Law places high value on England ODIs with World Cup in mind
ST JOHN'S, CMC:
New West Indies head coach, Stuart Law, has underscored the value of the three-match one-day series against England, especially with the regional side already setting their sights on the 2019 World Cup.
With only the top seven teams in ICC one-day rankings as of September 30 this year earning automatic qualification along with hosts England, West Indies - currently lying ninth - are in danger of missing out.
"The main aim is to qualify for the next World Cup so these one-day games are extremely important to us, so that's our main focus really at this stage," the Australian said ahead of the start of the series at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.
"I know we have Pakistan coming for T20s, Tests and one-dayers as well but the one-day series probably will take paramount importance.
"I'm not going to focus on becoming number one in the world at this stage. I'm focusing on building a culture, building a work ethic in the dressing room that will put the little bricks in place so they can be the best they can be."
In their current position in the ODI rankings, West Indies would be forced to enter a 10-team qualifying tournament set for next year March, in order to secure one of the two non-automatic spots at the World Cup.
Already, the regional side have seen their lowly ranking cost them dearly, missing out on a spot at this year's Champions Trophy in England, as only the top eight sides in the rankings qualified.
Law said having experienced that setback, it was imperative the regional side poured all their energies into reaching the marquee ICC limited overs showpiece.