Afghanistan can still qualify for ICC World Cup 2023 semis.
The team defeated Sri Lanka on Monday.
Afghanistan is in the fifth spot in the points table with 6 points.
Afghanistan has shown a lot of promise in the ICC World Cup 2023. They defeated Sri Lanka on Monday to earn their third win of the campaign against their continental rivals.
There is little chance that Afghanistan may make it to the World Cup knockout stages after winning three of their last four games.
Everyone is wondering if Afghanistan will be able to get to the ICC CWC 2023 semifinals.
Afghanistan still has games against South Africa, Australia, and the Netherlands. These two rivals are competing to advance to the World Cup’s knockout stages.
Australia and South Africa are presently ranked higher on the points table as of October 30, 2023, while the Netherlands is ranked ninth.
First scenario: If Afghanistan wins all the remaining matches
Afghanistan would still have 12 points even if they win all of their remaining games. South Africa and India currently hold 12 and 10 points, respectively. Moreover, Afghanistan has not yet been faced by South Africa.
Afghanistan is ranked higher than England, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, and Pakistan. Afghanistan’s qualifying is still contingent on the outcomes of Australia and New Zealand, though.
Second scenario: If they lost one of their remaining matches
Afghanistan would be in serious danger of not making it to the tournament if they lost any of their remaining group-stage games. The tenacious Afghan squad could be eliminated from contention if they lose against South Africa or Australia.
Third scenario: If they lost more than one of their remaining matches
Afghanistan’s World Cup odyssey would finish and they would be eliminated from the qualification battle if they were to lose more than once in the final three games.
Fourth scenario: If Australia wins all the remaining matches
Assume for the moment that Afghanistan won each of their final three ODI World Cup matches. This would also signify that they have defeated Australia, their main rival.
Australia has now played the same number of matches as Afghanistan and has eight points, two more than the latter.
Afghanistan would be eliminated from the competition if they lost versus Australia. Australia would go to the semifinals ahead of Afghanistan if they win their final games.