ICC World Cup Qualifier

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ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
AdministratorInternational Cricket Council
FormatOne Day International
First edition1979
Next edition2022
Tournament formatmultiple (refer to article)
Number of teams10 (since 2014)
Current champion Afghanistan (1st title)
Most successful Zimbabwe (3 titles)
Cricket World Cup
  • 1979, (2 berths)
  • 1982-90, (1 berth)
  • 1994-2001, (3 berths)
  • 2005, (5 berths)
  • 2009, (4 berths)
  • 2014-present, (2 berths)
Most runsKenya Maurice Odumbe (1173)
Most wicketsNetherlands Roland Lefebvre (71)
2023 World Cup Qualification

The ICC World Cup Qualifier (previously called the ICC Trophy) is a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament that serves as the culmination of the qualifying process for the Cricket World Cup. It is usually played in the year before the World Cup.

At every World Cup, a set number of teams qualify automatically, with other teams having to qualify through a process that has the World Cup Qualifier as its culmination; until recently, automatic qualification was granted to all full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, only the top eight teams in the ICC ODI Championship were given automatic qualification, meaning ICC full members played in the Qualifier for the first time; the other places in the Qualifier are given to the best teams in the World Cricket League, which has been in operation since 2007. The number of World Cup berths determined by the Qualifier currently stands at two; in the past, it has ranged from one (1982–1990) to five (2005).

In September 2018, the ICC confirmed that all matches in the ICC World Cup Qualifier will have ODI status, regardless if a team does not have ODI status prior to the start of an individual tournament event.[1][2]


Year Host nation Final venue Winner Margin Runner Up
1979  England Worcester  Sri Lanka
324-8 (60 overs)
60 runs
264-5 (60 overs)
1982  England Leicester  Zimbabwe
232-5 (54.3 overs)
5 wickets
231-8 (60 overs)
1986  England London  Zimbabwe
243-9 (60 overs)
25 runs
218 all out (58.4 overs)
1990  Netherlands The Hague  Zimbabwe
198-4 (54.2 overs)
6 wickets
197-9 (60 overs)
1994  Kenya Nairobi  United Arab Emirates
282-8 (49.1 overs)
2 wickets
281-6 (50 overs)
1997  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur  Bangladesh
166-8 (25 overs)
2 wickets
(D/L method)
241-7 (50 overs)
2001  Canada Toronto  Netherlands
196-8 (50 overs)
2 wickets
195-9 (50 overs)
2005 Ireland Ireland Dublin  Scotland
324-8 (50 overs)
47 runs
277-9 (50 overs)
2009  South Africa Centurion  Ireland
188-1 (42.3 overs)
9 wickets
185 all out (48 overs)
2014 New Zealand New Zealand Lincoln  Scotland
285-5 (50 overs)
41 runs
 United Arab Emirates
244-9 (50 overs)
2018 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare  Afghanistan
206-3 (40.1 overs)
7 wickets
 West Indies
204 all out (46.5 overs)


Team Champions Runner Up Notes
 Zimbabwe 3 0 Full member (since 1992)
 Scotland 2 0
 Netherlands 1 2
 Ireland 1 1 Full member (since 2017)
 Bangladesh 1 0 Full member (since 2000)
 Afghanistan 1 0 Full member (since 2017)
 Sri Lanka 1 0 Full member (since 1981)
 United Arab Emirates 1 1
 Kenya 0 2
 Canada 0 2
 Bermuda 0 1
 Namibia 0 1
 West Indies 0 1 Full member (since 1926)

Teams' performances[edit]

  • Teams that qualified for the World Cup due to their performance in a particular edition are underlined.
  • AQ – Team received automatic qualification to the World Cup, so did not participate in the Qualifier
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • SF – Losing semi-finalist (no third-place play-off)
  • R1, R2 – First round, second round (no further play-offs)
  • PO – Team lost in an inter-round play-off (2001 only; ranked 9th–10th)
  • × – Qualified, but withdrew
Team 1979 1982 1986 1990 1994 1997 2001 2005 2009 2014 2018
England England England Netherlands Kenya Malaysia Canada Ireland South Africa New Zealand Zimbabwe
 Afghanistan 5th AQ 1st
 Argentina R1 R1 R1 R1 21st R1
 Bangladesh R1 4th R1 SF R2 1st AQ
 Bermuda SF 2nd 4th R1 4th 9th PO 4th 9th
 Canada 2nd R1 R1 R2 R2 7th 3rd 3rd 2nd 8th
 Denmark SF × 3rd R2 R1 5th 6th 8th 12th
 Fiji R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 11th R1
 France R1
 Germany R1
 Gibraltar R1 R1 R1 20th 19th R1
 Hong Kong R1 R1 R1 R2 8th R1 3rd 10th
 Ireland R2 4th 8th 2nd 1st AQ 5th
 Israel R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 22nd R1
 Italy 19th ×
 Kenya R1 R1 SF 2nd 2nd AQ 4th 5th
 Malaysia R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 16th R1
 Namibia R1 15th 2nd 7th 8th 6th
   Nepal R1 9th 8th
 Netherlands R1 R1 2nd 2nd 3rd 6th 1st 5th 3rd 7th 7th
 Oman 9th 11th
 Papua New Guinea R1 3rd R1 R2 R1 13th R1 11th 4th 9th
 Scotland 3rd 4th 1st 6th 1st 4th
 Singapore R1 R1 × R1 19th 14th R1
 Sri Lanka 1st AQ
 Uganda PO 12th 10th 10th
 United Arab Emirates 1st 10th 5th 6th 7th 2nd 6th
 United States R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 12th 7th 10th
 West Indies AQ 2nd
 Zimbabwe 1st 1st 1st AQ 3rd
Defunct teams
East Africa R1 R1 R1
East and Central Africa R1 18th 17th R1
West Africa R1 17th 18th ×
 Wales R1

Tournament records[edit]

Team records[edit]

Highest totals
  • One Day Internationals: West Indies 357-4 (50 overs) v United Arab Emirates, Harare, 2018
  • List A: Zimbabwe 380-6 (50 overs) v Nepal, Bulawayo, 2018
  • Minor: Papua New Guinea 455-9 (60 overs) v Gibraltar, Cannock, 1986
  • Overall: Papua New Guinea 455-9 (60 overs) v Gibraltar, Cannock, 1986
Lowest totals
  • One Day Internationals: Hong Kong 91 all out (38.2 overs) v Scotland, Bulawayo, 2018
  • List A: Oman 41 all out (15.1 overs) v Papua New Guinea, Drummond, 2005
  • Minor: East and Central Africa 26 all out (15.1 overs) v Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur, 1997
  • Overall: East and Central Africa 26 all out (15.1 overs) v Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur, 1997

Individual records[edit]

  • Most runs in an innings: 172 (Simon Myles, Hong Kong v Gibraltar, Bridgnorth, 1986)
  • Most runs in a career: 1173 (Maurice Odumbe, Kenya)
  • Best bowling in an innings: 7–9 (Asim Khan, Netherlands v East and Central Africa, Kuala Lumpur, 1997)
  • Most wickets in a career: 71 (Roland Lefebvre, Netherlands)
  • Most catches by an outfielder (career): 26 (Roland Lefebvre, Netherlands)
  • Most wicket-keeping dismissals (career): 38 (Allan Douglas, Bermuda)
  • Most ICC Trophy appearances: 43 (Roland Lefebvre)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ICC awards Asia Cup ODI status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ "All Asia Cup matches awarded ODI status". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 September 2018.