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Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifying matches rescheduled

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the 20 rescheduled series in the pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India and the dates for the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
  • Men’s Cricket World League 2 and Challenge League schedule announced
  • Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 to take place in Zimbabwe between 18 June and 9 July

All COVID-19 affected series which were postponed in 2020 have been rescheduled in a new look calendar extending to 2023, with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier confirmed to take place in Zimbabwe between 18 June and 9 July 2023.

The Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 ODIs will return on 19 March 2021 when Oman host USA and Nepal in the sixth series of League 2. Six ODIs will be played in the series with Oman currently sitting top of the table on 16 points with the United States four points behind in the standings. There will be 96 ODIs played across the 14 series that are scheduled to be played in 2021 and 2022 respectively and the remaining two in early 2023.

Road to India 2023 – Men's CWC League 2 schedule
Road to India 2023 – Men's CWC League 2 schedule

The Men’s CWC Challenge League A will return between 15 and 28 August 2021 when Canada will host Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu where 15 matches will be played in the second of the three Challenge League A events. Canada lead Singapore on net-run-rate with both teams on eight points in the standings.

Challenge League B will return between 1 and 14 September 2021 with Jersey hosting Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya and Uganda competing in 15 matches. Uganda sit top of the standings with 10 points, followed by Hong Kong with seven. The final Challenge League B event has been scheduled for February 2022 and A for September 2022, with 60 List-A matches due to be played.

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 top two teams from the Play-Off – which has also been rescheduled to 2023 – will keep their hopes alive of participating in India 2023, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.

Road to India 2023 – Men's CWC Challenge League schedule
Road to India 2023 – Men's CWC Challenge League schedule

The two leagues will run simultaneously with the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League which started in July 2020. Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 hosts India and the other top seven Super League teams will qualify automatically for the pinnacle event. The bottom five teams from the Super League will play in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, joining the best three teams from League 2.

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “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. 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.”

All events are subject to COVID-19 arrangements if required at that time.

Event

Host

Dates

Participating Teams

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Oman

19 - 28 March 2021

Oman, USA, Nepal

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

PNG

14 - 24 April 2021

PNG, Oman, Scotland

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

PNG

13 - 23 May 2021

PNG, USA, Namibia

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Scotland

July 2021

Scotland, Nepal, Namibia

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

USA

August 2021

USA, Scotland, UAE

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Namibia

TBC

Namibia, Oman, UAE

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

UAE

December 2021

UAE, Namibia, Oman

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Nepal

February 2022

Nepal, UAE, PNG

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Namibia

25 March - 5 April 2022

Namibia, Nepal, Scotland

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Scotland

June 2022

Scotland, UAE, USA

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

USA

July 2022

USA, Nepal, Oman

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Namibia

TBC

Namibia, PNG, USA

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

PNG

22 September - 2 October 2022

PNG, UAE, Nepal

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Oman

22 November - 2 December 2022

Oman, Scotland, PNG

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

Nepal

February 2023

Nepal, Namibia, Scotland

ICC Men’s CWC League 2

UAE

February 2023

UAE, PNG, Nepal

 

Event

Host

Dates

Participating Teams

ICC Men’s Challenge League A

Canada

15-28 August 2021

Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu

ICC Men’s Challenge League B

Jersey

1-14 September 2021

Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Uganda

ICC Men’s Challenge League B

Uganda

February 2022

Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Uganda

ICC Men’s Challenge League A

Malaysia

September 2022

Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu

 

Event

Host

Dates

Participating Teams

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League

Various

July 2020 – March 2023

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off

TBC

2023

Bottom teams from Men’s CWC League 2 x4

Top teams from Challenge Leagues A and B x2

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier

Zimbabwe

18 June – 9 July 2023

Bottom teams from Men’s CWC Super League x5

Top teams from Men’s CWC League 2 x3

Top teams from Men’s CWC Qualifier Play-Off x2

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

India

October – 26 November 2023

India as Hosts

Top teams from Men’s CWC Super League x7

Top teams from Men’s CWC Qualifier x2

 

Notes to Editors:

The ICC Board has approved a detailed COVID-19 contingency plan in consultation with the ICC Medical Committee for all ICC Qualifying Events. The ICC’s priority is the protection and well-being of everyone involved in its events. Plans have been developed, which detail on-going risk management processes to monitor and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all hosts and participants.

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