ICC cricket world cup will start in October this year, and eight teams have already qualified for the tournament. But there are two slots left, and the battle for those two slots will start on 18 June 2023. ICC has announced the schedule for the Qualifier that will be played in Zimbabwe among ten teams. Surprisingly, two of these teams are full members of ICC. In this article, we will talk about the tournament schedule, venue, and tournament format.
You can say that West Indies and Sri Lanka will probably win the qualifiers, but you never know. That is the beauty of this game.
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Schedule
The teams are divided into two groups.
- Group A: Nepal, Netherlands, USA, West Indies, and Zimbabwe.
- Group B: Ireland, Oman, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and UAE.
Following is the schedule for the group stages.
|18th June||Zimbabwe vs Nepal||Harare Sports Club|
|West Indies v USA||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|19th June||Sri Lanka v UAE||Queen’s Sports Club|
|Ireland v Oman||Bulawayo Athletic Club|
|20th June||Zimbabwe v Netherlands||Harare Sports Club|
|Nepal v USA||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|21st June||Ireland v Scotland||Queen’s Sports Club|
|Oman v UAE||Bulawayo Athletic Club|
|22nd June||West Indies v Nepal||Harare Sports Club|
|Netherlands v USA||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|23rd June||Sri Lanka v Oman||Queen’s Sports Club|
|Scotland v UAE||Bulawayo Athletic Club|
|24th June||Zimbabwe v West Indies||Harare Sports Club|
|Netherlands v Nepal||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|25th June||Sri Lanka v Ireland||Queen’s Sports Club|
|Scotland v Oman||Bulawayo Athletic Club|
|26th June||Zimbabwe v USA||Harare Sports Club|
|West Indies v Netherlands||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|27th June||Sri Lanka v Scotland||Queen’s Sports Club|
|Ireland v UAE||Bulawayo Athletic Club|
The top six teams will progress to the super-six stage. Following is the schedule for Super-six.
|29th June||Super 6||A2 v B2|
|30th June||Super 6||A3 v B1|
|Playoff||A5 v B4|
|1st July||Super 6||A1 v B3|
|2nd July||Super 6||A2 v B1|
|Playoff||A4 v B5|
|3rd July||Super 6||A3 v B2|
|4th July||Super 6||A2 v B3|
|Playoff||7th vs 8th|
|5th July||Super 6||A1 v B2|
|6th July||Super 6||A3 v B3|
|Playoff||9th vs 10th|
|7th July||Super 6||A1 v B1|
|9th July||Final||Final vs Final|
Format of the tournament
The format of this tournament is a group stage and then a knockout. The five teams from each group will participate in the group stages, and the top 3 teams will progress to the super-six stage. In this stage, the top two teams will play the finale. And these teams will qualify for the two spots left for the ICC cricket world cup.
Read:- CWC 2023 Pakistan Squad
All these matches will be played in Zimbabwe. Being the hosts, Zimbabwe will try hard to qualify for the world cup. But it will be hard because two permanent ICC members also play in the qualifiers. We will see what sort of cricket will be played in this qualifier tournament. Let’s wait and see how the tournament will turn out.