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ICC: Europe’s best young cricketers ready to fight for U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup spot

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  • Netherlands will host the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Europe Qualifier from 6 to 12 August
  • Six teams compete for the solitary spot at the main event in Sri Lanka in January 2024
  • An infographic detailing the qualification pathway for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 is available here

Qualification for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka 2024 continues on Sunday as the Europe Qualifier is set to get underway in the Netherlands.

The most talented young cricketers from across six European countries will battle it out for the one available spot at the global showpiece event in January.

14 teams have already secured their place for Sri Lanka 2024, including Nepal, New Zealand, and Namibia, who have joined the 11 automatically qualified nations by virtue of winning their respective regional Qualifiers in Asia, EAP and more recently Africa.

The Europe Qualifier in the Netherlands will see the three teams that progressed from last year’s Division 2 Qualifier; winners Italy alongside Norway and Guernsey, face up against the seeded teams from the last cycle; Jersey, Scotland and host nation Netherlands.

15 tournament matches are set to take place in a round-robin format where only the table-topping side will clinch qualification. Excelsior’20, Voorburg Cricket Club and VOC Rotterdam will provide the battleground for the teams, with each venue hosting five matches apiece.

Netherlands will be looking to benefit from their home advantage, although they will face stiff competition from previous Europe Qualifier winners Scotland, and the other sides who will each enter the competition knowing that they are just five wins away from securing a spot at the celebrated event, which has historically forged the careers of some of the most recognisable cricket icons.

Hot on the heels of the Africa Qualifier which concluded last week, the Europe Qualifier aims to continue the high-drama witnessed so far during the qualification pathway ahead of the 15th edition of the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Speaking ahead of the event, ICC Europe Regional Development Manager Andrew Wright said, “The U19 Men’s Europe Qualifier has a rich history of helping to develop and showcase Europe’s best young talent.”

“In the last three months we have seen Harry Tector scoring a Test half-century at Lord’s, Josh Little playing in an IPL final, Vikramjit Singh hitting an ODI century to help the Dutch to the 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup and Tomas Mackintosh help his Scottish team secure a place at the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup.”

“Each of these players competed in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Europe pathway in recent years, and are a testament to the benefits of competitive, high quality junior international cricket.”

“This time round, the Netherlands will play host to five other European nations, and I am looking forward to seeing the next generation of superstars emerge. With one spot available to the main event, the Europe Qualifier promises to be a highly competitive and engaging tournament.”

Monica Visser, Chief Executive Officer of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB), added, “It is an honour for the KNCB to host this year’s ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Europe Qualifier. We hosted the first U19 European Tournament in 1975, with David Gower the big star of that event scoring a couple of centuries. Almost 50 years later, it will be exciting to see which of this year’s participating players will appear on the scorecards of significant importance in coming years.

“Hosting this Event fits into our long-term vision of growing the game in the Netherlands. Having hosted West Indies, England, New Zealand and Pakistan last year, we hope this event will help us to attract more young boys and girls into our game.

“I wish all participants success in the upcoming matches. May the best team win and keep up the good spirit.”

Match Schedule

All matches are scheduled to start at 11:00 local time (CEST)

DateFixtureVenue
Sunday 6 AugustJersey vs NorwayVOC Rotterdam
Sunday 6 AugustGuernsey vs ScotlandExcelsior ‘20
Sunday 6 AugustItaly vs NetherlandsVoorburg CC
Monday 7 AugustNorway vs ItalyVOC Rotterdam
Monday 7 AugustNetherlands vs GuernseyExcelsior ‘20
Monday 7 AugustScotland vs JerseyVoorburg CC
Wednesday 9 AugustNetherlands vs ScotlandVOC Rotterdam
Wednesday 9 AugustItaly vs JerseyExcelsior ‘20
Wednesday 9 AugustGuernsey vs NorwayVoorburg CC
Thursday 10 AugustGuernsey vs ItalyVOC Rotterdam
Thursday 10 AugustScotland vs NorwayExcelsior ‘20
Thursday 10 AugustNetherlands vs JerseyVoorburg CC
Saturday 12 AugustJersey vs GuernseyVOC Rotterdam
Saturday 12 AugustNorway vs NetherlandsExcelsior ‘20
Saturday 12 AugustItaly vs ScotlandVoorburg CC

Remaining Qualifying Events for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024

Europe Regional Qualifier, 6-12 August, Netherlands
Competing Teams: Guernsey, Italy, Jersey, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland

Americas Regional Qualifier, 11-17 August, Canada
Competing Teams: Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Suriname, USA

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 Qualification Structure

16 teams will be competing at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Sri Lanka 2024 over 41 matches. 11 teams have automatically qualified for the event as the best-placed Full Member nations from the previous event in 2022. These are: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

The remaining five spots are determined through regional qualification pathways, with one team from each region securing a place at the event.

Americas and EAP each host one qualifying event in 2023, with the winner of each event sealing a spot at the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Sri Lanka 2024.

The Africa, Asia and Europe regions each have a two-step qualification structure. These regions hosted Division 2 Qualifiers in 2022 to determine the teams that will compete in the second and final qualifying event, the Regional Qualifier, with events taking place in 2023.

Only the winning teams from the Regional Qualifiers will qualify to compete at the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Sri Lanka 2024.

Asia, EAP and Africa Qualifiers have already been held this year, with Nepal, New Zealand and Namibia winning respectively, thereby securing their place at the U19CWC.

An infographic detailing the qualification pathway for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 is available here

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