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World Cup 2023: Qualifiers’ Schedule, Squads, Format & More

BY Shahzad Saeed Jun 17, 2023. 09:22 am UPDATED: Jun 17, 2023. 09:22 am

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The Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifiers will feature ten teams competing for the coveted two spots to qualify for the major event, which will be held in India later this year. In addition to eight other nations, the qualifiers, which are scheduled to take place in Zimbabwe, will include two-time World Cup winners West Indies and former champions Sri Lanka.

Eight elite teams have already confirmed their participation in the mega-event, including Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and the host nation, India.

The stakes are at an all-time high as the teams compete to qualify for the Cricket World Cup 2023. Here is all the information you require regarding the World Cup qualifying matches.

Format:

World Cup 2023

In the first round of the competition, the top two teams from the World Cup Qualifier Play-off 2023, the top three teams from World Cup League 2, and the bottom five teams from the World Cup Super League 2020–23 will compete.

The first round will see these 10 teams split into two groups of five teams each. For the Super Sixes round, the top three teams from each group advance.

Each team will play the other once in the Super Sixes, and the top two teams at the end of the round will advance to the Cricket World Cup in 2023. The World Cup Qualifier tournament’s winner will be decided by a game between the top two teams in the standings.

Venue:

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World Cup 2023

The competition will take place in Zimbabwe and start on June 18. Four locations—Harare Sports Club, Takashinga Cricket Club in Harare, Bulawayo Athletic Club, and Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo—in two cities will host the matches.

The final will be one of 19 games played at Harare Sports Club, and 15 games will be played in Bulawayo.

Both locations were also used for the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers, which Afghanistan won after defeating West Indies in the championship match. Both teams secured their spots in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Groups:

World Cup 2023

The ten teams competing in the competition have been split into two groups, Group A and Group B, each with five teams.

Group A includes the host nation, Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Nepal, the Netherlands, and the United States of America. In Group B, Sri Lanka is in the same division as Ireland, Oman, Scotland, and the United Arab Emirates.

While Group B games will take place in Bulawayo, Group A contests will be held in Harare.

The World Cup Super League 2020–23’s bottom five teams—Zimbabwe, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, and Netherlands—reached the tournament’s qualification cutoff to join the field. The top three teams in the World Cup League 2 2019–23 were Nepal, Oman, and Scotland, while the top two teams in the World Cup Qualifying Play-off 2023 were USA and UAE.

Group AGroup B
ZimbabweSri Lanka
West IndiesIreland
NepalOman
NetherlandsScotland
USAUAE
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Squads:

The full rosters of all the competing teams are listed below:

World Cup 2023

Zimbabwe:

Craig Ervine (c)Ryan BurlTendai ChataraBradley EvansJoylord Gumbie
Luke JongweInnocent KaiaClive MadandeWessly MadhevereTadiwanashe Marumani
Wellington MasakadzaBlessing MuzarabaniRichard NgaravaSikandar RazaSean Williams
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West Indies:

Shai Hope (c)Rovman PowellShamarh BrooksYannic CariahKecy Carty
Johnson CharlesRoston ChaseJason HolderAkeal HoseinAlzarri Joseph
Brandon KingKyle MayersKeemo PaulNicholas PooranRomario Shepherd

Sri Lanka:

Dasun Shanaka (c)Kusal MendisDimuth KarunaratnePathum NissankaCharith Asalanka
Dhananjaya de SilvaSadeera SamarawickaramaWanindu HasarangaChamika KarunaratneDushmantha Chameera
Kasun RajithaLahiru KumaraMaheesh TheekshanaMatheesha PathiranaDushan Hemantha

Netherlands:

Scott Edwards (c)Max O’DowdLogan van BeekVikram SinghAryan Dutt
Viv KingmaBas de LeedeNoah CroesRyan KleinTeja Nidamanuru
Wesley BarresiShariz AhmadClayton FloydMichael LevittSaqib Zulfiqar

Ireland:

