The ICC has announced the qualification pathway for the ICC Menís T20 World Cup in Australia which is set to take place in October and November 2022.
The 15 spots in Australia will be decided through a four-step qualifying process which starts in April 2021.
11 regional qualification tournaments across five regions have been rescheduled to 2021, due to COVID-19 and will now feed into the 2022 Australia event.
With the return of cricket in early 2021, we will see 86 different teams with the opportunity to fill the 15 World Cup spots Ė with hosts Australia already securing one Ė over a 13-month qualification campaign.
For the first time, Hungary, Romania and Serbia will be competing for Menís T20 World Cup qualification and Finland will play host to an ICC event for the very first time.
In a festival of cricket it will also be the first time that Japan will host a Menís T20 World Cup Qualifier, on the back of the U19 Menís Cricket World Cup Qualifier they will host two weeks before.
At regional level there will be 67 Associate Members taking part. Due to the depth of strength within Africa and Europe, both regions have sub regional qualifiers feeding into a final qualifier for the region.
Africa, Americas, EAP and Europe will have one top tier regional qualifier and Asia will have A and B to determine which teams will progress into the two eight-team global qualifiers.
The 16 available spots in the Global Qualifiers will be filled by one team each from the Africa and EAP Qualifier respectively. They will be joined by two teams each from the Americas and Europe qualifiers.
Finally, Asia which has a Qualifier A and B will see one team from each event make up the eight spots from regional qualification.
The remaining eight spots will go to the four bottom teams from the ICC Menís T20 World Cup 2021 and together with Nepal, Singapore, UAE and Zimbabwe which have gained direct entry based on their T20I Team Rankings.
Four teams from the two global qualifiers will join hosts Australia and the 11 automatic qualifiers from the ICC Menís T20 World Cup 2021 to make up the 16-team Menís T20 World Cup 2022.
In the lead up to the Australia event there will be 225 Menís T20 Internationals scheduled to be played across 13 months.
The 16 teams that had originally qualified for the 2020 Australia event will now play in the ICC Menís T20 World Cup 2021 in India.
The participating teams for that event are Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Asia A Qualifier Host Kuwait Dates - 3-9 April 2021 Participating Teams - Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa A Qualifier Host - South Africa Dates - April 2021 Participating Teams - Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Uganda
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa B Qualifier Host - South Africa Dates - April 2021 Participating Teams - Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, St Helena, Tanzania
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe A Qualifier Host - Finland Dates - 8 Ė 13 July 2021 Participating Teams - Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Israel, Italy, Malta, Norway, Spain
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe B Qualifier Hosts Finland Dates - 30 June - 5 July 2021 Participating Teams - Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Sweden
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe C Qualifier Hosts - Belgium Dates - 5 - 10 July 2021 Participating Teams - Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Isle of Man, Portugal, Romania, Serbia
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Asia B Qualifier Hosts - Malaysia Dates - 3-9 July 2021 Participating Teams - Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier Hosts - Japan Dates - 11-16 October 2021 Participating Teams - Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Samoa, South Korea, Vanuatu
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Hosts - Canada Dates - 17 - 23 July 2021 Participating Teams - Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Panama, USA
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier Hosts - Spain Dates - 15 Ė 21 October 2021 Participating Teams - Jersey, Europe Sub Regional Qualifier x3
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier Hosts - Nigeria Dates - November 2021 Participating Teams - Kenya, Nigeria, Africa Sub Regional Qualifier x2
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Qualifier A & ICC Menís T20 World Cup Qualifier B Hosts - TBC Dates - February 2022 (A) May 2022 (B) Participating Teams - Nepal, Singapore, UAE, Zimbabwe Bottom teams from ICC Menís T20 World Cup 2021 x4 Africa Qualifier x1 Asia Qualifier A&B x 2 Americas Qualifiers x2 EAP Qualifier x 1 Europe Qualifiers x2
Event - ICC Menís T20 World Cup Hosts- Australia Dates - October Ė 13 November 2022 Participating Teams - Australia Top teams from Menís T20WC 2021 x 11 Menís T20WC Qualifier A x2 Menís T20WC Qualifier B x2