Updated: Wed, 23 Nov 2022 11:40 AM IST
The 2024 edition of the ICC men's T20 World Cup in West Indies and USA will be played in a new format as compared to the previous two tournaments, with 20 participating teams being divided into four groups of five sides each. As per ESPNCricinfo, with this, the first round that used to take before the Super 12 stage in 2021 and 2022 editions will now be done away with.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Eight stage, where all the teams will get divided into two groups of four each. The top two teams of these two groups will qualify for the semifinal. Following this, the final will take place.
In the previous two editions of the tournament in 2021 and 2022, the first round featured eight teams that came into the tournament through qualification and teams that finished between ninth and 12th position in previous T20 WC.
These eight teams were divided into two groups of four each. The top two teams from these two groups joined other teams in the Super 12 phase.12 teams have qualified for the 2024 T20 World Cup. USA and West Indies attained automatic qualification as the hosts of the tournament.
Reigning champions England, runners-up Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the Netherlands have also qualified after finishing within the top eight of the 2022 edition.
Afghanistan and Bangladesh are the other two teams who have qualified as they were the next-best teams in the ICC T20I rankings on the cut-off date of November 14. Eight spots are still up for grabs and will be taken through the qualifiers.
England is the current T20 World Cup champion, having beaten Pakistan in the final in Melbourne on November 13. With this, they won their 2nd ICC T20 World Cup title.