The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the three qualifying events taking place in Europe in 2017, each are pathway qualifiers to the ICC’s global events.
The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 – Europe/Americas Qualifier 2017; the ICC World Cricket League – Europe Division 1 2017, the men’s 50 over tournament and ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 – Europe Qualifier 2017 will all take place between June and August 2017.
The United States of America women’s team will travel to Scotland to compete against Scotland and Netherlands in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 – Europe/Americas Qualifier 2017 from 14-20 August 2017. This event is a direct qualifier to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier, with the top two teams from the qualifying event progressing.
Cricket Scotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Cannon said: “It’s a great honour for Scotland to be selected as host for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018- Europe/Americas Qualifier. As a national governing body, we’re fully committed to boosting the profile of the women’s game in Scotland and this opportunity will allow us to do exactly that.
“Our women’s national team will have the chance to show off their skills in front of what we are sure will be a healthy home support, while welcoming the Netherlands and USA to our shores will be an honour and an opportunity to showcase the progression of the women’s game further,” stated Cannon.
Netherlands (Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond- KNCB) will host the ICC World Cricket League – Europe Division 1 2017 from 11-17 June 2017, the participating teams are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden, the winner will qualify for the global eight-team ICC World Cricket League Division 5.
Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond Chief Executive, Alex de la Mar is delighted to host the event: ‘We are delighted to continue to
host ICC qualifying events and are keen to support and assist European members in the growth of cricket; even when we do not participate ourselves. We look forward to staging the ICC World Cricket League – Europe Division 1 2017 and welcoming a number of European countries to the Netherlands to play in a hard-fought and exciting competition,” said De la Mar.
The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018- Europe Qualifier 2017 provides the opportunity for one team to qualify directly into the ICC U19
Cricket World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand. The qualifier tournament will take place from 23 July – 1 August 2017 in Jersey, with the hosts, Denmark, Ireland and Scotland all participating.
Chris Minty, Chief Executive of Jersey Cricket Board said: “The Jersey Cricket Board is very pleased to be entrusted with another ICC tournament. This reflects well on the facilities and infrastructure which we offer,” said Minty.
Ed Shuttleworth, ICC Regional Development Manager – Europe is excited by another busy schedule; “There are three very important qualifying events taking place in 2017, these tournaments identify a clear path for teams to progress on the international stage.
“We are delighted to announce the three hosts Cricket Scotland, KNCB and the Jersey Cricket Board who I am sure will do an excellent job in staging the events to a high standard,” concluded Shuttleworth.