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The Proteas Men side have secured automatic qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be played in India. The World Cup will take place in October and November.

Proteas’ place at the 50-over global tournament was confirmed after the first ODI between Ireland and Bangladesh on Tuesday ended in a no result. The Irish had to win all three matches in the series in order to keep their own hopes of automatic qualification alive.

QUALIFICATION TO THE CRICKET WORLD CUP SECURED FOR PROTEAS

This now means South Africa cannot be overtaken by anyone in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. The qualification tournament and they have secured the eighth and final qualifying berth.

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Cricket South Africa has also congratulated the team for their qualification.

“On behalf of Cricket South Africa, I would like to congratulate the Proteas Men on automatically qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. It was by no means a straightforward route to guaranteeing their spot. But the Proteas showed character. Coach Rob and his team can look ahead to preparing for the tournament,” said CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki.

Proteas secure qualification for Cricket World Cup
Proteas secure qualification for Cricket World Cup

Proteas captain Temba Bavuma has also admitted that it has not been an easy journey to qualify.

“I am pleased to learn that we’ve secured our qualification for the upcoming 50-over World Cup that is going to be hosted in India later this year,” he said.

“If I look at the journey, it’s been a tricky one for us as a 50-over team. But I think looking at the last couple of months, a lot of positive strides have been made. We are well positioned to build on the momentum and confidence that we’ve gained.

“Now is the perfect opportunity for us to really focus on the World Cup from a preparation point of view. Nail down on our plans and brush up on areas that we feel we need to brush up on. Personally, it will be a major honour and privilege for me. To be leading the team in my first-ever 50-over World Cup. I hope we can also achieve some good things as a team.”

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