Aakash Saini ∙ Aug 23 2022, 8:56 AM

West Indies hopes of 2023 World Cup Qualification in jeopardy

image-l75xdy5oNicholas Pooran during second ODI against NZ (PC: Twitter)

West Indies, under Nicholas Pooran, recently lost the home ODI series to New Zealand despite gaining a 1-0 advantage early on. The defeat has further jeopardised their chances of 2023 World Cup Qualification as they were also docked two Super League points for maintaining a slow over-rate in the series decider.

West Indies’ Super League campaign ends at 88 points

West Indies are currently placed at number seven in the ongoing 2020–2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table. The league serves as a qualification process for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

The top eight teams at the end of the cycle will earn direct qualification for the tournament. Meanwhile, a separate qualifying event will determine the fate of other participants.

The West Indies set-up, which was already struggling prior to their New Zealand series, just suffered a big setback by losing crucial points due to slow over-rate. So far, Pooran’s draw-cards have tallied up 88 points (after the deduction) and are placed just above Australia in the table.

However, the Australians have opportunities lined-up to improve their standings while West Indies’ campaign in the Super League has come to a conclusion.

Here is a look at the updated ODI Super League points table:

If West Indies falls below number eight at the end of the ongoing Super League cycle, they will have to participate in a CWC Qualifier. The event will feature the bottom five teams of the ODI Super League, top three sides of the CWC League Two and another two teams from the CWC Playoff.

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