The Afghanistan national cricket team is among the top-ranked sides which have directly qualified for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Tuesday.

“Of the top 10 sides on the rankings table, top-ranked Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Windies and Afghanistan will start their campaign directly in in the Super 12s,” ICC said in a news release.

The source further added that champions and three-time finalists Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have to contend with the other six qualifiers in the group stage of the tournament, which will be held from 18 October to 15 November 2020.

According to ICC, as per the qualification criteria set for the tournament, Australia and the other nine top-ranked sides have ensured direct qualification.

“The top eight make it straight to the Super 12s stage while the remaining two will play in the group stage along with six other teams who will make it through from the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019. Four teams from the group stage will advance to the Super 12s,” ICC said.

Afghanistan currently secures the 8th position in the ICC rankings table for T20I.

The Afghan team has managed to secure 2490 points from 27 matches played and holds a rating of 92, according to ICC rankings table.