ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka, West Indies vie for last available place for automatic qualification

Zimbabwe s historic series win against Sri Lanka has given the West Indies a glimmer of hope of direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with the gap between two-time former world champions West Indies and 1996 champions Sri Lanka narrowed to 10 points on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings. India defeated the West Indies by 3-1 and Zimbabwe overpowered Sri Lanka by 3-2, resulting in changes to the ODI team rankings, giving West Indies renewed hope in the race to the 30 September 2017 cut-off date for direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. West Indies fined for slow over-rate vs India in one-off T20I

Sri Lanka had entered the series against Zimbabwe, needing to win by 4-1 or better to secure a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2017. However, the eventual result has brought the West Indies back in contention as Sri Lanka has slipped from 93 points to 88 points, which, in turn, has meant the 16 points gap between the eighth and ninth ranked sides has been trimmed to 10 points. According to the current Future Tours Programme, which is available here, Sri Lanka will now have a second chance to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when it hosts India for a five-ODI series in August. And if Sri Lanka wins two or more matches in this series, then it will qualify automatically for the ICC s pinnacle 50-over tournament, irrespective of how England and the West Indies series pans out.

However, Sri Lanka s failure to win two matches against India, will mean the West Indies will still have a chance to avoid featuring in next year s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier. If India beats Sri Lanka by 4-1, then the West Indies will have to win all five matches against England. But, if India sweeps all five ODIs against Sri Lanka, then the West Indies will need to beat England by 4-0 or better. ENG vs SA 2017, 1st Test at Lord’s: Moeen achieves career-best rankings

These permutations give tremendous context to the presently scheduled upcoming ODIs as Sri Lanka and the West Indies will be fighting tooth and nail to secure the eighth and last available automatic place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The remaining two places will be filed by the top two sides from the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, which will be completed by the bottom four sides from the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has received points boost following its 3-2 series win. For this achievement, Zimbabwe has earned five points, which has lifted it to 52 points two behind 10th-ranked Afghanistan and 11 ahead of 12th-ranked Ireland. In the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, there are a number of movements but the top five batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders have remained unchanged. ENG vs SA 2017: Rabada suspended for 2nd Test at Trent Bridge

In the batting table, India s Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved up three places to 12th after scoring 154 runs in the series, while Ajinkya Rahane has been rewarded for finishing as the leading run-getter in the series with 336 runs with a jump of 13 places that has put him just outside the top 20 on a career-high 23rd position. West Indies Shai Hope has vaulted 20 places to 61st in the latest rankings.

Batsmen heading in the right direction following Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe series are Niroshan Dickwella 38th (up by seven places), Sikandar Raza 51st (up by three places), Hamilton Masakadza 57th (up by 14 places), Upul Tharanga 64th (up by 10 places) and Danushka Gunathilaka 70th (up by 36 places). Virat Kohli of India is on top of the table, followed by David Warner, AB de Villiers, Joe Root and Babar Azam. SLC extends term of National Selections Committee

In the bowlers list, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jason Holder and Ravichandran Ashwin have returned to the top 20. Kumar has moved up six places to 13th, Holder is now 18th after lifting five places following his eight wickets in the series, while Ashwin is 20th after leaping 10 places. Other bowlers to make an upward movement include Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer 33rd (up by 18 places), Umesh Yadav of India 37th (up by five places), West Indies Ashley Nurse 45th (up by 13 places), Sri Lanka s Lasith Malinga 54th (up by three places), Zimbabwe s Sikandar Raza 58th (up by 32 places) and India s Hardik Pandya 63rd (up by 32 places).

Josh Hazlewood is the number-one ranked bowler, followed by Imran Tahir, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult. Sikandar Raza and Hardik Pandya are the biggest movers in the all-rounders list, which is headed by Shakib Al Hasan. Raza has jumped 17 places to claim 10th position for the first time in his career, while Pandya is now 26th after moving up 22 places.

Upcoming ODIs, currently scheduled on the FTP in the lead up to the 30 September 2017cut-off date, are:

Sri Lanka v India

20 Aug 1st ODI, Dambulla

24 Aug 2nd ODI, Pallekele

27 Aug 3rd ODI, Pallekele

31 Aug 4th ODI, Colombo

3 Sep 5th ODI, Colombo

England v West Indies

19 Sep 1st ODI Old Trafford

21 Sep 2nd ODI, Nottingham

24 Sep 3rd ODI, Bristol

27 Sep 4th ODI, The Oval

29 Sep 5th ODI, Southampton

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 11 July after West Indies v India and Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe series):

Rank Team Points

1. South Africa 119

2. Australia 117

3. India 114 (-2)

4. England 113

5. New Zealand 111

6. Pakistan 95

7. Bangladesh 94

8. Sri Lanka 88 (-5)

9. West Indies 78 (+1)

10. Afghanistan 54

11. Zimbabwe 52 (+6)

12. Ireland 41

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 11 July after West Indies v India and Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe series):

BATTING (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating

1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 873 54.68 886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

2 ( – ) David Warner Aus 861 44.72 880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

