- Pathway to ICC World T20, Australia 2020 begins here for Africa
- Teams arrived in Lagos on Thursday, tournament kicks off on Saturday
- Top two teams go through to regional qualifier in 2019
As the next ICC World T20 event draws nearer, the pathway for Africa to that showpiece International Cricket Council event begins in earnest on Nigerian soil, with the start of the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier A in Lagos, from 14-21 April.
The festive Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval will play host to Sierra Leone, Ghana, The Gambia and hosts Nigeria over the next week, with each team playing six matches. The visiting squads arrived in Lagos with plenty of optimism on Thursday.
Patricia C. Kambarami, the ICC Development Manager for Africa, said ahead of the start of the tournament,
“We are delighted that the qualifiers for the ICC World T20, 2020, are kicking off in Africa. The Nigerian Cricket Federation has worked extremely hard to putting the event on, and we wish the best of luck to all competing teams”
The action kicks off on Saturday, with the tournament opener pitting the hosts against Sierra Leone in the morning clash. The afternoons match will see Ghana and The Gambia lock horns. In Sunday’s action, The Gambia play Nigeria in the first game, before Sierra Leone and Ghana do battle in the afternoon.
There is a lot to play for over the next week, as the top two teams from the tournament will win passage to
the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier to be held in 2019.
The fixtures and more information for the tournament can be accessed here.
Saturday 14th April
9:30am Nigeria vs Sierra Leone
1:50pm Ghana vs The Gambia
Sunday 15th April
9:30am Gambia vs Nigeria
1:50pm Sierra Leone vs Ghana
Monday 16th April Reserve Day
Tuesday 17th April
9 30am Gambia vs Sierra Leone
1:50pm Nigeria vs Ghana
Wednesday 18th April
9:30am Gambia vs Ghana
1:50pm Sierra Leone vs Nigeria
Thursday 19th April Reserve Day
Friday 20th April
9:30am Ghana vs Sierra Leone
1:50pm Nigeria vs Gambia
Saturday 21st April
9:30am Sierra Leone vs Gambia
1:50pm Ghana vs Nigeria