India enter quarterfinals of U-19 World Cup

World Cup Qualifier schedule announced

In a recent development, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that it won't sanction official ODI status for some of the matches to be held during the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe later this year.

The final will be played at Harare Sports Club.The West Indies, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, had missed out on automatic qualification, finishing outside the top eight on the ICC ODI Team Rankings on September 30, 2017, the cut-off date.

The top three in each of the two pools go through to a Super Six competition, from which two will go through to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

Group B: Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong, ICC World Cricket League Division 2 runners-up. "This will undoubtedly be a competitive and hardfought tournament with two tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup up for grabs as well as ODI status", ICC chief executive, David Richardson said. As per the ICC press release, the tournament will have a total of 10 teams in order to fill the remaining two places for coming World Cup 2019 participation.

In the Super Six section, teams will play the nations they did not meet in the group stage.

PNG, which last appeared in the World Cup in 2014 in the United Arab Emirates, looked clueless and folded for 64 in 21.5 over, the tournament's lowest score so far. The Super six stage will have no group and teams which did not face each other in their group stage will face during this part of the tournament. Preston Mommsen had won the player of the final for his unbeaten 139. Netherlands ODI status got booked after winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship Winners.

They will open their qualifying campaign on March 6 with a clash against the yet-to-be determined Division 2 winners, with their sternest test expected to come against Ireland on March 10 at the Harare Sports Club. Namibia plays host to the Division 2 tournament from February 8-15.

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