Breaking News: ICC Reveals Groups and Schedule for Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially announced the groups and schedule for the highly anticipated Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The qualifying tournament will be held in Zimbabwe from June 18, featuring a captivating showdown between ten formidable teams vying for the last two spots in the upcoming ten-team tournament in India.

The tournament consists of two groups of five teams each, with the top three advancing to the Super Six phase. The Super Six stage will see teams competing against opponents from the other group, with the points accumulated against fellow Super Six teams from their original group carrying forward. The top two teams emerging from this phase will secure their places in the main event and will battle it out in a thrilling Qualifier final.

Group A appears to be the tougher of the two groups on paper, with in-form Nepal being the fourth-seeded team among a strong lineup that includes the West Indies, Netherlands, USA, and the hosts, Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, Group B is expected to witness Sri Lanka as the frontrunners, facing off against Ireland, Scotland, and Oman, all of whom have earned their spots through impressive performances in previous tournaments.

While the West Indies and Scotland have already made their squads public, some teams are grappling with player availability due to commitments in County Cricket and UK domestic leagues. Richie Berrington’s Scottish side will be without key players such as Michael Jones, Josh Davey, and Brad Wheal due to these commitments. Similarly, the Netherlands is also likely to miss several players. However, talented players like Durham’s Bas de Leede will be available to bolster their respective teams.

The matches will be held at the prestigious Harare Sports Club and the Queens Sports Club, with live coverage provided through televised broadcasts. Additionally, matches at Takashinga Cricket Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club will be streamed via ICC.tv.

Addressing earlier speculation, the ICC has confirmed that the Decision Review System (DRS) will be in place for the tournament. However, DRS will only be utilized from the Super Six phase and onwards, adding an extra layer of excitement and strategic decision-making to the later stages of the competition.

Cricket enthusiasts around the globe eagerly await the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, as it promises to be a captivating battle for the final two spots in the prestigious ten-team tournament in India. The participating teams will leave no stone unturned in their quest for victory, providing fans with thrilling displays of cricketing prowess and unrelenting competition.

Groups for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier

Group A: West Indies, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Nepal, USA

Group B: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman, UAE

Fixtures

Sunday, 18 JuneZimbabwe v Nepal, Harare Sports Club
West Indies v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club
Monday, 19 JuneSri Lanka v UAE, Queen’s Sports Club
Ireland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Tuesday, 20 JuneZimbabwe v Netherlands, Harare Sports Club
Nepal v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club
Wednesday, 21 JuneIreland v Scotland, Queen’s Sports Club
Oman v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Thursday, 22 JuneWest Indies v Nepal, Harare Sports Club
Netherlands v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club
Friday, 23 JuneSri Lanka v Oman, Queen’s Sports Club
Scotland v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Saturday, 24 JuneZimbabwe v West Indies, Harare Sports Club
Netherlands v Nepal, Takashinga Cricket Club
Sunday, 25 JuneSri Lanka v Ireland, Queen’s Sports Club
Scotland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Monday, 26 JuneZimbabwe v USA, Harare Sports Club
West Indies v Netherlands, Takashinga Cricket Club
Tuesday, 27 JuneSri Lanka v Scotland, Queen’s Sports Club
Ireland v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Thursday, 29 JuneSuper 6: A2 v B2, Queen’s Sports Club
Friday, 30 JuneSuper 6: A3 v B1, Queen’s Sports Club
Playoff: A5 v B4, Takashinga Cricket Club
Saturday, 1 JulySuper 6: A1 v B3, Harare Sports Club
Sunday, 2 JulySuper 6: A2 v B1, Queen’s Sports Club
Playoff: A4 v B5, Takashinga Cricket Club
Monday, 3 JulySuper 6: A3 v B2, Harare Sports Club
Tuesday, 4 JulySuper 6: A2 v B3, Queen’s Sports Club
Playoff: 7th v 8 th Takashinga Cricket Club
Wednesday, 5 JulySuper Six: A1 v B2, Harare Sports Club
Thursday, 6 JulySuper Six: A3 v B3, Queen’s Sports Club
Playoff: 9th v 10 th Takashinga Cricket Club
Friday, 07 JulySuper Six: A1 v B1, Harare Sports Club
Sunday, 09 JulyFinal, Harare Sports Club

Official Seedings:

NOCountry
1West Indies
2Sri Lanka
3Ireland
4Zimbabwe
5Netherlands
6Scotland
7Oman
8Nepal
9USA
10UAE

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