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World Cricket League

World Cricket League
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Official logo
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format One Day International
List A
First tournament 2007–09
Tournament format League system
Number of teams 95 nations
Current champion Ireland
Most successful Ireland (2 victories)
Most runs Khurram Khan (1499) (UAE)
Most wickets Basanta Regmi (103) (Nepal)
Website ICC World Cricket League
33px 2012–18 ICC World Cricket League

The ICC WCL (known as the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League for sponsorship reasons) is a series of international one-day cricket tournaments for national teams without Test status, administered by the International Cricket Council. All associate and affiliate 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 and affiliate members, and as an opportunity for these sides to play international one-day matches against teams of similar standards.

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 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 began in 2009 with three additional divisions.[1]

Structure

The initial league began in 2007 with seven tournaments over five global divisions, based upon previous world rankings.[2][3] This was expanded into eight separate divisions for the 2009–13 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 has regularised to six for each tournament, with the exception of the lowest division, Division 8, in which eight teams play. The final of each cycle, the World Cup Qualifier, contains twelve teams as it is a combination of Divisions 1 (all 6 teams), 2 (top 4 teams) and 3 (top 2 teams).

When most of the divisions are played, two teams will be promoted, two relegated and two remain for the next instalment, two years later. There are some occasions when this is not the case. When Division 8 is played, though two teams are promoted, only one remains and the bottom five drop out of the system. They are replaced by the top five teams from recent regional events for the next instalment. At the end of each cycle, the World Cup Qualifier is played featuring the top twelve teams. According to the results, the top six qualify for Division 1 of the next cycle. The teams that finish seventh to tenth in this tournament proceed to Division 2 and the bottom two are relegated to Division 3. Teams in Division 1 gain ODI status and the top four qualify for the Cricket World Cup. In addition, there is no promotion or relegation so the teams remain until the next World Cup Qualifier is played.

Regional tournaments, which acted as qualifiers for the lower divisions of the first cycle of the World league, and continue to do so for Division 8 in subsequent cycles, are administered by the five Development Regions of the International Cricket Council: Africa, Americas, Asia, East Asia-Pacific, and Europe.[1][2]

Associate and Affiliate one-day rankings

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.

As of 19 April 2009 the top six associates/affiliates gained one day status. Kenya, Ireland and the Netherlands have qualified to appear on the main rating table, Kenya from its existing status, Ireland for its two victories in the 2007 World Cup and the Netherlands for its win over Bangladesh. Afghanistan, Canada and Scotland remain on the secondary table. In May 2009, the ICC added a rankings table for all associate and affiliate members containing both global and regional placings.

Rankings

The global rankings of associate and affiliate teams according to ICC are published in the table below.[4][5] Teams that have one day international status are ranked according to their placing in the ICC ODI Championship. The other teams in Division 1 are ranked by their win percentage against other associate and affiliate sides, then by their win percentage against full members. The teams in the other divisions are ranked by their finishing position in the respective tournaments.

Ranking as of 15 March 2015:

Division Rank Nation Africa Americas Asia EAP Europe
ICC ODI Championship 11 23x15px Ireland 1
12 23x15px Afghanistan 1
Championship 13 23x15px Scotland 2
14 23x15px United Arab Emirates 2
15 Template:Country data Hong Kong 3
16 23x15px Papua New Guinea 1
17 23x15px Netherlands 3
18 23x15px Namibia 1
19 Template:Country data Kenya 2
20 File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal 4
Division 3 21 23x15px Uganda 3
22 23x15px Canada 1
23 23x15px Malaysia 5
24 23x15px Singapore 6
Division 4 25 23x15px United States 2
26 23x15px Bermuda 3
27 23x15px Denmark 4
28 23x15px Italy 5
Division 5 29 23x15px Oman 7
30 23x15px Jersey 6
31 23x15px Tanzania 4
32 23x15px Nigeria 5
Division 6 33 23x15px Guernsey 7
34 23x15px Cayman Islands 4
35 23x15px Vanuatu 2
N/A 23x15px Botswana 6
N/A 23x15px Suriname 5
N/A 23x15px Saudi Arabia 8
N/A 23x15px Fiji 3
N/A 23x15px Norway 8

