Zim Cricketers to face the world in 2015

Zimbabwe received a major boost when the International Cricket Council confirmed the team will take part in the next World Cup, ending months of speculation they might miss out.

In a statement, ICC spokesman Colin Gibson said the country was a full member of the world cricket body.

This followed the ICC Executive Board’s final scheduled meeting of the year at the ICC headquarters in Dubai last Wednesday.

Gibson explained the qualification procedure.

“The Board approved the new Associates and Affiliates qualifying system that would determine four teams to join the 10 Full Members in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015,” he said.

“The top two teams in the current eight team Associates and Affiliates ODI 50-over League played until October 2013 will progress automatically to the World Cup while the remaining six teams will join four other teams from the World Cricket League (i.e. teams placed 3rd and 4th in Division 2 and teams placed 1st and 2nd in Division 3) in a ten team qualifying event. The two finalists from this qualifying event will progress to the World Cup.”

Zimbabwe’s participation at the ICC’s flagship event was hanging in the balance after rival teams queried ICC rules that stipulate the 10 full members qualify automatically regardless of their low rankings.

Zimbabwe is a full member alongside Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies.

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