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USA qualify automatically for T20 World Cup 2026

A place in the Super Eight in 2024 guarantees direct qualification for the 2026 edition of the tournament

The ICC T20 World Cup trophy - on display at the SCG, New Zealand vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup, 1st semi-final, Sydney, November 9, 2022

Who'll be competing for this trophy in 2026? We'll know 12 of the 20 teams by the end of June  •  ICC via Getty

Teams still chasing spots in the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup 2024 have extra motivation to get the job done: a spot in the top eight guarantees direct qualification for the next T20 World Cup, in 2026.
The next edition will also have 20 teams like this one, with 12 automatic qualifiers: the two co-hosts - India (who have made the Super Eight) and Sri Lanka (who have not) - as well as the other teams in the Super Eight in 2024 (that's seven, excluding India), and the three highest-ranked teams outside of these on the ICC's T20I rankings as of June 30, 2024. That's 12. The remaining eight spots will be decided through the ICC's regional qualifiers pathway.
That means, USA - who took a vital point from their washout against Ireland in Lauderhill - have booked a spot in their second successive T20 World Cup.* Scotland, should they get past Australia - even one point would do, but the weather forecast is clear - in Gros Islet, are still very much in the running. Afghanistan, too, have confirmed their spot for 2026, while Netherlands are in a race with Bangladesh for the same, albeit with Bangladesh firm favourites.
However, this does not spell doom for some Full Members who have already been knocked out of contention this year. Sri Lanka automatically qualify as co-hosts, while England - should they lose out to Scotland - will still make the cut based on the ICC rankings. The same goes for Pakistan and New Zealand. Currently, England, New Zealand and Pakistan are ranked Nos. 4, 6 and 7 respectively, well clear of the other teams who might need to rely on the rankings. Depending on how other results go, Ireland, at No. 11, could also get through via the rankings.
The first of the ICC's qualifier tournaments for 2026, the Europe Sub-Regional Qualifier, is currently on in Italy.
*This article was updated after USA qualified for the Super Eight.