Guernsey to host first U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup regional qualifier between 5 – 11 August, with Asia and Africa following in September 24 Division 2 teams aiming to secure eight Regional Qualifier spots – the second and final stage of qualification for regions.
The future stars of men’s cricket are set to contest the first pathway events en-route to the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup as qualification gets underway in August.
The event, which continues its rich legacy of having introduced some of today’s biggest cricket icons onto the world stage, will see the most promising talent from around the globe battle it out to identify the competing nations in 2024.
The 15th edition of the event will involve Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe by virtue of their top 11 finish in the 2022 edition. The remaining five spots will be determined by regional qualification.
Guernsey will be the first stop on the qualification calendar for the 2024 event. Due to the depth in strength in the Europe, Africa and Asia regions, a two-division qualification pathway will take place with 24 teams competing for eight Regional Qualifier spots.
The Europe Division 2 Qualifier starting on 5 August will see eight teams competing in 20 matches over a seven-day period across the island’s four venues. Young stars representing Denmark, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Italy, Norway and Sweden will arrive in Guernsey alongside the hosts to set the ball rolling on another thrilling series of qualification events.
The two finalists and the winner of the third-place playoff will all progress to join Jersey, the Netherlands and Scotland in the Europe Qualifier – the second and final stage in the region’s qualification pathway, which will be held in 2023.
Speaking on the commencement of the Europe Division 2 Qualifier, Mark Latter, Chief Executive Officer at Guernsey Cricket commented, “Having had to put international cricket on hold for the past couple of years, to be back both playing and hosting is really exciting and we look forward to welcoming all the teams to Guernsey to enjoy the fantastic cricket facilities we have and also the delights of our beautiful island.
“For the Guernsey players it is great that they get the opportunity to show their talents in front of their family and friends, and for all it provides the opportunity to make cricketing friendships that will no doubt be rekindled in later years as they progress into their respective senior squads.”
Upon conclusion of the Europe qualifying event, the focus will then shift to the Africa and Asia regions. Both will host their Division 2 Qualifiers from September before their final Regional Qualifiers in 2023.
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup – Asia Division 2 Qualifier
Oman will play host to the ICC Asia Division 2 Qualifier from 29 September to 7 October. Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Thailand will be competing, with the two finalists progressing to the Asia Qualifier. They will join Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal and UAE who are already granted a place at the final stage of qualification.
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup – Africa Division 2 Qualifier
From 30 September to 8 October, the Africa Division 2 Qualifier takes place in Abuja, Nigeria where the competing hosts will welcome Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. The two finalists plus the third-placed team will qualify to compete at the Africa Qualifier in 2023 where they will be joined by Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda who enter the qualification pathway at this stage.
Americas and East Asia Pacific nations will see their qualifying events for the World Cup take place in 2023, with both regions each hosting one single qualification event to determine their qualifying teams.
ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley remarked: “The U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup has a great tradition of developing some of the finest players that have graced the game. It is a wonderful opportunity for the stars of tomorrow to shine on the world stage, give fans the first glimpse of their next heroes and showcase the bright future the sport has in growing cricket nations.”
“The qualification process provides countries like Malawi, who are competing for the first time in the Men’s U19 pathway the platform to compete in a global multi-team event. Over the next couple of months 24 teams across three regions will battle it out to secure their next step on the road to the World Cup.”
16 teams will be competing at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup. 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 will be determined through regional qualification pathways, with one team from each region securing a place at the event.
Americas and EAP will each host one qualifying event in 2023, with the winner of each event sealing a spot at the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The Africa, Asia and Europe regions will each have a two-step qualification structure. These regions will host Division 2 Qualifiers in 2022 to determine the teams that will compete in the second and final qualifying event, the Regional Qualifier. Only the winning teams from the Regional Qualifiers will qualify to compete at the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup.
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Europe Division 2 Match Schedule
All matches are to commence at 11h00 BST.
Date – Fixture – Venue
Fri 5 August – Norway v Denmark – KGV
Fri 5 August – Isle of Man v Sweden – College Fields
Fri 5 August – Guernsey v France – Memorial Fields
Fri 5 August – Germany v Italy – Port Soif
Sat 6 August – Guernsey v Germany – KGV
Sat 6 August – France v Italy – College Fields
Sat 6 August – Norway v Isle of Man – Memorial Fields
Sat 6 August – Denmark v Sweden – Port Soif
Mon 8 August – Sweden v Norway – KGV
Mon 8 August – Italy v Guernsey – College Fields
Mon 8 August – France v Germany – Memorial Fields
Mon 8 August – Denmark v Isle of Man – Port Soif
Tues 9 August – A1 v B2 – KGV
Tues 9 August – B1 v A2 – College Fields
Tues 9 August – A3 v B4 – Memorial Fields
Tues 9 August – B3 v A4 – Port Soif
Thurs 11 August – 7th place playoff – Port Soif
Thurs 11 August – 5th place playoff – Memorial Fields
Thurs 11 August – 3rd place playoff – College Fields
Thurs 11 August – Final – KGV