Associates pathway to 2023 World Cup undergoes major revamp

The ICC have announced the qualification structure for the 2023 World Cup. Peter Della Penna outlines the implications for Associates for CricInfo:
“The most significant aspect of the WCL restructure is that it still leaves the door open to 2023 Men’s World Cup qualification for a team who begins 2019 ranked as low as No. 32, which would have placed them in WCL Division Five. That team would need to finish at the top of CWC Challenge League A or League B, then finish in the top two of the six-team CWC Qualifier Playoff, and then finish in the top two of the ten-team World Cup Qualifier to reach the World Cup. But as Afghanistan showed by starting off in WCL Division Five in 2008, there’s hope for every Associate.”
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For Canada, this means a top-four finish in WCL Division 2, to be played in early 2019, will allow promotion to “CWC League 2”, a seven team group that will have a full round robin – 36 matches/ team – with the top three advancing to the world Cup qualifier.

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