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The West Indies have confirmed that they will be participating in an ODI tri-series with Zimbabwe and Pakistan in August to September.
The tri-series, which will be held in Zimbabwe, will provide Pakistan and the West Indies a golden opportunity to clinch the eighth and final spot for the 2017 Champions Trophy. With only the top eight sides as of September 30 being able to qualify for the Champions Trophy, Zimbabwe have almost no chance of playing in the tournament as they currently sit in 11th place on the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI team rankings.
Pakistan are more likely to qualify for the Champions Trophy than the West Indies as they have a five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which starts on July 11. The West Indies meanwhile have to ensure they win the tri-series as this will be the only time they play one-day cricket before the cut-off date.