DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States of America (USA) have advanced to the the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, scheduled to take place in Zimbabwe in June-July.
In the six-team qualifiying tournament, USA and UAE finished in the first and second place respectively. Both teams secured eight points with four victories in their five matches but USA topped the standings due to better net run rate.
Hosts Namibia and Canada finished third and fourth respectively after claiming three wins each from their five fixtures, while Jersey could notch up a victory in five matches.
Papa New Guinea (PNG), on the other hand, failed to taste triumph in all their matches.
Namibia’s Gerhard Erasmus, who enjoyed a scintillating tournament with the bat, adjudged the player of the tournament. He accumulated 279 runs in five games at an average of 69.75.
USA’s Ali Khan, who played a pivotal role in his team’s top-spot finish, was the top wicket-taker with 16 wickets at an average of 12.37.
The 10-team qualifying tournament for this year’s World Cup will take place in Zimbabwe from June 18 to July 9.
The Qualifiers will feature five teams who finished at the bottom of the World Cup Super League (Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies and one of Ireland or South Africa), top three teams from the ICC’s World Cup Cricket League 2 (Nepal, Oman and Scotland) and two teams from the Qualifier Playoff (USA and UAE).