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West Indies, Sri Lanka in opposing groups for ODI World Cup Qualifiers

Last updated on 23 May 2023 | 11:44 AM
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West Indies, Sri Lanka in opposing groups for ODI World Cup Qualifiers

The tournament will be played across three venues from June 18 to July 9 in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe will come face to face against Nepal, while West Indies will take on the USA on the opening day of the 2023 50-over World Cup Qualifiers on June 18. Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman, United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands are also part of the 10-team tournament from which two sides will qualify for the showpiece event in India.

The tournament will be played across three venues - Harare Sports Club, Queens Sports Club and Takashinga Cricket Club - from June 18 to July 9 in Zimbabwe. West Indies are drawn in Group A alongside Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, Nepal and the USA. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are in Group B.

“The countdown to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is entering the final stages and this event presents an incredible opportunity for teams to earn a place in the pinnacle event of One-Day cricket. The stakes don’t get any bigger in what will be a very competitive event enjoyed by fans looking to see who will join the eight teams that have already booked their tickets to India," said ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice.

“With two former Men’s Cricket World Cup champions among the contenders as well as emerging cricket nations who are aiming to qualify for the first time, this unique event, featuring teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe will be a showcase of the global game.”

Each team will play four matches during the group stage of the qualifier, with the top three sides from each group then progressing through to the Super Six stage. All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group. 

Teams will then play a further three matches against sides from the opposing group during the Super Six stage, with the top two teams at the completion of the Super Six stage earning a place in the World Cup and the qualifier final in Harare on July 9.

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