Eight teams directly qualified for the Cricket World Cup 2023 with South Africa becoming the last of the sides to secure direct entry to the showpiece 50-over tournament after a washout between the Irish and Bangladesh in the first ODI of their three-match series between the countries in Ireland.

South Africa’s qualification for the World Cup as the last side to secure direct entry was confirmed after a 2-0 triumph over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka’s unsuccessful series away from home against New Zealand.

New Zealand topped the World Cup Super League table with 175 points in 24 games to qualify for the tournament and defending champions England with 155 points from 24 matches finished second in the standings.

India found themselves third in the points table and automatically for World Cup 2023 as the host nation.

The other four countries that have directly qualified for World Cup 2023 are Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

The five teams that were in the World Cup Super League but didn’t earn automatic qualification for World Cup 2023 were West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and the Netherlands.

These five teams got a second shot at qualifying for the World Cup when they crossed paths with five associate nations at the World Cup Cricket Qualifier. 

The five associate countries that competed in the Qualifier in Zimbabwe, from June 18 were the USA, UAE, Nepal, Oman, and Scotland. 

Only two of the 10 countries participating in the World Cup Cricket Qualifier eventually qualified for the 2023 ODI World Cup and these two teams were Sri Lanka and Netherlands.

ICC World Cup 2023 qualified teams

New Zealand







South Africa

Sri Lanka


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