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If It Rains Tomorrow Ireland Will Qualify For The World Cup

If It Rains Tomorrow Ireland Will Qualify For The World Cup

Ireland's chances of qualifying for next year's Cricket World Cup remain alive after United Arab Emirates overcame Zimbabwe in Harare this afternoon. Recording their first victory of the qualifying phase, UAE denied Zimbabwe automatic qualification to next year's tournament in England and Wales.

With the West Indies already assured of their place, attention will now turn toward tomorrow's final qualifying tie between Ireland and Afghanistan; you largely have Mohammad Naveed and his bowling to thank for this.

As the table stands, it will be a winner takes all as the 2 points for a win would take either country beyond Zimbabwe's five point total.

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However, it has since been made clear that winning might not necessarily be Ireland's clearest route to the Cricket World Cup next year.

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Through a strange quirk of fate, Ireland's cricketers will qualify if it rains during their game with Afghanistan tomorrow.

Giving cause for the contest to be labelled level, if Ireland v Afghanistan was to be rained off, the one point Ireland would gain - alongside their superior run-rate compared to that of Zimbabwe - would be enough.

Not the only permutation that could come into play tomorrow, should the game finish as a tie, Zimbabwe would go through as a result of Ireland's reduced run-rate.

Fairly straight-forward then, all possible permutations are outlined below.

While temperatures are promised to approach 30 degrees Celsius tomorrow in Harare, the likelihood of precipitation stands at 50%.

So, you know what to do, take in that Child of Prague and start hoping for rain as Ireland's cricketers look to extend what has been a very promising few days for Irish sport.

See Also: Predicting The 31-Man Ireland Squad For The 2019 Rugby World Cup

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