The 9th ranked West Indies will look to surpass the 8th ranked Pakistan in the ICC ODI ranking during their tri-nation campaign against Sri Lanka and the hosts Zimbabwe. The series is to take place between November 14 to 27.
The top eight teams in the ICC ODI ranking before September 30, 2017 will qualify directly in the World Cup 2019 in England.
Pakistan captured the 8th position with 89 points after they whitewashed West Indies in the UAE in the recently concluded three-match ODI series. The cleansweep against Pakistan pushed WI to 9th spot with 88 points.
Now, the scenario suggests that if the Men from Caribbean win four league matches of the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka they will have 92 points against their name. Moreover, if they face the Islanders in the final and beat them, they will have a six-point lead against Pakistan.
West Indies will get more points for winning against Sri Lanka as they are trailing by 13 points against them.
However, if the Jason Holder led side loses a match to both Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, they will eventually lose a point and will end up with 87 points, although, if they manage to beat Sri Lanka in the final they will reach 89 points, but, will maintain their 9th position.
If the West Indies meet the hosts in the final and beat them with one defeat against each team in the league games, they will again end up with 87 points.
Apart from the top eight teams, the bottom four teams will compete against other six teams from the ICC Cricket League in the World Cup Qualifiers 2018. The top two teams will advance to play in the global event of 2019.