Qualification process for the ICC T20 World Championship men 2021 confirmed. The 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup replaces the eight-team ODI tournament of the Champions Trophy, which last took place in England in 2017 and in which Pakistan defeated India in the final.
On Thursday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that four out of 16 countries will qualify for the ICC World T20 championship, scheduled to take place in India in 2021.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament replaces the eight-team ODI tournament of the Champions Trophy, which took place in England in 2017 and in which Pakistan defeated India in the final.
The ICC media release says that eleven regional qualifiers will be held in the five ICC regions (Africa, America, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe), with eight teams participating in one of two global qualifiers.
From January 1, 2020, the bottom four teams of the T20 World Cup 2020 will participate in the regional qualification competitions together with the next four best-placed T20I teams. These four teams are Zimbabwe, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.
Chris Tetley, Head of Events at ICC, said: “The decision to replace the Champions Trophy with a T20 World Cup in 2021 depended on our commitment to global growth and the use of T20 as a means to do so. Of course, this presented us with a unique qualification challenge.
“Our regional and global qualification paths have been established and consistently offer convincing and competitive cricket. We didn’t want to lose this despite the tight time schedule that is available to us.
“We worked with the members to develop a number of options and we are all strong for this approach, which enables both global and regional competitions on the way to the T20 World Championship for 2021 ICC men.”