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The pathway for qualifying for the 2027 World Cup has been revealed

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The pathway for qualifying for the 2027 World Cup has been revealed

A few days before the inaugural CWC League 2 tri-series of the current cycle begins, the ICC has released additional information regarding the modifications to the qualification process for the 2027 ODI World Cup, which will be hosted by Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

34 additional teams will compete in qualifying for the 14-team tournament, in addition to South Africa and Zimbabwe, who are automatically qualified as Full Member hosts. The Netherlands has been demoted to Associate competition due to the cancellation of the CWC Super League, as was widely anticipated. Only ICC Full Members are now able to qualify directly through the ODI ranking table. Together with South Africa and Zimbabwe, the top eight full members on the ODI table at the yet-to-be-determined cut-off date will receive direct qualification, while the top two Associates will join the top-ranked players at the CWC Qualifier. There will now be four spots available at the qualifier instead of two due to the World Cup’s expansion from 10 to 14 teams.
Starting next week in Kuala Lumpur, the inaugural CWC Challenge Playoff will provide four new teams the opportunity to secure a spot in the CWC Challenge League, which is the lowest rung of the qualification ladder. Eight teams will compete in a one-off tournament to determine which four will return or be promoted to the third-tier List A competition for the upcoming cycle. Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and Italy—all of whom qualified through the T20 rankings—will face the four lowest-finishing teams from the previous Challenge League: Italy, Malaysia, Vanuatu, and Bermuda.
The Challenge League is still in place and consists of two six-team competitions that run concurrently. During the cycle, each group competes in three round-robin tournaments. A noteworthy distinction from the previous cycle is that the 2026 CWC Qualifier Playoff will feature the top two teams from each group, instead of just the winners of each group. As a result, the Qualifier Playoff will now include eight teams instead of just six, with the top four Challenge League teams competing against the bottom four teams from Conference League 2.
However, it is currently unknown if all four of these League 2 teams could face relegation during the qualifying playoffs. In the previous edition, the only teams that faced elimination to the Challenge Leagues were the bottom two teams from League 2, and only Papua New Guinea was eliminated to make room for Canada. It’s possible that up to four Challenge League teams will be able to advance to League 2 and obtain ODI status as a result of the two additional teams they have in the Qualifier Playoff.
For the upcoming cycle, CWC League 2 will continue to follow essentially the same format, consisting of three consecutive series of six matches, with each team playing its opponents at home, away, and on neutral ground. Despite Namibia having to go through qualifying even though they co-hosted the World Cup, and the Netherlands being relegated from the Super League, the second-tier ODI League is now an eight-team competition. As a result, the triple round-robin is no longer flawless. Each team will play four opponents six times in total and three opponents in just four games, with one home, one away, and one neutral set of matches skipped.

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While the bottom four go to the Qualifier Playoff, where at least two and possibly all four could face relegation to the Challenge League and loss of ODI status, the top four finishers in League 2 will once again advance directly to the World Cup Qualifier and will therefore be guaranteed ODI status for the upcoming cycle.
Tomorrow is the opening match of the first League 2 trilateral series in Kathmandu, where the hosts, Nepal, will play Namibia as the curtain raiser and then the Netherlands two days later.

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T20 World Cup 2024: Team India’s First Group Arrives in New York

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T20 World Cup 2024: Team India’s First Group Arrives in New York

The principal cluster of Indian players, including skipper Rohit Sharma and lead trainer Rahul Dravid, among others, landed in New York. BCCI’s true online entertainment handle shared a video of the equivalent.

Any semblance of Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, and the training staff loaded onto the trip toward the West on Saturday. Rohit, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Gasp, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and voyaging holds Shubman Gill and Khaleel Ahmed arrived today.

All groups highlighting the players from India’s 15-man World Cup crew were taken out of the Indian Head Association (IPL) 2024 preceding the last. The show-stopper occasion starts off the following month with India starting their mission against Ireland. India is set in Gathering A, close by Ireland, and has the USA, Canada, and their main opponents, Pakistan.

Prior, a video did the rounds via web-based entertainment in which the stars of the Indian cricket crew should have been visible showing up at the Mumbai air terminal.

As announced by CricketNext, Virat Kohli still can’t seem to take the trip to New York for the 2024 T20 World Cup. The star India hitter will probably interface with the crew before the main warm-up apparatus versus Bangladesh on June 1. It is perceived that he will fly towards the month’s end.

“He will arrive in New York before the warm-up versus Bangladesh on June 1. Regardless of whether he plays in the warm-up, it will be the board’s call—whether they feel there is a sufficient hole between his landing and the warm-up installation,” says a source near improvements.

The second group of players left earlier today, and Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, and Yashasvi Jaiswal will join the crew soon. Both Sanju and Avesh shared the report on their particular Instagram stories.

Hardik Pandya is perceived to be easily reached from London. India’s head all-rounder, Mumbai Indians, was an extended get-away after his IPL side crashed out in the association stages. He was booked to go straight from London to New York.

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All groups, including the players from India’s 15-man World Cup crew, were taken out of the Indian Head Association (IPL) 2024 preceding the last. The show-stopper occasion starts off the following month with India starting their mission against Ireland. India is set in Gathering A, close by Ireland, and has the USA, Canada, and their most outstanding opponents, Pakistan.

Prior, a video did the rounds via web-based entertainment in which the stars of the Indian cricket crew should have been visible showing up at the Mumbai air terminal.

