Sri Lanka fail to qualify directly to ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Sri Lanka failed to qualify directly for the ICC ODI World Cup after defeat by New Zealand in Hamilton on 31 March.
An overview of the news
In the last match of the three-match ODI series, New Zealand won by 6 wickets.
The New Zealand team had already qualified for the World Cup, but Sri Lanka had a special chance of making a direct entry to the World Cup by winning the last match of the three-match ODI series.
A total of 10 teams will participate in the World Cup 2023, out of which a total of 7 teams have qualified so far.
In the World Cup 2023, the top 8 teams in the points table were to get a chance to qualify.
The Sri Lankan team finished 9th in the points table after their loss to New Zealand on 31 March.
Sri Lanka will now be required to play in the ICC World Cup qualifiers which will be held in Zimbabwe in June - July in which the top two teams will qualify for the ICC ODI World Cup.
For the first time in 44 years, the Sri Lankan team will play qualifiers to make it to the World Cup.
At the same time, there will be a fight between West Indies and South Africa for the 8th position. The West Indies team is currently at the 8th position in the points table.
The ICC World Cup, hosted by India, will begin on October 5 this year.
Teams that qualified for the tournament - New Zealand, England, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, Afghanistan and West Indies.
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