Ireland versus West Indies clash at Stormont is abandoned

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

West Indies' challenge of qualifying direct for the ICC World Cup 2019 became more hard after its match against Ireland in Belfast was abandoned due to rain on Wednesday.

Victory for the Windies at Stormont would have kept them on schedule for an outside shot at automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England.

Only the top seven ODI sides, apart from hosts England, now ranked fourth, as of September 30 will qualify directly for the 50-over showpiece event in 2019.

West Indies captain Jason Holder said that he was also "disappointed" to miss out on match practice for the upcoming white-ball games against England.

The one-off match was set to be Ireland's first against a Test-playing nation since they were granted full member status by the International Cricket Council in June.

Gayle arrived with the 15-man squad in Northern Ireland on Monday after the West Indies board announced an amnesty which has also seen the return of Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor. Hopefully the umpires can give us some positive news but the body language of the West Indians, it's not looking good.

Ireland are next in action when they face Scotland in the concluding round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in November, a game which will mark the end of coach John Bracewell's time in charge before he's succeeded by Graham Ford.

"Meantime, we have a young group of players challenging for places and hopefully they can come in and make their presence felt and feel more comfortable in the worldwide arena".

"It's just unfortunate the weather intervened but it was very wet out there and the last shower settled it".

West Indies fly to England on Thursday ahead of a one-off Twenty20 worldwide at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

That will be followed by a five-match one-day series which starts with Tuesday's contest at Old Trafford.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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