- Eighteen teams across three groups will compete in the ICC World T20 Europe Qualifier
- The event will be hosted by KNCB in the Netherlands, with matches played between 29 August and 3 September 2018
- Group A will be based in Deventer; Group B and Group C will be based in Rotterdam
- The top two teams from each group will progress to a six team ICC World T20 Europe Final to be held in 2019
The first step towards qualification for the ICC World T20 in 2020 draws closer for European Members as the fixtures for the ICC World T20 Europe Qualifier in Netherlands have been announced.
The tournament will see a record number of European teams compete for six spots in next year’s ICC World T20 Europe Final. Eighteen countries from across the region have been drawn into three groups, with the top two sides in each group qualifying for the next stage in the ICC World T20 pathway.
Group A, consisting of Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany and Portugal, will be based in the city of Deventer, with Salland CC in Deventer and Kampong CC in Utrecht playing host to the group’s fixtures.
Group B (Belgium, Finland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Spain) and Group C (Czech Republic, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Israel, Norway, Sweden) will be based in Rotterdam with fixtures taking place at VCC, VRA, VOC and Excelsior ’20 in Voorburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiedam respectively.
All three groups will be staged as part of a single event to be held between 29 August and 3 September 2018, with the top two teams from each going through to the ICC World T20 Europe Final in 2019.
The first day of matches promises to include plenty of action, with favourites Denmark taking on up-and-coming Germany in Group A, a face-off between Group B top-seeds Jersey and Italy, and a Nordic encounter between Sweden and Norway in Group C.
The full fixture schedule for all groups is attached to this release.
About the ICC World T20 Pathway:
The European Qualifier and Final are part of a new simplified qualification process for the ICC World T20 event that provides a merit-based pathway for every Member. As well as reducing the number of steps towards the global event, the new process also provides more regular competitive opportunities for more Members with the ultimate aim of more competitive teams in international T20 cricket.