The path to next edition of ICC World Twenty20 is all set to get underway in Argentina this month, with the first of 12 regional qualifiers.
There will be a total of 61 teams in 12 regional qualification groups in 2018 across five regions. Africa and Europe will have 3 groups each while there will be 2 groups each from Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific. The top 25 sides from these will then compete for five regional finals in 2019, with seven proceeding for the ICC World T20 qualifier.
There the seven qualified sides will meet six teams who took part in the last edition of ICC World T20, but are outside the automatic qualification spots that come from being in the top-10 of the rankings as of December 31, 2018, as well as the hosts of the qualifiers.
The top-six in the global qualifier will book their place in the next World T20, scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020. The World T20 Americas Group B, which has teams from Argentina, Bermuda and Cayman Islands, will start their campaign on Monday (February 26).
“To host a tournament is always a great opportunity to spread the word and promote the game at home, friends and family can be there to support our guys, so it is all positive. We hosted a World Cricket League in 2009, the Americas’ Division 3 in 2014 and last year the qualifier in the ICC World Cricket League with Cayman Islands,” Billy McDermott, the tournament director for the Americas qualifier said according to Hindustan Times.