The original idea behind the tournament was for a total of seven associate countries to contest nine tri-series from 2019-2021/22. Each side was supposed to host the other for a total of two games, and tour the other countries for another two matches. Another 12 games were to be played per side at neutral sites. Thus, the total number of ODIs per team were supposed to be 36.
At the end of the league, the top three sides of the CWC League 2 were to qualify for the 2022 ODI World Cup qualifier. There they would have been joined by the bottom five sides from the ODI Super League.
The above scheduling was disrupted because of Covid-19. Now, the top three sides will qualify for the 2023 ODI World Cup qualifiers, all set to be held in Zimbabwe in June-July 2023 after the 21 tri-series in League 2 is completed. The bottom four teams will drop into Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2023 – which is a repechage for the World Cup qualifiers.
They will be joined by the winners of Challenge Leagues A and B. The top two teams in this competition will make it to the World Cup qualifiers.
At present Oman, United Arab Emirates and Scotland are the top three sides on the table with 36, 22 and 16 points respectively. Namibia, United States, Nepal and Papua New Guinea are the bottom four sides.
The 2023 ODI World Cup was itself shifted to October and November 2023, to give a space to qualification events including the CWC League 2. The 2023 ODI World Cup will be a ten-team affair, and will be played in India. The hosts have already qualified for the event.
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