Windies team fails to qualify

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin smiles after a press conference in Roseau, Dominica, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
Associated Press / Arnulfo Franco

The West Indies team is officially out of the Champions Trophy in 2017 after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was unable to convince any other Test playing nation to provide an opening to allow the regional team to qualify for the tournament.

As a result, the West Indies team is out of the tournament, after failing to be in the top eight ICC rankings that qualify teams for the tournament.

The ICC has set a cutoff date of Sept. 30, 2015 for the top eight teams in the world to earn places in the prestigious event, which will be played in England.

However, West Indies are ranked ninth and have been engaging other teams in discussions aimed at a chance to earn points that could take them past the eighth-ranked team.

Earlier this year, talks broke down with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union as the West Indies attempted to initiate a tri-series which included Pakistan.

Unfortunately, Pakistan declined the offer as anything but victory in the tournament would have potentially put them at risk of losing their eighth place in the rankings and booted them out of the tournament

It is understood that talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) fell through, as a last ditched effort was made to have the West Indies fly to India to play a three-match series. Winning that series would have put them into the Champions Trophy.

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