Rohan Mustafa bowling, Nepal v United Arab Emirates, ICC World Cup Qualifiers Warm-up Match at Kwekwe - Image by ICC (OMZ) @ICC (Twitter)

Following Netherlands win in the 2015-2017 ICC World Cricket League Championships in Dec 2017, they were not only awarded ODI status but also became the 13th nation to take part in ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) Super League from 2020-2022.

It provided Netherlands an opportunity to qualify directly for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup by virtue of finishing in the top 8 of the Super League after playing a total of 24 ODI matches (3 ODI’s each against 8 Full member countries as depicted in the ICC_Tours).

But the 13th place in the Super League will again be up for grabs as the team ranked 13th at the end of the league in 2022 will have to compete with the top team from ICC CWC League 2 from 2019-2021 to once again claim the coveted spot in the next edition of the Super League, which will be direct qualification pathway for 2027 ICC Cricket World Cup.

It provides for a highly competitive League 2, as all the 7 countries in the league (Scotland, UAE, Nepal + Top 4 teams from ICC WCL Division 2) will not only fight for the top 3 spots into the 2022 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers, but also the top spot in the league will bring them one step closer to challenge the 13th ranked team in 2020-2022 Super League for a place in the Super League and get to play 36 ODI matches against the 12 Full members in the next 3-year Super League period.

The winner between the League 2 winners and 13th ranked team will play the next edition of the Super League, while the team losing the challenge will be relegated to ICC CWC League 2 for it’s next edition.

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