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World Cup Qualifiers: almost there…almost

A blog by Andruid

After going through several legs of World Cricket league in all sorts of varying locations, from the little island of Jersey in the English Channel to the sunny savannahs of Tanzania, the bandwagon to determine which 4 lowly Associates will dine at the High table of the ICC’s Cricket World Cup in two years time finally pulls into its final location in South Africa.

For three weeks of April, the cricket teams of Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, The Netherlands, Uganda, Oman, The United Arab Emirates, Bemuda, Canada, Denmark, Namibia and Afghanistan (Yes! that Afghanistan) will battle it out for four slots at the 2011 Cricket World Cup to be staged in the Subcontinent, two less than were allowed to muck up the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean. With the six ODI slots the ICC sets aside for Associates also up for grabs, this tournament will be more than just a determinant for which associates will be at the World cup in 2011, but a fight for the right to even think about trying to get matches against Cricket’s higher powers.

The Groups

The tournament is organised into two groups (A and B) of 6 teams each playing against each other once. The top four teams from each group then progress onwards to a Super 8 stage, whilst the bottom two teams from each group go into knockut layoff matches to determine who endsup in Division Two or three of the next cycle Of the World Cricket League.

Group A

Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Oman, Uganda, Namibia.

Only Oman and Uganda in this group have not experienced World Cup cricket but with wins over Zimbabwe and Kenya in unnoficial ODI and T20 matches over the last two years the Ugandan’s will be no pushovers. Irleland and Scotland are the obvious favourites in this group with Namibia and Canada likely to share the remaining Super 8 places. That is if neither Ugamda nor Oman manage to rock the boat.

Group B

Kenya, The Netherlands, Bermuda, Afghanistan, Denmark, U. A. E.

Afghanistan bring the unmistakeable scent of danger into this group having marched all the way through three qualification tournaments as champions to come this close to the big time at the first time of asking. They will be facing World Cup veterans Kenya (4 consecutive appearances), The Netherlands (3 appearances) Bermuda and U.A.E (one appearance each) as well as Denmark. Whist Kenya would be the default favourites from their relatively greater experience at interenational level, they have struggled for form over the last year and a half and with pinning the player’s central contracts on qualification they will have plenty of motivation to put the reccord straight.

the tournament starts on 1st of April and runs till the 21st

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  1. Jalal
    Posted March 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Afghanistan is my favourite and they are my real heroes. I hope they win and get to the world cup.

  2. Posted March 23, 2009 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    I’m still crushed that the USA lost to freaking JERSEY. We would destroy these chumps – half our team played Indian state cricket!

  3. Posted March 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I would not be do sure man. Ireland and Scotland have quite a few County pros (and Kenya probaly would too were it not for the board), whilst Namibia play as a team in S.a’s provincial leagues

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