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PATHWAY FOR ICC MEN’S WORLD CUP IN EUROPE

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QUALIFICATION FOR ICC MEN’S T20 WORLD CUP 2024 COMMENCES WITH PATHWAY EVENTS LAUNCHING IN EUROPE

  • The road to qualification for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and West Indies begins in June
  • The event promises to be the biggest ever, with more teams competing at the T20 World Cup and more teams than ever before aiming to qualify for it
  • European Sub Regional Qualifiers in Belgium and Finland mark the first step towards the 2024 event and will also feature a record 28 teams vying for qualification from the region

The road to the biggest ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024 commences in June with the first qualifying events taking place in Europe. These events mark the first step in the qualification process, eventually culminating in a record 20 teams competing at the landmark event in the USA and West Indies in 2024.

Over the next two years, teams from across the globe will battle it out in 15 pathway events, all with an eye on sealing a place on the world stage. 68 nations start their journey at Sub Regional Qualifiers, with 28 teams entering at a later stage once the outcomes of this year’s event in Australia are confirmed and the automatic qualifiers for 2024 are known.

The teams seeking to progress from the first step will be spread across 10 Sub Regional Qualifiers; 16 teams from Africa (two events), eight teams from the Americas (one event), nine teams from Asia (two events), seven teams from EAP (two events) in addition to the 28 teams competing from Europe across their three events.

Speaking on the commencement of the qualification pathway, ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said “We are delighted to see a record number of teams competing for places at ICC events as the Men’s T20 World Cup pathway begins in Europe. The T20 format continues to drive the growth of the game and over the next two years we will see new teams competing in ICC events for the very first time.

“A very warm welcome to Hungary, Romania and Serbia who are making their debut and thanks to Cricket Belgium and Cricket Finland for playing host to a record number of teams at this stage in qualification. I would like to wish all the competing teams every success as they begin their journey towards the USA and West Indies in 2024.”

Europe will be the first stop on the qualification calendar, as three Sub Regional Qualifiers unfold in the space of five weeks in Belgium and Finland. More teams are vying for qualification in the region than ever before, as 28 teams all begin their journey aiming to progress to the Europe Final in 2023 which is the last step of the qualification stage where the region’s participating nations at the marquee men’s event in 2024 will be determined.

Belgium will be the stage for the first event, where 20 matches will be played at the Ghent Oval and Royal Brussels Cricket Club between 28 June and 4 July in the Sub Regional Europe C Qualifier supported by Dream 11. The host nation will feature alongside Denmark, Hungary and Gibraltar in Group 1, while Spain, Portugal, Malta and Israel compete in Group 2. Semi-finals and finals will subsequently be held, with the victor sealing a place in the Europe Regional Final.

Qualification then moves on to Finland where grounds in Tikkurila and Kerava will host ICC tournament cricket for the very first time with back-to-back Sub Regional Qualifiers, as 20 teams arrive to battle it out for qualification.

The first of the two events, Sub Regional Europe A Qualifier will take place between 12-19 July and be made up of two groups; Group 1 consisting of hosts Finland, Italy, Sweden, Greece and Croatia, whereas Group 2 will feature Romania, Isle of Man, Cyprus, Turkey and Serbia.

The two groups of teams competing in the final Sub Regional Europe B Qualifier between 24-31 July will be Group 1 containing Guernsey, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Slovenia, with Group 2 featuring Norway, France, Czech Republic, Estonia and Switzerland. In both events, the two group winners will progress to the Final where the winning nation will earn a spot in the Europe Final in 2023.

These events and more will be streamed via fancode.com in the Indian subcontinent, and on ICC.tv across the rest of the world, bringing the action closer than ever to cricket fans around the globe, and allowing them to enjoy every ball of a hugely competitive qualification process.

Once these events have drawn to a close, the focus will then move to other ICC regions towards the latter stages of 2022, where Vanuatu and Japan will prepare to host their Sub Regional qualifying events for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Qualification Structure

20 teams will be competing at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, with 12 teams qualifying automatically, and eight teams determined through regional qualification pathways.

The 12 automatic qualifiers will be identified from the eight top performing teams (top four teams in each Super 12 group) at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia alongside hosts USA and West Indies, with the remaining teams qualifying based on the next highest ranked teams in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings as of 14 November 2022.

Eight qualification spots are available through regional qualifier events – two teams from each of Africa, Asia and Europe will qualify for the event, while the Americas and EAP regions will each have one team progress to the World Cup through their Regional Qualifier.

The teams competing in these Regional Finals will be formed based on the outcomes of Sub Regional Qualifiers.

For a visual illustration of the qualification pathway to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, please click here.

