ICC CWQ: Five teams in fray for two World Cup spots

As the ICC World Cup quaifiers reaches its business end, we take a look at who needs to do what to qualify for the ICC 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

If West Indies beats Scotland on Wednesday, it will secure a place in next year's World Cup.   -  Getty Images

As the ICC World Cup quaifiers reaches its business end, we take a look at who needs to do what to qualify for the ICC 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

Over the next three days, six teams will be in action. While Windies will square off against Scotland on March 21, UAE locks horns with Zimbabwe on March 22 followed by Ireland, which takes on Afghanistan on March 23. Among the six, only UAE - at the bottom rung having lost all four of its encounters - doesn't stand a chance of qualifying for next year's big ticket event.

The field, however, is wide open for rest of the contenders.

WINDIES

Status: 6 points – it is currently top of the table.

If it wins: It will qualify with 8 points.

If it loses: Scotland will go through as one of the qualifiers. However, if Zimbabwe wins against UAE, Windies is out of the running. If Zimbabwe loses, Windies will be tied on six points with the winner of the Ireland versus Afghanistan match and it will come down to net run rate.

SCOTLAND

Status: 5 points – it is level on points with Zimbabwe, but third in the table based on net run rate.

If it wins: It will qualify with 7 points.

If it loses: Windies will qualify and Scotland is out of the running

ZIMBABWE

Status: 5 points – it is second in the table after one win and one loss.

If it wins: It will qualify with 7 points, along with the winner of Windies versus Scotland.

If it loses: It’s all or nothing for Zimbabwe – lose and it is out.

IRELAND

Status: 4 points – it is fourth in the table on four points.

If it wins: Even if it wins, Ireland needs a lot of results to go its way. If Zimbabwe wins, even an Ireland win will not help it. If Zimbabwe loses, and Windies wins its game, Ireland will qualify with the Windies. If Zimbabwe loses, and Windies also loses, Ireland will need a better net run rate than Jason Holder’s men to join Scotland.

If it loses: Losing is out of the equation for the Irish men.

AFGHANISTAN

Status: 4 points – it is fifth in the table with four points, behind Ireland on net run rate.

If it wins: Even if Afghanistan wins, it isn't assured of qualification unless other results go its way. Its poor net run rate is also a concern. If Zimbabwe wins, that’s the end of its hopes, as a win won’t matter.  If Zimbabwe loses, and Windies wins its game, Afghanistan will qualify along with the two-time World Cup winner.  If Zimbabwe loses, and Windies loses, a win will put Afghanistan level on points with Windies, and it will come down to net run rate, where it has significant ground to make up.

If it loses: A loss will put an end to its World Cup dreams.

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