The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 gets underway in Kirtipur on Thursday, with Namibia, the Netherlands and hosts Nepal taking part in the first of 24 triangular series that will pit the four teams from one stage of qualifying for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2027. Will take you inside. 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 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.
ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley highlighted the importance of League 2 in the development of teams.
ICC Events Head Chris Tetley: “League 2 fixtures are a very important part of our cricket calendar as they not only provide the pathway to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2027 but also provide a schedule of highly competitive cricket around which teams can plan their calendar. Can.
“Many teams playing in League 2 will also participate in the Men's T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies this year. The League 2 series offers members the opportunity to schedule T20I fixtures around their 50-over matches, providing an excellent opportunity to prepare for the World Cup in the T20 format. I wish all the players the best of luck in what promises to be a very closely contested league.”
Nepal captain Rohit Paudel was excited about the upcoming few months as his team prepared to play their first League 2 series at home.
Nepal captain Rohit Paudel: “We are delighted to host the first triangular series in what promises to be a well-contested League 2 with many talented teams.
“It is an exciting time for us as there are less than four months left for the Men's T20 World Cup 2024 and our qualification campaign for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2027 begins.
“We are excited and more confident after the 3-0 win over Canada in the recently concluded series and hope to make a good start in League 2 with this home tri-series.”
Tri-series events in Nepal:
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
Associate Member Future Tour Schedule (2024-27) covering all World Cup League 2 fixtures is available Here.