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18 July 201518:34

Afghanistan, Canada pick up one point after washout

Afghanistan ends league phase with eight points in Group B; Canada finishes last and ends campaign without win

Afghanistan, Canada pick up one point after washout  - Cricket News

A wet outfield due to heavy overnight rain resulted in the match being abandoned without a ball bowled.

The 36th match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 between Afghanistan and Canada was abandoned without a ball bowled on Saturday (July 18).

A wet outfield in Stirling delayed the start of proceedings. However, heavy overnight rain meant there was no play possible on the ground.

With both teams picking up one point each, Afghanistan ended the league phase of its tournament with eight points, ending up second in Group B table behind Scotland. It finishes its campaign with three wins in six matches, one loss and two washouts. With Kenya and the Netherlands left with their last league stage games, there is no certainty as to who will stay at the top of the table and gain automatic qualification for the World Twenty20 2016 in India.

There wasn't much consolation for Canada. It finished last on the Group B table with one point, having failed to register a single win during its campaign.

Ruvindu Gunasekera ended up as the highest run-getter for Canada with 139 runs in five games, while Cecil Pervez had five wickets in five games.

According to the format of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, the sides that top the two groups will automatically qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, while the sides that finish second and third in each of the two groups will play cross-over matches with the two winners joining the table-toppers for the India tournament.

The losing sides of the two play-off matches will then play the fourth-placed sides from each of the two groups in cross-over matches with the winners completing the 16-team line-up for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016.

The fifth-sixth and third-fourth position play-offs as well as the final will be played on the last three days of the tournament based on which these teams’ seeding/groupings for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 will be confirmed.