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  • Men’s Cricket World League 2 and Challenge League schedule announced
  • Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 to take place in Zimbabwe between 18 June and 9 July

USA Men’s National Team will return to international cricket after more than a 12 month break in play due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the amended schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup League being announced today. Team USA will travel to Oman in March 2021 to restart the series with the first set of matches being between Nepal, Oman and USA.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the 20 rescheduled series in the pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India and the dates for the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

All COVID-19 affected series which were postponed in 2020 have been rescheduled in a new look calendar extending to 2023, with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier confirmed to take place in Zimbabwe between 18 June and 9 July 2023.

The Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 ODIs will return on 19 March 2021 when Oman host USA and Nepal in the sixth series of League 2. Six ODIs will be played in the series with Oman currently sitting top of the table on 16 points with the United States four points behind in the standings. There will be 96 ODIs played across the 14 series that are scheduled to be played in 2021 and 2022 respectively and the remaining two in early 2023.

Team USA currently sit second in the table

The Men’s CWC Challenge League A will return between 15 and 28 August 2021 when Canada will host Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu where 15 matches will be played in the second of the three Challenge League A events. Canada lead Singapore on net-run-rate with both teams on eight points in the standings.

Challenge League B will return between 1 and 14 September 2021 with Jersey hosting Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya and Uganda competing in 15 matches. Uganda sit top of the standings with 10 points, followed by Hong Kong with seven. The final Challenge League B event has been scheduled for February 2022 and A for September 2022, with 60 List-A matches due to be played.

After the 21 tri-series in League 2 have been completed the top three teams will confirm their place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023. The bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2023 – 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 – which has also been rescheduled to 2023 – will keep their hopes alive of participating in India 2023, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.

The updated schedule for ICC Cricket World Cup League 2

The two leagues will run simultaneously with the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League which started in July 2020. Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 hosts India and the other top seven Super League teams will qualify automatically for the pinnacle event. The bottom five teams from the Super League will play in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, joining the best three teams from League 2.

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Oman 10 8 2 0 0 16 0.177 Qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
2  United States 12 6 6 0 0 12 −0.318
3  Scotland 8 4 3 0 1 9 0.139
4  Namibia 7 4 3 0 0 8 0.008 Qualification for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off
5  United Arab Emirates 7 3 3 0 1 7 −0.004
6    Nepal 4 2 2 0 0 4 0.982
7  Papua New Guinea 8 0 8 0 0 0 −0.458

The current ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Table

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “When we rescheduled the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to October and November 2023 it enabled us to extend the window for qualification events to take place and thereby ensure we maximise the opportunity for qualification to be decided on the field of play. We have worked very closely with Members and stakeholders to reschedule 96 ODIs and 60 List-A matches and will continue to maintain the safety of participants in our events as our highest priority.”

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

Event Host Dates Participating Teams
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Oman 19 – 28 March 2021 Oman, USA, Nepal
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 PNG 14 – 24 April 2021 PNG, Oman, Scotland
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 PNG 13 – 23 May 2021 PNG, USA, Namibia
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Scotland July 2021 Scotland, Nepal, Namibia
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 USA August 2021 USA, Scotland, UAE
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Namibia TBC Namibia, Oman, UAE
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 UAE December 2021 UAE, Namibia, Oman
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Nepal February 2022 Nepal, UAE, PNG
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Namibia 25 March – 5 April 2022 Namibia, Nepal, Scotland
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Scotland June 2022 Scotland, UAE, USA
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 USA July 2022 USA, Nepal, Oman
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Namibia TBC Namibia, PNG, USA
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 PNG 22 September – 2 October 2022 PNG, UAE, Nepal
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Oman 22 November – 2 December 2022 Oman, Scotland, PNG
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 Nepal February 2023 Nepal, Namibia, Scotland
ICC Men’s CWC League 2 UAE February 2023 UAE, PNG, Nepal

 

Event Host Dates Participating Teams
ICC Men’s Challenge League A Canada 15-28 August 2021 Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu
ICC Men’s Challenge League B Jersey 1-14 September 2021 Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Uganda
ICC Men’s Challenge League B Uganda February 2022 Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Uganda
ICC Men’s Challenge League A Malaysia September 2022 Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu

 

Event Host Dates Participating Teams
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Various July 2020 – March 2023 Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off TBC 2023 Bottom teams from Men’s CWC League 2 x4

Top teams from Challenge Leagues A and B x2

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Zimbabwe 18 June – 9 July 2023 Bottom teams from Men’s CWC Super League x5

Top teams from Men’s CWC League 2 x3

Top teams from Men’s CWC Qualifier Play-Off x2

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 India October – 26 November 2023 India as Hosts

Top teams from Men’s CWC Super League x7

Top teams from Men’s CWC Qualifier x2

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