On Tuesday, May 23, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the schedule for the upcoming World Cup 2023 Qualifiers which will be played from June 18 to July 9 in Zimbabwe. 10 teams have been divided into two groups for the upcoming event as well. Group A consists of the West Indies, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, and Nepal whereas the United States of America (USA). Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are from Group B.
However, Harare Sports Club, Takashinga Cricket Club, Queen’s Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club – these four venues will host all the matches. 20 matches will be played in the group stage followed by the Super 6 stage. The top two teams in the Super 6 will be featured in the final and also qualify for the main event to be played later this year in India as well. Two-time champions West Indies will start their campaign against the USA on June 18 whereas Sri Lanka are scheduled to take on the UAE in their first match of the Qualifiers on June 19.
“The countdown to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is entering the final stages and this event presents an incredible opportunity for teams to earn a place in the pinnacle event of one-day cricket. The stakes don’t get any bigger in what will be a very competitive event enjoyed by fans looking to see who will join the eight teams that have already booked their tickets to India,” ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice was quoted as saying.
West Indies have been drawn alongside the Netherlands, Nepal, United States, and Zimbabwe in Group A of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
Tournament will feature 10 teams to be played in Zimbabwe and bowls off 18 June and will end with the final on 9 July. pic.twitter.com/EwqaSsYm4a
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) May 23, 2023
Here is the schedule for the ICC World Cup 2022 Qualifiers:
Sunday, 18 June
Zimbabwe v Nepal, Harare Sports Club
West Indies v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club
Monday, 19 June
Sri Lanka v UAE, Queen’s Sports Club
Ireland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Tuesday, 20 June
Zimbabwe v Netherlands, Harare Sports Club
Nepal v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club
Wednesday, 21 June
Ireland v Scotland, Queen’s Sports Club
Oman v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Thursday, 22 June
West Indies v Nepal, Harare Sports Club
Netherlands v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club
Friday, 23 June
Sri Lanka v Oman, Queen’s Sports Club
Scotland v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club
Saturday, 24 June
Zimbabwe v West Indies, Harare Sports Club
Netherlands v Nepal, Takashinga Cricket Club
Sunday, 25 June
Sri Lanka v Ireland, Queen’s Sports Club
Scotland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club