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 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
2012–18 ICC World Cricket League

The ICC World Cricket League is a series of international one-day cricket tournaments for national teams without Test status (of Associate or Affiliate 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.

Since 2005 six associates have held One Day International status, based on their performance at the most recent World Cup Qualifier. Afghanistan and Ireland both appear on the main rating table and Scotland, UAE, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea appear on the secondary table. The winner of the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship will play-off against the lowest associate in the ODI Championship for a place there for the next 4-year cycle. In May 2009, the ICC added a rankings table for the associate and affiliate members containing both global and regional placings. In 2016 this changed to maintain a global list only for the top teams and a set of regional lists for the remaining teams.

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 by their win percentage against other Associates with ODI status. The other teams are ranked by their finishing position in the most recent qualifying tournament.

The rankings as of 15 November 2016, updated after the World Cricket League Division 4 played in the United States, are:[6]

Division[a] Rank Nation Region
Championship 13  United Arab Emirates Asia
14  Scotland Europe
15  Papua New Guinea EAP
16  Hong Kong Asia
17  Kenya Africa
18  Netherlands Europe
19  Namibia Africa
20    Nepal Asia
Division 3 21  Uganda Africa
22  Canada Americas
23  Malaysia Asia
24  Singapore Asia
25  United States Americas
26  Oman Asia
Division 4 27  Denmark Europe
28  Bermuda Americas
Division 5 29  Jersey Europe
30  Italy Europe
31  Guernsey Europe
  1. ^ Division means the league the team is either currently competing in or will next compete in

Regional rankings[edit]

Teams that do not participate in (or have been relegated from) 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]

Details Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2007–09 ICC World Cricket League
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 ICC World Cricket League
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,
Lincoln
 Scotland
285/5 (50 overs)
Scotland won by 41 runs
Scorecard

 United Arab Emirates
244/9 (50.0 overs)

2012–18 ICC World Cricket League
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  Netherlands
213/2 (41 overs)
Netherlands won by 8 wickets
Scorecard
 Namibia
212 (49.2 overs)
2015
Division Six
England
England
County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford  Suriname
239/4 (45.1 overs)
Suriname won by 6 wickets
Scorecard
 Guernsey
237 (49.5 overs)
2016
Division Five
Jersey
Jersey
Grainville Cricket Ground, Saint Savior  Jersey
194/7 (50 overs)
Jersey won by 44 runs
Scorecard
 Oman
150 (45.3 overs)
2016
Division Four
United States
United States
Leo Magnus Cricket Complex, Los Angeles  United States
208 (49.4 overs)
United States won by 13 runs
Scorecard
 Oman
195/9 (50 overs)

See also[edit]

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. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  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 AM RANKINGS". ICC. 15 November. Retrieved 1 December 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "ICC World Cricket League Division Four". ESPN Cricinfo. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 

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