The ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 is the platform for emerging teams to finish in the top six of the tournament and get an opportunity to play in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.
A total of 62 teams were scheduled to participate in the region-wise tournaments to finalize the fourteen teams that will be battling it out to play in the ICC World Cup Qualifier that starts on 18 October and will go on till 2 November 2019.
The fourteen teams are categorized in two groups. Group A consists of Scotland cricket team, the Netherlands, PNG, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya and Bermuda. Group B consists of UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria. Nigeria came in as a replacement of the Zimbabwe team which was banned from ICC events.
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Each of the seven teams in either group will play one game against every other team in their group in the league stage. The top team of both the groups will directly play in the Semi-Final stage. The next three teams of both groups will play in the six play-off matches to decide the top six teams in the tournament. These top six teams of the World Cup qualifier 2019 will qualify for the main event in Australia.
The entire event will comprise of 51 matches that will be played across four different venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The three venues are Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1 and ICC Academy. All the knockout games will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley was happy with the initial stages have been arranged and is excited for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019. He said, “This tournament is the final stage of the qualification pathway to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia which started in February 2018 and included 61 teams across the five ICC regions. We are delighted to be working with the Emirates Cricket Board and in the UAE again, since they last played host to the ICC U19 CWC 2014, at world-class facilities in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. On behalf of the ICC, "I wish all participating teams the very best and look forward to seeing some compelling and competitive cricket that showcases the quality of the game worldwide.”