Asia’s associate powerhouses Nepal, UAE and Oman are all set to compete against seven other nations in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. The tournament in June and July will decide the remaining two spots in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
The group stages are yet to be decided, and all ten teams have equal chances to book a spot in the mega event in the months of October and November. Interestingly, Nepal has been given the opportunity to host T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers from November 1 to 10.
This implies that the ICC has seemingly anticipated the scenario where Nepal, UAE, and Oman, who are set to compete in the World Cup Qualifier, might not qualify for the World Cup 2023 in India. But the big question is, what if one among UAE, Oman or Nepal seals the ticket to India? Especially Nepal who are the host of the Asian region’s qualification tournament for the T20 World Cup 2024, as the month of November clashes with the World Cup and T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier. Well, time will tell…
Scotland, Oman and Nepal (Top 3 teams of CWC League 2), Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Netherlands (Bottom 5 teams of Super League), UAE, and USA (From Qualifier Play-off) will compete in Zimbabwe for the remaining two seats of Cricket World Cup.
Meanwhile, The T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers will have eight teams competing for two spots in the upcoming T20 World Cup, with two teams from the sub-regional tournament joining Nepal, Oman, Hong Kong, UAE, Bahrain, and Singapore in the regional final. The teams will be divided into two groups, and the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals. The victorious teams from the semifinals will secure their spots in the highly anticipated mega event to be co-hosted by West Indies and the USA.