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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 : Former champion WI fail to qualify for the 2nd most important ICC tournament

West Indies, the Former champions, are out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 

So the D-Day came in the history of ODI cricket. The cut-off date September 30, 2015, ensured that we know the eight teams going to play in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. It is now official that West Indies for the first time in the history will miss a multilateral ICC ODI tournament.

The top eight teams in the current ICC ODI rankings have qualified for the mini World Cup, the Champions Trophy 2017 which is scheduled to happen in England between 1 and 18 June 2017.

Bangladesh, who last time played the tournament in 2006 in India, are back in the tournament in place of West Indies.

Bangladesh in the current ICC Rankings is placed 7th,  one place above Pakistan, who qualified as the last team in the ICC ODI Team Rankings on the 30 September 2015 cut-off date.

Pakistan were also close to relegation when they lost the three-match series to Bangladesh. And, in order to increase their chances they agreed to play a Tri-nations series in  Zimbabwe involving West Indies. West Indies hoped that if they could manage to win the tournament then they will qualify for the tournament. But, Pakistan Cricket Board denied playing the Tri-series in Zimbabwe after their ODI series win in Sri Lanka, which assured them the Champions Trophy berth.

West Indies, who clinched a thrilling final against England in the 2004 Champions Trophy, played all seven editions of this tournament. But, they will miss the tournament for the first time since 1998. Deteriorating relations between the islanders and player’s problem with the board also affected West Indies 2015 World Cup campaign.  As a result, they failed to earn required rating points to qualify for the prestigious tournament.

The other teams who qualified in the tournament are World Champion Australia, defending champion India, host and last edition’s runner-up England, 1998 champion South Africa, 2000 winner New Zealand, 2002 co-owner Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Bangladesh did a remarkable job as  a team. Their swan song since the World Cup Down Under continued at home as well. First, they defeated  Pakistan, then Indian and then south Africa. These three series win helped them to finish ahead of Pakistan in the ranking.

Meanwhile, ICC in a press release on its website announced the cut-off date for the next ICC World Cup. September 30, 2017, is the qualification date for the biggest cricket tournament, which is also scheduled in England in 2019.

As per ICC’s new policy, the tournament will be a 10 team affair. The first eight teams in the ranking will qualify directly in the tournament while the bottom four sides will get a second chance to play in the tournament when they will be joined by teams from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

The qualification date for 2019 ICC World Cup will start from today itself (September 30).

ICC ODI Ranking 

Rank

Team

Rating points

1

Australia

127

2

India

115

3

South Africa

110

4

New Zealand

109

5

Sri Lanka

103

6

England

100

7

Bangladesh

96

8

Pakistan

90

9

West Indies

88

10

Ireland

49

11

Zimbabwe

45

12

Afghanistan

41

*The current ICC ODI Ranking list updated on September 30, 2015

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