Associates pathway to 2023 World Cup undergoes major revamp

The ICC announced on Saturday that the diet of more than 50 accessories for Associate teams will undergo a significant transformation starting in 2019 as part of a redesigned qualification path that leads to the Men's World Cup 2023 in India.

The number of countries participating in the tournament will remain at 10 for 2023. The top eight qualifiers will automatically qualify for their performance in the ODI League of 13 teams, or as it is now known, the Super League World Cup of Cricket (CWC) ICC. This means that 24 teams (the last five in the Super League plus 19 Associates from the rest of the structure of the former World Cricket League) will compete for the last two places in the Men's World Cup in 2023.

It will still be a frustration Many consider the competitiveness not only of Ireland and Zimbabwe, but also of Scotland and the Netherlands in this year's World Cup Qualification in March. However, in the long term, the large increase in accessories for approved Associates at the ICC meeting in Singapore can help players get the time they desperately need in the field and create a case to expand the amount of equipment in the future World Cups.

summary of what has changed in terms of the Men's World Cup road from Full Member Level to Division Five of the World Cricket League:

ODI League of 13 teams with the new name of "ICC CWC Super League"

Before : Eight teams, including host England, qualified automatically for the 2019 World Cup according to their ICC classification. There was no obligation to play against other teams at the bottom of the table, which leaves the schedule of matches and classification points open to manipulation.

For example, at this time, India has 52 games that count towards its No. 1 ranking in ODI. The number corresponding to Ireland's 12th position is 23 and it is just 16 for Scotland's 13th position, which beat the best ranked England in June. With the teams at the top end of the table without playing at the bottom, it was virtually impossible for the Associates to improve their positions.

After : The prize won by the Netherlands for finishing first in all three The WCL Championship of 2015-17 years is being grouped with the 12 Full Members in a two-year ODI tournament starting in May from 2020. Each team will play with eight of the other 12 possible opponents: four series at home and four series away, with three games in each series for a total of 24 games.

Since everyone plays an equal number of matches, the rating will now be based on the points table instead of a ranking calculation. The eight best teams at the end of the Super League will automatically go to the Men's World Cup 2023. The first five teams will fall back into the World Cup Qualifier to have a second chance to take one of the last two places in India .

Championship of the CMT with the new brand name "CWC League Two" with expanded matches and ODI status

Before : The Netherlands only had 14 one-day games from 2015 to 2017 as part of the WCL Championship, and ended up playing only 12 with two games eliminated. The eight-team competition was played in seven rounds (three at home and three in a final neutral round in the UAE) with two matches per round. Only teams with ODI status (Scotland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, United Arab Emirates) could have matches with each other as ODIs.

After : Holland's promotion to the Super League means that the next edition will be seven teams: Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Scotland and the first four finalists in the WCL Division Two to be played at early 2019. However, all will play each other at home and away, three home games and three out by opponent, for a total of 36 games per team from July 2019 until the end of 2021. Unlike the CMT Championship , all teams and games in League Two of CWC will have ODI status.

The three best teams in the points table at the end of The advance of the competition to the qualifying World Cup. The four teams at the bottom fall back into a repechage event known as the CWC Classification Playoff, or what used to be known as WCL Division Two.

The Three, Four and Five Divisions of WCL were called "CWC Challenge League A & B" with more options. matches and status of List A

Before : if a team failed to move up through the structure of the WCL Division: six-team tournaments in which all finalists passed to be the next division finalists: their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were effectively frustrated.

For example, Division Three only took place once every 18-24 months. If a country failed to secure the promotion during all five round-robin matches, it could not have more than 50 cricketers for two years, until the next Division Three or Division Four, if they suffered a decrease after finishing in the last two. , for another possibility of promotion.

Prior to this week's ICC meeting in Singapore, List A status was only granted to matches starting in Division Two of the CMT or higher, including the WBC Championship. Divisions Three, Four and Five of the CMT were classified as "another cricket over 50".

After the conclusion of WCL Division Three in Oman next month , where the first two of the six teams will be promoted to the WCL Division Two and the WCL Division Two in early 2019, the Three to Five Divisions will be grouped and divided into two groups of six teams. every. These two groups of six will be renamed "CWC Cup Challenge League A & League B".

Instead of possibly having only five matches every two years, all League A & B teams will be guaranteed 15 matches over 27 months. August 2019. Nor will they suffer the drastic consequence of the relegation for a bad week in a tournament of the WCB Division. They will be evaluated in their form throughout more than two years of competition and all the parties in this competition will have the status of List A, putting it on a par with the national one-day leagues in all the test nations.

The winner of League A and B will join the four final finishers of CWC's Two League in the CWC Qualifying Qualifier, effectively the former WCL Division Two. The first two results in the qualifying round of the CWC will join the other eight teams in the World Cup standings. The latest version of the WCL Division Two / CWC qualifying playoff took place in Namibia in February. Nepal and the United Arab Emirates finished in the top two after a wild end of drama to advance to the World Cup Qualification in Zimbabwe.

The most significant aspect of the restructuring of the CMT is that it still leaves the door open for the classification of the Men's World Cup of 2023 for a team starting 2019 classified as low as No. 32, which would have placed them in Division Five of the CMT. That team would have to finish at the top of the CWC Challenge A or B, then finish in the top two of the six-team CWC qualifying round, and then finish in the top two of the World Cup standings. of ten teams. But as Afghanistan showed when it started in Division Five of the WCL in 2008, there is hope for each Associate.


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