The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to make drastic revamps in the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup.
From next year, a new league-based qualification structure for the ODI World Cup will be introduced.
A new qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has been approved. Here’s how it works 👇 pic.twitter.com/HuGfyqB9O8
— ICC (@ICC) October 20, 2018
It will see 372 qualification matches played over two-three years in the build-up to the 2023 tournament to be played in India, an ICC release said.
The 2019 World Cup in England will be a 10-team affair. Out of the 32 teams, eight teams from the CWC Super League, which will be comprised of 13 teams, will earn a direct qualification.
The remaining five bottom teams will have to compete in a CWC qualififer stage, which will also involve 24 other Associate Members.
372 matches over almost 3 years – the 2023 World Cup qualification process will be vastly different from the years gone by!
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— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) October 20, 2018
The new structure allows even the bottom-ranked team (out of 32) a chance to become one of the two teams to play in the World Cup while also making sure that there is a substantial increase in ODI and List A cricket played by the lower-ranked teams through the newly-designed pathway.