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Teams Set for ICC Men’s WC Qualifier 2023

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Teams Set for ICC Men’s WC Qualifier 2023

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The much-anticipated schedule for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier has been revealed, setting the stage for an exciting tournament that will determine the final two teams to qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. The event will take place in Zimbabwe from 18 June to 9 July 2023, featuring 34 matches across various venues.

Ten teams will battle it out in the qualifier, with Group A consisting of hosts Zimbabwe, the West Indies, the Netherlands, Nepal, and the United States. Group B, on the other hand, comprises Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. Each team will face off against the others in their group once, with the top three from each group advancing to the Super Six stage.

The Super Six stage will see the teams play against the sides they did not encounter in the group stage. Points earned in the group stage will carry over to the Super Six, except for those obtained against teams that fail to make it to this stage. The two finalists of the tournament will secure their spots in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.


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The competition will kick off with the hosts Zimbabwe facing Nepal on the opening matchday at Harare Sports Club. It will be a crucial game for Nepal, who are eager to qualify for the Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time. Another exciting match on the first day will see two-time Men’s Cricket World Cup champions West Indies taking on their neighbors, the United States, at Takashinga Cricket Club.

The action in Group B will begin on 19 June at Bulawayo, with Sri Lanka, the 1996 World Cup champions, squaring off against the United Arab Emirates at Queen’s Sports Club. At Bulawayo Athletic Club, Ireland will face Oman in another intriguing encounter.

The Netherlands will start their campaign against Zimbabwe on 20 June at Harare Sports Club, while Scotland will clash with rivals Ireland in Bulawayo on 21 June at Queen’s Sports Club. The Super Six stage will begin on 29 June, with the bottom two teams from each group competing in the Playoff.

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An exciting addition to this tournament is the introduction of the Decision Review System (DRS), which will be used for all matches from the Super Six stage onwards. This implementation aims to enhance the accuracy and fairness of the game, adding another layer of excitement for players and fans alike.

Geoff Allardice, the ICC Chief Executive, expressed his anticipation for the tournament, emphasizing the high stakes involved. He highlighted the presence of former Men’s Cricket World Cup champions and emerging cricket nations vying for qualification, making it a showcase of the global game.

Tavengwa Mukuhlani, Chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket, expressed his excitement for the upcoming tournament and the opportunity it presents for Zimbabwe to showcase not only its passion for cricket but also the country’s warmth and captivating tourist attractions.

With the release of the schedule, fans can now mark their calendars and eagerly await the action-packed matches that will determine the final contenders for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The tournament promises to be a thrilling display of cricketing excellence, where every game counts, and teams will leave no stone unturned in their quest for qualification.


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