New Delhi [India]February 13 (ANI): The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 begins in Kirtipur on Thursday, with Namibia, the Netherlands and hosts Nepal taking part in the first of 24 triangular series that will take the four teams within one stage of qualifying. Will go. ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2027. This major event will be played in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Canada, Oman, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and the United States are the other teams in the eight-team league that will feature 144 matches ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers, the ICC said in a release.
The top four teams from Ligue 2 will make it to the World Cup qualifiers. They will be joined in the Qualifier by the four teams that came through the Qualifier play-off, as well as teams that do not automatically qualify based on the ICC ODI Rankings.
Teams were placed into World Cup League 2 and the Qualifier Play-offs based on the previous World Cup qualification cycle.
The top four teams in the qualifiers, a highly competitive competition in which two-time world champions West Indies faced defeat last time out, will join the 10 direct qualifiers for the World Cup. Co-hosts South Africa and Zimbabwe and the other top eight ranked teams will complete the 14-team World Cup lineup.
Finishing in the bottom four in League 2 does not eliminate teams from Cricket World Cup qualification, although it means the added threat of having to participate in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier play-off, effectively a repechage tournament in which the top four Teams also feature in the World Cup Challenge League, the third tier of international 50-over cricket.
While a strong performance in the play-offs can bring a team back into the race for the Cricket World Cup through the qualifiers, a poor performance by the League 2 side also risks demotion to the Challenge League. It was cruel fate for Papua New Guinea in the previous cycle, finishing last in League 2 before reaching last place in the play-offs.
Six teams return to Ligue 2 after participating in the previous edition, with two new teams entering the field. Cricket World Cup 2023 head-turners Netherlands, led by wicketkeeper-batsman Scott Edwards, have taken down the early favorites tag while Canada have been relegated to the competition after finishing above Jersey and Papua New Guinea in the qualifier play-offs early last year. Was promoted in.
There is no shortage of stories in associate international cricket, with the Dutch potentially coming back to upset defending League 2 champions Scotland. It was the Scots who edged out a potential Cricket World Cup 2023 berth by the Dutch on net run rate, with Bas De Leede's individual performance fresh in the memory. The Scots will again be in the mix for the top four and tournament honours, with Zeeshan Maqsood's Oman looking to go one better than their second place finish in the last cycle.
Hosting the Dutch and Namibia in the first tri-series, Nepal have built on a strong build-up to the series win over Canada, and captain Rohit Paudel says he is looking forward to future challenges in both white-ball formats.
Namibia will be looking for a revenge of sorts in their meetings with Nepal, as it was Nepal's historic ODI run, winning 12 of their last 13 ODI matches in the last League 2 cycle, that helped Gerhard Erasmus' men Stopped in the play-off competition, where they missed entry into the qualifiers.
Elsewhere, the United States returned after finishing fifth in the previous League 2 cycle, while the United Arab Emirates held on to their place in the competition despite finishing second-last.
Muhammad Wasim's side retained their place in the qualifier play-offs by finishing above Jersey and Papua New Guinea.
First League 2 triangular series (including Nepal, Namibia and Netherlands):
15 February: Nepal vs Namibia
17 February: Nepal vs Netherlands
19 February: Namibia vs Netherlands
21 February: Nepal vs Namibia
23 February: Namibia vs Netherlands
25 February: Nepal vs Netherlands
All matches at Tribhuvan University Ground, Kirtipur
League 2 teams:
United Arab Emirates
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