2023 World Cup: Champions Trophy 2025 qualifying on the line

What’s at stake for the teams competing in the current men’s ODI World Cup 2023 is qualification for the next Champions Trophy, which will be held in Pakistan in 2025. Along with the hosts Pakistan, the eight-team competition will include teams that place in the top seven during the league phase. 

Jos Buttler, the captain of England, stated that he was aware of this regulation during the post-match presentation following the team’s loss to India. However, their head coach, Matthew Mott, later disclosed in the press conference that they were only made aware of it “an hour and a half ago.” For a while, the tournament’s qualification process was based on the ICC rankings.

The new rule gives the bruised holders a “lot of focus,” Mott acknowledged, adding, “Well, the ICC does change the rules quite a bit with qualification and to be honest I don’t think it would affect in any way the way we’ve played in this tournament so it’s not a big deal.”

The fact that we have to make sure we can’t just show up helps us concentrate a lot. We must show up, compete, and prevail in those games. Those previous few games also had some excellent teams. That serves as our inspiration to get back up off the mat and start throwing punches,” he continued.

The regulation was initially revealed during the press conference held following Bangladesh’s Saturday night loss to the Netherlands. Before their final three games, Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan talked about “keeping it in mind” after his team had lost five straight games following their victory over Afghanistan. Nations like Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and maybe even Afghanistan now have an extra reason to do well in the competition, even though reaching the semifinals is no longer solely up to them.

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