Automatic qualification for 2024 T20 World Cup "extremely special", says Brandon Glover

The Netherlands have qualified automatically for the 2024 T20 World Cup after finishing fourth in Group Two of the Super 12 stage


Netherlands seamer Brandon Glover admitted to feeling "quite overwhelmed" after the Netherlands beat South Africa to knock the Proteas out of the T20 World Cup.

More importantly, however, their victory – combined with Pakistan's win over Bangladesh and Zimbabwe's defeat by India – means the Dutch have qualified automatically for the 2024 T20 World Cup, a feat he described as "extremely special".

That tournament, which is to be co-hosted by West Indies and the United States, is set to feature 20 teams but also a regional qualifying process that looked like working against the Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland, with only two countries qualifying from the European region and at least one of the three therefore certain to miss out.

But as part of the format, the top four teams in each group of this year's Super 12 will receive safe passage into the 2024 competition.


Brandon Glover starred for the Netherlands in their win over South Africa (Sarah Reed/Getty Images)

By beating South Africa, the Netherlands have snuck into that category, finishing ahead of Bangladesh courtesy of their net run rate, meaning they won't need to work through the rigmarole of a qualification stage.

Instead, Ireland and Scotland will be heavy favourites to come out on top and join them in the Caribbean and United States, who have also qualified directly as co-hosts.

"We've usually been a team which has to go through the qualifiers and go through all those stages and things just to get to the main event," said Glover, who claimed three wickets in two overs as the Netherlands successfully defended 158 against the country of his birth, for whom he played at under-19 level.

"The fact that we now have an opportunity to just walk straight in, I think it's a good confidence booster and very good for Dutch cricket, so hopefully we can take advantage of it."

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