For the first time in the history of the ODI World Cup, West Indies might not feature in the tournament. They are the first winners and the first team to defend the title, having won the trophies in 1975 and 1979. Apart from this, they played in the final in 1983 and the semis in 1996. Since then, the team never reached the semis of the World Cup.
However, in the last World Cup, they didn’t qualify directly for the World Cup. This time around, they failed to do so. This is why they are playing in the ongoing ODI World Cup Qualifiers 2023. In the first round of the tournament, they lost to Zimbabwe and Netherlands. This is the reason they had no points coming into the Super Six round. On the other hand, Scotland, on the virtue of beating Oman, had two points to their name.
Meanwhile, in Scotland vs West Indies game, the European side won the toss and elected to bowl first. They proved their decision right as they took six wickets for just 81 runs. At this stage, former skipper Jason Holder and Romaro Shepherd put together 77 runs. After their partnership was broken, the team folded for 181 runs. For the Richie Berrington-led side Brendon McMollen took three wickets while Chris Sole, Mark Watt, and Chris Greaves took two each and Safyaan Sharif took one.
Scotland thrashed West Indies by seven wickets
In reply, the Blue Brigade had a poor start as Christopher McBride lost his wicket to a full toss from Holder. Despite this, the team managed to keep its cool in the chase unlike the Netherlands faltered against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Matthew Cross and McMollen put together 125 runs for the second wicket. Both players went on to score half-centuries, ensuring that the team would win the game.
Cross scored 74 not out and took the team over the line as they won the game by seven wickets. With this win, the team has come closer to playing the final. The finalists of this tournament will qualify for the ODI World Cup 2023 in India in October and November this year. On the other hand, the Maroon brigade is eliminated from the tournament. For the first time, they won’t play in the ODI World Cup.
This is how Twitter reacted
The 2023 World Cup in India will be the first World Cup edition without two-time champions West Indies. End of an era!
The 2023 edition will also be the first one without a former champion team taking part in it.
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) July 1, 2023
RIP West Indies cricket team🙏 pic.twitter.com/5ikdwzMhwb
— Arun Singh (@ArunTuThikHoGya) July 1, 2023
— Anubhav shahi 48 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@anubhavnahinhai) July 1, 2023
WEST INDIES ARE OUT FROM THE 2023 WORLD CUP IN INDIA. pic.twitter.com/EkWQk0Ykep
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 1, 2023
WEST INDIES TEAM OUT OF THIS ODI WORLD CUP 2023. pic.twitter.com/YUm24K2tuS
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) July 1, 2023
Scotland beats West Indies by 7 Wickets pic.twitter.com/ngi746Iubx
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) July 1, 2023
The Downfall of West Indies hits HARD!! 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/Bkg2xIyXQo
— Ammar | عمار (@ofc_ammar) June 27, 2023
The West Indies didn't just lose to Scotland, they were brushed aside. The whole is a tiny fraction of the sum of the parts now. I hope every player is looking within rather than sideways because while I am overjoyed for Scotland, the West Indies lost rather substantially to…
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 1, 2023
I love West Indies
I love West Indian cricket
I still believe they can be the No.1 team in world cricket!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 1, 2023
West Indies are out of the World Cup. Even though it isn’t surprising…given how their standards have fallen in the last few years…it’s still a little disappointing to see the erstwhile champions of cricket to become a spectator for a world event.
Change is the only constant!!!
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 1, 2023