Zimbabwe were unable to seal their place in next year’s World Cup on Monday, but with one game left to play, their fate remains firmly in their own hands.
After beating the hosts, the West Indies are the firm favourites to finish at the top of the Super Sixes table, and victory over Scotland on Wednesday will confirm their participation in England.
We look at the different permutations and what each team needs to do to book their place at cricket’s global showpiece in 2019.
The top-of-the-table West Indies just have to win Wednesday’s game against Scotland to seal their place. A loss, however, will put their fate in someone else’s hands. If they were to lose, they would need the already-eliminated United Arab Emirates to upset Zimbabwe on Thursday, and hope that their net run rate is superior to both Ireland and Afghanistan.
After suffering their first loss of the competition, Zimbabwe are expected to go through along with the West Indies. All Brendan Taylor’s men need to do is beat the UAE. Having performed well throughout the competition so far will give them the confidence that they can secure their place in the World Cup.
A victory over Scotland on Wednesday will be enough to see them through. If they are beaten, they will need the UAE to hammer hosts Zimbabwe in order to put them ahead on the net run rate.
If the West Indies, Scotland or Zimbabwe win their games on Wednesday and Thursday, the result of Friday’s game between Ireland and Afghanistan won’t matter. It’s not looking good for the Irish.
They’re up against it after failing to take any points into the Super Sixes. Afghanistan are taking on the UAE on Tuesday, and a big victory in that will give them a slight hope of qualifying.
United Arab Emirates
Regardless of how they do in their remaining games, the UAE will not qualify for next year’s World Cup.
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