Dubai: The automatic qualifiers for the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 on Saturday were confirmed, following West Indies’ loss to Australia in their final match of this year’s edition of the mega event.
However, from the 12 automatic qualifiers for next year’s tournament eight will go straight through to the Super 12.
Altogether, hose eight teams are hosts Australia, England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
“The automatic qualifiers for the Super 12 stage were the winner and runner-up of the current T20 World Cup. The next six highest-ranking teams are on the ICC Men’s T20I rankings. at the cut-off date of November 15,” the ICC said.
“On Saturday, the teams that will fill those spots were confirmed. This was courtesy of West Indies’ loss to Australia. They will sit 10th by the cut-off date, with Bangladesh climbing to eighth,” it added.
Also, the current top six teams on the rankings — England, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia — had already done enough. They would not slide out of those positions in this tournament.
Nonetheless, Afghanistan, the team sitting seventh, cannot drop below the 8th spot irrespective of future results. That loss has seen West Indies drop to 10th on the rankings. It is just behind Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh rising to eighth.
Alongside West Indies, 2021 Super 12 teams Sri Lanka, Namibia, and Scotland will also start next year’s tournament in the First Round.