24 hours after announcing the exciting news of Scotland being awarded the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup European Qualifier, Cricket Scotland is delighted to announce that the ICC U19 Men’s World Cup European Qualifier will also be staged in Scotland next year between 30 July and 5 August.
Qualification for the 2022 edition of the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup was delayed by a year due to COVID-19.. The rescheduled qualification pathway to the finals was announced by the ICC today and Scotland will face Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Jersey and Guernsey for the World Cup spot.
The 14th edition of the event which takes place in the West Indies in early 2022 will involve Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe by virtue of their top 11 finish in the 2020 edition. The remaining five spots will be determined by regional qualification.
The road to the West Indies which showcases the future stars of cricket, will begin in Tanzania with the Africa Division 2 in June 2021. The hosts, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Sierra Leone will be fighting for two spots to join Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda in the Africa Qualifier in September 2021. The qualifier will be hosted by Nigeria who competed in their first ever ICC event at the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2020. The top team from the September event will secure their spot in the West Indies.
The Asia region which also has two divisions will see two qualifiers from Bhutan, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Thailand in Division 2 join Malaysia, Nepal and UAE nine in the Asia Qualifier to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates with the top team qualifying for the West Indies.
USA will host the Americas Qualifier and be joined by Argentina, Bermuda and Canada between 16 and 26 August 2021.
The European qualifier will take place in the west of Scotland being hosted at Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC and Uddingston CC.
Cricket Scotland Pathway Performance Manager Gordon Drummond said “’It is great news that the Men’s U19s qualifier is coming to Scotland. It will be the first time in my tenure that we have had the chance to showcase this fantastic tournament on home soil.
“It is challenging and always very competitive; I’m hopeful a home crowd will give our guys the extra edge to qualify for the West Indies. At the end of what has been a difficult year it is great to see the 2021 cricket calendar filling up and the ICC is continuing to back Scotland to deliver successful regional events.’