20 December 2013
Preview of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014
ICC’s 10 Associate and Affiliate Members will battle it out in January next year in New Zealand for the two remaining places in its flagship event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 will be staged between 13 January and 1 February
The participating teams are: Canada, Hong Kong, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, The Netherlands, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, Uganda and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The 10 sides have been divided into two groups of five, with the top three from each group progressing to the Super Six stage, in a bid to join fellow qualifiers Ireland and Afghanistan in 2015. The finalists will seal their places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with the winner to join Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand in Pool A and the runner-up to team up with India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe in Pool B.
Group A features three teams which have featured in, at least, one ICC Cricket World Cup – Canada, Scotland and the UAE – plus Hong Kong and Nepal, who will be seeking to qualify for their first.
Hong Kong, Nepal and UAE will all be buoyed by their qualification last month for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, to be held in March/April next year.
Kenya has played in the previous five World Cups, and it will be pitted against Namibia and the Netherlands – which have also experienced cricket’s pinnacle event – as well as PNG and Uganda, in Group B.
The Netherlands is the only team from this group to have qualified for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, with PNG falling one win short and Namibia a game further behind.
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