West Indies v Afghanistan, 3rd ODI, St Lucia June 14, 2017

Decider washed out; Law 'not sure' of WI's chances of direct entry into World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Match abandoned Afghanistan v West Indies

Rashid Khan, Javed Ahmadi and Nasir Jamal walk around the wet outfield © AFP

The series between West Indies and Afghanistan ended in a 1-1 tie as the deciding match was washed out by rain, which had been heavy overnight and persistent through the day.

There was just enough time with clear skies for the two captains to come out for the toss - two hours after schedule - but as soon as Asghar Stanikzai found the favour of the coin, he lost those of the elements. A drizzle prompted the groundstaff to cover the square again and pushed the match into an interminable delay. For your information, Afghanistan opted to bat.

In other news, West Indies coach Stuart Law, during a pre-match interview with the host broadcaster, was very frank in his assessment of the team. He said his players were actually less experienced than the opposition's - an Associate Member - in ODI cricket and also admitted that West Indies were in a great struggle to climb up the rankings and gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

The top eight sides on September 30 will be locked in to play the showpiece event in England - and with Bangladesh making the semi-final of the Champions Trophy and Pakistan going one better to secure a spot in the final, they will likely widen the gap between themselves and the No. 9 ranked West Indies. The international teams that don't make the cut must then participate in a gruelling qualifying tournament in April 2018, when 10 contenders, including the best of the Associate nations, fight for two spots.

"But we can't be focussed on that," Law said. "We have to be up for this contest, and then the next series against India. If we can win a couple of games, and then a couple against England, I'm sure we can climb the ladder. Whether or not we get direct entry into the World Cup, I'm not sure."

West Indies had begun the series on 79 points. Even if they had won it today, they still would have lost a point.

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  • ANKITSAXENA on June 21, 2017, 8:48 GMT

    Evin Lewis , Nicolos Pooran , Marlon Samuels , Shai Hope(wk) , Jason Mohammad, Kieron Pollard , Andre Russell , Jason Holder(c) , Sunil Narine , Alzarri Joseph , Shannon Gabriel , Ashley Nurse , Shimron Hethmeyer , Kemar Roach ,Miguil Cummins , Lindl Simmons, and may be Johnson Charles i strongly think this is a very fiery team if given chance by the selectors .. eligibility criteria aside ... .the most important point of every good team is its fielding . And all of these are pretty good fielders .Other than that there are guys who can hit big as well as there are guys who like to stay ... this kind of team if any captain gets ..HE LL GIVE A GOOD PERFORMANCE

  • Metman on June 18, 2017, 20:12 GMT

    ...and when the West Indies were plunging they were picking the so called experienced players ALL the time. Since they reached rock bottom..NEW players have the task of bringing them back up and certain people think that Rome was built in a day and want those experience players back in the lineup....TO DO WHAT ?..to cause DISUNITY in the team ?

  • Johnny865 on June 18, 2017, 18:52 GMT

    @ Caribbean power.. were you really expecting a change ?? for the past 2 years since the so called purge began, the wi has been nothing short of horrendous loosing every single series one after the next. and since then they continued picking the same squad and it would continue as long as cameron is in power...

  • CaribbeanPower on June 18, 2017, 18:19 GMT

    West Indies just announced the team for the India series, the same squad that struggled to beat Afghanistan. RIP WEST INDIES

  • Metman on June 18, 2017, 17:53 GMT

    Now that that match is in jeopardy with the presence of Darren Bravo in the TnT team TnT could arrange a match against Tobago with Lincoln Roberts as captain and beat them like a steel pan instead. That would start the process of going it alone without Tobago.

  • espn70744550 on June 17, 2017, 23:36 GMT

    when would the team for the India will be announced cant wait to see the combination they will come up with to compete with India cause based on India's team selection it seems like its their intention is to crush the windies

  • cricfan0366091090 on June 16, 2017, 15:17 GMT

    T&t team is going to beat West Indies team like a steel pan

  • Cricinfouser on June 16, 2017, 14:25 GMT

    wicb and the selection policy caused wi cricket downfall. for west indies cricket to rise. there have to be cooperation from some of their players and the board. but it seems like the players are fed up with the board. also the selectors are not picking the correct team. they need to go with the best 11 players at all times. they keep going for the non performing players while they keep the better players as spectators. another problem needs to be fixed is to appoint a capable captain. a captain who can lead a team. here they keep going with Jason holder who does not have communication with his players. for instance he does not go up to his bowlers and advise them where to bowl to even when they

  • Johnny865 on June 16, 2017, 13:49 GMT

    and hear goes johnycrg again with his nonsensical point again. firstly Bangladesh has improved alot NOT BY GETTING rid of they senior players but in fact continued persisting with them and that's the difference between the two teams. if you look at Bangladesh cricket you would see players such as mahmudulla, mushfiqur, shakib, mortaza, tamim all who plays regularly for Bangladesh and all has played over 140 odi each. and you know what none of those guys averages over 35 with the bat yet they cricket is improving alot. now look at the wi, the current most experience guy is holder with 57 odi to his name. no one else comes close. and if you remember, last year we lost to zimbabwe and now zimbabwe is now even loosing to Scotland. so it would be fair in saying now that even Scotland is ahead of us. at least the senior guys was able to win us the world t20 twice...

  • cricfan7966822187 on June 16, 2017, 13:07 GMT

    To the coach and selecter go back to fast bowling we have nothing to loose,we try everything nothing works, beaton, joseph,Gabriel,Taylor or Roach , along with Hetmyers , Lewis, hope,Mohammed,Chase,Powell the allrounder , holder capt allrounder for india oneday series

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