West Indies cricket may have hit its nadir as the team has failed to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, confirm reports from Times of India.
Jason Holder’s Windies failed to make the cut as they were not among the top eight teams required for qualification.
In fact it is Bangladesh who has qualified in West Indies’ place thanks to their stellar performances in ODI’s in 2015.
It is the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1998 that West Indies will not play in the tournament popularly known as the ‘Mini World Cup’.
Bangladesh in fact will play the tournament for the first time since 2006 – to be hosted by England from June 1 to 18.
Here are the teams who will play as per latest ICC Rankings: Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Bangladesh’s last played the tournament in India in the qualifying round which included losses to Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
Their sole win came against Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh has jumped from ninth to seventh in ODI rankings after their run in the 2015 World Cup (they reached the quarter-finals) and also three home series win against India, Pakistan and South Africa.
The 2017 Champions Trophy is a 15-match tournament, with teams in two groups of four.
The top two teams from each group will go to the semi-finals.
Also the last qualification date for the top eight ODI teams for the 2019 ICC World Cup is September 30, 2017 – which means direct qualification for the tournament to be hosted by England.
Two of the last four teams (from the total 12 in ICC’s ODI Rankings) will have a second chance to complete the line-up in the ICC Cricket World Cup when they face off against contenders from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in the 2018 Qualifiers.
ICC ODI Ranking’s with points (till September 30, 2015)
1. Australia – 127
2. India -115
3. South Africa – 110
4. New Zealand – 109
5. Sri Lanka – 103
6. England – 100
7. Bangladesh – 96
8. Pakistan – 90
9. West Indies – 88
10. Ireland – 49
11. Zimbabwe – 45
12. Afghanistan – 41