ICC World Cup 2015 news July 28, 2014

ICC arranges World Cup prep for Qualifiers

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC has arranged a familiarisation tour in Australia for the four qualifying teams to aid their preparation for the 2015 World Cup. Afghanistan, Ireland, UAE and Scotland will play a series of matches against local sides in September and October. The teams will also be able to access specialists and former players from Australia to help in their training. The tours are part of ICC's High Performance Programme.

"Helping cricket's top emerging nations to perform on the global stage is a key part of the ICC's High Performance Programme, and these tours will provide a great opportunity for the four teams to gain valuable knowledge and experience of the conditions they will face during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said.

UAE will be the first team to arrive in Australia and will play six matches in Perth and Darwin between September 12 and 25. Afghanistan are scheduled to play four matches - two in Perth and two in Canberra. Scotland and Ireland will arrive towards the end of September to play three and four matches respectively.

"Not only will we be able to familiarise ourselves with the conditions that we will face during the tournament, but we will also be able to seek guidance from former legends of the game and utilise world class facilities on offer in Australia and New Zealand," Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan captain, said.

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  • Android on August 2, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    ICC should manage to get the A teams of test nations to play against the associates often if they can't play international matches.

  • Taqi on August 1, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    In my opinion ICC should ask all test playing countries to send their A teams to Australia and get them play against Ireland, Afghanistan, UAE, scotland, Bangladesh and Zimbabwae for practice before worldcup. A teams can also play against teams of test playing countries. This will give them better chance to prepare.

  • Omarr on July 31, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Instead of inviting Ireland, ICC should have invited Bangladesh.

  • Dummy on July 29, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Great initiative from ICC...

  • love on July 29, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    All the best from India.Within a year you will become one of the top 8 nations in ODI,I know.

  • Himmat on July 29, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Australia should help upcoming nations like Nepal develop their games......hope it'll happen !!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Afghanistan team will be get Experience in this tour Arif Dost

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    So all these 4 teams come to tour Australia and most likely will play only grade cricket sides. At the very least they should be playing games against Australia A or even have a tri series with Australia A during the summer. Sure it will be great for them to adapt to the Australian conditions but they wont be prepared against the opposition they will face for the world cup. How many more times do we have to see Australia play england and india over and over again each summer. Obviously the CA is too out of touch to even host any of the four associate nations for a proper ODI match even if it was in Darwin or Cairns.

  • kushal on July 29, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    good news. Best of luck for all teams.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Great news finally glad too see the ICC helping these teams out.

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