KATHMANDU, April 21: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has unveiled the schedule for the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier for the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 which will be held in Australia. The newly-released schedule shows that Nepal, participating from the Eastern sub region, will have to advance for three rounds in order to qualify to the World Cup.
Six teams will be selected for the World Cup from five continents which includes Eastern sub region and Middle East sub region from Asia, Europe regional, Southern and Eastern African regional, Northern sub region, Pacific sub region and East Asian sub region.
The qualifiers will be played between 62 nations in which two teams will qualify from Asia, Africa and America regions each, while one each will advance from East Asia Pacific and Europe region.
Nepal is pitted in the Group B of Asia and will play in the qualifiers from October 3 to 12.
Nepal will face the host Malaysia, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand, while the Group A consists of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which will be played from April 20 to 27 in Kuwait.
The top three teams of both the Asian groups will play another qualifying round and the top two teams from that qualifiers will play in the Global Qualifiers.
In the Global Qualifiers, two teams from Asia, two from Africa, two from America and one each from East Asia Pacific and Europe will play against the top six teams who failed to enter in the ICC T20 World Rankings.
The top six teams from the Global Qualifiers will then participate along with the top 10 nations from the world rankings in the World Cup.