Qualifier Event details:

Event – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe C Qualifier

Host – Belgium

Dates – 28 June – 4 July

Participating Teams – (8 teams) Belgium, Denmark, Gibraltar, Hungary, Israel, Malta, Portugal, Spain

 

Event – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifier

Host – Finland

Dates – 12 – 19 July

Participating Teams – (10) Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Isle of Man, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey

 

Event – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe B Qualifier

Host – Finland

Dates – 24 – 31 July

Participating Teams – (10) Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland

 

Event – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional EAP A Qualifier

Host – Vanuatu

Dates – 9 – 15 September

Participating Teams – (4) Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu

 

Event – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional EAP B Qualifier

Host – Japan

Dates – 15 – 18 October

Participating Teams – (3) Indonesia, Japan, South Korea

 

Event – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa A Qualifier

Host – TBC

Dates – 15 – 24 November

Participating Teams – (8) Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi

 

Event – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa B Qualifier

Host – TBC

Dates – 30 November – 6 December

Participating Teams – (8) Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda St. Helena, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania

 

Match Schedules (all times local):

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe C Qualifier (Belgium)

28 June 2022

Belgium v Gibraltar (Group 1), 11h00, Ghent Oval;

Spain v Malta (Group 2) 11h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club;

Denmark v Hungary (Group 1), 16h00, Ghent Oval;

Portugal v Israel (Group 2), 16h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club

 

29 June 2022

Malta v Portugal (Group 2), 11h00, Ghent Oval;

Gibraltar v Denmark (Group 1), 11h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club;

Israel v Spain (Group 2), 16h00, Ghent Oval;

Hungary v Belgium (Group 1), 16h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club

 

1 July 2022

Spain v Portugal (Group 2), 11h00, Ghent Oval;

Hungary v Gibraltar (Group 1), 11h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club;

Malta v Israel (Group 2), 16h00, Ghent Oval;

Denmark v Belgium (Group 1), 16h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club        

 

2 July 2022

SF1 – Group 1 (3rd) v Group 2 (4th), 11h00, Ghent Oval;

SF2 – Group 1 (1st) v Group 2 (2nd), 11h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club;

SF3 – Group 2 (3rd) v Group 1 (4th), 16h00, Ghent Oval;

SF4 – Group 2 (1st) v Group 1 (2nd) 16h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club

 

4 July 2022

7th Place Play Off – Loser SF1 v Loser SF3, 11h00, Ghent Oval

3rd Place Play Off – Loser SF2 v Loser SF4, 11h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club

5th Place Play Off – Winner SF1 v Winner SF3, 16h00, Ghent Oval

Final – Winner SF2 v Winner SF4, 16h00, Royal Brussels Cricket Club

 

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifier (Finland)

12 July 2022

Italy v Greece (Group 1), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Isle of Man v Cyprus (Group 2), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Sweden v Finland (Group 1), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Romania v Turkey (Group 2), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

13 July 2022 –

Cyprus v Romania (Group 2), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Croatia v Sweden (Group 1) 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Serbia v Isle of Man (Group 2), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Finland v Italy (Group 1), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

15 July 2022

Italy v Sweden (Group 1), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Turkey v Serbia (Group 2), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Greece v Croatia (Group 1), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Romania v Isle of Man (Group 2), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

16 July 2022

Serbia v Romania (Group 2), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Greece v Finland (Group 1), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Turkey v Cyprus (Group 2), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Croatia v Italy (Group 1), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

18 July 2022

Sweden v Greece (Group 1), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Cyprus v Serbia (Group 2), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Finland v Croatia (Group 1), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Isle of Man v Turkey (Group 2), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

19 July 2022

7th Place Play Off, Group 1 (4th) v Group 2 (4th), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground

3rd Place Play Off, Group 1 (2nd) v Group 2 (2nd), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

5th Place Play Off, Group 1 (3rd) v Group 2 (3rd), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground

Final, Group 1 (1st) v Group 2 (1st), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe B Qualifier (Finland)

24 July 2022

Austria v Luxembourg (Group 1), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Norway v Estonia (Group 2), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Guernsey v Bulgaria (Group 1), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

France v Czech Republic (Group 2), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

25 July 2022

Czech Republic v Norway (Group 2), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Slovenia v Austria (Group 1), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Switzerland v France (Group 2), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Luxembourg v Guernsey (Group 1), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

27 July 2022

Guernsey v Austria (Group 1),11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Estonia v Switzerland (Group 2), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Bulgaria v Slovenia (Group 1), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Norway v France (Group 2), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

28 July 2022

Switzerland v Norway (Group 2), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Bulgaria v Luxembourg (Group 1), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Estonia v Czech Republic (Group 2), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Slovenia v Guernsey (Group 1), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

30 July 2022

Austria v Bulgaria (Group 1), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

Czech Republic v Switzerland (Group 2) 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground;

Luxembourg v Slovenia (Group 1), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground;

France v Estonia (Group 2), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

31 July 2022

7th Place Play Off – Group 1 (4th) v Group 2 (4th), 11h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground

3rd Place Play Off – Group 1 (2nd) v Group 2 (2nd), 11h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

5th Place Play Off – Group 1 (3rd) v Group 2 (3rd), 16h00, Tikkurila Cricket Ground

Final – Group 1 (1st) v Group 2 (1st), 16h00, Kerava National Cricket Ground

 

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ICC Media and Communications
Email: [email protected]
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