West Indies will need to smash hosts England in the upcoming one-day worldwide series to avoid the ignominy of being forced to qualify for the World Cup after a washout against Ireland on Wednesday.
With rain falling, the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
West Indies' challenge of qualifying direct for the ICC World Cup 2019 became more hard after its match against Ireland in Belfast was abandoned due to rain on Wednesday.
Only the top seven ODI sides, apart from hosts England, now ranked fourth, as of September 30 will qualify directly for the 50-over showpiece event in 2019.
West Indies captain Jason Holder signs autographs for young fans. "But apart from Darren I don't think there's anybody else who's interested in playing Test cricket that we can really call upon or the so-called big names people are looking for", Holder said. Otherwise, the two-time World Cup winners must battle through a qualifying tournament.
"It's a real shame we got no play, but it's down to the umpires and referee in the end".
Holder was disappointed at missing out on playing on Wednesday but could not disagree with the umpires' decision.
This match was also expected to be the return of West Indies' ace opener Chris Gayle, who has been absent from ODIs after a breakdown in relations with the Windies Cricket board two years ago.
"It's just unfortunate the weather intervened but it was very wet out there and the last shower settled it".
The 50-over ODI was due to start at 10.15am but that was delayed by three inspections, and the final one after lunch was the decisive one.
The hope is that Ireland's men's side will play their first ever first five-day Test match in Dublin in 2018 with Pakistan in line to play in Malahide in June.