Guernsey's cricketers will travel to Finland this summer for the first stage of qualifying for the 2021 Men's T20 World Cup.

The ICC today confirmed the European qualification path for the global tournament, which follows straight on from the 2020 edition being staged in Australia later this year.

Guernsey, who will be led by new coach Andy Cornford, have been placed in one of three eight-team groups with the winners of each set to join Jersey in the regional final.

Neil MacRae's side won the equivalent tournament last year - hosted by Guernsey - to progress to the global qualifier and so have been given a bye through the initial round.

The top two sides from that Europe Final will then go through to twin eight-team global qualifiers where 16 sides will get the chance to book World Cup spots.

Among Guernsey's opponents in June will be Germany, who only narrowly lost out to Jersey in the last tournament.

Europe Qualifier A (Spain, 16-22 May): Italy, Norway, France, Bulgaria, Israel, Malta, Cyprus, Spain.

Europe Qualifier B (Finland, 24-30 June): Germany, Guernsey, Sweden, Luxembourg, Hungary, Gibraltar, Greece, Finland.

Europe Qualifier C (Belgium, 10-16 June): Denmark, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Portugal, Isle of Man, Serbia, Belgium.

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