The qualifying tournament for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is set to be moved to Ireland and Scotland next summer. Hosting rights had previously been awarded to Bangladesh, but they no longer wish to host the event as they are almost certain to qualify automatically for the World Cup. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশ থেকে সরে গেলো বিশ্বকাপ বাছাই পর্ব]
Ireland and Scotland’s joint bid is expected to be ratified at next month’s ICC board meeting, significantly boosting the prospects of Ireland and Scotland reaching the main tournament. Zimbabwe would also like to host the qualifier but it is unclear whether they have the infrastructure – either the cricket facilities or hotels – to host the ten-nation event.
The shift of the World Cup to Ireland and Scotland will boost the prospect of the two countries reaching the main tournament.
The ICC were impressed when Ireland and Scotland jointly hosted the qualifiers for the last World Twenty20, in 2015.The qualifying tournament, previously scheduled for April next year, is now likely to be played from early July to early August to minimise the chances of disruption by the weather. It is understood that the ICC has already mapped out a provisional schedule of matches, although the make-up of the teams will not be clear until early 2018.
The event is likely to feature two groups of five, with the top three nations in each advancing to the Super Six stage, where they will play the teams to advance from the other pool. The top two nations would then advance to the final, and secure their berths in the 2019 World Cup in England.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com