The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced details of qualification for the Men's T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, with Luxembourg included in the draw for the competition scheduled to take place in in October and November that year.
A total of 86 teams will compete for 15 spots at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 - Australia have already qualified as hosts. The four-step qualifying process which starts in April 2021 will involve 225 Men’s T20 Internationals to be played during a 13-month period, with Hungary, Romania and Serbia competing in their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifying pathway, and Finland playing host to an ICC event for the very first time. 11 regional qualification tournaments across five regions have been rescheduled to 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now feed into the 2022 Australia event.
At regional level there will be 67 Associate Members taking part. Due to the depth of strength within Africa and Europe, both regions have sub regional qualifiers feeding into a final qualifier for the region. Africa, Americas, EAP and Europe will have one top tier regional qualifier and Asia will have A and B to determine which teams will progress into the two eight-team global qualifiers. The 16 available spots in the Global Qualifiers will be filled by one team each from the Africa and EAP Qualifier respectively. They will be joined by two teams each from the Americas and Europe qualifiers. Finally, Asia which has a Qualifier A and B will see one team from each event make up the eight spots from regional qualification.
The remaining eight spots will go to the four bottom teams from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and together with Nepal, Singapore, UAE and Zimbabwe which have gained direct entry based on their MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings. Four teams from the two global qualifiers will join hosts Australia and the 11 automatic qualifiers from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to make up the 16-team Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Luxembourg have been drawn in Sub-Regional Europe B along with Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Sweden, Hungary and Finland. They will play their Qualifier matches in a tournament hosted in Finland and scheduled to take place from 30 June - 5 July 2021.
The 16 teams that had originally qualified for the 2020 Australia event will now play in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in India. The participating teams for that event are Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.