West Indies and Pakistan’s quest for the direct qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 suffered a small dent after the conclusion of their recent three-match series.
Both teams had the direct qualification scenarios in their minds at the start of the series but after the culmination of the series, not much has improved as both the teams sit at the respective position unmoved.
Pakistan could not help their rankings to improve despite winning their recent ODI series 2-1 at Guyana. They gained only one point and have 90 points on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings to remain in the eighth position while the West Indies lost one point to also remain on its pre-series ninth position with 83 points.Both teams need a 3-0 result to experience significant improvement.
England and the seven other top teams on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Failure to get a direct qualification in the World Cup draw would mean that the teams will have to play a 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifying tournament in 2018 in order to participate. Both Pakistan and West Indies stand at the risk of facing such situation.
Meanwhile, in the players ranking Pakistan’s Babar Azam, Imad Wasim along with West Indies’ Jason Mohammad and Shai Hope reached their career-best position in individual rankings.
Babar Azam has reached a career-best eighth ranking as his scores of 13, 125 not out and 16 have helped him gain one position while left-hander Imad Wasim has gained eight positions to reach a career-best 89th ranking. Top order batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, who made a return to the team in this series, also jumped six slots to 14th in the plyer’s ranking.
Jason Mohammed was West Indies’ standout batsman in the series with match knocks of 91 not out and 59 have. These couple of knocks have helped him gain 86 positions to a career-best 93rd place. His team-mate Shai Hope also have benefitted from the recent performances and has moved up 33 positions to a career-best 98th rank.
MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 12 April, after West Indies-Pakistan series)
|Rank Team Points|
|1. South Africa 119|
|2. Australia 118|
|3. New Zealand 113|
|4. India 112|
|5. England 108|
|6. Sri Lanka 98|
|7. Bangladesh 92|
|8. Pakistan 90 (+1)|
|9. West Indies 83 (-1)|
|10. Afghanistan 52|
|11. Zimbabwe 48|
|12. Ireland 42|
MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 12 April 2017 after the West Indies-Pakistan series)
Batsmen (Top 10)
|Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating|
|1 ( – ) AB de Villiers SA 875 54.28 902 v NZ at Auckland 2015|
|2 ( – ) David Warner Aus 871 44.84 880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017|
|3 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 852 53.11 886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014|
|4 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 787! 47.77 787 v WI at Barbados 2017|
|5 ( – ) Faf du Plessis SA 781 43.81 791 v SL at Cape Town 2017|
|6 ( – ) Q. de Kock SA 780 43.64 803 v NZ at Wellington 2017|
|7 ( – ) Martin Guptill NZ 777 43.66 789 v SA at Hamilton 2017|
|8 (+1) Babar Azam Pak 762*! 55.08 762 v WI at Guyana 2017|
|9 (-1) K. Williamson NZ 757 45.90 798 v SA at Centurion 2015|
|10 (-1) Steve Smith Aus 733 43.67 752 v Pak at Sydney 2017|