The qualification pathway process

The road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was a magic carpet ride across three continents for 82 nations – a dazzling tapestry designed to find the world’s top 10 teams.

So, in one sense, the competition begins when host England entertain South Africa in the curtain-raiser at The Oval on 30 May; in another, it is the culmination of a six-year odyssey.

For the first ripples, you have to go all the way back to 2013 when regional qualifiers started nations on the road to one-day cricket’s showpiece event.

43 teams competed in the regional qualification process where promotion led to the global qualification structure, the ICC World Cricket League.

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