The Windies are in a precarious situation and need to smash hosts England 5-0 or 4-0 in the upcoming ODI series to avoid the ignominy of playing the qualifying rounds to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019.
A washout against Ireland on Wednesday has put the Windies in a corner as they are well aware of the fact that a 5-0 result in their favour especially in England is almost impossible and captain Jason Holder also voiced the same thoughts that it will be pretty tough for the Windies from now on to directly qualify for the World Cup.
The match against Ireland at Stormont was abandoned without a ball being bowled as persistent rain forced the umpires to call the game off. Windies the former World Champions in 1975 and 1979 now have to win 5-0 or a 4-0 to qualify for the tournament ahead of Sri Lanka who also suffered a 5-0 battering at the hands of India very recently.
The top 7 sides in the Rankings along with hosts England will directly qualify for the tournament scheduled to be played in England and Wales. There will be a qualifying tournament where the other sides will get another shot to play the main tournament.
Windies Captain Jason Holder stated that qualifying automatically would be a tough task, but he is looking forward to the ODI series starting next week in Manchester.
“England are a quality cricket side and they are playing at home,” said Holder.
“We’re at the stage where we are looking to turn a corner and qualify for the World Cup, whether we have to go through the qualifiers or qualify automatically. We’re excited for the series and hopefully we can play some good cricket,” he further added.
Windies will be bolstered by the return of the big man Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.
“We are still a work in progress and hopefully more players are coming back. Meantime, we have a young group of players challenging for places and hopefully they can come in and make their presence felt and feel more comfortable in the international arena,” Holder said.
The captain also expressed his disappointment with the match against the Irish getting abandoned.
“Very disappointed. It was set to be a good occasion for Irish cricket and it’s great to be here, albeit it’s very, very cold,” he said.
“It’s just unfortunate the weather intervened but it was very wet out there and the last shower settled it,” he further added.