West Indies' journey ends in the Cricket World Cup 2023 with a terrible campaign in the qualifiers
West Indies had to play the World Cup Qualifiers because they finished ninth in the ODI Super League, and only the top eight teams gained direct entry to the ten-team tournament.
They were grouped with Zimbabwe, Netherlands, USA and Nepal in Group A of the Qualifiers, and the format of the tournament was such that the top three teams from each of the two groups made it to the Super Six stage.
West Indies began the Qualifiers with victories against USA and Nepal but then lost to Zimbabwe and Netherlands. So, while they qualified for the Super Six, it meant they took zero points into that round.
Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka then won their first Super Six matches, taking their tally to six points each. It left West Indies needing to win all three of their games but they lost against Scotland and ended their World Cup dreams in India.
They were champions of the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, and runners-up in 1983. The 13th edition of the competition will be the first without the team from the Caribbean. This setback is a continuation of West Indies' decline in the limited-overs format.