The Ireland men’s team is all set to tour Zimbabwe for a three-match T20I & three-match ODI series beginning in January. The tour will commence with a T20I series followed by the ODI series. The T20I fixtures will be played on January 12, 14 & 15 while the ODI fixtures will be played on January 18,20 & 23. Notably, the ODI series will not be a part of the World Cup Super League campaign.
What does the Qualification Scenario for ODI World Cup 2023 Look like?
Both Zimbabwe & Ireland are yet to qualify for the ODI World Cup 2023 & this series will provide them an opportunity to prepare for the ODI World Cup qualifier 2023 which is slated to be played in Zimbabwe in June-July 2023 window. The host nation of the World Cup Qualifier Zimbabwe is almost out of the race to qualify directly for the World Cup 2023 which is slated to be held in the October-November window in India. On the other hand, Ireland is fighting with West Indies, South Africa & Sri Lanka to secure the eighth & final automatic qualification spot for the ODI World Cup 2023.
Ireland is currently placed in the 10th position on the World Cup Super League Points Table. They still have a chance to qualify directly for the marquee event in India with one series in their kitty. They are slated to play a three-match ODI series at home in the Summer of 2023. And to earn a direct qualification in the ODI World Cup 2023 they will have to win all the fixtures of that series. Also, they will have to pray that South Africa & Sri Lanka doesn’t win all their remaining fixtures. Coming to Zimbabwe they are currently in 12th position in the league table. They have just one Super League series left which will be played against 12th-placed Netherlands in March 2023. The Ireland Tour of Zimbabwe 2023 will prove as testing waters for both the teams who are eyeing to get qualified for ODI World Cup 2023 in India.