Sri Lanka has missed a direct spot in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 after a defeat against New Zealand in the last match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. The Asia Cup 2022 champions must compete in the World Cup Qualifiers in June to seal their place in the mega event.
The top eight teams of the Super League get a direct entry to the World Cup 2023 in India, while the bottom five will have to play in the World Cup Qualifier along with five Associate teams, from which two teams will progress to the World Cup.
The top three nations of CWC League 2 – Scotland, Oman and Nepal will be joined by the top two teams of the ongoing Challenge League. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Zimbabwe are the confirmed teams from the Super League to participate in the qualifiers. Two teams from Ireland, West Indies and South Africa will also have to play in the Qualifiers.
West Indies (88 points) may potentially lose out to South Africa (78 points) or Ireland in the battle for eighth place (68 points). Ireland will play Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series in May, while South Africa will play the Netherlands in a two-match ODI series beginning today.
Sri Lanka failed to overtake West Indies in the table after a fifth consecutive loss (in completed matches) and their seventh loss in eight games.