The 2019 World Cup qualification scenario is getting even more interesting with Australia the only team to have confirmed qualification for the semi-finals so far.
So who needs to do what in order to ensure qualification over the next week? Here are the scenarios as things stand prior to England’s clash with India on June 30, 2019.
Matches: 7, Points: 8, Position: 5, Remaining games: v India and New Zealand.
It’s straightforward really. Beat India on Sunday and then New Zealand to move up to 12 points and Eoin Morgan won’t have to worry about any other results.
If England win just one game, they will move up to 10 points and then must hope Bangladesh beat Pakistan. In that case, Sri Lanka also must win only one of their next two games – against West Indies and India – for England to feel safe.
Matches: 8, Points: 9, Position: 4, Remaining match: v Bangladesh
The men in green have one game to go – against Bangladesh. It’s a critical clash for both teams as at least one semi-final position would be available when they meet on July 5.
If Pakistan defeat the Tigers, they will go up to 11 points but their net run rate might still remain negative. New Zealand could lose to England and still have have a better run rate than Pakistan on 11 points. Ideally, if England lose both their games, Pakistan will be through provided they beat Bangladesh.
Matches: 7, Points: 7, Position: 6, Remaining matches: v India and Pakistan
The Tigers can make it to the semis if they beat Pakistan and India and then England lose to the Kiwis. Bangladesh will then move up to 11 points and that will secure their qualification as England would only have one win for 10 points.
If Bangladesh beat India and lose to Pakistan, they will only go up to nine points and won’t qualify.
Matches: 7, Points: 6, Position: 7, Remaining matches: v West Indies and India
Sri Lanka have six points and can go up to 10 if they beat West Indies and India. To qualify, they will also have to hope Pakistan and England lose all their games while Bangladesh lose to India.
In that case they will be through alongside Australia, New Zealand and India.
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