The stage is all set for the 2020 T20 World Cup Qualifier which will get beneath approach on Friday, with 14 groups together with hosts UAE set to battle it out for the six spots on supply.
The highest six groups from the upcoming event will be a part of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Australia for the primary spherical of the 2020 T20 World Cup, which begins a yr from now. 4 groups from the primary spherical will then advance to the Tremendous 12 stage the place they may be a part of the heavyweights similar to Australia, India, England and Pakistan.
The stakes, as such, couldn’t be larger for the 14 groups within the UAE at the moment with T20 cricket fever set to grip Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the approaching days.
League stage
The 14 taking part groups have been divided into two teams containing seven sides apiece, as follows:
Group A: Scotland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Singapore, Bermuda and Kenya.
Group B: UAE, Eire, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria.
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Every staff from a selected group will tackle the six others in a league model format. Group A fixtures will happen in Dubai on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket stadium and the ICC Academy grounds whereas Group B matches can be held on the Sheikh Zayed Cricket stadium in Abu Dhabi.
After a complete of 42 league video games, the 2 respective group-toppers will safe a spot within the first spherical in Australia whereas additionally advancing to the semi-final of the qualifying event.
The 4 different groups to hitch them in Australia can be determined by way of a sequence of 5 play-off clashes.
The groups which end second of their respective group will tackle the third-placed aspect from the opposite group within the first two play-off matches. The winner of the 2 clashes will even safe a spot within the first spherical in Australia whereas advancing to the qualifying semi-final.
Then, the losers of these two clashes will tackle the fourth-placed groups from each teams in a few play-off clashes. The winners of these two matches will develop into the fifth and sixth groups to guide their tickets to Australia.
Whereas the six qualifiers may have been determined by then, the event will proceed with the semi-finals, ultimate and third-place decider to return in Dubai. The ultimate of the event takes place on November 2 on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium.
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How UAE are shaping up
With an ICC T20I rating of 12, the hosts are the second-highest rated staff within the competitors with solely Eire ranked above them. As such, they would be the one of many favourites to high Group B and safe a direct place within the first spherical in Australia. It gained’t be straightforward, nevertheless, with neighbours Oman making speedy strides in current months whereas Hong Kong, Canada and even Jersey are potential banana skins.
That the staff have misplaced the providers of their skipper Mohammad Naveed, Qadeer Ahmed Khan and Shaiman Anwar Butt after they have been charged by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, simply days earlier than the beginning of the event, has thrown a spanner into the works.
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The accountability of main the aspect is now on the shoulders of Ahmed Raza and the left-arm orthodox spinner undoubtedly has his work lower out for him. Nonetheless, the qualification outlook stays rosy for the UAE regardless of the disruption,  with the aspect registering a morale-boosting win over a robust Scotland in a current warm-up conflict.
The aspect’s marketing campaign opener in opposition to Oman might show to be their hardest take a look at in Group B and it’s one they are going to be determined to win. Eire, regardless of their larger rating, haven’t been in the perfect of kind within the T20 format however they may nonetheless pose an enormous risk. Hong Kong have just lately misplaced the providers of their talismanic skipper Anshuman Rath and that can be an element within the event.
UAE Key Gamers
All-rounder Rohan Mustafa and top-order batsman Ashfaq Ahmed now develop into pivotal to the UAE’s hopes within the event and each of them have been in fantastic kind when the aspect emphatically blanked Netherlands 4-Zero earlier this yr in Amstelveen.
UAE’s Rohan Mustafa.
Whereas Mustafa completed as the highest wicket-taker in that sequence, Ashfaq was instrumental with the bat and averaged greater than 50. The pair, together with skipper Reza, want to face up large time if the UAE are to go deep within the event and qualify for Australia.
Different main contenders
Scotland, Eire and Oman will certainly be up there within the event and may be capable of progress to Australia alongside the UAE in the event that they play to their potential. As for the darkish horses, Singapore have been making all the appropriate noises just lately whereas Bermuda and Jersey aren’t any pushovers both.


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