Regional rankings

Teams that do not participate in the World Cricket League are ranked by their finishing positions in their respective regional leagues:

Results

Summary

Details Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2007–09 Various South Africa 23x15px Ireland
188/1 (42.3 overs)
Ireland won by 9 wickets
Scorecard
23x15px Canada
185 all out (48 overs)
2009–14 Various New Zealand 23x15px Scotland
285/5 (50 overs)
Scotland won by 41 runs
Scorecard
23x15px United Arab Emirates
244/9 (50 overs)
2012–18 Various

Division results

Details Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2007–09 ICC World Cricket League
2007
Division One
Template:Country data Kenya
Kenya
Nairobi Gymkhana Club,
Nairobi
Template:Country data KEN
158/2 (37.5 overs)
Kenya won by 8 wickets
Scorecard
23x15px Scotland
155 all out (47 overs)
2007
Division Three
23x15px
Australia
Gardens Oval,
Darwin
23x15px Uganda
241/8 (50 overs)
Uganda won by 91 runs
scorecard
23x15px Argentina
150 all out (46.3 overs)
2007
Division Two
23x15px
Namibia
Wanderers Cricket Ground,
Windhoek
23x15px United Arab Emirates
347/8 (50 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 67 runs
scorecard
23x15px Oman
280 all out (43.2 overs)
2008
Division Five
23x15px
Jersey
Grainville,
St Saviour
23x15px Afghanistan
81/8 (37.4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 2 wickets
Scorecard
23x15px Jersey
80 all out (39.5 overs)
2008
Division Four
23x15px
Tanzania
Kinondoni Ground,
Dar es Salaam
23x15px Afghanistan
179 all out (49.4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 57 runs
Scorecard
Template:Country data HKG
122 all out (45.0 overs)
2009
Division Three
23x15px
Argentina
Belgrano Athletic Club
Buenos Aires
23x15px Afghanistan
+0.971(NRR)
Afghanistan won on net run rate
Table
23x15px Uganda
+0.768(NRR)
2009
WC Qualifier
23x15px
South Africa
SuperSport Park
Centurion, Gauteng
23x15px Ireland
188/1 (42.3 overs)
Ireland won by 9 wickets
(scorecard)
23x15px Canada
185 all out (48 overs)
2009–14 ICC World Cricket League
2009
Division Seven
23x15px
Guernsey
King George V Sports Ground,
Castel
23x15px Bahrain
207/7 (46.1 overs)
Bahrain won by 3 wickets
(scorecard)
23x15px Guernsey
204/9 (50.0 overs)
2009
Division Six
23x15px
Singapore
Kallang Cricket Ground,
Singapore
23x15px Singapore
242/8 (50.0 overs)
Singapore won by 68 runs
(scorecard)
23x15px Bahrain
174 all out (48.4 overs)
2010
Division Five
File:Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
TU Cricket Ground,
Kathmandu
File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal
173/5 (46.5 overs)
Nepal won by 5 wickets
(Match report)
23x15px United States
172 (47.2 overs)
2010
Division One
23x15px
Netherlands
VRA Cricket Ground,
Amstelveen
23x15px Ireland
233/4 (44.5 overs)
Ireland won by 6 wickets
(scorecard)
23x15px Scotland
232 (44.5 overs)
2010
Division Four
23x15px
Italy
Centro Sportivo Dozza,
Pianoro
23x15px United States
188/2 (21.4 overs)
United States won by 8 wickets
(Match report)
23x15px Italy
185/9 (50.0 overs)
2010
Division Eight
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Kuwait
    Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company Hubara Ground,
Ahmadi City
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Kuwait
    164/4 (33.1 overs)|| Kuwait won by 6 wickets
    (Match report) ||23x15px Germany
    163/8 (50.0 overs)
2011
Division Three
Template:Country data HKG
Hong Kong
Kowloon Cricket Club,
Hong Kong
Template:Country data HKG
207/6 (47.1 overs)
Hong Kong won by 4 wickets
(Match report)
23x15px Papua New Guinea
202/9 (50 overs)
2011
Division Two
23x15px
UAE
DSC Cricket Stadium,
Dubai
23x15px United Arab Emirates
201/5 (45.3 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 5 wickets
(Match report)
23x15px Namibia
200 (49.3 overs)
2011
Division Seven
23x15px
Botswana
Botswana Cricket Association Oval 1, Gaborone
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Kuwait
    219/9 (50 overs)|| Kuwait won by 72 runs
    (Match report) ||23x15px Nigeria
    147 (36.5 overs)
2011
Division Six
23x15px
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
23x15px Guernsey
211/8 (49.3 overs)
Guernsey won by 2 wickets
(Match report)
23x15px Malaysia
208/9 (50 overs)
2012
Division Five
23x15px
Singapore
Kallang Ground,
Singapore
23x15px Singapore
164/1 (26.4 overs)
Singapore won by 9 wickets
(Match report)
23x15px Malaysia
159 (47 overs)
2012
Division Four
23x15px
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal
147/2 (28 overs)
Nepal won by 8 wickets
(Match Report)
23x15px United States
145 (48.1 overs)
2013
Division Three
23x15px
Bermuda
National Stadium, Hamilton File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal
153/5 (39.2 overs)
Nepal won by 5 wickets
Scorecard
23x15px Uganda
151/8 (50.0 overs)
2014
ICC World Cup Qualifier
23x15px
New Zealand
Bert Sutcliffe Oval,
New Zealand
23x15px Scotland
285/5 (50 overs)
Scotland won by 41 runs
Scorecard

