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The ICC World Cricket League was a series of international one-day cricket tournaments for national teams without Test status (of Associate status), administered by the International Cricket Council. All Associate Members of the ICC are eligible to compete in the league system, which features a promotion and relegation structure between divisions. The league system has two main aims: to provide a qualification system for the World Cup that can be accessed by all Associate Members, and as an opportunity for these sides to play international one-day matches against teams of similar standards.

World Cricket League
Image-WCLeague.jpg
Official logo
AdministratorInternational Cricket Council
FormatOne-Day International
List A
First edition2007–09
Tournament formatLeague system
Number of teams93 nations
Current champion Netherlands
Most successful Ireland (2 victories)
Most runsJersey Peter Gough (2006)
Most wicketsNepalBasanta Regmi (118)
WebsiteICC World Cricket League

In the inaugural ICC World Cricket League 2007–09, teams were allocated into divisions based on their performance in the qualification tournaments for the 2007 World Cup; the six initial teams in Division One were the teams that had qualified for the 2007 World Cup. The initial series began with regional qualifiers and a First Division in 2007, and ended with the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. At this stage, there were only five divisions.

The second cycle ran from 2009 to 2014, and the third one from 2012 to 2018. The fourth cycle ran from 2017 to 2019. Following the conclusion of the 2019 Division Two tournament, the World Cricket League was replaced by the ICC Cricket World Cup League and the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.[1][2]

Contents

StructureEdit

The initial league began in 2007 with seven tournaments over five global divisions, based upon previous world rankings.[3][4] This was expanded into eight separate divisions for the 2009–14 edition. In the first cycle, the number of teams in each tournament varied from six to twelve. With the advent of the second cycle, the number of teams was regularised to six for each tournament, with the exception of the lowest division, Division 8, in which eight teams played. As from 2015, the number of divisions was again reduced to just five.

When most of the divisions are played, two teams will be promoted, two relegated and two remain for the next instalment (normally two years later). At the end of each cycle, a World Cup Qualifier is played. In 2018, this featured the four lowest teams of those holding ‘Full’ (senior) status, together with six ’Associate’ nations – namely the four who were still in Division One, plus the top two from Division Two. The two last-placed teams in that World Cup Qualifier lost their ODI status and were relegated into Division Two.

Regional tournaments, which act as qualifiers for the lowest division of the World League, are administered by the five development regions of the International Cricket Council: Africa, Americas, Asia, East Asia-Pacific, and Europe.[5][3]

ResultsEdit

SummaryEdit

Details Final Venue Winner Result Runner-up
2007–09 South Africa   Ireland
188/1 (42.3 overs)
Ireland won by 9 wickets
Scorecard
  Canada
185 all out (48 overs)
2009–14 League   Ireland
24 points
League
Table
  Afghanistan
19 points
2012–18 League   Netherlands
22 points
League
Table
  Scotland
19 points
2017–19 Namibia   Namibia
226/7 (50 overs)
Namibia won by 145 runs
Scorecard
  Oman
81 all out (29 overs)

Division resultsEdit

Details Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2007–09 ICC World Cricket League
2007
Division One
 
Kenya
Nairobi Gymkhana Club,
Nairobi
  Kenya
158/2 (37.5 overs)
Kenya won by 8 wickets
Scorecard
  Scotland
155 all out (47 overs)
2007
Division Three
 
Australia
Gardens Oval,
Darwin
  Uganda
241/8 (50 overs)
Uganda won by 91 runs
scorecard
  Argentina
150 all out (46.3 overs)
2007
Division Two
 
Namibia
Wanderers Cricket Ground,
Windhoek
  United Arab Emirates
347/8 (50 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 67 runs
scorecard
  Oman
280 all out (43.2 overs)
2008
Division Five
 
Jersey
Grainville,
St Saviour
  Afghanistan
81/8 (37.4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 2 wickets
Scorecard
  Jersey
80 all out (39.5 overs)
2008
Division Four
 
Tanzania
Kinondoni Ground,
Dar es Salaam
  Afghanistan
179 all out (49.4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 57 runs
Scorecard
  Hong Kong
122 all out (45.0 overs)
2009
Division Three
 
Argentina
Belgrano Athletic Club
Buenos Aires
  Afghanistan
+0.971(NRR)
Afghanistan won on net run rate
Table
  Uganda
+0.768(NRR)
2009
WC Qualifier
 
South Africa
SuperSport Park
Centurion, Gauteng
  Ireland
188/1 (42.3 overs)
Ireland won by 9 wickets
(scorecard)
  Canada
185 all out (48 overs)
2009–14 ICC World Cricket League
2009
Division Seven
 
