Qualification process for ICC Men’s T20 WC 2021 confirmed, Nepal to feature directly in global qualification
January 23, 2020 09:03 PM NPT
By: Kamal Subedi
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KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Nepal, along with Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, 4 best T20I ranked teams as of 1 Jan 2020, will directly feature in global qualification along with Regional Qualifiers and Bottom 4 teams of T20 World Cup 2020.
International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday confirmed the qualification process for the additional ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that will take place in 2021 in India. The 16-team Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, which replaces a previously scheduled eight-team ICC Champions Trophy, will see 11 regional qualification events taking place across the five ICC regions such as Africa, Americas, Asia, East-Asia Pacific and Europe with eight teams progressing to one of two global qualifying events. According to media release of the ICC, 16 teams will compete for four T20 World Cup spots in two global qualifiers with the top two teams from each progressing to the event proper in 2021.
The 12 teams, which make round two of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, will gain automatic entry into the event the following year. ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said that the decision to replace the Champions Trophy with a T20 World Cup in 2021 was driven by their commitment to global growth and use T20 as our vehicle to do that.
“Our regional and global qualification pathways have been established and consistently provide compelling and competitive cricket and we didn’t want to lose that despite the tight timelines available to us,” he added. “We worked through a number of options together with Members and we’re all strongly in favour of this approach which allows for both global and regional competitions on the pathway to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.”
William Glenwright, ICC General Manager Development added, “A meritocratic pathway to ICC events is of fundamental importance to our sport and members and that philosophy has been at the heart of establishing this one-off process.
“The very best teams from the five regions will progress to one of the two global qualifiers and the chance of securing one of four spots to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.” All Members who meet the ICC Event Participation Criteria (EPPC) will be eligible to participate in the qualification for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.