After the conclusion of Round 6 matches in the WCL Championship, the points table has cleared up lots of questions with regards to the top 4 finish in the standings for direct qualification for the World Cup Qualifiers to be held in March 2018 in Zimbabwe.
However, the recent ICC Board meetings have thrown the biggest lifeline for Associate countries when they announced that the winners of the WCL Championship will join the 12 Test countries to form the 13-team ODI League, that will commence for a 2 year cycle from 2019-2021.
Kenya are effectively out of the race for the 13th spot but still can finish in the top 4 to qualify for World Cup Qualifiers.
That leaves us with Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland & Hong Kong, who all have realistic and mathematical chances of finishing as the winners of the WCL Championship after the conclusion of Round 7 matches, set to take place in December in UAE.
ICC WCL Championship Standings:
While Hong Kong & Papua New Guinea will face each other in the final round of matches, Netherlands will take on Namibia & Scotland will play against Kenya.