Australia remained in qualifying contention in third place, faced a playoff against the third-place team from Group A, currently the UAE and a possible final game against South American opposition.
Out of the seven teams, the top-two sides will qualify for the World Cup scheduled in South Africa in 2023.
Afghanistan's incredible rise has continued to gain momentum over the last 12 months, led by teenage leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan.
Afghanistan's 4-1 series victory over Zimbabwe earlier this month sees them as favourites to qualify alongside West Indies.
Holder already has one eye on lifting the title next year and becoming only the second three-time world champions.
Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia will be Africa’s five flag bearers at Russia next year.
If Syria can pull off a victory in Sydney against the hosts on Tuesday, it will go down in history as a wonder by the war-wrecked country.
Payet is making his return alongside Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.