The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the Qualification Process for the additional ICC Menís Twenty20 World Cup that will take place in 2021 in India.
The 16-team Menís Twenty20 World Cup 2021, which replaces a previously scheduled eight-team ICC Champions Trophy, will see 11 regional qualification events take place across the five ICC regions (Africa, Americas, Asia, East-Asia Pacific and Europe) with eight teams progressing to one of two global qualifying events.
Additionally, the bottom four teams from the ICC T20 Menís World Cup 2020 will join the regional qualifiers in the global qualification events along with the next four best T20I ranked teams as of January 1st 2020: Zimbabwe, Nepal, UAE and Hong Kong.
This means 16 teams will compete for four Twenty20 World Cup spots in two global qualifiers with the top two teams from each progressing to the event proper in 2021. The 12 teams, which make round two of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia will gain automatic entry into the event the following year.
There will be 11 Regional Qualification events, with Bermuda competing in the Americas. The Participating teams will compete in One Regional Final and the top two teams will progress to one of the Global Qualifiers.
The Qualifying events will take place between March and September 2020.
The two Eight-Team Global Qualifiers will take place between March and July 2021 and the distribution of the 16 teams across the two events will be confirmed following the ICC Menís Twenty20 World Cup 2020 when all participants will be known.