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ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier 2023: All You Need to Know

Oman topped Group A, winning all matches, while Nepal secured second place with one loss. In Group B, UAE dominated, followed by Bahrain. In the semi-finals, Oman crushed Bahrain by ten wickets, and Nepal triumphed over UAE by eight wickets, securing their spots in the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

Subhayan Dutta
Subhayan Dutta

Last Updated: 2024-06-14

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Nepal's supporters cheer for their team after the match was abandoned due to weather conditions during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group D

The 2023 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier was a crucial cricket tournament in the qualification process for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Nepal hosted the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier Final from 30 October to 6 November, with two spots up for grabs for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier 2023

Qualifier AQualifier B
KuwaitBhutan
MaldivesChina
QatarMalaysia
Saudi ArabiaMyanmar
 Thailand
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The first stage of the qualification pathway in Asia featured two sub-regional qualifiers, held in Malaysia (July) and Qatar (September) 2023. Malaysia emerged victorious in the Qualifier B tournament, winning all their matches to advance to the regional final. In Qualifier A, Kuwait secured their spot in the regional final by defeating Saudi Arabia in the decisive match.

Regional Final

Direct qualifiersSub-regional qualifiers
United Arab EmiratesKuwait
BahrainMalaysia
Hong Kong 
Nepal 
Oman 
Singapore 
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In the regional final, Kuwait and Malaysia were joined by Nepal, Oman, and Bahrain, all of whom competed in the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Global Qualifier A in Oman. Additionally, Hong Kong and Singapore, participants in the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B in Zimbabwe, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who were eliminated in the first round of the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia, also competed.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier 2023 Regional Final: Full Squads 

Bahrain | Full Squad 

Umer Iimtiaz (c), Abdul Majid Abbasi, Imran Ali Butt, Sohail Ahmed, Haider Ali, Imran Javed Anwer, Junaid Aziz, Rizwan Butt, Ali Dawood, Ahmer Bin Naser, Sarfraz Ali, Yasser Nazeer, Sathaiyah Veerapathiran, Sachin Kumar, Sai Sarthak

United Arab Emirates

Muhammad Waseem, Aryansh Sharma, Alishan Sharafu, Junaid Siddique, Basil Hameed, Asif Khan, Aayan Khan, Ali Naseer, Karthik Meiyappan, Sanchit Sharma, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah, Nilansh Keswani, Khalid Shah, Vriitya Aravind

Kuwait

Mohamed Aslam (c), Ali Zaheer, Usmangani Ibrahim, Bilal Tahir, Yasin Ishak, Ravija Sandaruwan, Meet Bhavsar, Shiraz Khan, Parvindar Kumar, Mirza Ahmed, Sayed Monib, Nimish Lathief, Clinto Velookkaran Anto, Mohamed Shafeeq Manakkadavath, Ilyas Ahmed

Hong Kong, China

Nizakat Mohammad Khan (c), Mohammad Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Ehsan Khan, Adit Gorawara, Anshuman Rath, Ayush Shukla, Raag Kapur, Yasim Murtaza, Zeeshan Ali, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Haroon Mohammad Arshad, Nasrulla Rana, Martin Coetzee, Scott Stephen Mckechnie

Nepal

Rohit Kumar Paudel, Mahamad Asif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Gulshan Kumar Jha, Sompal Kami, Pratis GC, Sundeep Jora, Binod Bhandari, Bibek Kumar Yadav, Abinash Bohara (Reserves: Lokesh Bahadur Bam, Surya Tamang, Shyam Dhakal, Sagar Dhakal)

Image Credits: @nasser_mo3gza (X Account)

Image Credits: @nasser_mo3gza (X Account)

Malaysia

Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor, Virandeep Singh, Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak, Vijay Unni Suresh Unni, Muhammad Amir Azim Abd Shukor, Rizwan Haider, Khizar Hayat Durrani, Ainool Hafizs Md Yatim, Pavandeep Singh Jagjit Singh, Ahmad Zubaidi Zulkifle, Syazrul Ezat Idrus, Haiqal Mohd Khair, Sharvin Muniyandy, Muhammad Aiman Zaquan Muhammad Ridzuan, Muhammad Fitri Mohd Sham

Oman

Zeeshan Maqsood, Aaqib Ilyas Sulheri, Kashyapkumar Prajapati, Shoaib Khan, Ayaan Mohammed Khan, Muhammad Nadeem, Muhammad Naseem, Bilal Khan, Ahmad Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah, Shakeel Ahmad, Mehran Khan, Prathik Athavale, Sandeep Goud Shreemantula, Siddharth Prasad Bukkapatnam

Singapore

Aritra Dutta (c), Rohan Rengarajan, Surendran Chandramohan, Anish Paraam, Manpreet Singh, Janak Prakash, Akshay Roopak Puri, Thilip Omamdurai Thilappan, Ramesh Kalimuthu, Anantha Krishna, Utsav Rakshit, Aaryan Russell Menon, Amartya Kaul, Aryaveer Chaudhary, Harsha Bharadwaj

- ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier 2023: Regional Final Group A Table

PositionsTeamsMatchesWonLostPointsNRR
1Oman (Q)33060.983
2Nepal (Q)32140.729
3Malaysia31220.187
4Singapore3030−1.936
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The regional final took place in Nepal from October 30 to November 5, 2023. The top two teams, Nepal and Oman, secured their places in the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. While Oman topped the group winning all three of their Group A matches, Nepal came second having lost just one of their three games. 

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier 2023: Regional Final Group B Table

PositionsTeamsMatchesWonLostPointsNRR
1United Arab Emirates (Q)33061.445
2Bahrain (Q)3122−0.398
3Hong Kong3122−0.433
4Kuwait3122−0.649
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The Group B saw the United Arab Emirates leading the charge, winning all three group matches quite comfortably. They were followed by Bahrain who could win just one of the three group matches.

Nepal and Oman secured their spots in the 2024 Men's T20 World Cup by winning their respective semi-finals in the ICC's Asia region qualifiers. Oman dominated Bahrain, achieving a ten-wicket victory, while Nepal successfully navigated a challenging chase against UAE, winning by eight wickets.

Image Credits: @EmiratesCricket (X Account)

Image Credits: @EmiratesCricket (X Account)

The 2023 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier was pivotal for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Hosted in Nepal from October 30 to November 5, the tournament determined two qualifying teams. This qualifier underscored the competitive spirit and cricketing prowess of the participating Asian teams.

FAQs

Which teams have qualified for the T20 World Cup 2024?

The eight highest-ranked teams from the 2022 T20 World Cup - England, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, and the Netherlands - earned automatic qualification. Additionally, Afghanistan and Bangladesh secured their spots based on their T20 team rankings.

How Nepal qualified for T20 World Cup?

Nepal restricted UAE to 134 for 9 and advanced to the final with an eight-wicket victory, completing the chase with 17 balls to spare. This win also secured their qualification for the T20 World Cup. Although Nepal lost to Oman in the final via a Super Over, their place in the World Cup was already confirmed.

How many teams qualify for the T20 World Cup?

As the Men's T20 World Cup group stage reaches its midpoint, 20 teams fiercely compete to qualify for the Super 8s. The top two teams from the four groups will advance to the next stage.

How many teams qualify after group stage in T20 World Cup?

The World Cup Super 8 stage will be open to the top two teams after the group round. The USA and the West Indies share hosting duties for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in 2024.

Subhayan Dutta
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An M.A. in English Literature, Subhayan is an experienced journalist and sports writer. Having worked as a journalist at Hindustan Times, Subhayan covered diverse beats including sports, education, and health, showcasing his versatility and in-depth understanding of various subjects.