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2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby The Third Man » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:32 pm

Schedule for this was released today. Zimbabwe should be favourites with home advantage but the West Indies should make sure their big guns make this trip or they could get pipped by Afghanistan.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/595210

Two-time world champions the Windies will be the star attraction when 10 sides converge on Zimbabwe next month for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, to battle it out for the two remaining places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The announcement marks 500 days to the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from 30 May to 15 July.

Queen’s Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare and Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe, will share 34 matches between them from 4 to 25 March, with Harare Sports Club staging the final.

The Windies, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, had missed out on automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by finishing outside the top eight on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings at the 30 September 2017 cut-off date. These four sides have been joined by Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Scotland and Papua New Guinea, who finished in the top four of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

The remaining two sides for the Zimbabwe tournament will be confirmed in Namibia from 8-15 February when Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will fight it out in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, with the finalists getting a step closer to cherishing their dreams of playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Eighty-three teams had embarked on the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 way back in 2013 through the ICC World Cricket League, introduced to give the teams outside the top 12 meaningful competition as part of the World Cup qualification.

The 10 teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 are split into two groups of five teams. The Windies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and runners-up of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 form Group B.

Each side will play the other teams in their group once with the top three from the groups progressing to the Super Six stage. The teams each play three Super Six matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage. All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.

The finalists will both progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, whilst the Netherlands (ICC World Cricket League Championship winners) and the three highest finishing Associate Members will earn ODI status till 2022 upon the conclusion of the event.

As such, only matches between Afghanistan, Ireland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the Windies, Zimbabwe and potentially the United Arab Emirates (if they qualify) will have ODI status in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

Hosts Zimbabwe will feature on the opening day of the tournament on 4 March when they will take on the runners-up from the Namibia tournament at the Queen’s Sports Club, Bulawayo, while the Windies will square-off against the winners of the Namibia tournament on 6 March at Old Hararians Cricket Club in Harare.

Group A: Windies (A1); Ireland (A2); Netherlands (A3); Papua New Guinea (A4); ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2) winner (A5)

Group B: Afghanistan (B1); Zimbabwe (B2); Scotland (B3); Hong Kong (B4); ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2) runners-up (B5)

Fixtures (warm-up matches):

Tuesday, 27 February – Afghanistan v Windies, Harare Sports Club (HSC); Hong Kong v Netherlands, Old Hararians (OH); WCL Div.2 (winner) v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), Kwekwe (KK); Zimbabwe v Ireland, Queen’s Sports Club (QSC); Scotland v PNG, Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC)

Thursday, 1 March – WCL Div.2 (winners) v Windies, Harare Sports Club (HSC); Afghanistan v Netherlands, Old Hararians (OH); Hong Kong v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), Kwekwe (KK); Scotland v Ireland, Queen’s Sports Club (QSC); Zimbabwe v PNG, Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC)

Tournament Proper (first round):

Sunday, 4 March – PNG v WCL Div.2 winner, HSC; Ireland v Netherlands, OH; Zimbabwe v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), Queens Sports Club (QSC); Afghanistan v Scotland, BAC

Tuesday, 6 March – PNG v Ireland, HSC; Windies v WCL Div.2 (winner), OH; Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, QSC; Scotland v Hong Kong, BAC

Thursday, 8 March – Netherlands v WCL Div.2 (winner), HSC; Windies v PNG, OH; Scotland v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), QSC; Afghanistan v Hong Kong, BAC

Saturday, 10 March – Windies v Ireland, HSC; PNG v Netherlands, OH; Zimbabwe v Hong Kong, QSC; Afghanistan v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), BAC

Monday, 12 March – Windies v Netherlands, HSC; Ireland v WCL Div.2 (winners), OH; Hong Kong v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), QSC; Zimbabwe v Scotland, BAC



Super Sixes

Thursday, 15 March – A1 v B1, HSC; A3 v B3, QSC; A5 v B4 (play-off), OH; A4 v B5 (play-off), KK

Friday, 16 March – A2 v B2, HSC

Saturday, 17 March – 9th/10th position play-off, OH; 7th/8th position play-off, KK

Sunday, 18 March – A2 v B3, HSC

Monday, 19 March – A1 v B2, HSC

Tuesday, 20 March – A3 v B1, HSC

Thursday, 22 March – A1 v B3, HSC; A3 v B2, OH

Friday, 23 March – A2 v B1, HSC

Sunday, 25 March – FINAL, HSC

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby bolero » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:38 am

Ireland / Afghanistan can beat West indies on their day. Zimbabwe also strong at home.

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby Leo » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:04 am

Afghanistan & West Indies are my prediction.

Zimbabwe may find their path as they are playing on home ground.

Good Luck to all teams.
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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby The Third Man » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:43 am

I would be very surprised if Zimbabwe didn't get one of the two qualifying spots. Having home advantage aside, they coming off the back of a series win in Sri Lanka last year and with Brendan Taylor available for them again, they are stronger. As I said in OP, West Indies fate depends on whether the likes of Gayle, Bravo etc play because without them they are very, very ordinary and I can see Afghanistan beating them.

