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Thursday 22March 2012,

(BNA) Kabul:

The ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will have the first of its two qualifiers on Thursday afternoon when unbeaten Afghanistan and Namibia go head to the head in the 1st Qualifying Final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (DICS) on Thursday.

The match will start at 1400 (local time) and entry to the picturesque stadium, located inside the Dubai Sports City, will be free. This will be one of the six matches at the DICS from 22-24 March to be shown live online at

The ICC has also secured live television coverage of the games to be played at the DICS into key territories via ESPN STAR Sports and its licensees around the globe, ensuring prominent exposure for the event across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and beyond.*

While the winner of Thursday afternoon's match will qualify for the tournament proper, the second and final qualifier will emerge on the morning of 24 March when the loser of the 1st Qualifying Final will square-off against the winner of the Preliminary Final (to be played between Netherlands, Canada, Ireland and Scotland in a cross-over format) on the morning of the same days at DICS.

In the tournament finale at the DICS on 24 March, the two qualifiers will square-off against each other and at stake will be the winner's trophy as well as the placing in the Sri Lanka tournament. The tournament winner will join Australia and the West Indies in Group B while the losing team will complete Group A which also includes defending champion England and 2007 winner India.

Defending tournament champion Afghanistan enters Thursday's match against Namibia as firm favourite. Apart from being very consistent with its performance which at times became simply outstanding, Afghanistan will also be returning to its happy hunting ground where it beat Ireland by eight wickets in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2010 to reach the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in the West Indies.

In this tournament to date, Afghanistan defeated Papua New Guinea (PNG) by six wickets, Netherlands by four wickets, Denmark by 89 runs, Nepal by 34 runs, Canada by 41 runs, Hong Kong by nine wickets and Bermuda by 15 runs.

Afghanistan's wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad is in good form of late and is the second leading run-getter in the tournament with 261 runs. Karim Sadiq is 11 runs behind Shahzad with 255 runs.

In contrast, Namibia entered the tournament as the seventh seeded side and topped Group B, which also included Ireland and Scotland, through some brilliant performances by tournament's leading run-getter Raymond van Schoor (323 runs), as well as opener Louis van der Westhuizen who scored one of the two centuries of the tournament while smashing a 51-ball 106 not out against Scotland.

In the league matches, Namibia brushed aside the challenge of Ireland by four runs, Scotland by 49 runs, the USA by 17 runs, Uganda by four runs, Kenya by seven wickets, Oman by 36 runs and Italy by 27 runs.

Namibia's Christoffel Viljoen and Dawlat Zadran of Afghanistan share sixth position in the leading wicket-takers' list with 11 wickets apiece.

Shakti Gauchan of Nepal leads the table with 14 wickets from seven matches, followed by Bermuda's Curt Stovell who has13 wickets. Ireland's Boyd Rankin, Majid Haq of Scotland and Oman's Zeeshan Siddiqui have 12 wickets apiece.

Looking ahead to the crunch match, Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal said: "This event has been great and we couldn't have done it without Kabir Khan our coach who has helped us get this far in the event.

"We've had some great individual performances that I hope will carry through into tomorrow's game and hopefully through to Saturday. The likes of Mohammad Shahzad, Karim Sadiq and Dawlat Zadran have been key but the whole team has been performing well and they will hopefully continue those performances tomorrow and beyond.

"Namibia are a good side whom we have faced before both in 2009 at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier and also we played a warm-up fixture against them ahead of this tournament but we are confident we will qualify for Sri Lanka later this year."

Namibia captain Sarel Burger sounded equally confident ahead of the big match when he said: "We have been fortunate with guys like Louis van Westhuizen and Raymond van Schoor who have stood up well. The fact that we played Ireland and Scotland early on helped us a lot, the Ireland win took a lot of pressure off us.

"It was a long road, the hard work has been done. The team has to stick together for the next few games. Afghanistan is going to be a good battle. They come quite hard early on just like us. The play-offs is a nice concept, it gives all teams a good chance to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20.

