Midhil S Joseph ∙ Jul 21 2022, 9:35 AM

Hopes high for Denmark and Italy as they move closer to the ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2024

Denmark and Italy, two strong European outfits, are within touching distance of qualifying for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The pair will be joined by the winners of the third Sub-Regional qualifier in Finland.

The Danish journey

The Frederik Klokker-led side had a fairly easy run in the qualifiers, except for their clash with Belgium.

Thanks to all-round performance from Nicolaj Laegsgaard, who topped the charts with both bat and ball, scoring 189 runs and taking 9 wickets.

Hamid Shah and Taranjit Bharaj also scored crucial runs for the Danes throughout the tournament and especially in the finals against Portugal.

Walk in the park for Italy

It was all mellow for Italy as they finished the qualifiers unbeaten. The Italians led by Gareth Berg, were clinical in their wins and never had to break a sweat.

George Burrows of Isle of Man was the leading run scorer of the sub-region with 210 runs. The star men for Italy were Marcus Campopiano and Harry John Manenti. Campopiano scored 147 runs including a crucial 35 in the Finals.

Manenti on the other hand was lethal with the ball, taking 9 scalps for the tournament at an economy of 4.84.     

The final hurdle

Apart from Denmark and Italy, the others teams that are set to play the qualifiers are Jersey, Germany and the European teams that fail to secure direct qualification to the 2024 tournament are Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland. 

 Who will fight for the big prize?

All these teams are fighting for a spot in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 that will be hosted by the USA and West Indies. Hosts have automatic qualification for the World Cup.

The top 8 teams in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will directly qualify for 2024. Furthermore, the two best-ranked unqualified teams will book a spot for the same.

The other 8 teams will come through the regional finals. 

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