3 ( – ) AB de Villiers SA 847 53.55 902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

4 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 799 49.37 806 v NZ at Cardiff 2017

5 ( – ) Babar Azam Pak 786*! 53.88 786 v Ind at The Oval 2017

6 ( – ) Kane Williamson NZ 779 46.98 798 v SA at Centurion 2015

7 ( – ) Quinton de Kock SA 769 43.44 803 v NZ at Wellington 2017

8 ( – ) Faf du Plessis SA 768 43.41 791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

9 ( – ) Martin Guptill NZ 749 43.30 789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

10 (+2) Hashim Amla SA 741 50.25 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating

12 (+3) MS Dhoni Ind 728 51.32 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

13 (-3) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 725 43.76 794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

23 (+13) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 631! 34.77 631 v WI at Jamaica 2017

27 (-1) Angelo Mathews SL 611 40.68 707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

30 (-3) Kusal Mendis SL 602* 36.23 631 v Zim at Galle 2017

38 (+7) N. Dickwella SL 568* 42.61 590 v Zim at Hambantota 2017

44 (+3) Kedar Jadhav Ind 560* 56.50 571 v WI at Antigua 2017

51 (+3) Sikandar Raza Zim 530 32.92 576 v Afg at Bulawayo 2015

54 (-6) D. Chandimal SL 523 33.44 667 v Aus at Adelaide 2012

57 (+14) H. Masakadza Zim 513 29.03 566 v Ban at Mirpur 2009

61 (+20) Shai Hope WI 503*! 41.60 503 v Ind at Jamaica 2017

64 (+10) Upul Tharanga SL 497 33.43 663 v NZ at Napier 2006

65 (-3) Sean Williams Zim 496 31.68 556 v Ind at Auckland 2015

68 (-2) Craig Ervine Zim 487 34.00 524 v Afg at Bulawayo 2015

70 (+36) D. Gunathilaka SL 483*! 33.28 483 v Zim at Hambantota 2017

71 (-6) Johnson Charles WI 479 26.72 592 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

74 (-7) Kusal Perera SL 475 27.83 552 v Eng at Edgbaston 2016

75 (-6) E. Chigumbura Zim 472 25.47 554 v SA at Bulawayo 2007

BOWLING (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Eco. Highest Rating

1 ( – ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 732! 23.85 4.69 732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

2 ( – ) Imran Tahir SA 718 23.87 4.66 786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

3 ( – ) Mitchell Starc Aus 701 20.13 4.81 783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

4 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 685 26.30 5.11 724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

5 (+1) Trent Boult NZ 665 25.48 5.00 766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

6 (+1) Hasan Ali Pak 663*! 22.66 5.47 663 v Ind at The Oval 2017

7 (-2) Sunil Narine WI 662 26.46 4.12 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

8 ( – ) Rashid Khan Afg 647*! 14.74 3.97 647 v WI at St Lucia 2017

9 ( – ) Chris Woakes Eng 627 31.60 5.58 651 v SA at Headingley 2017

10 ( – ) Mohammad Nabi Afg 618 32.74 4.29 653 v Zim at Harare 2017

SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Eco. Highest Rating

13 (+6) B. Kumar Ind 608 37.74 4.88 657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014

18 (+5) Jason Holder WI 592 32.50 5.40 605 v SL at Bulawayo 2016

20= (+10) R. Ashwin Ind 585 32.91 4.91 691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

(-4) Akshar Patel Ind 585* 30.20 4.38 624 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016

22 (-4) Amit Mishra Ind 579* 23.60 4.72 618 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016

29 (RE) M. Shami Ind 556 24.69 5.46 654 v Ban at Melbourne 2015

31 (-7) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 551* 26.42 4.92 565 v Pak at The Oval 2017

32 (-1) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 547 35.87 4.90 738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

33 (+18) Graeme Cremer Zim 546*! 31.81 4.60 546 v SL at Hambantota 2017

37= (-6) Suranga Lakmal SL 537 30.47 5.50 563 v Ban at Colombo (SSC) 2017

(+5) Umesh Yadav Ind 537 32.84 5.92 600 v Ban at Melbourne 2015

45 (+13) Ashley Nurse WI 506* 27.34 4.66 517 v Ind at Antigua 2017

48 ( – ) Tendai Chatara Zim 496 33.18 5.19 562 v Ire at Hobart 2015

58 (+32) Sikandar Raza Zim 466*! 43.54 4.88 466 v SL at Hambantota 2017

59 (-7) N. Kulasekara SL 461 33.92 4.90 727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

61 (-8) Sean Williams Zim 458 50.03 4.90 477 v Sco at Edinburgh 2017

66 (+20) Nuwan Pradeep SL 448* 40.00 5.93 453 v Zim at Hambantota 2017

70 (-7) T. Panyangara Zim 435 46.53 5.69 492 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating

1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 353 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2 ( – ) M. Hafeez Pak 339 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

3 ( – ) Mohammad Nabi Afg 329 349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

4 (+1) James Faulkner Aus 299 361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

5 (-1) Angelo Mathews SL 294 427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014