"We are confident of our team's chances. We have had one or two off-days, whereas Afghanistan has been near perfect. Maybe tomorrow could be their off-day."

Namibia opener van der Westhuizen said: "We've achieved what we set out to do and reached the final of the tournament. We played one of our warm-up matches against Afghanistan, so we have seen a bit of them. It is now just down to analysing them and working out our plans on how we can beat them.

"It is always nice to have the opportunity to play a live television match and for people to see us play. Hopefully I can do well and hopefully our team can do well.

"It would be a huge thing for the players and the people back home if we can qualify. We're looking forward to the challenge of playing Afghanistan."

Apart from earning the right to play alongside the 10 Full Members in one of the hottest formats of the sport today, the two qualifiers will also receive substantial funding from the ICC to prepare for the Sri Lanka event.

The two qualifying sides will receive preparation participation fees of US $250,000 ahead of the tournament beginning on 18 September 2012.

 

Tuesday 20 March 2012,

(BNA)

Namibia defeated Italy by 27 runs to finish unbeaten in Group B and set up a 1st Qualifying Final date with Afghanistan in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 at the ICC GCA Oval 1 on Tuesday.

Openers Raymond van Schoor and Gerrie Snyman put on 144 runs for a first wicket, highest of the tournament, which propelled Namibia to 194-2. In turn, Italy finished at 167 for eight.

The match between Afghanistan and Namibia will start at 1400 on Thursday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and the winner will qualify for the tournament proper to be staged Sri Lanka from 18 September to 7 October.

The losing side of the 1st Qualifying Final will take on the Preliminary Final winner (to be played in a cross-over format between the sides that finish second and third in the two groups) in the morning match of 24 March at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

While the winner of the morning match will become the second side to qualify for the Sri Lanka tournament, the evening match on the same day will not only decide the tournament winner but will also confirm Group A and Group B line-ups for the Sri Lanka tournament. The winning side will join Australia and the West Indies in Group B while the losing team will complete Group A which also includes defending champion England and 2007 winner India.

Van Schoor and Snyman were in devastating forms as they cut the Italian bowling to size. Between them, they hit 14 fours and five sixes as Snyman alone slapped five fours and as many sixes in a swashbuckling 49-ball 78.

Van Schoor's 57-ball 73 not out was punctuated was nine sizzling boundaries. Craig Williams, later in the order, also effectively used the long handle while smashing two fours and two sixes in a 12-ball 25.

Italy, in its target chase, finished at 167 for eight with Gareth Berg scoring 47, Alessandro Bonora contributing 40 and Michael Di Venuto hitting 35.

For Namibia, Sarel Burger and Louis Van Der Westhuizen equally shared four wickets between them conceding 29 runs piece.

Scores in brief
Namibia beats Italy by 27 runs at ICC GCA Oval 2, Dubai Sports City, Dubai
Namibia 194-2, 20 overs (Gerrie Snyman 78, Raymond van Schoor 73 not out, Craig Williams 25 not out)
Italy 167-8, 20 overs (Gareth Berg 47, Alessandro Bonora 40, Michael Di Venuto 35)
Man of the match Raymond van Schoor


 

 

Tuesday 20 March 2012,

(BNA)

Afghanistan reached Thursday's 1st Qualifying Final after topping Group A of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 following its 15 runs victory over Bermuda at the ICC GCA Oval 1 on Tuesday.

Batting first, Afghanistan batsmen maintained their rich batting form when they helped the defending champion to 177 for five. In turn, Bermuda finished at 162 for seven after needing 38 runs off the last two overs and 32 runs off the final six deliveries.

The victory meant Afghanistan topped Group A with seven straight victories and in Thursday match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, which will start at 1400 (local time), it will go head to head with the side that finishes on top of Group B. Unbeaten Namibia and second-placed Ireland are in contention to win the Group but the situation will become clearer only after afternoon matches.

The side which will win the 1st Qualifying Final will become the first of the two sides to qualify for the tournament proper to be played in Sri Lanka from 18 September to 7 October.