Andrew Balbirnie (c)Mark AdairCurtis CampherGareth DelanyGeorge Dockrell
Graham HumeJosh LittleAndy McBrineBary McCarthyPJ Moor
Paul StirlingHarry TectorLorcan TuckerBen WhiteCraig Young

Nepal:

Rohit Paudel (c)Kushal BhurtelAasif SheikhGyanendra Malla
Aarif SheikhDipendra Singh AireeGulsan JhaSompal Kami
Sandeep LamichhaneBhim SharkiLalit RajbanshiPratish JC
Kushal MallaKaran KCArjun SaudKishor Mahato

Scotland:

Richie Berrington (c)Matthew CrossAlasdair EvansChris GreavesJack Jarvis
Michael LeaskTom MackintoshChris McBrideBrandon McMullenGeorge Munsey
Adrian NeillSafyaan SharifChris SoleHamza TahirMark Watt

Oman:

Zeeshan Maqsood (c)Aqib IlyasJatinder SinghKashyap PrajapatiShoaib KhanMohammad Nadeem
Sandeep GoudAyaan KhanSuraj KumarAdeel ShafiqueNaseem KhushiBilal Khan
KaleemullahFayyaz ButtJay OdedraSamay ShrivastavRafiullah

USA:

Monank Patel (c)Aaron JonesAbhishek ParadkarAli KhanGajanand Singh
Jasdeep SinghKyle PhilipNisarg PatelNostush KenjigeSaiteja Mukkamalla
Saurabh NetravalkarShayan JahangirSteven TaylorSushant ModaniUsman Rafiq
UAE:
Mohammad Waseem (c)Ethan D’SouzaAli NaseerVriitya AravindRameez Shahzad
JawadullahAsif KhanRohan MustafaAayan KhanJunaid Siddique
Zahoor KhanSanchit SharmaAryansh SharmaKarthik MeiyappanBasil Hameed

Schedule:

The full schedule for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers is as follows:

World Cup 2023

DateMatchVenue
18 JuneZimbabwe vs NepalHarare (HSC)
West Indies vs USAHarare (TAK)
19 JuneSri Lanka vs UAEBulawayo (QSC)
Ireland vs OmanBulawayo (BAC)
20 JuneZimbabwe vs NetherlandsHarare (HSC)
Nepal vs USAHarare (TAK)
21 JuneIreland vs ScotlandBulawayo (QSC)
Oman vs UAEBulawayo (BAC)
22 JuneWest Indies vs NepalHarare (HSC)
Netherlands vs USAHarare (TAK)
23 JuneSri Lanka vs OmanBulawayo (QSC)
Scotland vs UAEBulawayo (BAC)
24 JuneZimbabwe vs West IndiesHarare (HSC)
Netherlands vs NepalHarare (TAK)
25 JuneSri Lanka vs IrelandBulawayo (QSC)
Scotland vs OmanBulawayo (BAC)
26 JuneZimbabwe vs USAHarare (HSC)
West Indies vs NetherlandsHarare (TAK)
27 JuneSri Lanka vs ScotlandBulawayo (QSC)
Ireland vs UAEBulawayo (BAC)
SUPER SIX, PLAY-OFF & FINAL
 29 JuneA2 vs B2Bulawayo (QSC)
 30 June

 A3 vs B1Bulawayo (QSC)
A5 vs B4 (Playoff)Harare (TAK)
01 JulyA1 vs B3Harare (HSC)
02 July

A2 vs B1Bulawayo (QSC)
A4 vs B5 (Playoff)Harare (TAK)
03 JulyA3 vs B2Harare (HSC)
04 July

A2 vs B3Bulawayo (QSC)
7th vs 8th (Playoff)Harare (TAK)
05 JulyA1 vs B2Harare (HSC)
06 July
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A3 vs B3Bulawayo (QSC)
9th vs 10th (Playoff)Harare (TAK)
07 JulyA1 vs B1Harare (HSC)
09 JulyFINALHarare (HSC)

Read more: Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team’s Complete Schedule for the Next 2 Years

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