ICC ODI World Cup qualifiers begin on June 18
The race for the final two spots in the 2023 International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI World Cup intensifies as ten teams battle it out in the Qualifiers that shall begin in Zimbabwe from June 18 onwards, reports Cricbuzz.
West Indies, Sri Lanka and the tournament hosts are the predominant teams alongside Nepal, Ireland, Scotland, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and United States of America. The tournament will be held across three venues - Harare Sports Club, Queens Sports Club and Takashinga Cricket Club.
The teams have been split into two groups of five each with the top three from each group progressing to the Super Six stage. In that round, the teams that have progressed will carryover points if they've managed to win over any of their fellow qualified sides. The top two teams from the Super Six stage make it to the final and shall gain qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
The Qualifiers shall grab a lot more eyeballs this time around due to the presence of four full member nations in the mix. Hosts Zimbabwe will enjoy tremendous local support but it is the presence of former World Cup winners Sri Lanka and West Indies that shall boost the hype around this tournament with Ireland not a pushover either. Understandably, everyone associated with the tournament is buzzing with excitement.
"The countdown to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 is entering the final stages and this event presents an incredible opportunity for teams to earn a place in the pinnacle event of one day cricket," said ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice
"The stakes don't get any bigger in what will be a very competitive event enjoyed by fans looking to see who will join the eight teams that have already booked their tickets to India.
"With two former Men's Cricket World Cup champions among the contenders as well as emerging cricket nations who are aiming to qualify for the first time, this unique event, featuring teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe will be a showcase of the global game."
The Netherlands will open their campaign against Zimbabwe on June 20 at Harare Sports Club, while Scotland face rivals Ireland in Bulawayo on June 21 at Queens Sports Club.