The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 final will have new champs on Sunday when number one seed the West indies and second-seeded Afghanistan will confront each other in the last at the Harare Sports Club.
This is West indies’ lady appearance in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier after they neglected to qualify specifically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by completing outside the top eight on the ICC ODI Team Rankings at the 30 September 2017 cut-off.
Afghanistan played in the qualifiers in 2009 in South Africa and completed fifth, yet didn’t contend in the 2014 qualifier subsequent to having advanced to the 2015 World Cup by prudence of completing second to Ireland in the ICC World Cricket League Championship.
Sunday’s champs will join Sri Lanka (1979), Zimbabwe (1982, 1986 and 1990), United Arab Emirates (1994), Bangladesh (1997), Netherlands (2001), Scotland (2005 and 2014) and Ireland (2009) to lift the flatware of a standout amongst the most aggressive and acutely challenged competitions on the cricket date-book.
Both Windies and Afghanistan have officially met all requirements for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be arranged in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July, yet Sunday’s last is relied upon to be another vicious battle for various reasons.
The West indies, two-time previous world champions, are yet to beat Afghanistan in this competition, having lost their warm-up match by 29 pursues Dawlat Zadran’s cap trap, while in the Super Six experience, Afghanistan beat the Caribbean side by three wickets following Mujeeb Rahman’s three for 33 and Rahmat Shah’s 68.
Rashid Khan, the world number-one positioned bowler, is only one wicket far from turning into the speediest to 100 wickets. He directly has 99 wickets from 43 ODIs, while Mitchell Starc accomplished the 100-wicket point of reference in his 52nd ODI.
On a no holds barred, Afghanistan lead Windies 2-1, while their one match in St Lucia was a no-result.