Zimbabwe to host 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier next year
Ireland, the UAE and Scotland were also in the race but Zimbabwe was given the nod to host the ICC World Cup qualifier after ICC chairperson Shashank Manohar visited the country in August.cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2017 22:32 IST
Zimbabwe will host the qualifiers for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in March next year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Friday. Originally, Bangladesh were scheduled to host the qualifiers. But having qualified directly for the World Cup in England, after finishing in the top eight of the ICC ODI rankings on deadline day September 30, Zimbabwe proposed hosting the tournament.
Ireland, the UAE and Scotland were also in the race but Zimbabwe were given the nod after ICC chairperson Shashank Manohar visited the country in August and found the country was good to go.
Among the countries to participate will be the West Indies, Afghanistan, Ireland and the hosts Zimbabwe themselves, who failed to gain a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup.
Jason Holder-led West Indies, who had to win all five ODIs against England last month to secure direct qualification, lost 0-4.
Big-name players like Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard could feature in the tournament.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, could have the services of Brendon Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, both of whom were released by their county sides.
The above mentioned four teams will be joined by the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the top two from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.