-With Sept 30 set as the cut-off date, the West Indies (78) now cannot move ahead of Sri -Lanka (86) in the ICC Team Rankings
-SL have become the eighth and last team to qualify directly, joining Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, NZ, Pakistan and SA
-The West Indies will now progress to the 10-team ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018
Sri Lanka have qualified for the ICC World Cup 2019 after the West Indies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release said.
With 30 September 2017 set as the cut-off date for automatic qualification for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, the West Indies (78 points) now cannot move ahead of Sri Lanka (86 points) in the ICC ODI Team Rankings irrespective of how their remaining matches against England pan out.
This means the 1996 world champions have become the eighth and last team to qualify directly, joining Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.
The West Indies will now progress to the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, where they will be joined by the bottom three sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings – Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland – as well as the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.
The top two sides from the World Cup Qualifier will complete the 10-team line-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from 30 May to 15 July.