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Fiji to host men's ICC World T20 Regional Qualifier as journey to Australia 2020 continues

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Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu will compete in the four-day ICC World T20 EAP A Qualifier tournament.
  • Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Vanuatu battling for two 2019 regional final spots
  • Fiji Sports Commission has provided a 120,000 Fiji Dollar grant for the tournament
  • ICC Development Manager - EAP, Jane Livesey: “Partnerships are very important for cricket development in non-traditional markets. Alongside Cricket Fiji we have worked hard to build a strong relationship with the Fiji Sports Commission.”

The road to the men’s ICC World T20 2020 continues in Fiji this week with two teams qualifying for next year’s regional final, as the first of two 2018 East-Asia Pacific regional qualifiers gets underway.

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu are all competing in the four-day ICC World T20 EAP A Qualifier which gets underway on 25 August. The tournament will be a double round-robin league, where all teams plays each other twice, with the top two teams at the end of the tournament proceeding to the ICC World T20 EAP Final to be played in 2019. They will be joined by one team from the second qualifier in the EAP region, taking place between 1 and 7 December in the Philippines.

The new qualification pathway for the ICC World T20 2020 not only reduces the number of steps towards a global event to four, but also provides more regular competitive opportunities for more Members.  The enhanced qualification pathway aims to foster the continued improvement of Associate Member cricket and better prepare those teams that ultimately qualify for the global showpiece event in Australia.

In addition to the investment provided by the ICC to qualifying events, the Fiji Sports Commission has supported the event by providing a 120,000 Fiji Dollar grant for the tournament. The ICC East-Asia Pacific office and Cricket Fiji have a long-standing and strong relationship which has been developed over many years which is further demonstrated through this support. The Fiji Sports Commission contribution creates a lasting legacy for this tournament with funding directed towards new nets on top of a contribution to tournament costs.

ICC Development Manager - EAP, Jane Livesey said: ‘We are delighted to be showcasing cricket in the Pacific. There have been great strides made by the Members in the region, which have provided greater access for communities to experience cricket. In addition, the new qualification pathway has provided more competition opportunities for Associate Members, with Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Vanuatu all looking forward to a highly competitive pathway tournament.

“Partnerships are very important for cricket development in non-traditional markets. Alongside Cricket Fiji we have worked hard to build a strong relationship with the Fiji Sports Commission. Their generous grant for the tournament will create an even stronger legacy and we look forward to working together in the future.”

For ICC World T20 EAP A Qualifier fixtures please and more information click here.

Event

Dates

Host

Participating teams

ICC World T20 Americas B Qualifier

26 Feb – 3 Mar

Argentina

Argentina, Bermuda (Q), Cayman Islands (Q)

ICC World T20 Africa A Qualifier

14 – 21 Apr

Nigeria

Gambia, Ghana (Q), Nigeria (Q), Sierra Leone

ICC World T20 Asia A Qualifier

20 – 27 Apr

Kuwait

Bahrain, Kuwait (Q), Maldives,Qatar (Q), Saudi Arabia,United Arab Emirates (Q)

ICC World T20 Africa B Qualifier

7 – 14 Jul

Rwanda

Kenya (Q), Tanzania, Rwanda,Uganda (Q)

ICC World T20 EAP A Qualifier

25 – 29 Aug

Fiji

Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu

ICC World T20 Europe A Qualifier

29 Aug – 3 Sep

Netherlands

Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Portugal

ICC World T20 Europe B Qualifier

29 Aug – 3 Sep

Netherlands

Belgium, Finland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Spain

ICC World T20 Europe C Qualifier

29 Aug – 3 Sep

Netherlands

Czech Republic, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Israel, Norway, Sweden

ICC World T20 Americas A Qualifier

16 – 23 Sep

USA

Belize, Canada, Panama, USA

ICC World T20 Asia B Qualifier

3 –  12 Oct

Malaysia

Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand

ICC World T20 Africa C Qualifier

28 Oct – 3 Nov

Botswana

Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi,  Mozambique, Namibia, St Helena, Swaziland, Zambia

ICC World T20 EAP B Qualifier

1 – 7 Dec

Philippines

Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea

 

ABOUT THE MEN’S ICC WORLD T20 2020 QUALIFICATION PATHWAY

  • To qualify for the men’s ICC World T20 2020 there is a four-step qualification pathway from 2018-2020
  • 78 teams will take part in the qualification pathway 2018-2020
  • 62 teams will compete in the regional qualifiers 2018
  • 25 qualifying teams from the regional qualifiers 2018 will compete in the regional finals 2019
  • Six teams from the ICC World T20 2016 which are not in the Top 10 MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings as at 31/12/2008 will automatically qualify for the ICC World T20 Qualifier, alongside the eight qualifiers from the regional finals.
  • The top 10 teams from the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings as at 31/12/2018 qualify for the men’s ICC World T20 2020, alongside the six qualifiers from the ICC World T20 Qualifier.
  • The men’s ICC World T20 2020 will take place in Australia between 18 October – 15 November 2020

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