Windies to tangle with unsafe Irish in World Cup qualifiers


West Indies will go head-to-head with nemesis Ireland in their quest to reach the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup, after being installed in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe starting in March. As per the ICC press release, the tournament will have a total of 10 teams in order to fill the remaining two places for coming World Cup 2019 participation.

West Indies ... will re-ignite their rivalry with Ireland in the World Cup Qualifiers.

The result handed India their second success of the tournament after they beat Australia in their opening match.

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The announcement marks 500 days to the ICC's pinnacle 50-over tournament, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 15.The venues are Queen's Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare, and Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe.

Other sides to be part of this eventful tournament are Hong Kong, Netherlands, Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

West Indies, two time WC winners face a nervy qualifying tournament after missing out on the top-eight ODI rankings at the cut-off date of September 30 previous year. Group B of the World Cup qualifiers, meanwhile, will comprise Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and the runners-up from the Division 2 tournament.

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Shaheen Afridi spearheaded Pakistan's victory charge with a ruthless display with the ball, taking 6-15 to record his country's best-ever bowling figures at an Under-19 World Cup.

Each side will then play three matches against the teams they did not meet in the group stage. The decision on the ODI status was made by the ICC executives in Dubai and follows the precedent set at the 2007 World Cup. Their fourth game is against the Netherlands before the Super Sixes start. Netherlands ODI status got booked after winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship Winners. The finals of the tournament is carded for Sunday, March 25 at Bulawayo.

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