ICC cricket world cup 2023 is about to start later this year, and the race to become one of the ten teams is still on. Eight teams have directly qualified for India’s world cup this year, while the two spots are still open. This year, the ICC changed the format and selected eight teams from the super league. The super league ended recently, and eight teams, along with the hosts India, have earned a spot in the world cup this year. But, for the 2 remaining spots, there will be a qualifier tournament from June to July in Zimbabwe.
In this article, we will talk about the teams that have qualified for the world cup directly, while we will also discuss the teams who will be in the race for the final two spots.
So without any delay, let’s get right into it.
Teams playing in the ICC CWC 2023
A total of 8 teams have qualified for the cricket world cup. These teams managed to be in the top 8 on the rankings of the super league. India being the hosts, qualified automatically for the spot. Hence, the remaining 7 teams secured their spot.
Following are the teams
- New Zealand
- South Africa
This year was quite a surprise. Full members like West Indies and Sri Lanka failed to qualify, while the South Africans were in hot water for a long time.
On the other hand, teams like Bangladesh and Afghanistan have proved to be quite excellent. Especially the Afghans have rightfully secured their spot by playing top-class cricket.
It was only for a while, but Pakistan was at the top of the ICC rankings in the super league. New Zealand suffered a fatal blow when their top Batsman, Kane Williamson, got injured while playing in the Indian Premier League.
Which teams will play in the qualifier round?
It was surprising that West Indies and Sri Lanka failed to qualify. Their quality of cricket has declined over the years. You can say that the lack of management from their respective cricket boards has contributed to this.
Let’s see, the remaining 5 teams from the original 13 participants of the super league will be playing the qualifier for the two spots left for the ICC Cricket world cup 2023.
Following are the team who will face off against each other in Zimbabwe
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
As you can see, five out of the original 13 teams from the super league are on the roster, while the remaining 5 teams have earned their spot by winning the ICC qualification tournament. The Qualifier Tournament will be played in Zimbabwe, and if you are interested in the details, you can read the following table.
|ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier|
|Schedule||18 June to 19 July|
|Tournament Format||Round Robin and Knockout stages|
|Teams||Ten teams. The following will be playing in the tournament:
So, these teams will be playing in the ICC cricket world cup. Let’s see if the defending champs can defend their title. England will have to buck up and face strong teams if they do not want the Cup to go elsewhere. But that will happen if they can play top-class cricket in the Asian conditions. There is also this fiasco of whether Pakistan will play the world cup since the Indian government is playing petty games by bringing politics into sports.
But as cricket fans, we hope the SPORTS and the spirit of cricket will win.