World Cup 1992 champions Pakistan are desperately hoping for direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they take on the in-form reigning world champion and number-one ranked Australia in the forthcoming five-match One Day Internationals series beginning Friday at the Gabba, Brisbane.
At present, Pakistan is in a serious threat of failing to qualify directly as it is sitting in eighth position on 89 points - two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies.
To maintain its current ICC ODI Team Ranking, Pakistan has to win at least one match in the upcoming series, while more than one victory will get them crucial points to solidify their position.
Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from May 30, 2019 to July 15, 2019.
The four bottom-ranked sides will be joined by six teams from the ICC World Cricket League in the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 and the top two sides will complete the 10-team World Cup line-up.
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