As detailed by CricketNext, Virat Kohli still can’t seem to take the trip to New York for the 2024 T20 World Cup. The star India player will probably interface with the crew before the main warm-up installation versus Bangladesh on June 1. It is perceived that he will fly towards the month’s end.

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“He will arrive in New York before the warm-up versus Bangladesh on June 1. Regardless of whether he plays in the warm-up, it will be the board’s call—whether they feel there is a sufficient hole between his landing and the warm-up installation,” says a source near improvements.

The second group of players left today, and Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, and Yashasvi Jaiswal will join the crew soon. Both Sanju and Avesh shared the report on their individual Instagram stories.

Hardik Pandya is perceived to be easily reached from London. India’s chief all-rounder, the Mumbai Indians, was on holiday after his IPL side crashed out in the association stages. He was planning to make a straightforward trip from London to New York.

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Hardik Pandya Vacations Amid Natasa Stankovic Divorce Rumors, Set to Join India T20 WC Squad in New York

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Hardik Pandya Vacations Amid Natasa Stankovic Divorce Rumors, Set to Join India T20 WC Squad in New York

More than just Virat Kohli, there were others who did not board the Saturday flight from Mumbai to New York for the T20 World Cup, where Rohit Sharma was leading along with some Indian players and coaching staff, beginning on June 1 in the USA and the West Indies. Hardik Pandya, the captain of Mumbai Indians, had a terrible IPL season, performing poorly as both a leader and player, and was also missing.

As per a report in Cricbuzz on Sunday, Hardik, who is dealing with personal struggles amid rumors of splitting with wife Natasa Stankovic, is presently holidaying in a secret location abroad. After Mumbai’s disappointing IPL season ended with a second last-place finish in three years, he left the country. The report also mentioned that the all-rounder, who will assist Rohit in the upcoming ICC tournament, will go straight to New York to join the Indian team for the T20 World Cup.

Though the precise time of Hardik’s flight to New York is unknown, the source states that he would arrive in time for India’s first practise.

As for the other players, they will depart for New York later, including Rinku Singh of the Kolkata Knight Riders, who played in Sunday’s IPL final, and Sanju Samson of the Rajasthan Royals, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Avesh Khan, who all participated in the Qualifier 2 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 25 in Chennai.

After leaving on Saturday night, the remaining team members—Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and replacements Shubman Gill and Khaleel Ahmed—arrived in New York on Sunday night.

As per a report published on Sunday, Kohli did not travel with the team since he requested an extension of his leave from the BCCI following Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s elimination in the IPL 2024 Eliminator match last week. On the other hand, the former captain of India won the Orange Cap after making 741 runs at a strike rate exceeding 154 and an average of 61.75 in 15 matches. There are 105 fifty runs in the run total. He was the leading run scorer in an IPL season for the second time with this win. His record-breaking 973 runs in 2016 allowed him to win the trophy for the first time.

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In 2007, Team India, the champions of the first T20 World Cup held in South Africa, will kick off their journey against Ireland on June 5 at the newly built Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, followed by a match against Pakistan on June 9 at the same location. Matches against co-hosts USA (June 12) and Canada (June 15) will follow as part of their Group-A ties.

India will play a warm-up match against Bangladesh in New York on June 1 ahead of their season start.

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Gautam Gambhir’s Post-IPL Final Chat with Jay Shah Fuels India Head Coach Speculation

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Gautam Gambhir’s Post-IPL Final Chat with Jay Shah Fuels India Head Coach Speculation

After leading his team to an IPL trophy victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Gautam Gambhir, the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, was elated. Along with celebrating with every KKR player, he also obliged with pictures, demonstrating his busy schedule. Amid the festivities, he had time to greet BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who was in attendance at the IPL final. They later had a long conversation, which raised rumors that he would be appointed England head coach.

As the frontrunner to succeed Rahul Dravid as head coach, Gambhir has surfaced. The 2024 T20 World Cup in June will mark the end of the legend of India. BCCI invited candidates to take Dravid’s place for the prestigious job, as he was unwilling to reapply. The agreement will remain in effect until the conclusion of the ODI World Cup in 2027.

During BCCI’s search, two Australian icons—Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer—were mentioned as potential candidates for the India head coach post. However, both men declined to apply. The board wants an Indian to take up the role since he is more accustomed to and knowledgeable about domestic cricket action than a foreign coach would be. Shah also explained that the BCCI never approached the two for the position. If Shah’s hinting at Gambhir’s preference for the position wasn’t enough, his actions on Sunday, when he saw the World Cup winner in 2011, congratulated him, took pictures, and had a long conversation with him outside of KKR’s celebration in Chennai, certainly did.

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As per the news that appeared in Dainik Jagran on Saturday, Gambhir has not yet submitted his application to become India’s head coach. He is keen on replacing Virat Kohli. After the IPL final, he might have a meeting with some BCCI executives in Chennai. But BCCI will publicly announce him as Dravid’s replacement as soon as he does. Because the story also states that Gambhir must speak with Shah Rukh Khan, KKR’s co-owner, before applying for the position, Gambhir finds himself in a bit of a pickle. Before the IPL 2024 season officially began, the Bollywood actor was instrumental in persuading Gambhir to rejoin KKR as the team’s mentor from the Lucknow Super Giants. He also encouraged Gambhir to lead the team for ten years, offering him a blank check with the stipulation that he would pay any amount he chose.

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