ICC launch Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2: International Cricket Board have launched a new competition for Associate Members.
Coming on the back of a successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, ICC (International Cricket Council) have launched a brand new tournament for Associate Nations. The seven-team tournament will have space for 126 ODIs which will be played across 21 tri-series.
The seven teams that will take part are Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, UAE and the USA. The top-three teams of the tournament will qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.
ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley explained how proceedings will take place in the newly-launched tournament. Speaking during the event yesterday, Tetley called for “exciting four years” going into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
“Men’s CWC League 2 gives the seven competing teams, 36 One Day Internationals across two and a half years and providing a real cricket calendar for Associate Members. The Challenge Leagues A and B will provide the opportunity for Associate teams ranked 21-36 to continue to play competitive cricket and give teams the opportunity to climb the ladder. It will be an exciting four years of cricket in the lead up to the next ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” Tetley was quoted as saying.
What about the bottom four teams?
The bottom four (out of seven) teams will play Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022. These teams will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B. The first of the 21 tri-series will begin from August 14 between Oman, PNG and Scotland in Scotland.
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“The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup provided us with great entertainment and competitive cricket. I am delighted to see the start of the qualification process to India 2023. The new structure has given meaningful context to bilateral cricket for the Men’s Cricket World Super League, but also more competitive opportunities to Associate Members,” Tetley added.