ICC ODI Super League: Pakistan, New Zealand boost World Cup qualification hopes
ICC ODI Super League: Pakistan and New Zealand increased their prospects of earning direct qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on Sunday, while the West Indies will need other outcomes to escape the qualifier for the following year.
In Rotterdam, Babar Azam‘s team defeated the valiant Netherlands by a slim margin of nine runs, moving them even with Bangladesh for second place in the standings. Pakistan and Bangladesh are presently separated by only net run rate, with England leading all nations with 125 points after 18 games.
In addition to defeating West Indies by five wickets, New Zealand also earned 10 critical Cricket World Cup Super League points, keeping them in fourth place overall with 110 points.
West Indies, who have now played all 24 of their Super League games. And are currently ranked eighth, did not fare well in the series finale in Barbados.
West Indies would need a lot of other results to go their way. If they were to stay inside the top eight at the end of the qualification phase. Because only the top eight teams will qualify straight for next year’s 50-over World Cup in India.
India has the opportunity to overtake Afghanistan in the standings . When they play Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI of their series on Monday in Harare. India will qualify directly as the 2023 World Cup hosts.
Should West Indies not place in the top eight in the standings. They will required to compete in the qualifier in Zimbabwe the following year. Along with the other countries and five Associate sides in order to secure a spot in the 50-over showcase.
The Men’s World Cup has a long history with the West Indies. They have twice won the competition in 1975 and 1979 and also placed second in 1983.