Sri Lanka and Bangladesh amongst eight groups to play the primary spherical to try to qualify for the Tremendous 12s stage
The ICC didn’t unveil the schedule for the 16-team match, which is predicted to be finalised shortly.
The primary-round matches might be cut up between two teams, with the video games to be performed within the UAE and Oman. Group A has Sri Lanka, Eire, Netherlands and Namibia, whereas Group B has Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman. The highest two groups from every group will qualify for the Tremendous 12s, which might be performed within the three UAE centres – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
Groups within the Tremendous 12s have been pooled into two teams as nicely. India and Pakistan are in Group 2 alongside New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifiers – B1 and A2. Group 1 includes defending champions West Indies together with England, Australia and South Africa and the opposite two qualifers – A1 and B2. The teams, the ICC confirmed, had been chosen on the idea of the workforce rankings as of March 20, 2021.
This time, India are second behind England, and forward of New Zealand, adopted by Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, Afghanistan and West Indies.
“There are some nice match ups supplied by the teams and it begins to deliver the occasion to life for our followers as our first multi-team occasion for the reason that onset of the worldwide pandemic attracts nearer,” Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s performing chief govt, stated in an announcement on Friday. “Given the disruption brought on by COVID-19, we chosen the cutoff date as shut as potential to the occasion to make sure we had been capable of embrace the utmost quantity of cricket within the rankings which decide the teams.
“There is no such thing as a doubt we are going to witness some extremely aggressive cricket when the occasion will get underway in simply three months.”
The match was earlier scheduled to be performed in India, however owing to the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic within the nation, the BCCI determined to maneuver it abroad, despite the fact that the Indian board continues to be official hosts for the occasion.
The ICC had named the UAE because the back-up venue for the match in 2020 itself. Not too long ago, it decided to add Oman as a venue retaining in thoughts the volume of cricket that the UAE – particularly Abu Dhabi – has hosted for the reason that pandemic started. The UAE may also host the rest of the 2021 IPL from September 19 till mid-October.
The ICC felt having Oman as a further venue would assist maintain the principle grounds in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah contemporary for the Tremendous 12s stage. An ICC workforce is in Oman this week to examine the 2 ovals on the Oman Cricket Academy.
Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary who can be the present president of the Asian Cricket Council, stated Oman, who’re one of many groups collaborating in Spherical 1, deserved to be on the worldwide map: “Co-hosting the World Cup will put Oman Cricket on the worldwide stage. They’re additionally taking part in the Qualifiers and it is going to be an icing on the cake in the event that they make it to the Tremendous 12s.”
Nagraj Gollapudi is information editor at ESPNcricinfo