Australia series to decide Pakistan's future in ICC World Cup qualifying
By Vamsi Krishna N : 12-Jan-2017
The Pakistan cricket which is struggling at the bottom of the ICC Cricket Rankings is yet to prove its stance in the upcoming World Cup 2016. The five ODI series which is to start on Friday with the world top ranking team Australia, decides the fate for the Pakistan cricket to be eligible for the next World Cup or not.
The current ODI rankings show the Pakistan in the eighth position with 89 points, two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of West Indies. This puts the once leading cricket team in a serious position of being disqualified directly for the cricket series that decides world champion, World Cup.
While England is qualified as the hosting team for the pinnacle series in the world cricket, the seven top ranking teams in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on September 30, 2017 will be qualified directly for the World Cup that is to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.
Winning at least one match in the next series with Australia can maintain their pre-series ranking points, while winning the series with full sweep can help them earn the crucial points for the direct qualification into the pinnacle cricket series.
A two match win, will keep them along with Bangladesh with 91 points, but will be behind their Asian rivals by a fraction. A series win with 4-1 leading will retain their pre-series points, and a 3-2 leading series win will earn them one point.
However, this series with Australia starting on Friday forms a crucial series for the 1992 World Cup winning Pakistan team to earn their qualification for entering into the World Cup 2019, which is in a critical danger of getting disqualified.