Bangladesh eyeing ICC Champions Trophy spot through India series

Bangladesh eyeing ICC Champions Trophy spot through India series
Bangladesh are hoping to make full use of the upcoming One-Day International series against India at home to gain a slot for the Champions Trophy in 2017.
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Bangladesh are hoping to make full use of the upcoming One-Day International series against India at home to gain a slot for the Champions Trophy in 2017.

A series win for Bangladesh in the three-match series will propel their chances of qualification with two slots left up for the grab in the high profile tournament.

According to the rules, tournament hosts and the next seven top-ranked teams will make it to the 2017 Champions Trophy.

Bangladesh are currently level with West Indies on 88 points in the latest rankings published by the International Cricket Council (ICC) but the former are placed lower at eighth spot.

Pakistan who were defeated by Bangladesh in all the matches of the ODI series between the two sides last month are placed at ninth place with 87 points.

While a series victory against India will help Bangladesh claim the seventh spot by a good margin but even winning one match will be enough for them to be marginally above West Indies in the rankings.

On the other hand, India have a chance to reduce the margin of lead, that top-ranked Australia (129 points) have on MS Dhoni’s men, who are second with 117 points.

If India manages to win all the matches in the series, Australia’s lead will be cut down to 10 points, while Bangladesh will slip down to ninth place.

Even a series defeat will not affect India’s ranking as they will continue to be marginally above New Zealand who are placed third with 115 points.

The three-match series kicks-off from 18th June with all the matches to be played in Mirpur.

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