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2023 Cricket World Cup qualification

The 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification process was the edition of Cricket World Cup qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup and the introduction of a new qualification process. A series of cricket competitions determined which countries took part in the 2023 Cricket World Cup. In total, 32 countries took part in the qualification process, from which 10 teams qualified for the World Cup.

The 32 teams were divided into three leagues—Super League (13 teams), League 2 (7 teams) and Challenge League (12 teams). Based on the results of the leagues, teams either directly qualify for the World Cup, were eliminated from World Cup qualification, or advanced to other supplementary qualifying tournaments through which they could qualify for the World Cup. The supplementary qualifying tournaments also determined the promotion and relegation between the leagues. As it was the first use of the new process, teams were allocated to the three leagues based on their ICC member status, ODI status and rank from the 2017–2019 ICC World Cricket League.[1]

Overview

A diagram that explains the qualification structure for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup

As with the previous edition, the 2023 World Cup featured ten teams. The main route for qualification was the 2020–23 Super League tournament. From the thirteen competitors in this tournament, the top seven sides plus the hosts (India) qualified for the World Cup. The remaining five teams, along with five Associate sides, proceeded to the 2023 qualifier, from which two teams went through to the final tournament.[2][3]

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Venues Total
times
qualified
Last
time
qualified
Previous best
performance
Number of
teams
 India Hosts 13 2019 Winners (1983, 2011) 1
 New Zealand ICC Super League Winners 30 July 2020 – 14 May 2023 Various 13 2019 Runners-Up (2015, 2019) 7
 England ICC Super League Runners-Up 13 2019 Winners (2019)
 Bangladesh ICC Super League 3rd Place 7 2019 Quarter-Finals (2015)
 Australia ICC Super League 4th Place 13 2019 Winners (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)
 Afghanistan ICC Super League 5th Place 3 2019 Groupe Stage (2015, 2019)
 Pakistan ICC Super League 7th Place 13 2019 Winners (1992)
 South Africa ICC Super League 8th Place 9 2019 Semi-Finals (1992, 1999, 2007, 2015, 2019)
 Sri Lanka World Cup Qualifier Winners 18 June – 9 July 2023 Zimbabwe 13 2019 Winners (1996) 2
 Netherlands World Cup Qualifier Runners-Up 5 2011 Groupe Stage (1996, 2003, 2007, 2011)
Total 10

Teams were eliminated from World Cup qualification as follows:

Tournament Date Venue Eliminations Teams
Challenge League 16 September 2019 – 14 December 2022 Various 10  Bermuda
 Denmark
 Hong Kong
 Italy
 Kenya
 Malaysia
 Qatar
 Singapore
 Uganda
 Vanuatu
Qualifier Play-off 24 March – 5 April 2023  Namibia 4  Canada
 Jersey
 Namibia
 Papua New Guinea
Qualifier 18 June – 9 July 2023  Zimbabwe 8  Ireland
   Nepal
 Oman
 Scotland
 United Arab Emirates
 United States
 West Indies
 Zimbabwe
Total 22

