From now on, 6 months are remaining for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The world is preparing for the biggest cricket event. 10 teams play at the World Cup in India and 8 qualify directly (including hosts India).
Interestingly, seven teams have won direct tickets to the Main Event, but there is a bitter struggle between some full-fledged nations for the tournament’s only final automatic qualifier. The teams that qualified directly for the World Cup are New Zealand, England, India (hosts), Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, and Afghanistan.
But ex-winners from the West Indies and Sri Lanka, as well as South Africa and Ireland, are not yet confirmed and are in the race for the last 8th place.
Interestingly, there are only 6 ODI games left in the World Cup Super League.
- Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 3rd ODI on March 31
- South Africa vs Netherlands 1st ODI on March 31
- South Africa vs Netherlands 2nd ODI on April 2
- Ireland vs Bangladesh 1st ODI on May 9
- Ireland vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI on May 12
- Ireland vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI on May 14
A win gives the team
Let us review the point status of the remaining teams.
Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s second ODI against New Zealand on March 28 had canceled due to rain, and they were given 5 runs. They are now in ninth place with 82 points. They are having one Super League game against the Kiwis.
South Africa – South Africa sits tenth in the table with 78 points. Proteas meet the Netherlands in two Super League games and could finish with as many as 98 points.
West Indies – West Indies are currently 8th overall with 88 points from 24 games. But they are no longer in control of their destiny because they have no more loot. The win gives them 10 points and they finish with 92 points, 4 points more than the Windies.
Ireland – The Irish team is also fighting for the last place on the table. Ireland is eleventh with 68 points. They are still in a three-game ODI series (part of the Super League) against Bangladesh. If they manage to win all the 3, they will reach 98, the maximum that Proteas can reach. In this case, the NRR comes into force. Currently, South Africa has an NRR of -0.410 and Ireland has an NRR of -0.382.