If a team finishes in the top seven of the current World Cup standings, they would get qualification for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 with Pakistan, who will be the tournament’s designated host nation. This will be an additional motivation for the teams to do well.
In 2021, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to bring back the Champions Trophy as part of the international schedule for the years 2024-2031; the competition would have two iterations, in 2025 and 2029.
The traditional structure is going to be used for the Champions Trophy as well. There will be four teams competing, and they will be split into two groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, and then the final will take place.
However, this qualification procedure, which was adopted in 2021 during a meeting of the ICC board, may make it more difficult for teams like England and Bangladesh to earn a spot in the Champions Trophy.
Taking a look at the situation, England is currently placed 10th on the World Cup table with only two points, whereas Bangladesh is currently on ninth place with the same number of points.
Both sides still have three more matches to play in the competition and need a monumental turnaround if they want to finish in the top seven spots.
Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh’s national football team, emphasised the significance of finishing in the top seven of the World Cup.
“I mean, not the semifinal hope. It is not a semifinal possibility. At least, we need to do a little better. Suppose, you have to be in the (top) ranking 8 if you want to play in the Champions Trophy (2025).
After Bangladesh’s defeat against the Netherlands on Saturday, Shakib observed, So, there are still three matches left considering that in mind,”.
The Dutch national team and Afghanistan’s national team are now ranked eighth and seventh, respectively, in the rankings. Both of these teams have a reasonable chance of qualifying for the Champions Trophy.
Because they are not competing in this World Cup, teams like the West Indies, Ireland, and Zimbabwe do not have a shot at qualifying for the Champions Trophy according to this criteria. This is because they are not competing in the World Cup.