23x15px United Arab Emirates
244/9 (50.0 overs)

2012–18 ICC World Cricket League
2012
Division Eight
23x15px
Samoa
Faleata Oval No 1,
Apia
23x15px Vanuatu
222/9 (50 overs)
Vanuatu won by 39 runs
(Match report)
23x15px Ghana
183 (42.5 overs)
2013
Division Seven
23x15px
Botswana
Botswana Cricket Association Oval 1, Gaborone 23x15px Nigeria
134/4 (32.1 overs)
Nigeria won by 6 wickets

Scorecard

23x15px Vanuatu
133 (38.4 overs)
2013
Division Six
23x15px
Jersey
23x15px Jersey 23x15px Jersey Playoffs cancelled [1] 23x15px Nigeria
2014
Division Five
23x15px
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
23x15px Jersey
247/8 (50 overs)
Jersey won by 71 runs
Scorecard
23x15px Malaysia
176 (44.4 overs)
2014
Division Four
23x15px
Singapore
Kallang, Singapore 23x15px Malaysia
235/7 (50 overs)
Malaysia won by 57 runs
Scorecard
23x15px Singapore
178 (46.1 overs)
2014
Division Three
23x15px
Malaysia
Kinrara Academy Oval,
Kuala Lumpur
File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal
223/10 (49.5 overs)
Nepal won by 62 runs
Scorecard
23x15px Uganda
161 (44.1 overs)
2015
Division Two
23x15px
Namibia
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek 23x15px Netherlands
213/2 (41 overs)
Netherlands won by 8 wickets
Scorecard
23x15px Namibia
212 (49.2 overs)
2015
Division Six
23x15px
England

Notes

  1. ^ a b "ICC World Cricket LEague Division 1–5 Structure for 2006–2009". ICC. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^ a b "ICC World Cricket League – About the Event". ICC. Retrieved 2009-05-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ Lyall, Rob (10 September 2006). "Opportunities for Europe as WCL expands". CricketEurope. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Associate and Affiliate Rankings". ICC. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "ICC GLOBAL RANKINGS (as at 29 June 2014)" (PDF). ICC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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