The next T20 World Cup, which will be held in the West Indies and the USA in 2024, has been expanded to 20 teams. The Global qualifier has been moved to the regional finals across five regions.
Having missed the upcoming T20 World Cup by a close margin (& the previous few editions), Nepal will have another attempt to make their second appearance at the T20 world cup. Earlier this year, Nepal lost to UAE (by 68 runs) in the semi-final match during the global qualifier from Group A. Another loss at the crucial juncture meant Nepal would have to wait another two years to make their second appearance, having played the first and only T20 World Cup in 2014.
How can Nepali qualify for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024?
The easier path, of course, is through direct qualification. If the West Indies finish inside the top 8, the top three teams based on their ICC T20I team’s ranking (cut-off date: Nov 14) will advance to the T20 World Cup 2024 directly. Nepal is currently in 13th place behind UAE and Zimbabwe. In case West Indies finishes outside the top 8, only two teams will get the direct qualification.
As of now, Bahrain, Nepal, Oman, Singapore, and Hong Kong are placed in the Asia Regional Finals. Two more teams from Sub-regional Qualifier A and Qualifier B will join them. Kuwait, Maldives, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are in the Sub-regional group A. Similar group B consists of five teams: Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.
UAE, who will be playing this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia, might also join Nepal and other teams in Asia regional finals if they fail to finish top 8. In short, the Asia regional finals will likely see all the associate giants from Asia. Given Nepal’s inconsistency and batting woes, it’s difficult to mark them as straight favorites.