With the 2019 World Cup done and dusted, the cricketing world has now set its sight on the next World Cup in 2023. And ahead of the mega-event, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has kickstarted the road to the tournament. The next edition of the World Cup, which will be the thirteenth edition, will be held in India.

The League 2 will see 126 ODIs played across 21 tri-series, a four-year qualification structure. League 2 is two steps away from the next World Cup. It is below the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The League 2 will witness seven teams – Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA – fighting it out for the main prize. Each of the seven teams will play 36 ODIs over two and half years from August 2019 to January 2022.

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Scotland, PNG and Oman will play the inaugural series from August 14-21 in Mannofield Park. It includes four ODIs for each, worth 2 points per ODI which will contribute to the Men’s CWC League 2 table.The three top teams will confirm their place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.

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On the other hand, the bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022 – which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier- and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B. The top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of participating in India 2023, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.

ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley expressed his excitement over the prospect of four years of competitive men’s 50-over cricket.

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“The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup provided us with great entertainment and competitive cricket, I am delighted to see the start of the qualification process to India 2023. The new structure has given meaningful context to bilateral cricket for the Men’s Cricket World Super League, but also more competitive opportunities to Associate Members,” he said.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Series one schedule:

Wednesday August 14: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Thursday August 15: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Saturday August 17: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Sunday August 18: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Tuesday August 20: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

Wednesday August 21: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.