Colombo - Sri Lanka has failed to secure a direct
qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup after losing four consecutive
limited-overs internationals to India.
The International Cricket Council said after Thursday
night's fourth match that Sri Lanka, the 1996 champion, had needed two wins in
the on-going five-match series against India to be sure of a World Cup spot.
Tournament host England plus the top seven ranked teams as of September 30
qualify automatically for the quadrennial event.
Sri Lanka will now have to see how West Indies performs in a
one-off match against Ireland and five ODIs against England.
As of now, the West Indies must lose at least one of those
six matches for Sri Lanka to avoid having to enter a qualifying round for the
The West Indies' target will be slightly easier if Sri Lanka
loses the series 5-0 to India. In that scenario, West Indies could go through
ahead of Sri Lanka by beating Ireland and winning the England series 4-1.