Cricket: The ICC World T20 Qualifiers and Why It Is Important for the Sport

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Cricket: The ICC World T20 Qualifiers and Why It Is Important for the Sport
The Captains with the Trophy

T20—it's the new generation of the gentleman's game.

And while it is not as beautiful to the traditional cricket lover as a five-day test match, it is the future of the game.

There are 10 full members, who are eligible to play the World Cup without having to qualify. For the rest, there is a long and competitive series of qualifier tournaments that is the only chance to get to the top level.

The World T20 (WT20) to be held later this year in Sri Lanka will have 12 teams. That means, there will be two added to the full members from the associate and affiliate nations.

A 16-team tournament is ongoing in the United Arab Emirates to determine who these teams will be. Here I opine why this tournament is important for the future of cricket as a sport.

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