Nepal, Oman qualify for 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup

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Nepal and Oman have qualified for the upcoming 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup to be held in the United States (US) and West Indies between June 4 to 20.

Oman comfortably eased past Bahrain by 10 wickets while Nepal had to fight their way against UAE in an eight-wicket win after a tricky chase in the semi-finals at the ICC’s Asia region qualifiers.

18 teams have now finalised their place in the shorter format mega event and the final two spots will now be decided at the Africa qualifiers, which are set to conclude at the end of this month.

West Indies and the US qualified automatically as the hosts while the top eight teams of the 2022 T20 World Cup — Pakistan, India, Australia, England, New Zealand, Netherlands, South Africa and Sri Lanka — had already cemented their place after the World Cup in 2022.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan and Bangladesh confirmed their spot as they were the next two highest-rated teams in the rankings.

Ireland and Scotland made their way from the Europe region while Papua New Guinea qualified from the East Asia-Pacific region and Canada from the American region.

This will be the first time since 2010 that a T20 World Cup, which was won by England, will be hosted in the West Indies.

On the other hand, this is the first time a cricket event as big as the World Cup will be hosted by the US.

It must be noted that it was decided in November 2021 that the 2024 T20 World Cup would be co-hosted, but the venues were chosen after an extensive evaluation of a number of options.

20 qualifying teams will be divided into four groups of five, from which the top two teams of every group will make their way to the Super 8 round. In that stage, qualifying teams will once again be divided into two groups of four, from which the top two teams will make their way to the semi-final and then the winners will play the final.