1996 World Champions Srilanka has no place in ICC World Cup 2019 ?

Failing to register at least 2 wins from the ongoing ODI series against India, Srilanka is virtually out of World Cup top teams.

Srilanka needed just 2 wins to secure a place in ICC’s premier event commencing from 30 May to 15 July in UK. Top 7 seven ODI teams and hosts England are directly qualified. Even if they win the last match against India, they would just be getting 88 points and would not qualify.

Srilanka has a minute chance of securing a berth and is completely dependent on West Indies. If West Indies can win all the upcoming six matches on 13 September against Ireland and five match series against England from 19 to 20 September, they will not allow Srilanka get a place.

Teams not qualifying directly will get another opportunity through a qualifying tournament. In this tournament, bottom four teams will play and based on ICC ODI rankings top two teams will be part of 10 team line up for ICC World Cup 2019.

In a disappointing match Srilanka has been overpowered by India which won by highest margin of 168 runs. Srilanka collapsed for 207 giving India a dominant lead of 4-0 out of 5 match series.