Guernsey
King George V Sports Ground,
Castel
  Bahrain
207/7 (46.1 overs)
Bahrain won by 3 wickets
(scorecard)
  Guernsey
204/9 (50.0 overs)
2009
Division Six
 
Singapore
Kallang Cricket Ground,
Singapore
  Singapore
242/8 (50.0 overs)
Singapore won by 68 runs
(scorecard)
  Bahrain
174 all out (48.4 overs)
2010
Division Five
 
Nepal
TU Cricket Ground,
Kathmandu
    Nepal
173/5 (46.5 overs)
Nepal won by 5 wickets
(Match report)
  United States
172 (47.2 overs)
2010
Division One
 
Netherlands
VRA Cricket Ground,
Amstelveen
  Ireland
233/4 (44.5 overs)
Ireland won by 6 wickets
(scorecard)
  Scotland
232 (44.5 overs)
2010
Division Four
 
Italy
Centro Sportivo Dozza,
Pianoro
  United States
188/2 (21.4 overs)
United States won by 8 wickets
(Match report)
  Italy
185/9 (50.0 overs)
2010
Division Eight
 
Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company Hubara Ground,
Ahmadi City
  Kuwait
164/4 (33.1 overs)
Kuwait won by 6 wickets
(Match report)
  Germany
163/8 (50.0 overs)
2011
Division Three
 
Hong Kong
Kowloon Cricket Club,
Hong Kong
  Hong Kong
207/6 (47.1 overs)
Hong Kong won by 4 wickets
(Match report)
  Papua New Guinea
202/9 (50 overs)
2011
Division Two
 
UAE
DSC Cricket Stadium,
Dubai
  United Arab Emirates
201/5 (45.3 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 5 wickets
(Match report)
  Namibia
200 (49.3 overs)
2011
Division Seven
 
Botswana
Botswana Cricket Association Oval 1, Gaborone   Kuwait
219/9 (50 overs)
Kuwait won by 72 runs
(Match report)
  Nigeria
147 (36.5 overs)
2011
Division Six
 
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
  Guernsey
211/8 (49.3 overs)
Guernsey won by 2 wickets
(Match report)
  Malaysia
208/9 (50 overs)
2012
Division Five
 
Singapore
Kallang Ground,
Singapore
  Singapore
164/1 (26.4 overs)
Singapore won by 9 wickets
(Match report)
  Malaysia
159 (47 overs)
2012
Division Four
 
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
    Nepal
147/2 (28 overs)
Nepal won by 8 wickets
(Match Report)
  United States
145 (48.1 overs)
2013
Division Three
 
Bermuda
National Stadium, Hamilton     Nepal
153/5 (39.2 overs)
Nepal won by 5 wickets
Scorecard
  Uganda
151/8 (50.0 overs)
2011–13
Championship
Various No final   Ireland
24 points
League
Table
  Afghanistan
19 points
2014
ICC World Cup Qualifier
 
New Zealand
Bert Sutcliffe Oval,
Lincoln
  Scotland
285/5 (50 overs)
Scotland won by 41 runs
Scorecard

  United Arab Emirates
244/9 (50.0 overs)

2012–18 ICC World Cricket League
2012
Division Eight
 
Samoa
Faleata Oval No 1,
Apia
  Vanuatu
222/9 (50 overs)
Vanuatu won by 39 runs
(Match report)
  Ghana
183 (42.5 overs)
2013
Division Seven
 
Botswana
Botswana Cricket Association Oval 1, Gaborone   Nigeria
134/4 (32.1 overs)
Nigeria won by 6 wickets
Scorecard
  Vanuatu
133 (38.4 overs)
2013
Division Six
 
Jersey
  Jersey   Jersey Playoffs cancelled [1]   Nigeria
2014
Division Five
 
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
  Jersey
247/8 (50 overs)
Jersey won by 71 runs
Scorecard
  Malaysia
176 (44.4 overs)
2014
Division Four
 
Singapore
Kallang, Singapore   Malaysia
235/7 (50 overs)
Malaysia won by 57 runs
Scorecard
  Singapore
178 (46.1 overs)
2014
Division Three
 
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
    Nepal
223/10 (49.5 overs)
Nepal won by 62 runs
Scorecard
  Uganda
161 (44.1 overs)
2015
Division Two
 
Namibia
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek   Netherlands
213/2 (41 overs)
Netherlands won by 8 wickets
Scorecard
  Namibia
212 (49.2 overs)
2015
Division Six
 
England
County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford   Suriname
239/4 (45.1 overs)
Suriname won by 6 wickets
Scorecard
  Guernsey
237 (49.5 overs)
2016
Division Five
 
Jersey
Grainville Cricket Ground, Saint Savior   Jersey
194/7 (50 overs)
Jersey won by 44 runs
Scorecard
  Oman
150 (45.3 overs)
2016
Division Four
 
