August 7, 2009

ICC World Cup Qualifiers

Important dates for Associate cricket

Will Luke

A number of important Associate and Affiliate dates have been confirmed by the ICC this past week.

The ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier will take place in the United Arab Emirates from February 9-13, 2010. This eight-team event featuring Associate and Affiliate sides vying for the two places on offer at the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in the West Indies will be played entirely at Dubai Sports City.

September sees the ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers take place in Canada. The event runs from September 1 to 13 in Toronto with 10 teams competing for the six remaining places for the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand from January 16-30, 2010.

The ICC World Cricket League Division 6 (WCL Div.6) will be held in Singapore from August 29 to September 5 with teams from Singapore, Guernsey, Malaysia, Bahrain, Botswana and Norway battling it out in one group across three venues: Kalang, Singapore CC and Indian Association. The top two teams from WCL Div. 6 will win promotion to Division 5.

WCL Div. 5 has been confirmed to be hosted by Nepal from February 20-27, 2010. The teams include host Nepal, Fiji, Jersey, USA and the two qualifiers from WCL Div. 6.

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Posted by colin macbeth on (August 11, 2009, 5:29 GMT)

Re Vikram Maingi's comment: That, by my estimate, brings to six the recent aberrations in ICC planning and decision-making. 1. Zimbabwe 'A' brought into Intercontinental Cup, first game starting on Saturday (August 16) v Afghanistan at Mutare. 2. USA shoehorned into Under-19 Twenty20 qualifiers - is this the reason for the move from October 2009 to 2010? 3. Canada the venue for U-19 world cup qualifying stage, Sept 1-13, replacing Singapore. 4. One week's notice of change from Clontarf, Ireland, to Eglinton, Northern Ireland, for July's Intercontinental Cup match between Ireland and Kenya. 5. Transfer of 2010 U-19 world cup finals from Kenya to New Zealand. 6. Change of date for Twenty20 world cup qualifiers in UAE. It makes one wonder!

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (August 10, 2009, 11:28 GMT)

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier was to be played in UAE in October, 2009. When was the decision taken for staging it in 2010?

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Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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