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Qualification to Men's T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia confirmed

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia is set to take place in October and November in 2022.
  •  86 teams competing for 15 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 spots
  •  225 Men’s T20 Internationals to be played in qualifying across 13 months
  •  Hungary, Romania and Serbia competing in their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifying pathway
  •  ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to take place in October and November 2022 in Australia

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia which is set to take place in October and November 2022.

The 15 spots in Australia will be decided through a four-step qualifying process which starts in April 2021. 11 regional qualification tournaments across five regions have been rescheduled to 2021, due to COVID-19 and will now feed into the 2022 Australia event.

With the return of cricket in early 2021, we will see 86 different teams with the opportunity to fill the 15 World Cup spots – with hosts Australia already securing one – over a 13-month qualification campaign. For the first time ever Hungary, Romania and Serbia will be competing for Men’s T20 World Cup qualification and Finland will play host to an ICC event for the very first time. In a festival of cricket it will also be the first time that Japan will host a Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, on the back of the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier they will host two weeks before.

At regional level there will be 67 Associate Members taking part. Due to the depth of strength within Africa and Europe, both regions have sub regional qualifiers feeding into a final qualifier for the region. Africa, Americas, EAP and Europe will have one top tier regional qualifier and Asia will have A and B to determine which teams will progress into the two eight-team global qualifiers.

The 16 available spots in the Global Qualifiers will be filled by one team each from the Africa and EAP Qualifier respectively. They will be joined by two teams each from the Americas and Europe qualifiers. Finally, Asia which has a Qualifier A and B will see one team from each event make up the eight spots from regional qualification.

Road to Australia 2022 – The qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022
Road to Australia 2022 – The qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022

The remaining eight spots will go to the four bottom teams from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and together with Nepal, Singapore, UAE and Zimbabwe which have gained direct entry based on their MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.

Four teams from the two global qualifiers will join hosts Australia and the 11 automatic qualifiers from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to make up the 16-team Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

In the lead up to the Australia event there will be 225 Men’s T20 Internationals scheduled to be played across 13 months, giving every team an opportunity to climb the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We are delighted to announce qualification for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022. The pathway which culminates in the eighth Men’s T20 World Cup which will be held in Australia, sees the likes of Hungary, Romania and Serbia competing for the first time in an ICC event of this format, highlighting the increased competitiveness within Associate Members. In addition, a remarkable 225 Men’s T20 Internationals are scheduled to be played providing a substantial number of playing opportunities to all Members.”

The 16 teams that had originally qualified for the 2020 Australia event will now play in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in India. The participating teams for that event are Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

All events are subject to COVID-19 arrangements if required at that time.

Event

Host

Dates

 

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia A Qualifier

Kuwait

3-9 April 2021

Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa A Qualifier

South Africa

April 2021

Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Uganda

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa B Qualifier

South Africa

April 2021

Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, St Helena, Tanzania

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifier

Finland

8 – 13 July 2021

Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Israel, Italy, Malta, Norway, Spain

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe B Qualifier

Finland

30 June - 5 July 2021

Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Sweden

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe C Qualifier

 

Belgium

5 - 10 July 2021

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Isle of Man, Portugal, Romania, Serbia,

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia B Qualifier

Malaysia

3-9 July 2021

Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Thailand

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier

Japan

11-16 October 2021

Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Samoa, South Korea, Vanuatu

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier

 

Canada

17 - 23 July 2021

Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Panama, USA

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier

Spain

15 – 21 October 2021

Jersey, Europe Sub Regional Qualifier x3

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier

Nigeria

November 2021

Kenya, Nigeria, Africa Sub Regional Qualifier x2

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A

TBC

February 2022

Nepal, Singapore, UAE, Zimbabwe

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    •  

Bottom teams from ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 x4

    •  

Africa Qualifier x1

    •  

Asia Qualifier A&B x 2

    •  

Americas Qualifiers x2

    •  

EAP Qualifier x 1

    •  

Europe Qualifiers x2

 

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B

TBC

May 2022

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Australia

October – 13 November 2022

Australia

Top teams from Men’s T20WC 2021 x 11

Men’s T20WC Qualifier A x2

Men’s T20WC Qualifier B x2