United States
Leo Magnus Cricket Complex, Los Angeles   United States
208 (49.4 overs)
United States won by 13 runs
Scorecard
  Oman
195/9 (50 overs)
2017 Division Three  
Uganda
Entebbe Cricket Oval   Oman
50/2 (4.3 overs)
No Result

Scorecard

(Oman declared winner by virtue of finishing league at top)

  Canada
176/3 (38 Overs)
2015–17
Championship
Various No final   Netherlands
22 points
League
Points Table
  Scotland
19 points
2018 Division Two  
Namibia
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek   United Arab Emirates
277/4 (50 Overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 7 runs
Scorecard
    Nepal
270/8 (50 Overs)
2018
WC Qualifier
  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare   Afghanistan
206/3 (40.4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
Scorecard
  West Indies
204 (46.5 overs)
2017–19 ICC World Cricket League
2017 Division Five  
South Africa
Willowmoore Park, Benoni   Jersey
255 (48 Overs)
Jersey won by 120 runs
Scorecard
  Vanuatu
135 (36.5 Overs)
2018
Division Four
 
Malaysia
No final   Uganda
8 points
League
Points Table
  Denmark
6 points
2018
Division Three
 
Oman
No final   Oman
10 points
League
Points Table
  United States
8 points
2019
Division Two
 
Namibia
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek   Namibia
226/7 (50 overs)
Namibia won by 145 runs

Scorecard

  Oman
81 (29 overs)

Associate one-day rankingsEdit

In late 2005, the International Cricket Council ranked the top non-Test nations from 11–30 to complement the Test nations' rankings in the ICC ODI Championship. The ICC used the results from the 2005 ICC Trophy and WCQS Division 2 competition (i.e. the primary qualification mechanisms for the 2007 Cricket World Cup) to rank the nations.

These rankings were used to seed the initial stage of the global World Cricket League. Teams ranked 11–16 were placed into Division 1; teams 17–20 were placed into Division 2; teams 21–24 were placed into Division 3; the remaining teams were placed into the upper divisions of their respective regional qualifiers.

In 2005, six associates were assigned One Day International status, based on their performance at the preceding World Cup Qualifier. In 2017, Afghanistan and Ireland were both promoted to "Full" (test-match) status, leaving only four associate nations with ODI-status: after mid-March 2018 these were Scotland, Netherlands, UAE, and Nepal. Netherlands, as winners of the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship, have qualified for a place in the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. In May 2009, the ICC added a rankings table for the associate and affiliate members containing both global and regional placings. In 2016 this changed to maintain a global list only for the top teams and a set of regional lists for the remaining teams.

RankingsEdit

The global rankings of associate teams according to ICC are published in the table below.[6][7] Teams that have One Day International status are now included on the main ICC ODI Championship and are listed in the order they appear on that table. The other teams are ranked by their finishing position in the most recent qualifying tournament in associate nations add 4 ODI status teams after in associate nations ODI ranking after wcl2 in Namibia.[clarification needed]

The rankings after 2018 WCL3 are:[6]

Division[a] Rank Nation Region Regional Rank
ODI Status 13   Scotland Europe 1
14     Nepal Asia 1
15   United Arab Emirates Asia 2
16   Netherlands Europe 2
17   Namibia Africa 1
18   Oman Asia 3
19   Papua New Guinea EAP 1
20   United States Americas 1
Division 2 21   Canada Americas 2
22   Hong Kong Asia 4
Division 3 23   Singapore Asia 5
24   Kenya Africa 2
25   Denmark Europe 3
26   Uganda Africa 3
Division 4 27   Malaysia Asia 6
28   Jersey Europe 4
29   Vanuatu EAP 2
30   Bermuda Americas 3
Division 5 31   Qatar Asia 7
32   Italy Europe 5
33   Germany Europe 6
34   Guernsey Europe 7
35   Ghana Africa 4
36   Cayman Islands Americas 4
  1. ^ Division means the league the team is either currently competing in or will next compete in

Regional rankingsEdit

Teams that do not participate in (or have been relegated from) the World Cricket League are ranked by their finishing positions in their respective regional leagues:

** Not member of ICC, but member of Asian Cricket Council.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New qualification pathway for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup approved". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Associates pathway to 2023 World Cup undergoes major revamp". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "ICC World Cricket League – About the Event". ICC. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  4. ^ Lyall, Rob (10 September 2006). "Opportunities for Europe as WCL expands". CricketEurope. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  5. ^ "ICC World Cricket League Division 1–5 Structure for 2006–2009". ICC. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Associate ODI Ranking Table". www.icc-cricket.com. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ "ICC AM RANKINGS". ICC. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.

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