The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2022. The top 15 spots in Australia will be decided through a 4-step qualifying process which would commence in April 2021.
The T20 World Cup in Australia is set to be held in October and November 2022. 11 regional qualification tournaments across 5 regions have been rescheduled to 2021 in the wake of COVID-19 and will now feed into the 2022 Australia event.
With the return of cricket, the fans will see 86 different teams with an opportunity to grab the 15 World Cup spots – with hosts Australia already securing one – over a 13-month qualification campaign for T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
For the first time, Hungary, Romania and Serbia will be contesting for Men’s T20 World Cup qualification while Finland will play host to an ICC event for the very first time.
In this 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 that it will host two weeks before.
At the regional level, 67 Associate Members taking part in the festival of cricket. As per the depth of strength within Africa and Europe, both the regions have sub-regional qualifiers that will feed into a final qualifier for the region. Africa, Americas, EAP and Europe will have one top tier regional qualifier while Asia will have A and B to find out which teams will progress into the two eight-team global qualifiers.
The 16 spots in the Global Qualifiers will be filled by one team each from Africa and EAP Qualifier, respectively. They will be joined by 2 teams each from the Americas and Europe qualifiers. At last, Asia which has a Qualifier A and B will see one team from each event make up the eight spots from regional qualification, ICC stated.
The remaining 8 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 direct entry based on their MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.
Four teams from the two global qualifiers will join hosts Australia while the 11 automatic qualifiers from the T20 World Cup 2021 to make up the 16-team ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Here are the events:
|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
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