The coming tour of Sri Lanka (SL) is a vital visit for West Indies’ (WI) cricketers. The series consists of three One-Day-Internationals (ODI) on February 22, 26 and March 1. There are ODI warm-up games February 17 and 20. The ODIs will be followed by two T20s on March 4 and 6.
It is a contest that will give them a good idea of exactly where they stand in the world ratings. The importance of this rating is realised when the World Cup (WC) comes around in 2023.
One must recall that for the 2019 WC in England, WI had to play in the qualifiers against the lesser lights of the cricketing nations, yet barely scraped in, and were beaten by Afghanistan in the final. Luckily, in that tournament, two teams qualified. The first eight in the world rankings were automatically chosen for the finals.