As for Ireland, unfortunately over reliance on an aging team has caught up with us and I think this will be a bridge too far. It would be great to qualify for a World Cup so close to home but our form since the last World Cup suggests it won't happen, despite a series win over Afghanistan last month and the appointment of Graham Ford as coach. I don't see any surprises coming from the other six teams. On any given day Netherlands can be dangerous but lack the consistency mount a serious challenge.

My prediction: Zimbabwe and Afghanistan to qualify

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby Tinsel » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:01 pm

Pollard,Narine and Russell’s opt out from Qualifiers

http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/99 ... icket-team

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby The Third Man » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:52 pm

Tinsel wrote:Pollard,Narine and Russell’s opt out from Qualifiers

http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/99 ... icket-team


It's been a while since they have made themselves available for ODIs so no real surprise there.

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby Tinsel » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:56 am

Thurman

Do you have the teams listed together ? I need 4 following team

Afghanistan
Zimbabwe
Ireland
WI (above)

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby The Third Man » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:20 pm

Tinsel wrote:Thurman

Do you have the teams listed together ? I need 4 following team

Afghanistan
Zimbabwe
Ireland
WI (above)


Here's Ireland's squad:

William Porterfield (capt), Andy Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (wk), Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby squarecut » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:29 am

It will be a great achievement for Afghanistan if they can take one of the two qualification berths. Going by ICC ranking, it should be West Indies and Afghanistan, but one cannot be sure because Zimbabwe at home should be a tough proposition. Even Ireland could turn out to be competitive.

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby Tinsel » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:55 am

My friend
Afghanistan too good in Asia but outside of Asia they surrender match after match their big challenge coming up in Harare more than Bulawayo because tricky wickets to bats on there

Plus they are poor in 3/4 day multiday matches because their birth with First class cricket only few years or less ago

Recently Afghanistan beaten in WI and Ireland in limited over matches

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby Boycs » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:30 pm

squarecut wrote:It will be a great achievement for Afghanistan if they can take one of the two qualification berths. Going by ICC ranking, it should be West Indies and Afghanistan, but one cannot be sure because Zimbabwe at home should be a tough proposition. Even Ireland could turn out to be competitive.


Can’t shake the sense that Ireland is weaker than they were a few years back though. Afghanistan is the new giant slayer in the making.

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby The Third Man » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:07 pm

Tinsel wrote:Recently Afghanistan beaten in WI and Ireland in limited over matches


The series against Ireland was in Sharjah

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby Tinsel » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:04 am

Well over -all, Ireland won more than Afghanistan in 50/50 format because Afghanistsn not capable in longer format

ICC should arranges test matches between Ireland vs Afghanistsn, my point is coming up Qualifier
Which will be 50/50

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine ... headtohead

Surely Afghanistan currently best team in T20i format with 7 victory vs 3 vs Ireland

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby Tinsel » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:09 am

The Third Man wrote:
Tinsel wrote:Recently Afghanistan beaten in WI and Ireland in limited over matches


The series against Ireland was in Sharjah

I meant one in 2016 was in Ireland 5 matches ODI
2 win by each team : Draw series but over all Afghanistan good GOLD on paper unless their opposition's are zimbabwe

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby The Third Man » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:54 pm

Tinsel wrote:Well over -all, Ireland won more than Afghanistan in 50/50 format because Afghanistsn not capable in longer format

ICC should arranges test matches between Ireland vs Afghanistsn, my point is coming up Qualifier
Which will be 50/50

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine ... headtohead

Surely Afghanistan currently best team in T20i format with 7 victory vs 3 vs Ireland


Afghanistan won the Inter Continental Cup last year so they are useful at red ball cricket as well.

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Re: 2019 World Cup Qualifiers March 4 - 25 in Zimbabwe

Postby raja » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:43 am

The big news for me (which I read about only yesterday) is that Nepal has qualified for the qualifiers.
Apparently they won a cliffhanger of a game from an almost hopeless position (9 down!) against Canada.
Earlier in the tournament too, Nepal had won two absolutely nail-biting games.

Happy for them.

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Cricket minnows Nepal have moved a step closer to qualifying for next year's Cricket World Cup after advancing to the qualifying tournament.

The Nepal team secured a spot in the next phase of qualifying after a one wicket win over Canada to finish top on the ICC World Cricket League Division Two competition.

They will now face United Arab Emirates in the Division Two final. With both nations advancing to the qualifying tournament, their next match will decide which pools they will be in.

The qualifying tournament which takes place next month in Zimbabwe features West Indies, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.

The top team sides will advance to next year's Cricket World Cup in England.

The West Indies will be strong favourites to advance to the World Cup.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/ar ... d=11994911