Pakistan, New Zealand improve World Cup hopes

On Sunday, Pakistan and New Zealand improved their chances of directly qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The West Indies will have to rely on other results to avoid next year’s qualifier.

The team led by Babar Azam beat the Netherlands by only nine runs in Rotterdam. As a result, they tied with Bangladesh for second place in terms of points.

The only thing that separates Pakistan from Bangladesh is their net run rate. With 125 points from 18 games, England is the best team.

New Zealand’s exciting five-wicket win over West Indies also gave them 10 important Cricket World Cup Super League points, keeping them in fourth place with a total of 110 points and keeping them in fourth place in the standings.

The series-deciding game in Barbados did not go well for West Indies. They have now played all 24 Super League games and are in seventh place.

Only the top eight teams will automatically qualify for the 50-over World Cup in India next year. For the West Indies to stay in the top eight at the end of the qualification period, many other results would have to go their way.

India has already qualified to host the 2023 World Cup, but when they play Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI of their series on Monday in Harare, they could move ahead of fifth-placed Afghanistan.

If West Indies don’t finish in the top eight in the standings, they will have to play in the Qualifier in Zimbabwe next year with the other teams and five Associate teams to get into next year’s 50-over showpiece.

West Indies has a long history in the Men’s World Cup. In 1975 and 1979, they won the tournament, and in 1983, they came in second.

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