European Teams Compete for T20 World Cup 2026 Berth

European Teams Compete for T20 World Cup 2026 Berth

The race for a coveted spot in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026 intensifies as Germany prepares tohost the Europe Sub Regional Qualifier B, starting on July 7th.

This follows Italy’s dominant performance in Sub Regional Qualifier A last month. Ten European nations – Belgium, Croatia, Gibraltar, Jersey, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Germany – will compete for regional glory and a chance to advance to the next stage of qualification.

The eight-day tournament promises an exciting display of cricketing prowess, featuring 24 matches scheduled across two venues: Krefeld Cricket Ground and Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground.

The format includes a group stage leading into crucial playoff matches on July 14th. In a thrilling finale, the top two teams will compete for the coveted qualifying spot that moves them closer to their T20 World Cup aspirations.

Following the momentum of the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, this European qualifier is set to deliver exhilarating cricket. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide can witness the action live on ICC.tv, while fans in India can enjoy the matches on FanCode.

The Path to the 2026 T20 World Cup

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026 will feature 20 teams, with 12 securing automatic qualification based on pre-determined criteria. The remaining eight spots will be filled through regional qualification pathways.

Automatic qualifiers include: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, South Africa, West Indies, and the USA (all progressing from the Super 8 stage of the 2024 edition). Sri Lanka, as the host nation, receives automatic entry alongside the top three teams in the ICC Men’s T20I rankings on June 30th, 2024 (Ireland, New Zealand, and Pakistan).

Germany’s Sub Regional Qualifier B is one of three European tournaments in the qualification pathway for the 2026 World Cup. The winner here will join Scotland, Netherlands, Italy, and the winner of Sub Regional Qualifier C (scheduled for later this summer) in the Europe Qualifier, where the competition will be even fiercer.

Similar Sub Regional Qualifiers will be held across other ICC regions in 2024, culminating in their respective regional finals scheduled for 2025. This multi-stage qualification process ensures a globally competitive ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026.

Fixtures (all times are in CEST, local time):

Sunday 7 July

Jersey v Serbia, Krefeld Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Germany v Gibraltar, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Belgium v Switzerland, Krefeld Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Norway v Sweden, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Monday 8 July

Slovenia v Norway, Krefeld Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Croatia v Belgium, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Sweden v Germany, Krefeld Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Switzerland v Jersey, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Wednesday 10 July

Jersey v Belgium, Krefeld Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Germany v Norway, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Serbia v Croatia, Krefeld Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Gibraltar v Slovenia, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Thursday 11 July

Gibraltar v Sweden, Krefeld Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Serbia v Switzerland, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Slovenia v Germany, Krefeld Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Croatia v Jersey, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Saturday 13 July

Belgium v Serbia, Krefeld Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Norway v Gibraltar, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

Switzerland v Croatia, Krefeld Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Sweden v Slovenia, Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

Sunday 14 July

A2 v B2 (3rd place playoff), Krefeld Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

A4 v B4 (7th place playoff), Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (10h30 start)

A1 v B1 (Final), Krefeld Cricket Ground (15h30 start)

A3 v B3 (5th place playoff), Gelsenkirchen Cricket Ground (15h30 start)