Windies/ireland ODI washed out
BELFAST – Rain forced the abandonment of the one-off One-day International between Ireland and West Indies without a ball bowled here yesterday.
A wet outfield caused by heavy overnight rain had initially delayed the start but the rains eventually returned just before a scheduled 1:30 pm (8:30 am Eastern Caribbean time) inspection, forcing officials to call off the contest.
The no-result is a setback for the West Indies, who are in danger of failing to qualify automatically for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. They are currently ninth in the ODI rankings, with hosts England along with the remaining top seven teams, gaining automatic qualification.
With eighth placed Sri Lanka swept 5-0 by India recently, West Indies must trounce England 4-1 or better, in order to assume eighth spot in the rankings. (CMC/EZS)