World Cricket League Division 3

Argentina's Barton upbeat ahead of crucial tournament

Cricinfo staff

January 14, 2009

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Argentina coach Hamish Barton has said he believes the World Cricket League Division 3 could be the closest event yet as six sides battle to secure the two remaining places at April's ICC World Cup Qualifier.

"It is going to be a very close tournament and there isn't going to be much between the teams," said Barton. He predicted that the wickets would play in a similar way to those in Australia during the first World Cricket League Division 3 tournament back in May 2007, where Uganda and Argentina secured promotion only to then be relegated from Division 2 in Namibia.

Barton admitted he had used a variety of techniques to try and find out as much as he could about the opposition, particularly Afghanistan and Hong Kong, which has involved scouring the internet for footage, particularly of Hong Kong's participation in the Asia Cup 2008, and talking to as many players as possible.

"I was talking to the USA players at the ICC Americas competition, who didn't even make it beyond Division 5, and they said that anything can happen at these tournaments. Sometimes matches will even go down to who gets the luck at the toss of the coin."

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