All 14 Captains outside the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi - Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Shortage of time to host back-to-back global qualifiers for both 2020 and 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup’s in Australia and India have forced ICC to change the qualification pathway process for the 2021 event.

The tournament will be played in a 16-team format; however, ICC have announced that instead of having a standalone global qualifiers (14 team event in 2019), there will be two separate global qualifiers of eight teams each in 2021. Each of the 5 regions (Asia, Africa, Americas, East Asia-Pacific and Europe) will have regional/sub-regional (only for Africa, Asia and Europe) qualifiers, from which a total of eight teams will advance to one of the two global qualifiers.

Regional Qualifiers to replace Global Qualifiers for 2021 T20 World Cup 1
All 14 Captains with the Trophy outside the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

The sub-regional and regional finals qualifiers for the 2021 World T20 will be underway before the staging of 2020 World T20 and in the first half of FY2021.

The idea that was discussed and is now implemented is to allow the Super 12 teams from the 2020 edition to gain automatic entry into the 2021 edition. Eight of those 12 are in the main draw for 2020 based on ICC rankings, while four others (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ireland, PNG, Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland and Oman will compete for the spots in the first round of 2020 T20 World Cup) will join them in the Super 12 stage. The four remaining spots for 2021 T20 World Cup would be decided by the staging of the two global qualifiers.

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