Guernsey will host the inaugural Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup Regional Qualifiers from August 5-11, with the Asia and Africa relay on September 24th Division 2 teams aiming to secure eight regional qualifying spots – the second and final stage of the zone qualifiers.
Future stars of men’s cricket are set to compete in the first track events on their way to the Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup with the qualifiers kicking off in August.
The event, which continues its rich legacy of introducing some of today’s biggest icons of cricket to the global stage, will see the most promising talents from around the world battle it out to determine the competing nations in 2024.
The 15th edition of the event will feature Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe with 11th place finishers at the 2022 edition. The remaining five places will be determined by regional qualification.
Guernsey will be the first stop in the qualification calendar for the 2024 event. Given the depth of strength in the Europe, Africa and Asia regions, a two-section qualifying track will be conducted with 24 teams competing for eight regional qualification centers.
The League Two qualifiers starting on August 5 will see eight teams participate in 20 matches over seven days across the island’s four stadiums. Young stars representing Denmark, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Italy, Norway and Sweden will arrive in Guernsey alongside the hosts to start another exciting series of qualifying events.
Both the finalists and the third place winner will advance to join Jersey, the Netherlands and Scotland in the European Qualifiers – the second and final stage of the region’s qualifying track, which will take place in 2023.
Speaking about the start of qualifying for the Europe 2 Division, Mark Latter, CEO of Guernsey Cricket commented, “Having had to suspend international cricket for the past two years, returning to play and host is really exciting and we look forward to welcoming all teams to Guernsey to enjoy the facilities The great cricket we have and also the fun of our beautiful island.
“For the Guernsey players it is great to have the opportunity to show their talents in front of their family and friends and it offers everyone the opportunity to make cricket friendships that will undoubtedly revive in later years as they advance into the top teams involved.”
When the European qualifiers conclude, the focus will then shift to the Africa and Asia regions. Both will host the Division 2 qualifiers from September before the final regional qualifiers in 2023.
Men’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup – Asia Division 2 Qualifiers
Oman will host the Asian Division 2 Qualifiers from September 29 to October 7. Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Thailand will compete, while the two qualifiers will advance to the Asian qualifiers. They will join Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates who have already secured a place in the final stage of qualification.
Men’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup – Africa Division 2 Qualifiers
From September 30 to October 8, the African Division II Qualifiers will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, where competing hosts will take on Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. The two finalists, as well as the third-placed team, will qualify to compete in the 2023 Africa Qualifiers, when they will be joined by Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda, who enter the qualification path at this stage.
The Americas and East Asia and Pacific nations will witness World Cup qualifying events in 2023, with both regions hosting a single qualifying event to determine their qualifying teams.
Chris Tetley, Head of ICC Events, said: “The Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup has a great tradition of developing some of the best players who have graced the game. It is a fantastic opportunity for the stars of tomorrow to shine on the global stage, giving fans a first glimpse of their next champions and highlighting the bright future of the sport. in developing cricket nations”.
“The qualification process for countries like Malawi, which is competing for the first time in the men’s under-19 track, provides a platform to compete in a global multi-team event. Over the next two months, 24 teams from three regions will battle to secure their next step on the road to the World Cup.”
16 teams compete in the Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Eleven teams automatically qualified for this event as the best full member nations ranked from the previous event in 2022. These are: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
The remaining five locations will be determined by the regional qualification tracks, with one team from each region securing a place in the event.
The Americas and EAP will each host one qualifying event in 2023, with the winner of each event securing a place in the Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
The Africa, Asia and Europe regions will each have a two-step qualification structure. These regions will host the Division 2 playoffs in 2022 to determine which teams will compete in the second and final playoffs, the Regional Playoffs. Only the winning teams from the regional qualifiers will qualify to compete in the Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Men’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Europe Division 2 schedule
All matches start at 11:00 GMT.
Date – Match – Venue
Fri August 5 – Norway – Denmark – KGV
Friday August 5 – Isle of Man vs Sweden – College Fields
Friday 5 August – Guernsey vs France – Memorial Fields
Fri August 5 – Germany – Italy – Port Suef
Saturday August 6 – Guernsey vs Germany – KGV
Saturday August 6th – France vs Italy – College Fields
Saturday 6 August – Norway vs Isle of Man – Memorial Fields
Saturday 6 August – Denmark – Sweden – Port Suef
Monday August 8 – Sweden – Norway – KGV
Monday August 8th – Italy vs Guernsey – College Fields
Monday August 8 – France vs Germany – Memorial Fields
Monday August 8 – Denmark – Isle of Man – Port Suef
Tuesday 9 August – A1 v B2 – KGV
Tue Aug 9 – B1 vs A2 – College Fields
Tuesday August 9th – A3 vs B4 – Memorial Fields
Tuesday 9 August – B3 v A4 – Port Soif
Thursday August 11th – seventh place – Port Suef
Thursday August 11th – Fifth Place – Memorial Fields
Thursday August 11th – Third place selection – College fields
Thursday August 11th – Final – KGV