Pakistan's world cup fortune depends a lot on forth-coming ODI series ©Getty Images
Pakistan’s world cup fortune depends a lot on forth-coming ODI series ©Getty Images

After drawing out series at 2-2 against England, Pakistan has now shifted their attention towards the on-coming ODI series against Ireland in Dublin on 18th and 20th August and then England in a five-ODI series from 24th August to 4th September. Pakistan are currently ranking 9th in ICC Cricket rankings and a win in series against Ireland can help them to qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, while Ireland can improve its ranking 12th. Hosts England are currently ranked 5th in the rankings and the teams which rank in top 7 as of 30 September 2017 will directly qualify for the 50 over tournament.  FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

According to icc-cricket.com, this overall scenario means that Pakistan cannot make any mistakes which gives them a slip off if they want to avoid having to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. The four bottom-ranked sides on the ODI table will be joined by six teams from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and ICC World Cricket League in the 10-team qualifying competition. The top two side will complete the 10-team line-up for the event proper to be staged from 30 May to 15 July 2019. ALSO READ: Kaushal Silva shuts doors for Australia to register consolatory win vs Sri Lanka

In the forthcoming series, Pakistan have a huge opportunity to not only close down the gap between West Indies but they can also move ahead of the two-time former world champion by a fraction of a point. However, to make this happen, it will have to win every match against Ireland and England. READ: Pakistan tour of England 2016, Test series: Marks out of 10

On the other side if Ireland wins both the matches against Pakistan, it will overtake Zimbabwe and Afghanistan into 1oth  position on 53 points, while Pakistan will succumb to 83 points. A 1-1 draw will mean Ireland will move ahead of Zimbabwe in 11th position on 48 points, while Pakistan will drop down to 85 points.

The only way Pakistan can stay on 87 points is by winning both the matches and this is because it enters the series leading Ireland by 44 points. If England beats Pakistan and Sri Lanka defeats Australia by  identical 5-0 margins, then England will finish on 109 points, Sri Lanka on 108 points while Australia will retain its number-one position though its 10-point advantage over second-ranked New Zealand will be reduced to just two points. On the other side if Australia wins all the five matches of the series, then it will rise to 126 points (up by three points), while Sri Lanka will slip to 99 points (down by three points).