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USA Cricket: International cricket to return for USA as Cricket World Cup league 2 fixtures announced

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  • Men’s Cricket World League 2 and Challenge League schedule announced
  • Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 to take place in Zimbabwe between 18 June and 9 July

USA Men’s National Team will return to international cricket after more than a 12 month break in play due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the amended schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup League being announced today. Team USA will travel to Oman in March 2021 to restart the series with the first set of matches being between Nepal, Oman and USA.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the 20 rescheduled series in the pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India and the dates for the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

All COVID-19 affected series which were postponed in 2020 have been rescheduled in a new look calendar extending to 2023, with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier confirmed to take place in Zimbabwe between 18 June and 9 July 2023.

The Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 ODIs will return on 19 March 2021 when Oman host USA and Nepal in the sixth series of League 2. Six ODIs will be played in the series with Oman currently sitting top of the table on 16 points with the United States four points behind in the standings. There will be 96 ODIs played across the 14 series that are scheduled to be played in 2021 and 2022 respectively and the remaining two in early 2023.

The Men’s CWC Challenge League A will return between 15 and 28 August 2021 when Canada will host Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu where 15 matches will be played in the second of the three Challenge League A events. Canada lead Singapore on net-run-rate with both teams on eight points in the standings.

Challenge League B will return between 1 and 14 September 2021 with Jersey hosting Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya and Uganda competing in 15 matches. Uganda sit top of the standings with 10 points, followed by Hong Kong with seven. The final Challenge League B event has been scheduled for February 2022 and A for September 2022, with 60 List-A matches due to be played.

After the 21 tri-series in League 2 have been completed the top three teams will confirm their place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023. The bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2023 – which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier – and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B. The top two teams from the Play-Off – which has also been rescheduled to 2023 – will keep their hopes alive of participating in India 2023, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.

The two leagues will run simultaneously with the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League which started in July 2020. Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 hosts India and the other top seven Super League teams will qualify automatically for the pinnacle event. The bottom five teams from the Super League will play in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, joining the best three teams from League 2.

PosTeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRQualification
1 Oman108200160.177Qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
2 United States12660012−0.318
3 Scotland8430190.139
4 Namibia7430080.008Qualification for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off
5 United Arab Emirates733017−0.004
6   Nepal4220040.982
7 Papua New Guinea808000−0.458

The current ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Table

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “When we rescheduled the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to October and November 2023 it enabled us to extend the window for qualification events to take place and thereby ensure we maximise the opportunity for qualification to be decided on the field of play. We have worked very closely with Members and stakeholders to reschedule 96 ODIs and 60 List-A matches and will continue to maintain the safety of participants in our events as our highest priority.”

All events are subject to COVID-19 arrangements if required at that time.

EventHostDatesParticipating Teams
ICC Men’s CWC League 2Oman19 – 28 March 2021Oman, USA, Nepal
ICC Men’s CWC League 2PNG14 – 24 April 2021PNG, Oman, Scotland
ICC Men’s CWC League 2PNG13 – 23 May 2021PNG, USA, Namibia
ICC Men’s CWC League 2ScotlandJuly 2021Scotland, Nepal, Namibia
ICC Men’s CWC League 2USAAugust 2021USA, Scotland, UAE
ICC Men’s CWC League 2NamibiaTBCNamibia, Oman, UAE
ICC Men’s CWC League 2UAEDecember 2021UAE, Namibia, Oman
ICC Men’s CWC League 2NepalFebruary 2022Nepal, UAE, PNG
ICC Men’s CWC League 2Namibia25 March – 5 April 2022Namibia, Nepal, Scotland
ICC Men’s CWC League 2ScotlandJune 2022Scotland, UAE, USA
ICC Men’s CWC League 2USAJuly 2022USA, Nepal, Oman
ICC Men’s CWC League 2NamibiaTBCNamibia, PNG, USA
ICC Men’s CWC League 2PNG22 September – 2 October 2022PNG, UAE, Nepal
ICC Men’s CWC League 2Oman22 November – 2 December 2022Oman, Scotland, PNG
ICC Men’s CWC League 2NepalFebruary 2023Nepal, Namibia, Scotland
ICC Men’s CWC League 2UAEFebruary 2023UAE, PNG, Nepal
EventHostDatesParticipating Teams
ICC Men’s Challenge League ACanada15-28 August 2021Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu
ICC Men’s Challenge League BJersey1-14 September 2021Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Uganda
ICC Men’s Challenge League BUgandaFebruary 2022Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Uganda
ICC Men’s Challenge League AMalaysiaSeptember 2022Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu
EventHostDatesParticipating Teams
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super LeagueVariousJuly 2020 – March 2023Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-OffTBC2023Bottom teams from Men’s CWC League 2 x4Top teams from Challenge Leagues A and B x2
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup QualifierZimbabwe18 June – 9 July 2023Bottom teams from Men’s CWC Super League x5Top teams from Men’s CWC League 2 x3Top teams from Men’s CWC Qualifier Play-Off x2
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023IndiaOctober – 26 November 2023India as HostsTop teams from Men’s CWC Super League x7Top teams from Men’s CWC Qualifier x2

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