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ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier
AdministratorInternational Cricket Council
FormatTwenty20 International
First edition2008 Ireland
Latest edition
Tournament formatRound-robin Group Stage and Knockout
Current champion
Most runsAfghanistan Mohammad Shahzad (895)
Most wicketsNetherlands Mudassar Bukhari (39)

The ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier (previously the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier) was a Twenty20 International tournament run under the auspices of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The tournament served as the final qualifying event for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

The first edition was held in 2008, with only six teams. This was increased to eight teams for the 2010 tournament and to 16 teams for the 2012 and 2013 editions, but reduced to 14 for the 2015 and 2019 editions. For the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup, the ICC opted to conduct two separate qualifiers at different venues, Group A and Group B, of eight teams each.

The number of teams qualifying to the World Cup from the Qualifier has varied based on the tournament model. Ireland and the Netherlands have each won the Qualifier on three occasions. Ireland has the unique distinction of appearing in every tournament, and qualifying for the T20 World Cup from every tournament; as of 2022, Ireland has qualified to the World Cup from the Qualifier on a record seven occasions, while the Netherlands and Afghanistan have qualified four times, Scotland three times, and Hong Kong and Oman twice. Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada are the only teams who have participated in every edition of the Qualifier.


2008 Qualifiers

The first ever Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier was played as qualification for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and took place between 2 August and 5 August 2008 in Stormont, Belfast in Northern Ireland. The top three[1] going through to the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, the international championship of Twenty20 cricket. The six competing teams were:

The competition was won by Ireland and the Netherlands, who shared the trophy after rain forced the final to be abandoned without a ball bowled. Both teams qualified for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 finals in England. After the withdrawal of Zimbabwe from the competition, the two finalists were joined by third-placed Scotland.

2010 Qualifiers

The 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier was played from February 9–13, 2010[2] in the United Arab Emirates. It was expanded to eight teams, as Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States entered the tournament for the first time, whereas Bermuda did not enter.

The eight competing teams were:[3]

Afghanistan defeated Ireland in the final to win the championship, and both teams progressed to play in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, the international championship of Twenty20 cricket in the West Indies.

2012 Qualifiers

The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier was played in early 2012. It was an expanded version comprising ten qualifiers from regional Twenty20 tournaments in addition to the six ODI/Twenty20 status countries. A total of 81 countries competed for the ten spots available in the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier. The sixteen teams which contested the final qualifying competition were:

Ireland defeated Afghanistan in the final to win the championship, and again both teams progressed to play in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

2013 Qualifiers

The 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier was played in November 2013. It continued to use a 16-team format, with ten qualifiers from regional Twenty20 tournaments plus the top six finishers of the previous competition. Ireland and Afghanistan (by finishing top of their groups), with Nepal and UAE (by winning first runners up knock out matches) and the Netherlands and Hong Kong (5th and 6th place) qualified for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. The competing countries were:

The top six teams: Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands and making their World Twenty20 debut the UAE, Nepal and Hong Kong progressed to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

2015 Qualifiers

The 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier was played in July 2015 and co-hosted by two countries for the first time, Ireland and Scotland. Both the final and the third-place playoff were abandoned due to rain; Scotland and the Netherlands shared the title, while Ireland were ranked third over Hong Kong due to a superior performance in the group stage. The number of teams at the tournament was reduced to 14, with the African Cricket Association and ICC Americas regional bodies each losing a spot and the ACC gaining one from the European Cricket Council:

The top six teams Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Oman who made their debut in the tournament all progressed to the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

2019 Qualifiers

The 2019 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier was played in October–November 2019 in the UAE.

2022 Qualifiers

The 2022 Men's T20 World Cup Qualifiers was played in February and July 2022 in Oman and Zimbabwe respectively.

The top two teams from each group qualified for 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

They were  United Arab Emirates,  Ireland,  Zimbabwe, and  Netherlands.

The 2022 Qualifiers were the last Global Qualifiers before the ICC switched to a regional qualifying model for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

Group A

Group B


The two associate qualifiers for the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 were decided in the 2007 World Cricket League Division One tournament. Kenya and Scotland qualified.

Year Host(s) Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2008  Ireland Belfast  Ireland
Abandoned – title shared
2010  UAE Dubai  Afghanistan
147/2 (17.3 overs)
Afghanistan won by 8 wickets
142/8 (20 overs)
2012  UAE Dubai  Ireland
156/5 (18.5 overs)
Ireland won by 5 wickets
152/7 (20 overs)
2013  UAE Abu Dhabi  Ireland
225/7 (20 overs)
Ireland won by 68 runs
157 (18.5 overs)
2015  Ireland
Dublin  Netherlands
Abandoned – title shared
2019  UAE Dubai  Netherlands
134/3 (19 overs)
Netherlands won by 7 Wickets
 Papua New Guinea
128/8 (20 overs)
2022 A  Oman Muscat  United Arab Emirates
160/3 (18.4 overs)
UAE won by 7 wickets
159 (20 overs)
B  Zimbabwe Bulawayo  Zimbabwe
132 (19.3 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 37 runs
95 (18.2 overs)
2024 Europe Qualifier  Scotland  Scotland Scotland won on points table  Ireland
East Asia-Pacific Qualifier  Papua New Guinea  Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea won on points table  Japan
Americas Qualifier  Bermuda  Canada Canada won on points table  Bermuda
Asia Qualifier    Nepal Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground  Oman
184/9 (20 overs)
Super Over:21/0
Match tied (Oman won the Super Over)
184/6 (20 overs)
Super Over:10/1
Africa Qualifier  Namibia  Namibia Namibia won on points table  Uganda

Performance by team

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  •     — Hosts
  • Teams that qualified for the Men's T20 World Cup are underlined.
  • Q – Qualified
  •  —  – Did not participate or failed to qualify
  • § – Team qualified for tournament, but withdrew or disqualified later
  • × – Did not participate as already qualified for World Cup via another method
  •  •  – Played in the other group (2022 edition only)
Team Ireland
2008 (6)
United Arab Emirates
2010 (8)
United Arab Emirates
2012 (16)
United Arab Emirates
2013 (16)
2015 (14)
United Arab Emirates
2019 (14)
2022 (16) Total
A (8)
B (8)
 Afghanistan 1st 2nd 2nd 5th × × 4
 Bahrain 6th 1
 Bermuda 6th 13th 14th 13th 4
 Canada 5th 8th 6th 12th 14th 9th 5th 7
 Denmark 16th 16th 2
 Germany 7th 1
 Hong Kong 11th 6th 4th 8th 6th 5
 Ireland 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 7
 Italy 10th 9th 2
 Jersey 11th 10th 7th 3
 Kenya 4th 5th 9th 11th 9th 11th 6
 Namibia 3rd 10th 7th 4th × 4
   Nepal 7th 3rd 12th 3rd 4
 Netherlands 1st 4th 4th 5th 1st 1st 2nd 7
 Nigeria 14th 1
 Oman 15th 6th 6th 4th 4
 Papua New Guinea 8th 8th 8th 2nd 3rd 5
 Philippines 8th 1
 Scotland 3rd 7th 5th 7th 1st 5th × 6
 Singapore 12th 8th 2
 Uganda 14th 13th 5th 3
 United Arab Emirates 3rd 4th 13th 7th 1st 5
 United States 6th 12th 15th 10th 4th 5
 Zimbabwe × × × × × § 1st 1


From the 2024 T20 World Cup, the Global Qualifiers were scrapped and teams qualified directly from their regions.

See also


  1. ^ "Third Associate to replace Zimbabwe in Twenty20". ESPNcricinfo. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Important dates for Associate cricket". Retrieved August 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "UAE to host expanded World Twenty20 Qualifiers". Retrieved June 27, 2009.
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