Sesan Adedeji plays a lofted shot against Namibia, Namibia v Nigeria, 15th October 2019 - Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Under the revised qualification pathway process announced by International Cricket Council (ICC) for 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the African region pathway program has changed a bit from the previous one used in 2018/2019.

As per the new pathway process, the African region will have two sub-regional qualifiers instead of three that took place for the 2020 qualification pathway, with the top two teams of the two sub-regional events to advance to the Africa regional finals.

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Vincent Adewoye in action against Jersey – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

The four teams will join Kenya and Nigeria in the regional finals, who qualify directly for the regional finals as the top-ranked African nations in the ICC Men’s T20I team rankings as of 01st Jan 2020. The winner of the Africa regional finals will advance to the global qualifiers (will be placed in one of the two global qualifiers, which will be announced after the conclusion of all the five regional finals) in 2021.

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Irfan Karim and Aman Gandhi in action for Kenya against Namibia in T20 World Cup Qualifiers – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Both Kenya and Nigeria were part of the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers held in Oct/Nov 2019 in UAE; however, under the revised qualification structure for regional finals, it will become lot tougher as there will be only one spot available.

It was reported earlier that Rwanda will be hosting one of the sub-regional qualifiers, however, all details about the host’s and timings of the qualifiers is expected to be announced by the end of Feb 2020.

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