The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday (Jan 1) announced the teams that have qualified directly for next year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in 2020.
According to the qualification criteria set for the tournament, eight top-ranked teams have made straight entry to the Super-12 stage, while the remaining two teams will play in the group stage along with six other teams which will make entry through the ICC T20 World Cup qualifier 2019.
Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and Afghanistan will start their campaign directly in the Super 12s, while former champions Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have to contend in the group stage which will be held from October 18th to 15th November 2020.
Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga expressed disappoint for not directly qualifying for world cup and said “It is a bit disappointing that we have not been able to ensure a direct Super 12s berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament,” Malinga said. “Having played three finals and winning once, it is natural that everyone expected us to finish in the top-eight but we have to take the opportunity in the extra matches of the group stage and prepare well for the knock-out matches,” the fast bowler added. “We have some fine players in the ranks and it is only a matter of doing our best when the time comes. We look forward to challenges coming our way as we prepare for the big event.”
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17 August, 2019