The star of Afghanistan's victory was wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad who slammed three fours and five sixes in a 38-ball 64 not out. Asghar Stanikzai (26), Mohammad Nabi (22) and Karim Sadiq (22) were the other notable run-getters.

Shahzad, together with Nabi, put on 56 runs for the fourth wicket before he was involved in an unfinished 47-run sixth wicket partnership with Gulbodin Naib who smashed three sixes and a four in an eight-ball 26 not out.

In turn, Bermuda finished at 162 for seven after Janeiro Tucker belted four straight sixes off Samiullah Shenwari in an electrifying 16-ball 37. Fiqre Crockwell was the other notable batsman with 34 off 40 balls with three fours.

Aftab Alam was Afghanistan's most successful bowler with three for 23.

Shahzad later said: "I'm very happy, my team is happy, because we are qualifying for the next stage.

"We want to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2012, because the players have worked very hard together, and the trainers, coaches, physios and everybody involved is working very hard to do well."

A delighted Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan said: "I think winning today was very important for us. We wanted to finish at the top. We wanted to keep our morale high as well. In this sort of cricket, if anything goes wrong, the morale of the team deteriorates to be honest, it just goes down very quickly, and we didn't want to do that.

"We dropped a few of our top players to give them a bit of rest and we gave the chance to new bowlers and new boys from our side. They performed really well and it shows how strong the bench is.

"Our next opponent is going to be decided today. No matter who comes in there, this is our final and we have to play it as a final, and we don't mind who it is.

"The weather conditions aren't really easy. It's quite unpredictable. It's been cold too. But it suited us because we've come from Kabul where it has been snowing. I hope it stays the same."

Scores in brief

Afghanistan beats Bermuda by 15 runs at ICC GCA Oval 1, Dubai Sports City, Dubai

Afghanistan 177-5, 20 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 64, Gulbodin Naib 26 not out, Asghar Stanikzai 26, Mohammad Nabi 22, Karim Sadiq 22; Curt Stovell 2-38)

Bermuda162-7, 20 overs (Janeiro Tucker 37, Fiqre Crockwell 34, Aftab Alam 3-23)

Man of the match Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)


 

 

Sunday 18 February 2012,

 

Afghanistan and Namibia extended their unbeaten run in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 to five matches after they won their respective matches on Sunday.

Afghanistan defeated Canada by 41 runs in a Twenty20 International at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Oval 1, Dubai Sports City, to stay on top of Group A while Namibia defeated Kenya by seven wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah to continue to head Group B.

In other crucial matches of day six of the tournament, the Netherlands made short work of Papua New Guinea (PNG) by nine wickets to record its fourth win and Nepal beat Bermuda by 24 runs for its third win in Group A, while in Group B, Ireland had the better of its traditional rival Scotland by 17 runs in a Twenty20 International which gave William Porterfield's side a fourth win while Italy was back in contention with a 13 runs victory over Uganda, its third win.

The two sides that will top their respective groups will feature in the 1st Qualifying Final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 22 March with the winner sealing a place for the Sri Lanka tournament to be staged from 18 September to 7 October.

The sides that finish second and third in the two groups will play cross-over matches. The two winners will progress to the Preliminary Final to be played on 23 March at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The 2nd Qualifying Final - for the second spot in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 - will take place on the morning of 24 March at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium between the loser of the 1st Qualifying Final and the winner of the Preliminary Final.

The two qualifiers will then lock horns in the tournament finale on the final evening and the side that wins the match will not only lift the trophy but will also join Australia and the West Indies in Group B. The losing team will complete Group A which also includes defending champion England and 2007 winner India.

Day six produced some outstanding individual performances.

