Sri Lanka get one step closer for World Cup



Sri Lanka are almost there to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 without playing a qualification round after yesterday’s one off ODI between West Indies and Ireland was washed out without a ball being bowled due to inclement weather in Belfast.


The no result means that West Indies now have to lose only one game in their five match series against England for Sri Lanka to go through. Given England’s dodgy weather in September, two washed out games also would be sufficient for Sri Lanka to go through.


West Indies are leaving nothing for chance putting up their best side having set aside differences with senior players and recalled Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.


It was to be Ireland’s first game against a full-member nation since being awarded Test status earlier this year, against the team it beat on the back of excellent hands from Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015; the last time the two teams met.


That World Cup was also the last time Gayle played an ODI.


There was no rain at the scheduled start time, but the ground wasn’t fit enough for play, and after a run of strong sunshine, the rain returned to end all hopes of play, even a curtailed game.


While Ireland will have wanted to have a good run against a strong opponent, the game was significant from Windies’ point of view keeping in mind direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.


West Indies begin their campaign against England on the 19th September at Old Trafford.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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