Qualification for the 2024 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup continues as Division 2 Pathway events head to Asia and Africa

  • The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Asia Division 2 Qualifier will be held in Oman from 29 September to 7 October
  • Eight teams will be fighting for two places in the Asia Qualifier tournament, which will be held in 2023
  • Nigeria will host the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Africa Division 2 Qualifier from 30 September to 8 October, with the top three teams progressing to next year’s Africa Qualifier

The qualifying path for the 2024 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup continues next week, with Oman preparing to host the eight-team Asia Division 2 qualifiers at two venues at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Al Amerat.

The hosts welcome young stars from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Thailand to the highly-anticipated event, which begins September 29 and features an action-packed schedule of 16 matches over nine days.

The Division 2 qualifier marks the first step in the qualification path for the 2024 Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup and the two teams progressing to the final on October 7th meet the already qualified Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal in Asia and the United Arab Emirates Qualifiers 2023.

Ahead of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Asia Division 2 Qualifier, Oman Cricket Secretary Madhursinh Jesrani said:

“Oman Cricket is delighted to host the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers Asia – Division 2. We extend a warm welcome to all visiting teams to enjoy Oman and its hospitality at its best. We look forward to seeing youth cricket’s finest brand The Competition.

“As hosts of the tournament, we look forward to seeing our U19 national team at their best throughout the tournament and showing an exemplary and compelling brand of cricket. The team has put the hard meters into the formation in accordance with the requirement to provide excellent performance in all departments.

“Oman Cricket wishes the whole team all the best for the tournament.”

Nigeria will also be in the spotlight during this period as the Africa Division 2 qualifying tournament kicks off in Abuja on September 30, where 16 matches will be played to determine the teams that reach the 2023 qualifying finals.

The most promising young players from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and hosts Nigeria will compete for nine days, resulting in the top three teams progressing to Africa qualifiers.

The two finalists and the third-placed team after the event concludes on October 8th will join Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda in next year’s Africa Qualifiers tournament.

Nigeria Cricket Federation General Manager Emeka Igwilo said: “We are very excited and look forward to hosting the Division 2 Africa Qualifiers here in Abuja. Everything is in place to ensure a memorable tournament and we extend a warm welcome to all participating countries and officials to this event.

“As a country we want to be inspired by the exploits of the team that qualified for the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup Under-19s and we are very optimistic that we can achieve that feat again. Special credit goes to the ICC for awarding the hosting rights to Nigeria and providing a platform for cricket to thrive on the continent.”

game schedules

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Asia Division 2 Qualifier, Oman, 29 September – 7 October

Group A: Oman, Bhutan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

Group B: Hong Kong, Thailand, Qatar, Singapore

date

contraption

Venue

September 29, 2022

Oman vs Bhutan

OCA pitch 1

September 29, 2022

Bahrain vs Saudia Arabia

OCA pitch 2

September 30, 2022

Qatar vs Singapore

OCA pitch 1

September 30, 2022

Hong Kong vs Thailand

OCA pitch 2

October 1, 2022

Bhutan vs Bahrain

OCA pitch 1

October 1, 2022

Saudi Arabia vs Oman

OCA pitch 2

October 2, 2022

Thailand vs Singapore

OCA pitch 1

October 2, 2022

Hong Kong vs Qatar

OCA pitch 2

October 3, 2022

Bhutan vs Saudi Arabia

OCA pitch 1

October 3, 2022

Oman vs Bahrain

OCA pitch 2

October 4, 2022

Thailand vs Qatar

OCA pitch 1

October 4, 2022

Singapore vs Hong Kong

OCA pitch 2

October 6, 2022

Semifinal 1 – A1 vs B2

OCA pitch 1

October 6, 2022

Semifinal 2 – B1 vs. A2

OCA pitch 2

October 7, 2022

Third place game

OCA pitch 2

October 7, 2022

final

OCA pitch 1

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Africa Division 2 Qualifier, Nigeria, 30 September – 8 October

Group A: Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Mozambique

Group B: Nigeria, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Rwanda

date

contraption

Venue

September 30, 2022

Sierra Leone versus Botswana

Abuja pitch 1

September 30, 2022

Nigeria vs Rwanda

Abuja pitch 2

October 1, 2022

Kenya vs Ghana

Abuja pitch 1

October 1, 2022

Malawi vs Mozambique

Abuja pitch 2

October 2, 2022

Botswana vs Nigeria

Abuja pitch 1

October 2, 2022

Rwanda vs Sierra Leone

Abuja pitch 2

October 3, 2022

Ghana vs Mozambique

Abuja pitch 1

October 3, 2022

Kenya vs Malawi

Abuja pitch 2

October 4, 2022

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone

Abuja pitch 1

October 4, 2022

Rwanda vs Botswana

Abuja pitch 2

October 5, 2022

Ghana vs Malawi

Abuja pitch 1

October 5, 2022

Mozambique vs Kenya

Abuja pitch 2

October 7, 2022

Semifinal 1 – A1 vs B2

Abuja pitch 1

October 7, 2022

Semifinal 2 – B1 vs. A2

Abuja pitch 2

October 8, 2022

Third place game

Abuja pitch 2

October 8, 2022

final

Abuja pitch 1

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 Qualification Structure

A total of 16 teams will compete in the 2024 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup. Eleven teams automatically qualified for the event in 2022 as the top-ranked full member nations from the previous event. These are: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

The remaining five spots will be determined through regional qualification paths, with one team from each region securing a spot at the event.

Americas and EAP will each host a qualifying tournament in 2023, with the winner of each event earning a spot at the 2024 U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

The regions of Africa, Asia and Europe each have a two-stage qualification structure. These regions will host Division 2 Qualifiers in 2022 to determine the teams that will participate in the second and final qualifier, the Regional Qualifier.

Only the winning teams from the Regional Qualifiers qualify to compete in the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

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