ICC World Cup Qualifer 2018 Shedule
New Delhi: It isn’t the World Cup, but the Qualifiers for the coveted tournament, that will produce two teams which will make it to England in 2019. While eight teams have already booked their tickets for the World Cup, 10 more await their fate to be unveiled from March 4 onwards in Zimbabwe. It was much ahead of the 2015 World Cup, that ICC decided to reduce the number of participating teams to just 10, four less that the number of countries participating that year. And thus began the concept of ICC World Cup Qualifiers. India, Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa – have already qualified leaving just two spots.
The Two-time World Cup champions West Indies, who failed to seal the direct qualification spot on the September 30 cut-off date, are the top favourites from these qualifiers while the world no. 10 Afghanistan, are also expected to go through considering the sort of performances they have put in of late.
Here is everything you need to know about the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers that will kick off from March 4 onwards:
Which are the teams that are participating?
West Indies, Afghanisation, Zimbabwe, Ireland finished as bottom four of the ICC ODI Rankings on the cut-off date. Ergo, they get a direct entry into the qualifiers.
Netherlands, Scotland, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea finished atop in the WCL Championship, while the UAE and Nepal finished as top-two sides in the WCL Division 2.
What is the format of the tournament?
10 teams, divided into two groups of five each. Group A comprises Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, United Arab Emirates and Windies, while Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Nepal, Scotland and Zimbabwe comprise Group B. Thus begins the round-robin format.
Teams finishing top-three in their respective groups will head to the Super Six stage of the qualifiers, where the teams will up against the side they didn’t play in the group stage. Top-two teams will make it to the 2019 World Cup.
- Sunday, 4 March – PNG v UAE, HSC; Ireland v Netherlands, OH; Zimbabwe v Nepal, Queens Sports Club (QSC); Afghanistan v Scotland, BAC
- Tuesday, 6 March – PNG v Ireland, HSC; Windies v UAE, OH; Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, QSC; Scotland v Hong Kong, BAC
- Thursday, 8 March – Netherlands v UAE, HSC; Windies v PNG, OH; Scotland v Nepal, QSC; Afghanistan v Hong Kong, BAC
- Saturday, 10 March – Windies v Ireland, HSC; PNG v Netherlands, OH; Zimbabwe v Hong Kong, QSC; Afghanistan v Nepal, BAC
- Monday, 12 March – Windies v Netherlands, HSC; Ireland v UAE, OH; Hong Kong v Nepal, QSC; Zimbabwe v Scotland, BAC
- Super Six: From March 15 to March 23
- Final: March 25
- Harare Sports Club, Harare
- Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare
- Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
- Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo
- Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe
- Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran
- Ireland: William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O Brien, Niall O Brien, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson
- United Arab Emirates: Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Boota, Imran Haider, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan, Adnan Mufti, Mohammad Naveed, Ahmed Raza, Ghulam Shabber, Rameez Shahzad, Chirag Suri, Muhammad Usman
- Hong Kong: Babar Hayat, Ahsan Abbasi, Aizaz Khan, Anshuman Rath, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Scott McKechnie, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Shahid Wasif, Simandeep Singh, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat
- Windies: Jason Holder, Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams
- Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer, Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Blessing Muzarabani, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Cephas Zhuwawo
- Scotland: Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Tom Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheal, Stu Whittingham
- The Netherlands: Peter Borren, Wesley Barresi, Ben Cooper , Vivian Kingma, Fred Klaassen, Max ODowd, Pieter Seelaar, Sikander Zulfiqar, Shane Snater, Ryan ten Doeschate, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Bas de Leede
- Nepal: Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Sompal Kami, KC Karan, Aarif Sheikh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dipendra Singh Airee, Dilip Nath, Lalit Bhandari, Anil Sah, Rohit Kumar, Lalit Rajbanshi
- Papua New Guinea: Assad Vala, Charles Amini, Kiplin Doriga, Tony Ura, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Jack Vare, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Jason Kila, Vani Morea, John Reva, Norman Vanua
Telecast and Live Streaming:
Star Sports has acquired the broadcast rights for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in India and the live streaming of the matches will be available on Hotstar app and website. Here is the list of broadcasters all across the globe:
- India: TV – Star Sports Select 2/HD; Live streaming – Hotstar.com
- West Indies: TV – ESPN; Live streaming: espn.co.uk/Caribbean
- Afghanistan: TV – Moby; Live streaming: Hotstar.com
- Pakistan: TV – PTV Sports, Ten Sports; Live streaming – Sony Liv, Tensports.com.pk
- Sri Lanka: TV: SLRC (Channel Eye); Live streaming – Channeleye.lk
- Hong Kong: TV: Star Cricket; Live streaming: nowtv.now.com/
- Bangladesh: TV: GTV; Live streaming: Rabbitholebd.com
- Australia: TV: Fox Sports; Live streaming: Foxsports.com.au
- US: Willow TV
- UK: TV: Sky Sports; Live streaming – Sky Go
- New Zealand: TV – Sky Sport; Live streaming: skygo.co.nz/livetv/
It should also be noted that a total of 10 matches will be telecasted across 200 countries after the ICC decided to broadcast the qualifiers for the first time in their history. They are listed below:
- West Indies vs Ireland – March 10
- West Indies vs the Netherlands – March 12
- Seven Super Six games
The top two team from the qualifiers at the end of the Super Six contest will qualify for next year’s World Cup and will also feature the final of the Qualifier, which will be held on March 25 in Harare.