The latest ICC One Day International team rankings are updated after each match, with Pakistan has overtaken the West Indies in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings after blanking the Caribbean side by 3-0 in the One Day International series in the United Arab Emirates.
The qualification scenario for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 turned engrossing as Pakistan’s 136-run victory in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday lifted the team to eighth position at 89 points, one point ahead of the West Indies and to within six points of seventh-placed Bangladesh.
The West Indies, which had started the series eight points ahead of Pakistan at 94 points, stood to lose a lot because it was ranked higher than Pakistan and since the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference.
Bangladesh had similarly dropped crucial points last week in a 2-1 series win over Afghanistan, which is 10th on the table with 52 points.
Host England plus the other seven highest-ranked sides on the ICC ODI team rankings on 30 September 2017 will qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The bottom four sides on the ICC ODI team rankings plus six sides from the ICC World Cricket League will play in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. The top two sides from this event will complete the 10-team line-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Meanwhile in an interview with Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday, West Indies Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead said he is disappointed by the shellacking the West Indies is receiving on their tour of Pakistan but believes the sacking of coach Phil Simmons is not affecting the team.
The West Indies crashed to a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates yesterday, going under by 136 runs in the third and final match. Prior to the series, the world champions were swept aside shockingly 0-3 in the Twenty20s.
The WICB fired Coach Simmons on the day the regional side were set to leave for Dubai but Muirhead believes the axing of the respected Trinidadian cannot be blamed for the poor showing by the regional team.
Muirhead said, “I honestly don’t think Simmons’ sacking is affecting the team. Can any single person affect the performance of a team? I heard (former West Indies pacer) Andy Roberts say that in their time they didn’t even have a coach.”
According to Muirhead, the West Indies players are all professionals and should be technically sound at this level to put up a better showing. He believes at this stage of their careers, players don’t need a coach to show them how to bat.
“I don’t think the coach has an effect at this level,” he declared.
Muirhead said although Pakistan are a competitive team, he is bemused as to why the West Indies are performing so badly.
“I am disappointed more than anything else. Pakistan is a reasonable side but I don’t know what is happening,” the WICB CEO concluded.