May 20, 2009

ICC World Cup Qualifiers

UAE to host expanded World Twenty20 Qualifiers

Martin Williamson

The United Arab Emirates will host the ICC World Twenty20 2010 Qualifier later this year. The event, which is currently scheduled to take place in late October, will also be expanded from its previous staging, in Ireland in 2008.

In addition to featuring the six Associate and Affiliate teams with ODI status - Ireland, Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, Afghanistan and Scotland - it will also include the host team and the United States of America (USA).

The top two sides from the tournament will go forward to join the 10 ICC Full Members in next year's main event, set to take place in the West Indies in April and May at three locations - Barbados, Guyana and St Lucia.

These decisions were made by the ICC Development Committee, which has been meeting this week in Dubai.

"I am thrilled that the ICC Development Committee has again taken an expansive and innovative approach to promoting our great sport by inviting the UAE and USA to join the top six Associate and Affiliate teams at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier later this year," said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat. "The committee has given the chance for the top six Associate and Affiliate teams to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20, something they had the chance to do in the equivalent event in Ireland last year, while, at the same time, creating two additional invitational slots for this event."

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by nazar_katawazai on (June 30, 2009, 9:32 GMT)

uae i can understand what u are talking about but that higher innings wasnt benifeted uae.amjad was dismissed in the early and were slaped wuite badly during his bowling bye afghan team.hehehe

Posted by UAE on (June 1, 2009, 22:42 GMT)

guys just chill, it was bad luck for UAE that selection was not done properly.If this 20 20 selection is done on performance then we will see WHO DERSERVEs WHAT .Afghanistan and others knows who can give them thuff time.Their are players like AMJED JAVED 164/IQBAL 113/ ARSHAD 140,with seniors SAQIB and Khuram who have performed in ICC A leagues. let see if they are selected in this team I think they will be making some records in the books.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 25, 2009, 5:31 GMT)

In the expanded format, the number of teams playing the tournament increased from 6 to 8. UAE being the host will be one of the otheer two countries but on what parameters was USA given an opportunity (ahead of Namibia) to play in the Qualifiers?

Posted by Farhan Khan on (May 21, 2009, 7:48 GMT)

Hey Brother Bismillah: Don't worry about who is getting free or non-competitive admission. Just be thrilled about the recent performance of Afghanistan in Cricket. This is not and shouldn't be the first stage for them Afghans have the built-in hard working blood in them. They are a warrior nation, that means they can fight bravely in any battle as well as they can give very hard competition to any one in any encounter. I see a very bright future for the Afghans. The Afghan cricket team has the stamina, fighting spirit, and they posses high morale the only thing they need to master is in consistency of their batting, bowling and fielding. Learn new techniques form the legends. One such great has been coaching their team as well, The Great Javed Miandad. If the Afghans got the proper coaching they can master in all fields and one day knock on the doors of Test Cricket and beyond.. Good Luck.. A well Wisher from Pakistan.

Posted by Bismillah Momand on (May 21, 2009, 4:18 GMT)

This is great news for Afghanistan Cricket Team, having played the Twenty20 format over the years, i hope they can make it to the top two to play the world cup next year,

However i am not totally impressed with the inclusion of USA and UAE, they are getting there without any competition, the other teams have had to work so hard and go through certain stages to reach there, do u think its fair enough to give free inclusion to other teams?

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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