ICC news May 1, 2017

West Indies lose points in race to 2019 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan got the better of West Indies in the ODIs in the Caribbean in April © AFP

Pakistan have a nine-point lead over West Indies in the updated ICC ODI rankings, in their race to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup in England. Pakistan are placed eighth at present, and West Indies ninth, and only the top eight teams as of September 30 qualify directly for the showpiece 50-over tournament.

West Indies have ODI series against Afghanistan and England scheduled before the cut-off date, but will not be part of the eight-team Champions Trophy in England in June, having failed to qualify for the event. Last month, West Indies had lost an ODI series to Pakistan 2-1 at home.

At the top end of the rankings, South Africa and Australia retained their No. 1 and 2 positions following the annual points update on May 1. The annual update discards older results from calculations; currently, after the update, the points reflect results from May 1, 2014 (50% weightage), with results from May 1, 2016 onwards carrying 100% weightage.

India and New Zealand swapped places, with India moving up to No. 3. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh remain No. 6 and 7 respectively, with Afghanistan rounding off the top ten, above Zimbabwe and Ireland.

Ten teams outside the top eight in the ODI rankings will play a qualifying tournament in April 2018, from which the top two will make it to the ten-team World Cup the following year.

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  • InsideHedge on May 2, 2017, 12:04 GMT

    @Fogu : Don't let your prejudice get in the way of facts. The rule is simple: Top 8 qualify, it just happens to be that WI are outside of that right now. If India was 9th or worse, it would still be the same rule.

    Only your warped mind believes that the current rule is designed to protect India. What you can't accept that India is nowhere close to being 9th or worse, and nor do they look like they will in the near future. This is what hurts you, along with your team (Pak) hanging around with the likes of the Associates in all formats. Try to improve your own cricket and lessen your obsession with all things Indian, then you won't have to resort to conspiracy theories.

  • sreyassree on May 2, 2017, 6:34 GMT

    not only players tht WICB management and selectors must be replaced by new ones.with this present management even those players will not play with freedom

  • amit_ on May 2, 2017, 5:31 GMT

    Ridiculous that West Indies, who won 1975 & 1979 WCs, have to qualify for a World cup. ICC should stay with the 14 team format which was succesful in 2011 & 2015. Have top 10 teams from rankings qualifying directly and then have the next 4 teams from WCQ qualifying so that West Indies qualify directly alongwith Afghanistan. And teams like Ireland & Netherlands can qualify for WC too

  • viswa_93 on May 2, 2017, 4:59 GMT

    Players like Dwayne bravo, kierran pollard,marlon samuels , lendl simmons , darren bravo must be back in their odi XI. then only WI will qualify for the WC.

  • Virtual78 on May 1, 2017, 23:57 GMT

    Congratulations to WICB and their selectors. Doing a grand job. Keep doing what you do well.

  • cricfan2835686681 on May 1, 2017, 23:08 GMT

    West in dines players lock of knowledge in knowing how to defend Runs and how to chase to win.

  • mngc1 on May 1, 2017, 22:39 GMT

    @METMAN what research are you claiming? How can you LIE so BLATANTLY as EVERYONE on this site already knows. SHOW YOUR RESEARCH. At least today Gabriel created chances, took a wicket and got one dropped. Holder still has not gotten a wicket and failed again with his DRS use. Poor decision to persist with Singh and Hetmeyer when they are not ready and hiding from batting higher in the order preferring to come in when Pakistan's bowlers tire. That is leadership. BTW Holder reached the century FIRST - the first captain to be hit for a century (104) in an ODI. He also ranks highly on the list with 91 runs in 9 overs but ducked bowling the 10th to avoid the century.

  • rashid_ravian on May 1, 2017, 22:30 GMT

    Wi can qualofy if ireland beat twice BD. so there is still chance.

  • Metman on May 1, 2017, 22:14 GMT

    @MNGC1 .....West Indies ARE going to qualify so stop thinking the worst for them and congratulations to you for aligning yourself with the nay sayers and the pseudo supporters. Gabriel has bowled MORE NO BALLS than he has taken wickets.You should therefore concentrate your efforts to inform the readers when he reaches his CENTURY...he has 91 to his credit right now and I am sure it won't take him until 2022 to achieve that RECORD for a pace man clocked at 90+ mph. No fabrications PLEASE a la Ramdins' 90% or is it 93 % of chances taken ? my research shows it at 73%.

  • cricketdebator on May 1, 2017, 21:39 GMT

    Don't worry folks. West Indies will suffer the indignity of having to compete with the Minors for place in WC 2019. Furthermore, West Indies will easily qualify and actually go on to win the cup. MARK MY WORD!

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