IRELAND are still waiting to hear if they will be hosting next year’s World Cup qualifying tournament but the vibes from the final day of the ICC’s annual meeting at The Oval were not good.

Ireland have put in a joint bid with Scotland to stage the 10-team tournament, from which only the top two will join the top eight in the one-day international rankings at the finals in England in 2019.

Bangladesh were due to host the tournament but as they are 99.9 per cent sure of making the top eight by the cut-off date of September 30 this year, they no longer wish to host the qualifying tournament.

Zimbabwe, however, who will be in the qualifying tournament, have thrown their hat into the ring along with the UAE and all the signals are that Zimbabwe will get the nod when the final decision is made in the next couple of months.