International Cricket Council (ICC) head of events Chris Tetley says the ICC is happy with the hosting of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers by Zimbabwe which has brought some of the world’s most talented and gifted cricketers to showcase their talents and skills.
Tetley said the ICC hopes the 2018 qualifying tournament currently underway will not only bring excitement but leave long-lasting cricket legacy and memories not only for Zimbabwe but cricket fans throughout the world.
The ultimate goal for the 10 teams involved in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier Tournament including hosts Zimbabwe is to secure one of the two remaining berths at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Tetely said he impressed by the wonderful facilities Zimbabwe has to offer and the tournament which is free to the public will provide a platform for players to realise and get a step closer to the cherished dream of playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The Local Organising Committee chairman, Chris Chiketa said they are excited and proud to be hosting a successful ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Tournament with fans in Harare, Kwekwe and Bulawayo watching matches for free which will leave lasting legacy.
The three cities will share 34 matches among them while Harare Sports Club will stage the final.
The Windies, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, had missed out on automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by finishing outside the top eight on the ICC ODI team rankings as at 30 September 2017 cut-off date.
They are joined by Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Scotland and Papua New Guinea, who finished in the top four of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.
The United Arab Emirates and Nepal fought it out in the ICC world cricket league division 2, in Namibia from 8-15 February when Canada, Kenya, Namibia, and Oman to make it to the Zimbabwe qualifying tournament.