It is with regret that the ICC, in agreement and with the support of hosts Belgium, have collectively been forced to make the unfortunate decision to postpone the ICC Men’s Europe World Cup Qualifying event due to be held in June 2020, as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
International borders remain closed across a number of competing countries, including Belgium, and there remains a high level of uncertainty as to when competitive international cricket can be played safely.
2018 Competition Update
The ICC have released the following press release detailing the future competition pathway for the IOM senior team.
This highlights the ICC's approach to equitable competition opportunities and now sees all countries as close as 15 games away from competing in the world cup.
These sort of incentives should really drive players from smaller countries forward at all levels to potentially put themselves on the world stage competing against the likes of England, Australia and India.
The selection process for players on the Isle of Man will be released soon, all we want to say is league performances count in this process so would encourage players to get themselves seen with runs and wickets.
Dubai, 01 March 2018
18 COUNTRIES SET TO COMPETE IN THE ICC WORLD T20 EUROPE QUALIFIERS
Eighteen countries from the European region will compete in the ICC World T20 Europe Qualifiers
Three groups of six will compete in single round robins
The top two of each group will advance to the ICC World T20 Europe Final in 2019
All three groups will be staged in the Netherlands between 29 August and 03 September 2018
Denmark and Jersey, ICC World Cricket League Division 4 sides, will face tough opposition if they’re to progress towards the ICC World T20 2020 as the draw for the ICC World T20 Europe Qualifier was announced today.
Denmark are joined in group A by Germany where cricket is growing rapidly as well as France, Austria, Cyprus and Portugal. Jersey, in group B, will be joined by fellow top seed Italy along with Belgium, Spain, Isle of Man and Finland.
Group C sees Nordic neighbours Sweden and Norway go head to head against fifth and final top seed Guernsey, Gibraltar, Israel and Czech Republic. All three groups will be staged as part of a single event to be held in the Netherlands between 29 August and 3 September 2018 with the top two teams from each going through to the European Final in 2019.
The European Qualifier and Final are part of a new simplified qualification process for ICC global events that provides a merit based pathway for every Member announced by the ICC earlier this week. As well as reducing the number of steps towards a global event, the new process also provides more regular competitive opportunities for more Members with the ultimate aim of more competitive teams in T20 cricket.
18 European teams will vie for six spots in the ICC World T20 Europe Final in 2019 demonstrating the tremendous growth of cricket across Europe. The competing teams will have an opportunity to join the four other European nations (England, Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands) who have already qualified for the ICC World T20 or the ICC T20 Global Qualifier.
ICC Regional Development Manager Europe Ed Shuttleworth commented: “It is incredibly exciting to see 22 European nations challenge for spots in the ICC World T20 2020. 18 of these teams will start their journey start in the Netherlands on the 29th of August 2018 with the remainder joining in 2019 or 2020 itself. The number of national teams competing is evidence of the expansion of cricket across Europe and we look forward to this wonderful celebration of European Cricket.”
The Netherlands has been selected to host this event and is looking forward to accommodating their European neighbours on their world class facilities. Chairperson Betty Timmer commented “We are excited to host the ICC World T20 Europe Qualifiers. The event will be an incredible spectacle with 18 countries playing across three groups of six. The KNCB look forward to welcoming our European friends to the Netherlands”.
GROUP A: AUSTRIA, PORTUGAL, GERMANY, CYPRUS, FRANCE, DENMARK
GROUP B: ITALY, SPAIN, ISLE OF MAN, BELGIUM. JERSEY, FINLAND
GROUP C: GIBRALTAR, GUERNSEY, SWEDEN, CZECH REPUBLIC, ISRAEL, NORWAY
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Esther De Lange Development Officer ICC Europe Tel: +44 (0)203 549 0308 : Mobile: +44(0)7585 987 309 E-mail: Esther.DeLange@ecb.co.uk
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