ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Matthew Mott accepts England in battle to safe Champions Trophy participation

Matthew Mott, England’s head coach, stated that he solely discovered that his facet’s place within the 2025 Champions Trophy was in jeopardy halfway by the second innings of their 100-run defeat to India in Lucknow, after the ICC confirmed the qualification course of earlier on Sunday.

The ICC accepted the qualification course of at a board assembly in November 2021, figuring out that Pakistan would qualify mechanically as hosts and be joined on the eight-team occasion by the seven different highest finishers on the 2023 World Cup in India. The information was not communicated publicly or to the media on the time.

The method was confirmed to the media on Sunday afternoon in Lucknow and whereas some competing groups have been conscious of it – Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s captain, talked about a aim of a top-eight end after his facet’s defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday evening – others, together with England, weren’t.

After 5 defeats in six group video games, England are backside of the factors desk and might have two wins from their remaining three fixtures to qualify for the Champions Trophy. They play Australia in Ahmedabad on Saturday, earlier than travelling to Pune to play the Netherlands then Kolkata to face Pakistan.

There was vital workers turnover on the ECB since that November 2021 board assembly, with adjustments to the chief govt, chair and managing director of males’s cricket, in addition to coaches and captains throughout codecs. They’re unclear why the information was not communicated publicly.

Instantly after England’s defeat, Mott confirmed at a press convention that he had solely discovered concerning the top-eight cut-off “about an hour and a half in the past”. He stated: “The ICC do change the principles fairly a bit with qualification and to be sincere, I do not assume it will have an effect on, in any method, the best way we have performed on this match, so it is not a giant deal.”

Jos Buttler, England’s captain, was requested on the post-match presentation whether or not he was conscious of the qualification course of, and whether or not it added any further motivation to England’s last three video games. “Yeah, I am conscious of that,” Buttler stated. “Completely, it simply proves we have got heaps to play for.”

Mott added: “We have got a good bit to play for in direction of the again finish of this match. [The qualification process] provides us a number of focus that we want to verify we will not, you realize, simply flip up. We have got to show up and play and win these video games. And we’re clearly up towards some good groups in these previous few video games as effectively. That is loads of motivation for us.”

England’s fixture towards Netherlands in Pune on November 8 looms giant as a match that might have vital implications for each groups. Netherlands haven’t featured in a Champions Trophy since 2002, after they misplaced each their group video games, whereas England have been a part of all eight editions.

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