Will Sri Lanka qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

By Staff Writers | March 25, 2017

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford will be feeling the heat as defeats against lower-ranked Bangladesh continue to mount. © AFP

After the crushing defeat in the first ODI against Bangladesh in Dambulla, Sri Lankan fans will be nervous about their team's chances of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.

The hosts of the next ODI World Cup England and the other seven top-ranked teams in the ODI rankings, by the cut-off date of September 30, 2017, will qualify.

The remaining four teams will feature in a World Cup qualifying tournament next year for another chance.

Before the start of the three-match series, Sri Lanka were ranked sixth (98 points), while Bangladesh were on 91 points and ranked seventh.

In the event that Bangladesh whitewash the hosts, they will join Sri Lanka on 96 points and be ranked sixth when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

If Bangladesh win 2-1 however, they will end with 93 points and Sri Lanka will lose a point (97), and if Sri Lanka win 2-1 they will move to 99 points and Bangladesh will remain on 91.

The rankings will be impacted by other series taking place — Pakistan and West Indies, who also are in danger of not making it, will play a three-match ODI series in April. The outcome of those matches too can dent Sri Lanka's chances of qualifying.

The possibility of Sri Lanka failing to qualify for the World Cup has not gone unnoticed in the local media, with The Island newspaper publishing the headline 'D-Day for Sri Lankan Cricket' this week as a preview to the ODI series against Bangladesh.

"Imagine the national cricket team being kicked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019," the editorial read. "That's quite impossible you would think for a nation that has won cricket's most prestigious event once and has reached the finals on two occasions."

With the 90-run thrashing at the hands of Bangladesh in Dambulla on Saturday, Sri Lanka have now lost six consecutive ODIs to add to their shocking defeat in the second and final Test match against the visitors earlier this month.

If they fail to arrest this slide and defeat Bangladesh in the remaining two ODIs, there is a strong possibility of not seeing Sri Lanka at the next World Cup.

© Island Cricket


Stormy's picture
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Guys this is a real issue. Imagine SL not qualifying for the WC? We are still arguing about the coach the captain about Chandi etc ect but the reality is we may need to play associate nations to get a look in to the WC. Unthinkable for a WC winning team. but that's the reality.

Khan's picture

This is silly. Sri Lanka will qualify!!!!

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I think there is something else is also going on, now after Sanga and Mahela departed some old players want to get the control of SL cricket, old players like Tharanga, malinga, Kapu etc, That's why there has been huge propaganda took place against Mathews as the captain and Chandi as a batsmen, this propaganda was hugely spread if you guys have gone through other blogs you would have already noticed that some useless stats of Upul Tharanga has been spreading across the web, the same content was shared using different accounts and it was clearly visible to anyone who follows cricket on other global cricketing pages and FB, Tharanga's page was also running on "sponsored" tag during that time and once he selected in the Aussi ODI match he added a banner and thank the fans for the support given to get him selected in national team.

Now have anyone noticed that SL team is running without a leader? we have a captain but we are running without a leader, players are on their own, Kusal Mendis, Dhanajaya all crack jokes on and off field, Dickwella behave like he has been in the scener forever, no unity, no responsibility, no motivation for the players like Lahiru Kumara, Sandakan. It's all a mess now.

Ruwan A.'s picture

What if one match has no result? Of Bangla win 2-0?

Majeed's picture

Sad to see the Sri Lankan side that gave the whole cricket world joy ending up like this but Afghanistan and Bangladesh are now both becoming formidable sides in ODI cricket. World Cup is played in this format so this very important. If the political situation in Zimbabwe changes their cricket will also improve fast. Then it will be Sri Lanka as minnows of world cricket. This is the impact of Mahinda Rajapakse's years of rule and having people like Nishantha Ranatunga and Sanath Jayasuriya in the board. Current administration is also meddling with selection matters. Time for a complete overhaul at the board so that players have the chance to succeed. Talent is there. Need a proper structure and policy and able men to lead them.

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