Wednesday, 07 December 2022

USA Cricket qualified for 2024 T20 World Cup

USA Cricket qualified for 2024 T20 World Cup

USA Cricket has said it welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to award an automatic qualification for Men's T20 World Cup in 2024. The US team (men's) is now guaranteed to appear in what could be their first-ever World Cup appearance, although both their men's and women's sides have a chance to qualify for the 2022 and 2023 events first themselves.

USA head coach J Arun Kumar said, "We are delighted to receive confirmation from the ICC that we will gain automatic qualification for the historic 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup to be co-hosted here in USA with the West Indies. For USA to play in the expanded 20 team T20 World Cup on home soil is going to be ground-breaking and historic for cricket as the sport continues to expand around the world and we're really looking to being a part of it in 2024."

After its board meeting in Dubai, the ICC said 12 teams would qualify automatically for the event. The top eight teams from the 2022 Twenty World Cup (in October-November in Australia) event will join the two host members, West Indies and the USA. Two more qualifiers will be based on the ranking as of November 14, 2022, with the remaining eight spots to be decided through a regional qualification process with Africa, Asia, and Europe, each qualifying two teams and Americas and EAP one each.

the ICC said in a release on Sunday (April 10).

"If West Indies finish in the top eight in Australia later this year, three teams will progress based on rankings and if outside the top eight two teams will qualify from the rankings table,"

"We are hopeful that it will be a second T20 World Cup appearance, though, for our squad, as we are very focussed on the opportunity in front of us this year as we travel to Zimbabwe in July as one of the eight teams looking for the final two spots in the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022.

"We have been playing good cricket in recent times, with a first ever victory over a Test Nation vs Ireland in December in Florida. I'm also really pleased with the ever growing depth in our player pool as we have brought in a number of young, impressive home-grown talents that are going to help make up the future of the side for many years to come."

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The qualification pathway for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2024 has also been decided. Eight teams will gain automatic qualification into the event, comprising the top three teams from each group of the 2023 event plus the host (if not in the six) and the following highest-ranked teams on the Women's T20 rankings table at a pre-determined date. "The remaining two teams will be identified through the Women's T20 World Cup global qualifier," the release stated.

The IWC 2017-20 - for the just-concluded 2022 ODI World Cup in New Zealand - allowed only the top-four sides plus the hosts to qualify directly.

In the same statement, the ICC also stated that the Board had approved the recommendation to extend ODI status to some Associate Member women's teams to progress to global qualifying events based on ODI rankings.

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