Bangladesh must maintain their composure during the upcoming Tri-nation involving Ireland and New Zealand if they want to avoid a slip up in the ranking and jeopardize their chances of qualifying directly in the next World Cup, officials said.
Presently the Tigers are comfortably placed to earn an automatic qualification for the next ICC World Cup as they are placed at seventh position with 91 points following ICC’s annual update on May 1.
The Tigers are 12 points ahead of the ninth placed West Indies while they have a three-point gap over eighth-ranked Pakistan but still they may face some tricky time ahead.
The top seven ranked teams and England, as the host nation, will automatically qualify for the next World Cup that suggests Pakistan and West Indies have more things to worry than Bangladesh.
The situation could be uncomfortable for Bangladesh only if they slipped down drastically while the other two lower-ranked rivals progressed unexpectedly before the tournament’s cut-off date September 30.
It underlined the importance of winning some matches in the tri-series, which is otherwise expected only to serve as warm-up for the ICC Champions Trophy in England.
According to ranking predictor, if Bangladesh cannot win any match in the tri-nation they would be slipping to eighth position with 83 points while win all matches of the tournament would take them ahead of Sri Lanka in the sixth position with 97 points.
If they beat Ireland and New Zealand once and lose on the other occasion they will lose one point and will have to content with 90 points before going to the Champions Trophy.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin told New Age on Tuesday that they are keenly waiting to see the outcome of the tri-nation for several reasons that include their position in the rankings ahead of World Cup qualification.
‘The tri-nation is important because if we can do very well there is a possibility it would strengthen our chances but if we do badly we can put ourselves in an awkward position,’ said Minhajul.
‘The tri-nation is expected to set the momentum for us ahead of Champions Trophy,’ he said.
‘We are in a very tough group in the Champions Trophy and we need to play the tournament
with best possible confidence through performing strongly in the tri-nation,’ he said.
Between now and the deadline, the West Indies host 10th-placed Afghanistan for three ODIs in June (during the Champions Trophy, which they failed to qualify for) before flying to the UK for a five-match series against England in September.
Pakistan’s only ODI assignment before the cut-off date is the Champions Trophy while they are also scheduled to play a full-fledged series against Tigers in July, though it was postponed unexpectedly.
If Tigers lose all the matches in Champions Trophy and need to play Pakistan at home they will have no choice but to win the series to keep their World Cup chance on track.
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