The ICC introduced on Saturday that the food plan of 50-over fixtures for Affiliate groups will bear a big transformation from 2019 as a part of a redesigned qualification pathway main into the 2023 Males’s World Cup in India.
The variety of international locations taking part in within the event will stay at 10 for 2023. The highest eight will robotically qualify based mostly on their efficiency within the 13-team ODI League, or as it’s now recognized, the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) Tremendous League. Because of this 24 groups – the underside 5 within the Tremendous League plus 19 Associates from the remainder of the previous World Cricket League construction – will compete for the ultimate two spots within the 2023 Males’s World Cup.
It’ll stay a frustration to many contemplating the competitiveness of not simply Eire and Zimbabwe but additionally Scotland and Netherlands at this 12 months’s World Cup Qualifier in March. In the long run although, the broad improve in fixtures for Associates accepted on the ICC assembly in Singapore could assist gamers get desperately wanted time on the sector and construct a case for increasing the variety of groups at future World Cups.
Here is a rundown of what has modified when it comes to the Males’s World Cup pathway from Full Member degree all the way down to the Division 5 of the World Cricket League:
The 13-team ODI League rebranded “ICC CWC Tremendous League”
Earlier than: Eight groups, together with hosts England, robotically certified for the 2019 World Cup based mostly on their ICC rankings. There was no obligation to play in opposition to different groups on the backside of the desk, leaving scheduling of fixtures and rankings factors open to manipulation.
For instance, proper now, India have 52 matches counting in direction of their No. 1 ODI rating. The corresponding determine for 12th ranked Eire is 23 and it’s a mere 16 for 13th ranked Scotland, who beat then top-ranked England in June. With groups on the high finish of the desk not taking part in these on the backside, it was nearly unattainable for the Associates to enhance their positions.
After: The prize that Netherlands received for ending first within the three-year WCL Championship from 2015-17 is being grouped with the 12 Full Members in a two-year lengthy ODI event starting in Could 2020. Every staff will play eight of the opposite 12 attainable opponents – 4 collection house and 4 collection away – with three matches in every collection for a complete of 24 matches.
Since everybody performs an equal variety of fixtures, qualification will now be based mostly on the factors desk quite than a rankings calculation. The highest eight groups on the finish of the Tremendous League will robotically undergo to the 2023 Males’s World Cup. The underside 5 groups will fall again into the World Cup Qualifier for a second probability at taking one of many last two spots in India.
WCL Championship rebranded “CWC League Two” with expanded fixtures and ODI standing
Earlier than: Netherlands solely had 14 one-day fixtures from 2015 to 2017 as a part of the WCL Championship, and so they wound up taking part in solely 12 with two matches washed out. The eight-team competitors was performed throughout seven rounds – three house and three away with a last impartial spherical within the UAE – with two matches per spherical. Solely groups with ODI standing (Scotland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, UAE) may have matches in opposition to one another counted as ODIs.
After: Netherlands promotion to the Tremendous League means the following version shall be seven groups – Nepal, UAE, Scotland plus the highest 4 finishers in WCL Division Two to be performed in early 2019. Nevertheless, all of them will play one another on a house and away foundation – three matches house and three away per opponent – for a complete of 36 matches per staff from July 2019 by way of to the top of 2021. In contrast to the WCL Championship, all groups and matches in CWC League Two may have ODI standing.
The highest three groups on the factors desk on the finish of the competitors advance to the World Cup Qualifier. The underside 4 groups fall again right into a repechage occasion dubbed the CWC Qualifier Playoff, or what was previously often known as WCL Division Two.
WCL Divisions Three, 4 and 5 rebranded “CWC Problem League A & B” with expanded fixtures and Checklist A standing
Earlier than: If a staff failed to achieve promotion by way of the WCL Division construction – six-team round-robin tournaments the place solely the highest two finishers have been promoted into the following division – their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup have been successfully dashed.
For instance, Division Three solely happened as soon as each 18-24 months. If a rustic did not safe promotion throughout the 5 round-robin matches, it may need no extra 50-over cricket for 2 years – till the following Division Three, or Division 4 in the event that they suffered relegation by ending within the backside two – for one more probability at promotion.
Previous to this week’s ICC assembly in Singapore, Checklist A standing was solely given to matches beginning in WCL Division Two or greater together with the WCL Championship. WCL Divisions Three, 4 and 5 have been categorized as “different 50-over cricket”.
After: Following the conclusion of WCL Division Three in Oman subsequent month – the place the highest two of six groups shall be promoted to WCL Division Two – and WCL Division Two in early 2019, Divisions Three by way of 5 shall be bunched collectively and divided into two teams of six groups every. These two teams of six shall be rebranded as “CWC Cup Problem League A & League B.”
As an alternative of getting probably simply 5 matches each two years, all groups in League A & B shall be assured 15 fixtures throughout 27 months from August 2019. Additionally they will not endure the drastic consequence of relegation for one dangerous week at a WCB Division event. They are going to be judged on their kind throughout greater than two years of competitors and all matches on this competitors may have Checklist A standing, placing it on par with home one-day leagues in all Take a look at nations.
The winner of League A & B will be part of the underside 4 finishers from CWC League Two within the CWC Qualifier Playoff, successfully the previous WCL Division Two. The highest two finishes within the CWC Qualifier Playoff will then be part of the opposite eight groups within the World Cup Qualifier. The latest model of WCL Division Two/CWC Qualifier Playoff happened at Namibia in February. Nepal and UAE completed within the high two after a wild last day of drama to advance to the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.
Probably the most important side of the WCL restructure is that it nonetheless leaves the door open to 2023 Males’s World Cup qualification for a staff who begins 2019 ranked as little as No. 32, which might have positioned them in WCL Division 5. That staff would want to complete on the high of CWC Problem League A or B, then end within the high two of the six-team CWC Qualifier Playoff, after which end within the high two of the ten-team World Cup Qualifier. However as Afghanistan confirmed by beginning off in WCL Division 5 in 2008, there’s hope for each Affiliate.