The qualifiers for the 2023 50-over World Cup will now be played in June-July 2023 in Zimbabwe as the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced its “new-look calendar” for international cricket that was interrupted by the pandemic. India, the hosts of the 2023 ODI World Cup, along with seven other top Super League teams will qualify directly for the tournament to be held in October-November.
“When we rescheduled the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to October and November 2023 it enabled us to extend the window for qualification events to take place and thereby ensure we maximise the opportunity for qualification to be decided on the field of play,” ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said in a statement. The ICC also announced the schedule of the World League 2 and the Challenge League.
The qualifiers in Zimbabwe will run from June 18 to July 9, while the men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 ODIs will be played from March 19, 2021 when top seed Oman host USA and Nepal in the sixth series of the tournament. Meanwhile, six ODIs are going to be played there, and 96 overall in the 14 series that are scheduled to be played in 2021 and 2022, with two more in early 2023.
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“We have worked very closely with Members and stakeholders to reschedule 96 ODIs and 60 List-A matches and will continue to maintain the safety of participants in our events as our highest priority,” Tetley further added. The men’s CWC Challenge League A will be played in August next year, with Canada hosting Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu what will be a total of 15 games.
The Challenge A final is slated to be held on September 2022, while the CWC Challenge League B is expected to be held in Jersey in September 2021, with Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya and Uganda contesting at each other in 15 matches, with the final event expected to be played in February 2022. These two leagues will be held alongside the World Cricket Super League.
“After the 21 tri-series in League 2 have been completed, the top three teams will confirm their place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023. The bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2023 – which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier – and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B,” the ICC explained in a statement.
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