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2027 Cricket World Cup qualification

Qualification Pathway for the 2027 Cricket World Cup[1].

The 2027 Cricket World Cup qualification[2] is the process by which teams will qualify for the 2027 Cricket World Cup. A series of competitions will determine which teams will take part in the final stages of the tournament.

In total, 36 teams will take part in the qualification process, from which 14 teams will qualify for the final stages.[3] South Africa and Zimbabwe will automatically qualify for the tournament as co-hosts along with the other eight top-ranked teams in the ICC men's ODI team rankings.[4]

The two teams ranked 11th and 12th will directly qualify for 2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, whilst the other 20 sides will be divided into two leagues, the 2023–2027 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 (8 teams) and the 2023–2026 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League (12 teams). Based on the results of the leagues, teams will either directly qualify for the World Cup Qualifier, be eliminated from World Cup qualification, or advance to the 2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off through which they could qualify for the World Cup Qualifier. The Qualifier Play-off also determines promotion and relegation between the two leagues. Teams were allocated to the two leagues based on the results from the previous World Cup qualification cycle.[5]

Participating teams

In November 2021, the ICC announced that there would not be a second edition of the Super League.[6]

Means of qualification Date Venue Teams Qualified Qualified for
Host nation 2 2027 Cricket World Cup
ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings TBA Various 8 TBD
2 TBD 2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
2020-2023 Super League 30 July 2020 – 14 May 2023 Various 1  Netherlands 2023–2027 League 2[7]
2019-2023 League 2 14 August 2019 – 16 March 2023 Various 5
2023 Qualifier Play-off 26 March – 5 April 2023 Namibia 2
2 2023–2026 Challenge League[8]
2019-2022 Challenge League 16 September 2019 – 13 December 2022 Various 6
2024 Challenge Play-off 22 February – 3 March 2024 Malaysia 4  Bahrain
 Kuwait
 Tanzania
Total 36

Qualified teams

South Africa and Zimbabwe as full-member co-hosts have automatically qualified for the final stages of the tournament.[9]

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Venues Total
times
qualified
Last
time
qualified
Previous best
performance
Number of
teams
 South Africa co-hosts 16 November 2021 10 2023 Semi-Finals (1992, 1999, 2007, 2015, 2019, 2023) 2
 Zimbabwe co-hosts 16 November 2021 10 2015 Super 6s (1999, 2003)
TBD ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings
(Top 8 teams, excluding the hosts)
31 March 2027 Various 8
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD 2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier TBD TBD 4
TBD
TBD
TBD
Total 14

Qualifying leagues

2023–2027 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2

League outcome
Outcome Berths Teams
Advanced to Qualifier 4
Advanced to Qualifier Play-off 4
Total 8
Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification for
1  Namibia 4 3 1 0 6 0.259 2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
2  Canada 2 2 0 0 4 0.651
3  Netherlands 4 2 2 0 4 −0.158
4    Nepal 4 1 3 0 2 −0.118
5  Oman 0 0 0 0 0 2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off
6  United States 0 0 0 0 0
7  United Arab Emirates 1 0 1 0 0 −0.274
8  Scotland 1 0 1 0 0 −1.132
Updated to match(es) played on 28 February 2024. Source: ESPNcricinfo[10]

2023–2026 Cricket World Cup Challenge League

League outcome
Outcome Berths Teams
Advanced to Qualifier Play-off 4
Eliminated from CWC Qualification 8
Total 12

Qualifying tournaments

2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off

Eight teams will take part in the qualifier play-off: the bottom four teams from the League 2 along with the top two teams each in Groups A and B of the Challenge League. The top four teams from this tournament progress to the Qualifier.

Teams qualified
Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Teams
League 2 2023–2027 Various 4
Challenge League 2023–2026 Various 4
Total 8
League outcome
Outcome Berths Teams
Advanced to Qualifier 4
Eliminated from CWC Qualification 4
Total 8

2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier

The Qualifier will feature ten teams in total: the 11th and 12th ranked teams; the top four teams from the League 2, and the top four teams from the qualifier play-off. The top four teams from this tournament will qualify for the World Cup.

Qualified teams
Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Teams
ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings Various 2
League 2 2023–2027 Various 4
Qualifier Play-off 2026 4
Total 10
League outcome
Outcome Berths Teams
Advanced to CWC 4
Eliminated from CWC Qualification 6
Total 10

References

  1. ^ "What does the path to the 2027 ODI World Cup look like?". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2024-02-28.
  2. ^ "CWC League 2 and Challenge League cycle to continue for 2027 World Cup qualification | Czarsportz Global". 2023-04-04. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  3. ^ "USA to stage T20 World Cup: 2024-2031 ICC Men's tournament hosts confirmed". www.t20worldcup.com. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  4. ^ "Cricket World Cup to revert to 14 teams from 2027". The Hindu. 2021-06-01. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  5. ^ "ICC announces qualification pathway for 2027 World Cup". www.cricket.com. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  6. ^ "Qualification pathway for 14-team 2027 men's ODI World Cup approved". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  7. ^ "Qualification pathway for 14-team 2027 men's ODI World Cup approved". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  8. ^ "Qualification pathway for 14-team 2027 men's ODI World Cup approved". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  9. ^ "ICC announces qualification pathway for 2027 World Cup | News". www.cricket.com. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  10. ^ "ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 2024/27". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
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