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ICC unveils route map to India 2023


The International Cricket Council (ICC) which has been a tad busy in planning the activities for the futuristic sporting events has officially unveiled the road to India 2023 today. Just a month after England clinched 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup, the path to India 2023 tournament starts with ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 in Scotland.

ICC unveils route map to India 2023
International Cricket Council launches the road to India 2023

Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 will be played for two and a half years and will have seven teams, 21 series,126 ODIs.

It should be noted that the inaugural League 2 series will be played 14-21 August between Scotland, PNG and Oman at Mannofield Park, Scotland.

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League 2 will see 126 ODIs played across 21 tri-series as it comes in the new four-year qualification structure for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup qualification- a four-year cycle, one month after England got the better of New Zealand in the nerve-wracking 2019 Final at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Digging in detail, the Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 is just two steps from making it to India 2023 as it comes below the Men’s CWC Super League.

The League 2 will ensure to provide much more competitive cricket for the seven teams like Namibia, Nepal, Oman, PNG, Scotland, UAE and USA, with each team playing 36 ODI matches over two and half years from August 2019 to January 2022.

From 14 – 21 August, Scotland, PNG and Oman will take on each other in the inaugural series in Mannofield Park. This includes four ODIs for each team, worth 2 points per ODI match which will contribute to the Men’s CWC League 2 table. After the 21 tri-series have been finished, the three top teams will confirm their place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022 and this is how the qualification process goes.

On the contrary, the bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022 – which gives one more chance for the failure teams to make a final impact so that they could make it to the Global Qualifier where they will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B.

At last, the top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of taking part in the India 2023, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.

Oman Coach, identified as Duleep Mendis said, “As a cricketer who participated in four Cricket World Cups and captaining in the last one, it is heartening to see Associate Members having a FTP till 2022. This is a fantastic opportunity for teams to participate in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and I would like to congratulate the ICC for this initiative.”

Meanwhile, Emirates Cricket Board Member and spokesperson, Zayed Abbas said, “We thank the ICC for the number of matches lined up for UAE Cricket during Men’s Cricket World League 2. Our ultimate goal is to be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023. We hope we can make this a reality.”

USA Cricket Project Manager, Eric Parthen also joined the bandwagon to express his opinion. He said, “After successfully climbing the World Cricket League ladder over the last few years, USA Cricket is very much looking forward to the new challenge of World Cup Cricket League 2.”

“League 2 is full of teams that have played at the highest level of Associate cricket and the U.S. Men’s National Team and our staff are excited for the opportunity to play 36 ODIs over the next 2 years against the top Associates in global cricket.”

PNG Chief Executive, Greg Campbell said: “Cricket PNG is really excited about the new format and new competition structure. It has been a tough 12 months since Zimbabwe and after the close competition in Namibia we are looking forward to the 36 ODI’s over the next 2.5 years starting with the tours in Scotland and USA.”

Namibia National Head Coach, Pierre de Bruyn said, “Cricket Namibia is very excited to start the CWC League 2 in September against PNG and hosts USA. The Eagles secured ODI Status by winning the Division 2 Qualifier in Windhoek in April 2019. It is going to be a very competitive ODI League over the next couple of years leading up to the CWC 2023. The Eagles have been working very hard at training and wishing them all the best.”

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley is very much thrilled by the prospect of four years of competitive men’s 50 over cricket. “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.

“Men’s CWC League 2 gives the seven competing teams, 36 One Day Internationals across two and 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.”

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Series one schedule

Wednesday 14 August

Oman v PNG

Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Thursday 15 August

Scotland v Oman

Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Saturday 17 August

Scotland v PNG

Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Sunday 18 August

Scotland v Oman

Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Tuesday 20 August

Scotland v PNG

Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Wednesday 21 August

Oman v PNG

Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A

Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B

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

Each league will lock horns with each other in a six-team tournament format each year, which means that each team will play five matches annually.

These teams will both be classified as List-A leagues and matches played will have List-A status as per ICC. The first Challenge League A event will take place in September 2019.

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