The ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier starts on Friday with six spots available for the first round of the T20 World Cup in Australia next October. The fourteen teams that are competing are; UAE(hosts), Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya, Bermuda, Oman, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria have been put into two groups.
Group A - Scotland (Ranked 12), Netherlands (16), Papua New Guinea (17), Namibia (20), Singapore (21), Kenya (29), Bermuda (30)
Group B - United Arab Emirates (Ranked 13), Ireland (15), Oman (18), Hong Kong (19), Canada (24), Jersey (25), Nigeria (39)
Each team plays each other in their group, with the top 3 teams in each group going to the Play-off stages.
This looks a massively open tournament. Group A on paper looks by far the weaker, and despite Netherlands in poor recent form, they should qualify along with Scotland. The 3rd team is more difficult to predict but I've gone for Namibia to be different, PNG have gone backwards and I can't see any of the others putting together a consistent run. Group B is tough, tough, tough. Ireland are the strongest, but otherwise it's anyone's. By all accounts UAE have been stung by selection problems and have a weaker squad than usual, so I'm not too sure about them. Oman look the best of the rest and I'm going for Canada as an outside bet, were in imperious form in the recent Challenge League and bat well all the way down. Decent spinners too.
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