World Cricket League

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World Cricket League
Image-WCLeague.jpg
Official logo
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format One Day International
List A
First tournament 2007–09
Tournament format League system
Number of teams 96 nations
Current champion Ireland
Most successful Ireland (2 victories)
Most runs Khurram Khan (1499) (UAE)
Most wickets Basanta Regmi (96) (Nepal)
Website ICC World Cricket League
2012–18 ICC World Cricket League

The ICC World Cricket League (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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 31 October 2014:

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

Regional rankings[edit]

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

Results[edit]

Summary[edit]

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

Division results[edit]

2007–09
Details Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2007
Division One
Kenya
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2009
Division Seven
Guernsey
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
United Arab Emirates
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
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
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
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
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
Bermuda
National Stadium, Hamilton    Nepal
153/5 (39.2 overs)
Nepal won by 5 wickets
Scorecard
 Uganda
151/8 (50.0 overs)
2014
ICC World Cup Qualifier
New Zealand
New Zealand
Bert Sutcliffe Oval,
New Zealand
 Scotland
285/5 (50 overs)
Scotland won by 41 runs
Scorecard

 United Arab Emirates
244/9 (50.0 overs)

2012–18
2012
Division Eight
Samoa
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
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  Jersey Playoffs cancelled [1]  Nigeria
2014
Division Five
Malaysia
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
Singapore
Kallang, Singapore  Malaysia
235/7 (50 overs)
Malaysia won by 57 runs
Scorecard
 Singapore
178 (46.1 overs)
2014
Division Three
Malaysia
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
Namibia
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek

Notes[edit]

  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)". ICC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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