ODI team rankings, giving West Indies renewed hope in the race for the September 30th 2017 cut off date for direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Sri Lanka had entered the series against Zimbabwe, needing to win by 4 – 1 or better to secure a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup. However, the eventual result has brought the West Indies back in contention as Sri Lanka slipped from 93 points to 88 points which, in turn has meant the 16 points gap between the eight and ninth sides has been trimmed to 10 points.According to the Future Tours Programme, Sri Lanka will now have a second chance to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they host India for a five ODI series in August.
If Sri Lanka win two or more matches in this series they will qualify automatically, irrespective of how the England West Indies Series pans out. However, Sri Lanka’s failure to win two matches against India will mean the West Indies will still have a chance to avoid featuring in next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.