Former world champions and heavyweights West Indies will be the team to watch out for when 10 teams slug it out at the ICC ODI World Cup qualifiers which are scheduled to be held in March this year. Zimbabwe will host the World Cup qualifiers from March 4 to 25 to decide the teams that will take the remaining two places at the mega-event in England next year.
The teams that will have to fight it out for a place at the World Cup include the likes of West Indies, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan who had all missed out on an automatic qualification spot at the marquee event as they finished outside the top eight on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as on the September 30, 2017 cut-off date.
The above-mentioned four sides will be joined by minnows like Hong Kong, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands, all of whom finished in the top four of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.
The remaining two sides will be confirmed in Namibia from February 8-15 when Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will fight it out in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, with the finalists getting a step closer to cherishing their dreams of playing in the World Cup.
83 teams entered the 2019 ODI World Cup qualifiers
Back in 2013, eighty-three teams had embarked on the mission to qualify for the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup by taking part in the ICC World Cricket League, which was planned and introduced by the game’s governing body, so as to give the teams outside the top 12 ranking places, meaningful competition and a fair chance at qualifying for the event next year.
As reported by mid-day, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson explained the importance and relevance of the qualification process and said,
“This will undoubtedly be a competitive and hard fought tournament with two tickets for the World Cup up for grabs as well as ODI status. Seeing four Full Member sides up against our best Associate Member teams who have progressed through qualification will make for some exciting cricket.”