Zimbabwe v Scotland match will now be played at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, while Hong Kong and Nepal will now go head to head at the Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo.
“We are thrilled to see matches at the event so very well supported, and reiterate our appreciation to all fans. Entry for all World Cup Qualifier matches is free and we encourage fans to attend the remaining matches to enjoy the top class cricket and carnival experience we have seen so far.”
A recommendation from the ICC was submitted to the Event Technical Committee (ETC) to switch the last Group B fixtures, which was unanimously approved. The committee is made up of Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, Chairman), Chris Tetley (ICC Head of Events), Faisal Hasnain, Chris Chiketa (both host nominees), Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Lisa Sthalekar (both independent nominees).
ABOUT THE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
· The tournament started in 1979 and was known as the ICC Trophy until 2005
· Four Test sides, Bangladesh (1997), Ireland (2009), Sri Lanka (1979), and Zimbabwe (1982, 1986 and 1990), have previously won the tournament. Other winners are the Netherlands (2001), Scotland (2005 and 2014) and the United Arab Emirates (1994)
· The Netherlands and Papua New Guinea are the only sides who have featured in all tournaments since 1979
· For the 2018 event, the Windies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and United Arab Emirates make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal form Group B.
· Each side will play the other teams in their group once with the top three from the groups progressing to the Super Six stage.
· The teams each play three Super Six matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage. All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.
· The finalists will both progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, whilst the Netherlands (ICC World Cricket League Championship winners) and the three highest finishing associate Members will earn ODI status for the next four years till 2022.