ICC World Cricket League Championship September 30, 2013

Afghanistan look to seal World Cup spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan has targeted winning both matches against Kenya this week in the World Cricket League (WCL), victories which will guarantee direct qualification to the 2015 World Cup.

Afghanistan are currently No. 4 in the WCL points table behind Ireland, UAE and Netherlands, with only the top two automatically progressing to the World Cup. While Ireland have already qualified, UAE and Netherlands have 18 points each after playing all their matches.

Two wins for Afghanistan, currently on 15 points, will lift them to second place and seal a World Cup spot. If Afghanistan fail to do so, they will head to New Zealand for a second chance to qualify.

"It is very important for us to qualify directly, otherwise there would be extra pressure on the boys to go to New Zealand for another round of qualification," Khan said. "We want to qualify directly and start preparing for the World Cup."

Khan stated that though the players have been under pressure throughout the tournament, they are now used to it. "Since I joined about 18 months ago, we knew that we had to win all remaining matches to qualify directly for the World Cup," he said. "The pressure has been there since the beginning and the boys are used to it."

If Afghanistan are unable to win both the matches, UAE at No. 2 will qualify automatically along with Ireland. UAE won their last two matches, on Friday and Sunday, dismissing Namibia for 39 and 80 respectively, which also caused Netherlands' elimination.

The WCL teams that don't progress directly to the World Cup will get a second chance in next year's qualifiers in New Zealand. They will play with Hong Kong, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Uganda for the other two World Cup spots.

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  • ESPN on October 3, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Afghanistan is a good team and they can qualify to 2015 World Cup easily insha Allah so good luck and wish you guys all the best .

  • Mashrur on October 2, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    i see nothing wrong in wcl championship.... yes, it takes years to complete, but that is the challenge. I think the top two teams deserve to play in WC than any other associate teams. it is tough to maintain form over 2 years, but that ensures that no team with some fluke performance get selected for WC.

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Working and sametime following the scorecard b/w Afghanistan Vs Kenya. It seems to be totally one side match so far. And if Afghan brave sons continue their same form I am sure they will have gr8t chance to qaulify for WC 2015..

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    ICC calls it its flagship tournament. In fact it should be the absolute shame of ICC. A tournament spanning over 2 and a half years is absolutely ridiculous and extremely harsh on the participating teams. Not even teams like India and Australia can maintain form for that long. Most of these teams and their fans have absolutely nothing noticeable to look forward to elsewhere anyway. And all this happens just because ICC wants to save money for meaningless tours of the same 5 or 6 teams all year round nonstop.

    In fact watching teams like England, India, Australia etc has become so boring that most cricket fans will turn to internet and follow scorecards of teams like Nepal, Bangladesh,Afghanistan instead of a televised contest of i.e India vs England.

    The least ICC could do is to have tournaments like WCL championship each year. This will give the fans of these unfortunate teams something like a premier league to look forward to each year.

  • Mohammed on October 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    UAE Top Netherlands because Netherlands lost both match against UAE. Before NRR if points are same they look for who won the matches between those two teams.

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    I dont understand how UAE are above netherlands in the table?? Netherlands have a better run rate then UAE

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Wow Amazing Tournament Dates (2-11 October 2010) Afghanistan cricket team in Kenya 2010, After 3 Years on the same days matches are held Against Kenya, (2-11 October 2013) Afghanistan vs Kenya in the U.A.E 2013,

  • Ahaan on October 1, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    It will be good to see a new team play the World Cup, hoping for U.A.E to qualify. By the way, why aren't these matches included in ODIs?

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Mashallah! Who says that when big teams play Records get made or broken Nice show put on by Afghan Cricket team. They outplayed Kenyan team and registered a record win by bowling them out for just 56 runs. Best of luck for two crucial games come in up.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Afghanistan cricket team is in the growth toward world cup as far talent is concerned Afghan players are eligible to play against international teams and placed there position to be one to the test nations along others we hope this dream comes true Ameen MBK cricket lover

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