ICC announces a “new calendar” to compensate for the postponements caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
The qualification for the 50-Over World Cup 2023, which is to take place in India, will now take place from June to July 2023 in Zimbabwe as part of a mammoth new “New Look Calendar” announced by the ICC to compensate for delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The qualification in Zimbabwe will take place from June 18 to July 9, while the ODIs of the Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 will be played from March 19, 2021 when Oman – currently at the top of the table – is in the sixth series of the USA and Nepal host is tournament. Six ODIs will be played there, and a total of 96 in the 14 series to be played in 2021 and 2022, two more in early 2023.
The men’s CWC Challenge League A will be played in August next year. A total of 15 games against Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu will be played in Canada. In addition, Challenge League B will be held in Jersey in September 2021. Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya and Uganda compete in 15 games against each other. The final Challenge League B event is scheduled for February 2022, while that of Challenge League A is scheduled for September 2022 with 60 List A games.
In a statement, the ICC explained the qualification process as follows: “After completing the 21 Tri-Series in League 2, the top three teams will confirm their place in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier for men. The bottom four teams will fall.” in the men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2023 – which is a repechage event for the Global Qualifier – and is accompanied by the winner of Challenge League A and B. The two best teams from the play-off – that was also postponed to 2023 – will keep their hopes of participating in India 2023 upright by qualifying for the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. “
These two leagues will be played concurrently with the World Cup Super League, which began with the resumption of cricket in mid-2020. Australia (40 points out of six games), England (30 out of nine) and Pakistan (20 out of three) are the top three teams at this table, including India, Zimbabwe and Ireland, all with ten points out of three games.
India, the hosts of the 2023 tournament, and the other seven top Super League teams qualify directly for the World Cup, while the bottom five Super League teams play in the 2023 Cricket World Cup qualifiers and choose the top three teams then League 2. The World Cup itself is planned for October to November 2023.
“When we postponed the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to October and November 2023, we were able to extend the time window for qualifying events, ensuring that we maximize the opportunity to decide on qualification on the field,” said ICC- Chief of Events Chris Tetley said in a statement. “We have worked very closely with members and stakeholders to reschedule 96 ODIs and 60 List-A games and will continue to ensure the safety of those attending our events as our top priority.”