Afghanistan secure automatic qualification for 2023 ODI World Cup after second ODI failure against Sri Lanka

Afghanistan have confirmed their place in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, to be played in India, after their second ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday was abandoned due to rain. The two teams shared five points each, bringing the Afghan World Cup Super League total to 115 points in the current round.

While the top eight teams at the end of the Super League automatically earn a place in next year’s 50+ World Cup in India, Hashmatullah Shahidi’s Afghanistan sit seventh in the current standings. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, sit 10th in the standings with just 67 points to their name. The Dasun ShanakaThe trailing team has just four games left in the current cycle to try to crack the top eight among the 13 teams.

To stay in the game, Sri Lanka will be keen to collect 10 valuable points and level the three-game series by beating Afghanistan at Pallekele on Wednesday. Afghanistan, after securing a 60-point win in the inaugural ODI, took an unassailable 1-0 lead.

With 13 wins from 20 matches, India currently sit in first place in the current Super League World Cup cycle, with 134 points. They are followed by England (125 points), New Zealand (125 points), Australia (120 points) and Bangladesh (120 points). Meanwhile, Pakistan are third with Australia and Bangladesh, with 120 points from 18 matches.

Safe to say that Sri Lanka’s hopes of automatically qualifying for the 2023 ODI World Cup are hanging by a thread after the washout. In 20 matches so far in the cycle, they have only managed to win six games and suffer 12 losses.

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