Irfan Ahmed struck 10 fours and two sixes in a 60-ball 91 and Kinchit Shah took four for 21 in Hong Kong's 35 runs victory over Denmark, Tony Ura (70) of PNG was upstaged by an all-round performance by the Netherlands' Michael Swart (two for 20 and 59 not out) and Stephan Myburgh (52), Nepal captain Paras Khadka stroked a 48-ball 65 in his side's victory over Bermuda despite Curt Stovell's impressive figures of 4-0-25-4, Ed Joyce's superb 78 not out for Ireland and equally good 62 by Kyle Coetzer for Scotland, Namibia's Louis Klazinga's spell of 3-0-9-4 which doomed Kenya, the USA's captain Sushil Nadkarni's 59 which earned his side its first win in the tournament and Italy fast bowler Gareth Berg's figures of 3.4-0-20-4 which earned the European side a 13 runs victory over Uganda.

However, Afghanistan's Samiullah Shenwari's performance stood out as the all-rounder first scored 61 off 34 balls with six fours and three sixes in his side's 174 for eight. He then returned figures of 4-0-14-4 as Canada was restricted to 133 for nine.

Shenwari, adjudged man of the match, later said: "I am grateful that I was given a chance to bat higher up the order. I am very happy to take four wickets and score 61 runs. We are all feeling very confident and I am hoping we will have six wins from six and then seven wins from seven.

"It is up to the players to keep working hard and concentrate on the cricket. We are very happy to have Kabir back coaching us and things are going well."

In the Namibia-Kenya match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Namibia's Louis Klazinga took four for nine as Kenya lost its last nine wickets for 24 runs to be bowled out for 108 in 18.4 overs. In its reply, Namibia chased down the target with 21 balls and seven wickets to spare with Raymond van Schoor returning undefeated on 49.

Klazinga, who was declared man of the match, later said: "We started off slowly by conceding a few boundaries. It was difficult to bowl seam up. But we summed up the conditions very quickly. Luckily, it worked well for us.
"I am very happy with the show. It was a good all-round performance by us. To pull it back from the position they were in at 84-1 was great for us. We batted very well and knocked off the runs pretty easily. The morale in the camp is very good. We are taking it as it comes and it has been going good for us."

In a match between the arch rivals, Ireland prevailed over Scotland by 17 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Ed Joyce clubbed the last two deliveries of Ireland's innings for maximum to lift his side to 159 for five. In turn, Scotland finished at 142 for seven, despite Kyle Coetzer's 62 off 52 balls.

Joyce, who struck six four and three sixes, later said: "We knew 160 would be a par score on a wicket which was good to bat on. So, I am really delighted that I able to hit the sixes which took us to that total which we thought we could defend.

"It was also good to hit sixes off the final two deliveries as twenty20 format is not my strength unlike the 50-over or four-day format. But I think I am playing well and hitting the ball nicely which is good as we approach a very crucial stage of the tournament."

At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Nepal captain Paras Khadka hit an unbeaten 65 and claimed one for 31 to help his side score 24 runs victory over Bermuda.

He later said: "Bermuda didn't play that badly against us but they were always going to struggle to chase down 150 against our bowling. It was a good effort by our bowlers but maybe we could have improved a bit, but that's always the case in any game."


Scores in brief

Group A

Afghanistan beats Canada by 41 runs at ICC GCA Oval 1, Dubai Sports City

Afghanistan 174-8, 20 overs (Samiullah Shenwari 61, Karim Sadiq 36, Mohammad Shahzad 27; Zahid Hussain 3-16, Harvir Baidwan 2-49)

Canada 133-9, 20 overs (Nitish Kumar 38, Samiullah Shenwari 4-14, Dawlat Zadran 2-23)

Man of the match: Samiullah Shenwari (Afghanistan)

Hong Kong beats Denmark by 35 runs at ICC GCA Oval 1, Dubai Sports City

Hong Kong 170-5, 20 overs (Irfan Ahmed 91, James Atkinson 31, Babar Hayat 28; Bobby Chawla 3-19)

Denmark 135-9, 20 overs (Aftab Ahmed 39, Frederik Klokker 27, Kamran Mahmood 25; Kinchit Shah 4-21, Munir Dar 2-18)

