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Africa battles it out for place at global ICC World Cricket League Division 5

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Six of Africa’s developing cricket countries from tomorrow will be on show at the ICC World Cricket League – Africa 2017

The top team will qualify for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 to be played later this year.

Benoni, South Africa will play host to teams from Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia which is being held from April 7 – 14, 2017.

The first day’s play at Willowmoore Park on Friday has Tanzania facing off against Nigeria, Ghana competing against Sierra Leone and Botswana looking for victory against Zambia, with the 50-over games starting at 09.30 local time.

Kuben Pillay, ICC Tournament Director believes the tournament will showcase the best of Africa’s development of the game. “The growth of the cricket in Africa is strong, there are more competitive teams and this will be a hard-fought tournament to qualify for the ICC WCL Division 5.

“This is an important tournament in the pathway to the ICC Cricket World Cup, promoting the best team from regional level to compete with teams from other parts of the world,” said Pillay.

The tournament will be live scored and will be available through www.icc-cricket.com. The fixtures and more information for the tournament can be accessed here.

The qualification pathway can be found here.

The squads are:

Botswana: Karabo Motlhanka (Captain), Karabo Modise, Thatayaone Tshose, Rashaad Mosweu,, Tharindu Perera, Mmoloki Mooketsi, Adithya Rangaswamy, Hemal Pragji, Zain Abbasi, Inzimam Master, Nabil Master, Dhruv Maisuria, James Moses, Reginald Nehonde

Ghana: Peter Ananya (Captain), James Kwaku Vifah, Issac Kofi Otuafo Aboagye, Godfred Bakiweyern, Julius Horlali Mansah, Frank Baaleri, David Nii Ashong, Ankrah, Kofi Bagabena, Simon Ateak, Vincent Ateak, Samson Kwasi Awe Awiah, Joseph Oko Adotei, Moses Kofi Anafie, Michael Aboagye

Nigeria: Chimezie Onwuzulike (Captain), Olajide Bejide, Abiodun Abioye, Joseph Adedeji, Oluseye Olympio, Abiola Ayannaike, Azeez Salako, Ayo Mene-Ejegi, Olayinka Olaleye, Muhammad Hashim, Chima Akachukwu, Isaac Okpe, Sulaimon Runsewe, Udoh Friday

Sierra Leone: John Bangura, George Ngegba, Ibrahim Kamara, Yegbeh Jalloh, Emmanuel Kamara, Lansana Lamin, Mohamed Khan, Solomon Williams, Ishmail Komba, Mohamed Mansaray, Bami Williams, Julius Brewah, Abass Gbla, Oluwole Compagnie – Coker

Tanzania: Hamisi Hassani Abdallah (Captain), Abhik Ramesh Patwa, Seif Khalifa Abdul, Harsheed Anantkumar Chohan, Salum Jumbe Ally, Kassim Nassoro Mussa, Riziki Kulwa Kiseto, Ally Mpeka Kimote, Ashish Dilip Kamania, Aaryan Amin Premji, Nasibu Kelvin Mapunda, Jitin Pratap Singh, Kishen Dilip Kamania, Arun Dagar

Zambia: Godfrey Kandela (Captain), Allan Nsensha, Isaac Mwaba, Madaliso Mvula, Himal Patel, James Zimba, Joseph Chinunga, Gladson Kandela, Tapson Nyirongo, James Chembo, Kanswe Omala, Musonda Yambayamba, Javid Patel (Vice Captain), Sarfraz Abdulraheman Patel

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