Story by Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor
THE schedule for the International Cricket Council World Cup Qualifier has been released, with the clash between hosts Zimbabwe and West Indies headlining the 10-team tournament that will be staged from the 18th of June to the 9th of July.
Hosts Zimbabwe will face the West Indies, the Netherlands, Nepal and the United States of America (USA) in Group A of the 2023 Qualifier to be played across four venues in Harare and Bulawayo.
Each match will be high stakes, with teams contesting for two places at the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India that gives them nine guaranteed matches at cricket’s ODI global showpiece.
The 10 teams taking part in the qualifier are split into two groups of five teams.
Zimbabwe, the West Indies, the Netherlands, Nepal and the United States make up Group A, while Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman and the United Arab Emirates form Group B.
Each side will play the other teams in their group once with the top three from each group progressing to the Super Six stage.
In the Super Six, they will play the sides they did not meet in the group stage.
All points won in the group stage will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the teams that fail to make it to the Super Six stage.
The finalists will both progress to the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Queen’s Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Harare Sports Club and Takashinga Cricket Club in Harare will share 34 matches between them, with Harare Sports Club staging the final on the 9th of July.