Man of the match: Irfan Ahmed (Hong Kong)

Netherlands beats PNG by nine wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

PNG 140-7, 20 overs (Tony Ura 70, Chris Amini 44; Peter Borren 3-24, Michael Swart 2-20)

Netherlands 141-1, 16.1 overs (Michael Swart 59 not out, Stephan Myburgh 52)

Man of the match: Michael Swart (Netherlands)

Nepal beats Bermuda by 24 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Nepal 151-6, 20 overs (Paras Khadka 65 not out, Sharad Vesawkar 44; Curt Stovell 4-25, Josclyn Pitcher2-29)

Bermuda 127-5, 20 overs (Janeiro Tucker 32, David Hemp 26; Shakti Gauchan 3-17)

Man of the match: Paras Khadka (Nepal)

Group B

Ireland beats Scotland by 17 runs at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City

Ireland 159-5, 20 over (Ed Joyce 78 not out, Gary Wilson 26, Alex Cusack 22; Majid Haq 2-18)

Scotland 142-7, 20 overs (Kyle Coetzer , Fraser Watts 33; Kevin O'Brien 3-34, Trent Johnston 2-23)

Man of the match: Ed Joyce (Ireland)

Namibia beats Kenya by seven wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Kenya 108 all out, 18.4 overs (Duncan Allan 40, Collins Obuya 31; Louis Klazinga 4-9, Christoffel Viljoen 2-5)

Namibia 109-3, 16.3 overs (Raymond van Schoor 49 not out, Gerrie Snyman 22)

Man of the match: Louis Klazinga (Namibia)

USA beats Oman by 30 runs Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City

USA 141-7, 20 overs (Sushil Nadkarni 59, Abhimanyu Rajp 20; Zeeshan Siddiqui 2-19)

Oman 111-7, 20 overs (Vaibhav Wategaonkar 30, Adnan Ilyas 24; Japen Patil 3-29, Abhimanyu Rajp 2-23)

Man of the match: Usman Shuja (USA)

Italy beats Uganda by 13 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadum, Sharjah

Italy 131-7, 20 overs (Damian Crowley 44, Carl Sandri 26, Andrew Northcote 23; Jonathan Sebanja 2-14, Deusdedit Muhumuza 2-19)

Uganda 118 all out, 19.4 overs (Charles Waiswa 25 not out, Deusdedit Muhumuza 24; Gareth Berg 4-20)

Man of the match: Gareth Berg (Italy)

 

Teams

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

N/R

Pts

Net RR

Afghanistan

5

5

0

0

0

10

1.764

Netherlands

5

4

1

0

0

8

1.008

Canada

5

3

2

0

0

6

0.396

Nepal

5

3

2

0

0

6

0.328

PNG

5

2

3

0

0

4

-0.005

Hong Kong

5

2

3

0

0

4

-0.196

Denmark

5

1

4

0

0

2

-2.101

Bermuda

5

0

5

0

0

0

-1.292

GroupB

 

Teams

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

N/R

Pts

NetRR

Namibia

5

5

0

0

0

10

1.032

Ireland

5

4

1

0

0

8

1.793

Italy

5

3

2

0

0

6

0.405

Scotland

5

3

2

0

0

6

0.34

Uganda

5

2

3

0

0

4

-0.362

Kenya

5

2

3

0

0

4

-0.897

USA

5

1

4

0

0

2

-0.648

Oman

5

0

5

0

0

0

-1.731




Monday's schedule

Netherlands v Nepal (1000-1300), Global Cricket Academy No.1, Dubai Sports City

Scotland v Italy (1000-1300), Global Cricket Academy No.2, Dubai Sports City

Kenya v USA (1000-1300), Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Afghanistan v Hong Kong (1000-1300), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

PNG v Bermuda (1400-1700), Global Cricket Academy No.1, Dubai Sports City

Ireland v Uganda (1400-1700), Global Cricket Academy No.2, Dubai Sports City

Canada v Denmark (1400-1700), Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Namibia v Oman (1400-1700), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah