ICC launches League 2 to decide men's Cricket World Cup qualifiers; seven-nation series begins on 14 August

The League 2 will witness seven teams — Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA — contesting in 126 One Day Internationals (ODIs), to be played across 21 tri-series.

Press Trust of India, Aug 12, 2019 19:13:50 IST

Dubai: A month after England were crowned world champions, the ICC on Monday launched Men's Cricket World Cup League 2, a part of the new four-year qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

The League 2 will witness seven teams — Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA — contesting in 126 One Day Internationals (ODIs), to be played across 21 tri-series.

Each of the seven teams will play 36 ODIs over a period of two-and-half-year from August 2019 to January 2022.

ICC launches League 2 to decide mens Cricket World Cup qualifiers; seven-nation series begins on 14 August

Nepal will take part in the League 2. Image courtesy: Twitter ICC

The inaugural League 2 series will be played among Scotland, PNG and Oman at Mannofield Park, Scotland from 14 to 21 August, which will include four ODIs for each team, worth two points per ODI that will contribute to the Men's CWC League 2 table.

After the completion of 21 tri-series, the top three teams will confirm their places in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.

The bottom four teams will drop into the Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022, which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier, and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B.

The top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of participating in the 2023 World Cup, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley is excited by the prospect of four years of competitive men's 50-over cricket.

"The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup provided us with great entertainment and competitive cricket, I am delighted to see the start of the qualification process to India 2023. The new structure has given meaningful context to bilateral cricket for the Men's Cricket World Super League, but also more competitive opportunities to Associate Members," he said.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 Series one schedule:

Wednesday 14 August: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Thursday 15 August: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Saturday 17 August: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Sunday 18 August: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Tuesday 20 August: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Wednesday 21 August: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Updated Date: Aug 12, 2019 19:13:50 IST






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