SHARJAH: Pakistan and the West Indies begin a slender two-means battle for an automated place within the 2019 Cricket World Cup in a 3-match one-day collection beginning in Sharjah in the present day (Friday).
Pakistan, the 1992 champions, have to win the collection three-zero to rise one place from ninth whereas their opponents — champions within the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 — have to keep away from a clear sweep to take care of their present eighth spot.
Hosts England and the seven highest-ranked sides within the one-day rankings on September 30 subsequent yr will qualify immediately for the World Cup.
The underside 4 groups within the standings can be joined by six Affiliate sides in a ten-workforce qualifying spherical in 2018 from the place two groups will qualify.
Each Pakistan and the West Indies will even play in three one-day matches within the Caribbean subsequent March.
Pakistan even have a troublesome 5-match collection in Australia early subsequent yr however West Indies will probably be onerous pressed to play England and India earlier than the reduce-off date.
Each Pakistan and the West Indies have various issues within the 50-over recreation.
Pakistan, ranked primary in Test cricket, have slumped in a single-day and are approaching the again of a four-1 bashing in England, a defeat which just about value Azhar Ali the captaincy, however he lastly survived.
Azhar Ali hopes his gamers take the arrogance of their win within the ultimate one-day towards England at Cardiff and a three-zero whitewash of the West Indies within the previous Twenty20 collection which ended on Tuesday.
“Sure, it is going to be nice if we take that type into the collection and that won’t solely assist us in enhancing our rankings but in addition take the essential step in the direction of the 2019 World Cup,” stated Azhar.
Pakistan will as soon as once more look to take advantage of their opponents weak spot towards the spin, which noticed them prohibit the West Indies to low totals of one hundred fifteen, one hundred forty four and 103 within the Twenty20 collection.
They’ve leg-spinner Yasir Shah and two left-arm spinners — Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz plus all-rounder Shoaib Malik to launch the assault.
West Indies had proven current type, having crushed South Africa twice and world primary Australia as soon as in a tri-collection on residence grounds in June earlier than dropping the ultimate to Steve Smith’s staff.
Shockingly, they sacked their profitable coach Phil Simmons every week earlier than the beginning of this tour, which evidently affected their efficiency within the T20 collection.
Nonetheless, captain Jason Holder placed on a courageous face. “Within the ODI collection we need to enhance, we had an excellent final Tri collection with Australia and South Africa so it is vital we maintain enhancing,” stated Holder.
West Indies will once more be with out dashing opener Chris Gayle, who’s unavailable for the tour, and Andre Russell, lacking as a consequence of an anti-doping listening to.
The second match may even be in Sharjah on Sunday adopted by the third in Abu Dhabi on October 5.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels
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