The series was an imperative tournament for both West Indies and Afghanistan. For the Caribbean team, it was the qualifier chance to World Cup 2019 and for Afghanistan, it was a chance to make their first mark on ODI circuit. But rain washed out all prospects of the teams along with the match. The series ended with a tie, both teams winning a single match previously played. The decider was washed out leaving both ends open. Rain only permitted the toss, that too, after being late for two hours. Afghanistan won the toss, but Asghar Stanikzai’s decision to bat first had no impact, as the pitch was covered once again. Drizzle did not stop throughout the day turning to torrents overnight.
Per coach Stuart Law, West Indies players are even less experienced than that of Afghanistan’s in ODI. Even if Afghanistan is an associate member, his team had to toil against them. The West Indies coach admitted the shortcomings of his team against Afghanistan in the pre-match interview. He said it was a great struggle to climb up the rankings and gain automatic qualification for the upcoming World Cup. West Indies is now on ninth rank, behind Pakistan, on ODI Chart. Meanwhile Pakistan’s entry to final of Champions Trophy made it more difficult for West Indies to reach higher.
West Indies will now have to tussle next year with associated members again to gain a spot among top 10 contenders for World Cup 2019. The team will also play against India, which will be from their Champions Trophy campaign. Following the series, the team will also play against England. West Indies, the T20 World Cup winner has a formidable squad for the shortest format. But it has been inadequate in Test as well as 50 overs game. The Coach said there is nothing for West Indies but to focus on the play right now.
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