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Sri Lanka grab automatic 2019 World Cup berth at West Indies' expense

20 Septembre 2017

Batsman Shamarh Brooks will lead a 13-member West Indies A squad that also includes left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell and batsman Vishaul Singh, who have played Test cricket, for the first two four-day games against Sri Lanka A next month.

They had gone into the five-match series needing to win by either 4-0 or 5-0 to amass enough points to leapfrog Sri Lanka, but their fate was sealed in a 42-over-a-side contest in which a Jonny Bairstow century guided England past their victory target of 205 with more than 19 overs remaining.

West Indies, who have 78 points in the ODI team rankings, can not now overtake Sri Lanka (86 points) ahead of the September 30 cut-off for automatic qualification regardless of how they do in the remaining four games. It will involve 10 teams of which the two best teams will proceed to play in the World Cup.

Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, join hosts England, India, Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa for the ICC's showpiece event. We have a clear plan toward the World Cup, and we will work hard at achieving each step.

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The West-Indies will now progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, where they will have to beat Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland to Qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The ICC released a statement from Sri Lanka's ODI captain Upul Tharanga who said, "It's no secret that we (Sri Lanka) have been going through a tough time, but I want to say a big, big thank you to our fans who've kept faith with us when things looked bleak".

The top two sides from the World Cup Qualifier will complete the 10-team line-up for the Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 15.

Sri Lanka grab automatic 2019 World Cup berth at West Indies' expense