Belfast washout makes West Indies' automatic qualification for 2019 World Cup even tougher

West Indies will be bolstered by the return of Chris Gayle
West Indies will be bolstered by the return of Chris Gayle
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West Indies' chances of gaining an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup has become even tougher with their one-off One-Day International against Ireland ending in a washout in Belfast on Wednesday.

The top seven teams along with host England as on 30th September cut-off in the ICC ODI rankings will make it to the showpiece event with the remaining two spots to be decided by a qualifier tournament.

West Indies are currently positioned ninth with 78 points and Sri Lanka, who were recently whitewashed 0-5 by India at home have an eight point lead over the Caribbean team.

For Jason Holder's men to surpass Sri Lanka, they need to win the five-match ODI series against England either 0-5 or 0-4 which will be an uphill task.

The five match ODI series between England and West Indies will be played in Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, London and Southampton between 19th and 29th September.

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