The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018, which commences in Zimbabwe on Sunday (March 4th), sees six Associate sides and, for the first time, four Full Members battling it out for the two qualifier’s spots accessible at the 2019 World Cup in England.

Full Member status of ICC Cricket World Cup 2018 Qualifiers 

Two berths at the 2019 World Cup to be held in England in June. For the West Indies and Zimbabwe, it’s the last opportunity for them to claim what they have previously enjoyed by virtue of their Full Member status. To the rest of the Associates, that’s nine all-too-rare fixtures against Full Member nations and a chance to show their stuff on the game’s biggest stage.

The enthusiasm for this qualifier is far more noteworthy than for past releases, mostly in view of the cooperation of four Full Members – two old ones in West Indies and Zimbabwe and two new ones in Afghanistan and Ireland – in a pool of 10 groups. Just two will progress to join the eight Full Members effectively reserved for the 2019 World Cup. The teams are divided into two groups of five.

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018 team
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers Teams

Group A compromises of West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the UAE.

Group B consisting of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal.

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The top three from each group meanwhile will progress to an abbreviated version of the traditional “Super Six” format, playing only the three teams from the opposite group and carry forward the points from their group games against the other two promoted teams. At the end of the Super Six stage, the top two teams on points contest the final, with both assured of qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019.

In the event of teams ending up on equal points, the first tiebreaker will be on the basis of total wins ahead of net run rate – an oddity which may well become possibly the most important factor with a lot of substantial climates expected all through the competition.

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018 team

  • World Champions the West Indies, the most grounded group at the opposition by some separation, particularly given the arrival of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. the weight of desire, the Windies will know that theirs is the scalp every team wants to take home, and they will experience the competition with an objective on their back.
  • Afghanistan‘s greater experience will ensure them the bookies’ favorites to win. Despite the fact that their sometimes-feeble batting was twice revealed in the warm-up amusements, with top-arrange breakdown against the West Indies and the Dutch recommending an undeniable defencelessness.
  • Hosts Zimbabwe looks most likely to benefit should either of the two favorites stumble, the return of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis to national colors nevertheless means this will be the most grounded group Zimbabwe have handled as of late.
  • Ireland head into the competition looking more grounded than they have in some time, with Paul Stirling in flying structure and relative newcomers like Barry McCarthy developing into their parts.
  • The Netherlands enjoy the rare privilege of competing in a tournament where they have nothing on the line; Tom Cooper again declaring himself unavailable and Logan van Beek together with the Netherlands’ lead WCLC wicket-taker Michael Rippon the following suit, the Dutch look a balanced and dangerous side – particularly with the arrival of supernatural all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate to Dutch hues.
  • Scotland, reigning champions at this tournament, who might have edged the Dutch out at the top of the WCLC were it not for their industrious rain torment all through the three-year battle.
  • Joining them in Bulawayo is Hong Kong with their ODI status in jeopardy, though one feels conditions in Zimbabwe’s second city will suit the 7th seeds somewhat better.
  • Having rather more reason to worry are Papua New Guinea; a hard-hitting top order and a capable bowling attack may see them knock over one or two more fancied teams, defending their place on the ODI list is most likely the practical furthest reaches of their desire.
  • Their first opponents the UAE face a similar situation, barely scraping through World Cricket League Divison 2 to reach the tournament.

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ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers Group “A” Match Schedule and Time Table

4th March 2018

  • Papua New Guinea v UAE, Harare Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Ireland v Netherlands, Old Hararians (07:30 GMT)

 

6th March 2018

  • Papua New Guinea v Ireland, Harare Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • West Indies v UAE, Old Hararians (07:30 GMT)

8th March 2018

  • Netherlands v UAE, Harare Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • West Indies v Papua New Guinea, Old Hararians (07:30 GMT)

 

10th March 2018

  • West Indies v Ireland, Harare Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Papua New Guinea v Netherlands, Old Hararians (07:30 GMT)

 

12th March 2018

  • West Indies v Netherlands, Harare Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Ireland v UAE, Old Hararians (07:30 GMT)

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers Group “B” Match Schedule and Time Table

4th March 2018

  • Zimbabwe v Nepal, Queen’s Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Afghanistan v Scotland, Bulawayo Athletic Club (07:30 GMT)

6th March 2018

  • Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, Queen’s Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Scotland v Hong Kong, Bulawayo Athletic Club (07:30 GMT)

8th March 2018

  • Scotland v Nepal, Queen’s Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Afghanistan v Hong Kong, Bulawayo Athletic Club (07:30 GMT)

10th March 2018

  • Zimbabwe v Hong Kong, Queen’s Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Afghanistan v Nepal, Bulawayo Athletic Club (07:30 GMT)

12th March 2018

  • Hong Kong v Nepal, Queen’s Sports Club (07:30 GMT)
  • Zimbabwe v Scotland, Bulawayo Athletic Club (07:30 GMT)

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