ICC news June 19, 2017

Pakistan move closer to direct qualification for 2019 World Cup

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Pakistan's triumph in the Champions Trophy has pushed them to sixth in the ICC ODI rankings, and closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England.

Pakistan, who began the tournament placed eighth, gained four points to move past Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, who are now ranked seventh and eighth respectively. Hosts England and the seven highest ranked teams at the cut-off date of September 30, 2017, receive direct qualification for the next World Cup.

"We've got two years until the 2019 World Cup," Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said after beating India in the Champions Trophy final. "We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. We now have two years to identify a squad we want to take forward and give them enough game time."

In the ODI bowlers rankings, Pakistan's Hasan Ali, who took 13 wickets in five games to be named Player of the Champions Trophy, broke into the top 10, leapfrogging 12 of his peers to claim the seventh spot.

Batsman Babar Azam moved up three positions to reach a career-high fifth spot in the batting rankings. Babar scored 133 runs in five Champions Trophy games, without a fifty. Fakhar Zaman, who scored two fifties and a hundred in the tournament, was among the top 100 despite playing just four ODIs.

The top four spots in both the batting and bowling rankings - with Virat Kohli and Josh Hazlewood in the lead - remained unchanged.

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  • adm1 on June 23, 2017, 9:53 GMT

    I think Pak are actually through. Neither they nor Bangladesh play any ODIs before the cutoff so even if Sri Lanka and West Indies win all their remaining games, then Pak will still be in 8th place (ahead of Bangladesh).

  • Amla_The_Best on June 22, 2017, 2:55 GMT

    Windies have 11 matches. 5 against India, 5 Against England in England and expect them to lose at least 8-9 matches because England and India will play full strength side(maybe England trying few new blokes). So that will not help West Indies who need both series wins and they have another match against Ireland which can't help windies. So Pakistan is just on the brink but India and England series will confirm the status. Pak does not have a series before the cut off date. So Pak, Sri Lanka and BD are nearly there. Check ICC odi ranking predictor on their website and you will get an idea.

  • MUNNA MALIK on June 21, 2017, 20:42 GMT

    Pakistan and bangladesh don't have any ODI match until september 30 if westindies will rise to number 8 , 7 or even 6th rank bangladesh or srilanka will be taken the westindies postilion Paksitan still will directly qualify for the world cup 2019 no need to play qualifying round Bnagladesh or westindies will be play qualifying round.I hope Bnagladesh could play qualifying round they need more practice and skill.

  • MUNNA MALIK on June 21, 2017, 20:28 GMT

    I am 100% sure Champions of Champions Pakistan is not going to play qualifying round poor Bangladesh,westindies or may be srilanka will play qualifying round.

  • Amla_The_Best on June 21, 2017, 18:48 GMT

    For Pakistan not to qualify directly West Indies will need to win India series and England series and then BD and Sri Lanka need to win their respective series. Windies don't seem to cover a big gap of 18 points from 77 to 95.

  • EddyKins on June 21, 2017, 13:05 GMT

    Doesn't matter if it's direct or no direct qualification for Pakistan, they have won millions of heart. 4 games in one go against higher ranked teams. World cup won't be the same without them. Hope they fight with same passion in 2019 as they did in CT, smashing win against overrated India in the final.

  • cricfan77406353 on June 21, 2017, 11:22 GMT

    @FROSTD perhaps the only major teams 92 WC were NZ

  • HLotia on June 21, 2017, 7:20 GMT

    It is so amusing to hear the trio of Agarkar, Dravid and Tait now. The general flavour of that episode was that the Final would be a walkover for India. Dravid's statement before the Final "...I don't think we'll need 340 to beat Pakistan.." still rankles. How the mighty are humbled!

  • Dayan on June 21, 2017, 4:15 GMT

    @CRICFAN4892568344 I'me sure that Mustafizur Rehman is not a spinner, he is a left arm, fast bowler.

  •   cricfan3509247427 on June 21, 2017, 3:34 GMT

    Pakistan is one of the greatest ODI team and recently they have proved. Bangladesh should go to qualifying round to enter into World Cup 2019.

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