Qualifying leagues

Super League

League Outcome
Qualification Berths Teams
Host Nation 1  India
Qualified for World Cup 7  Afghanistan
 Australia
 Bangladesh
 England
 New Zealand
 Pakistan
 South Africa
Advanced to Qualifier 5  Ireland
 Netherlands
 Sri Lanka
 West Indies
 Zimbabwe
Total 13
Pos Team Pld W L NR Ded Pts NRR Progress to
1  New Zealand 24 16 5 3 0 175 0.914 2023 Cricket World Cup[a]
2  England 24 15 8 1 0 155 0.976
3  Bangladesh 24 15 8 1 0 155 0.220
4  Australia 24 15 9 0 0 150 0.785
5  Afghanistan 18 14 3 1 0 145 0.573
6  India 21 13 6 2 1 139[b] 0.782
7  Pakistan 21 13 8 0 0 130 0.108
8  South Africa 24 9 13 2 2 98[c] −0.077
9  West Indies 24 9 15 0 2 88[d] −0.738 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
10  Sri Lanka 24 7 14 3 4 81[e] −0.369
11  Ireland 24 6 15 3 2 73[f] −0.357
12  Zimbabwe 24 6 17 1 0 65 −0.952
13  Netherlands 24 3 20 1 0 35 −1.179
Source: ICC[12], ESPN Cricinfo[13] The series between Afghanistan and India, and Afghanistan and Pakistan were not played (or awarded to either side).
Notes:
  1. ^ India qualify automatically as hosts.
  2. ^ India were deducted one point for a slow over rate against Australia on 27 November 2020.[4]
  3. ^ South Africa were deducted one point for a slow over rate against Pakistan on 2 April 2021,[5] and one point for a slow over rate against England on 1 February 2023.[6]
  4. ^ West Indies were deducted two points for a slow over rate against New Zealand on 21 August 2022.[7]
  5. ^ Sri Lanka were deducted two points for a slow over rate against West Indies on 14 March 2021,[8] one point for a slow over rate against India on 20 July 2021,[9] and one point for a slow over rate against New Zealand on 25 March 2023.[10]
  6. ^ Ireland were deducted two points for a slow over rate against West Indies on 8 January 2022.[11]


League 2

The outcomes from this tournament were as follows:

Outcome Berths Teams
Advanced to Qualifier 3    Nepal
 Oman
 Scotland
Advanced to Qualifier Play-off 4  Namibia
 Papua New Guinea
 United Arab Emirates
 United States
Total 7
Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification for
1  Scotland 36 24 10 0 2 50 0.647 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
2  Oman 36 21 13 1 1 44 0.039
3    Nepal 36 19 15 1 1 40 0.101
4  Namibia 36 19 16 0 1 39 0.298 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off
5  United States 36 16 17 2 1 35 −0.040
6  United Arab Emirates 36 15 18 1 2 33 −0.222
7  Papua New Guinea 36 5 30 1 0 11 −0.792

Challenge League

The outcomes from this tournament were as follows:

Outcome Berths Teams
Advanced to Qualifier Play-off 2  Canada
 Jersey
Eliminated from World Cup qualification 10  Bermuda
 Denmark
 Hong Kong
 Italy
 Kenya
 Malaysia
 Qatar
 Singapore
 Uganda
 Vanuatu
Total 12

League A

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Canada 15 13 1 0 1 27 2.563 Advanced to the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off
2  Denmark 15 8 6 0 1 17 0.573
3  Qatar 15 8 6 0 1 17 −0.369
4  Singapore 15 7 8 0 0 14 −0.061
5  Malaysia 15 4 11 0 0 8 −1.058 Advanced to the 2024 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League Play-off
6  Vanuatu 15 3 11 0 1 7 −1.365
Source: ESPN Cricinfo[14]

League B

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Jersey 15 11 4 0 0 22 1.541 Advanced to the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off
2  Uganda 15 11 4 0 0 22 1.062
3  Hong Kong 15 9 5 0 1 19 0.548
4  Kenya 15 7 7 0 1 15 0.188
5  Italy 15 5 9 0 1 11 −0.626 Advanced to the 2024 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League Play-off
6  Bermuda 15 0 14 0 1 1 −3.192
Source: ESPN Cricinfo[15]

Supplementary qualifying tournaments

Qualifier Play-off

Six teams took part in the qualifier play-off: the bottom four teams from the League 2 along with the top teams in Groups A and B of the Challenge League. The top two teams from this tournament progressed to the Qualifier.

Teams qualified for this tournament as follows:

Means of qualification for WC Qualifier Play-off Date Venue Berths Teams
League 2
Bottom 4 teams
August 2019 – March 2023 Various 4  Namibia
 Papua New Guinea
 United Arab Emirates
 United States
Challenge League
Top teams of Groups A and B
September 2019 – December 2022 Various 2  Canada
 Jersey
Total 6

The outcomes from this tournament are as follows:

