ICC World Cricket League
The ICC World Cricket League (ICC WCL) was created in 2007 to provide regular playing opportunities for similar standard ICC Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs) in an international 50-over competition structure. The ICC World Cricket League currently includes six divisions. Each division has six teams, except for ICC WCL Division 6 which has eight teams. Each divisional event is played approximately every 12 - 18 months and lasts 8 to 10 days in a round robin format. Promotion and relegation takes place between divisions.
Top four teams from ICC WCL Division 2 held in Namibia in 2015 earned a spot in the ICC World Cricket League Championship 2015-17 and top two qualified for the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17, which is the ICC’s four-day, first class competition for AMs. Following the recent decision of the ICC Board to “break the glass ceiling” and allow the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup the opportunity to qualify to play Test cricket, the WCL has taken on even greater significance.
ICC World Cricket League Championship
The ICC World Cricket League Championship (ICC WCLC) is an elite 50 over competition played between leading Associate and Affiliate members. The ICC WCLC is the pathway for participating teams to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 (ICC CWCQ) and subsequently have a chance to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The ICC WCL Championship will run from 2015-2017. Four of the eight participating teams in ICC WCLC have ODI status while the other four teams have been promoted from ICC WCL Division 2 which was held in Namibia in January 2015.
ICC WCLC Teams (2015-2017)
Scotland - ODI status
UAE - ODI status
Hong Kong - ODI Status
PNG - ODI Status
ICC World Cricket League Division 5
The International Cricket Council has announced the six squads and match officials for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5, which gets under way in Jersey on Saturday, 21 May.
Apart from the home side, Guernsey, Nigeria, Oman, Tanzania and Vanuatu will take part in the weeklong tournament during which 18 matches will be played, with the finalists earning promotion to Division 4 to be staged later in the year in USA.
The ICC World Cricket League offers teams a chance to get promoted right up to Division 2, which is the final stage in the pathway to qualification for the ICC Intercontinental Cup, ICC’s four-day first-class competition for Associate and Affiliate members, as well as the 50-over ICC World Cricket League Championship.
The winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup will play the 10th-ranked Test nation in the four-Test ICC Test Challenge in 2018. If the Intercontinental Cup winner clinches the ICC Test Challenge, then it will become the 11th Test nation until 2022. Similarly, the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship, along with the bottom four sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017, will qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 with the top two sides progressing to the event proper in 2019.