Outcome Berths Teams
Advanced to Qualifier 2  United Arab Emirates
 United States
Eliminated from World Cup qualification 4  Canada
 Jersey
 Namibia
 Papua New Guinea
Total 6
Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  United States 5 4 1 0 8 0.810 Advanced to the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier and 2023–2027 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2
2  United Arab Emirates 5 4 1 0 8 0.458
3  Namibia 5 3 2 0 6 0.601 Advanced to the 2023–2027 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2
4  Canada 5 3 2 0 6 0.123
5  Jersey 5 1 4 0 2 −0.840 Relegated to the 2023–2026 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League
6  Papua New Guinea 5 0 5 0 0 −1.148
Source: ESPNcricinfo


Qualifier

The Qualifier will feature ten teams in total: the bottom five teams from the Super League not including World Cup hosts India; the top three teams from the League 2, and the top two teams from the qualifier play-off. The top two teams from this tournament will qualify for the World Cup.

Teams qualified for this tournament as follows:

Means of qualification for WC Qualifier Date Venue Berths Teams
Super League
Bottom 5 teams
30 July 2020 – 14 May 2023 Various 5  Ireland
 Netherlands
 Sri Lanka
 West Indies
 Zimbabwe
League 2
Top 3 teams
14 August 2019 – 16 March 2023 Various 3    Nepal
 Oman
 Scotland
Qualifier Play-off 26 March – 5 April 2023  Namibia 2  United Arab Emirates
 United States
Total 10

The outcomes from this tournament are as follows:

Outcome Berths Teams
Qualified for World Cup 2  Netherlands
 Sri Lanka
Eliminated from World Cup qualification 8  Ireland
   Nepal
 Oman
 Scotland
 United Arab Emirates
 United States
 West Indies
 Zimbabwe
Total 10

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Zimbabwe 4 4 0 0 8 2.241 Advanced to the Super Six
2  Netherlands 4 3 1 0 6 0.667
3  West Indies 4 2 2 0 4 0.525
4    Nepal 4 1 3 0 2 −1.176 Advanced to the 7th–10th Play-offs
5  United States 4 0 4 0 0 −2.169
Source: ESPNcricinfo[16]


Group B

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Sri Lanka 4 4 0 0 8 3.047 Advanced to the Super Six
2  Scotland 4 3 1 0 6 0.540
3  Oman 4 2 2 0 4 −1.221
4  Ireland 4 1 3 0 2 −0.061 Advanced to the 7th–10th Play-offs
5  United Arab Emirates 4 0 4 0 0 −2.249
Source: ESPNcricinfo[16]


Super Six

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR
1  Sri Lanka 5 5 0 0 10 1.600 Advanced to the Final and qualified for the 2023 Cricket World Cup
2  Netherlands 5 3 2 0 6 0.160
3  Scotland 5 3 2 0 6 0.102
4  Zimbabwe (H) 5 3 2 0 6 −0.099
5  West Indies 5 1 4 0 2 −0.204
6  Oman 5 0 5 0 0 −1.895
Source: ICC[17]
(H) Host

See also

References

  1. ^ "ICC launches the road to India 2023". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. ^ "New cricket calendar aims to give all formats more context". ESPN Cricinfo. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The road to World Cup 2023: how teams can secure qualification, from rank No. 1 to 32". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ "India fined for slow over rate in the first ODI against Australia". International Cricket Council. 28 November 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  5. ^ "South Africa fined for minimum over-rate in first ODI against Pakistan". International Cricket Council. 4 April 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  6. ^ "South Africa penalised for slow over-rate in third ODI against England". International Cricket Council. 2 February 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  7. ^ "West Indies dealt another blow on road to India 2023". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate in third ODI against West Indies". International Cricket Council. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2021. In addition, as per Article 12.9.1 of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League Playing Conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short. Consequently, Sri Lanka will lose two points from their points tally during the Super League.
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate in second ODI against India". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Sri Lanka's quest for direct Cricket World Cup qualification takes a hit after point loss". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  11. ^ "Ireland fined for slow over-rate in first ODI against West Indies". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  12. ^ "ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League - Standings". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  13. ^ "ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League - Standings". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 June 2023.
  14. ^ "CWC Challenge League Group A Table - 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  15. ^ "CWC Challenge League Group B Table - 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  16. ^ a b "ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 Points table". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  17. ^ "Men's CWC Qualifier Playoff Standings | ICC". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 July 2023.
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