ICC WT20 Qualifier Schedule Announced
The qualifying tournament for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 15th to 30th November.
16 teams will be competing and six will qualify to join the 10 Full Members at the 2014 event in Bangladesh.
Joining the hosts UAE in Group A are Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Namibia, Uganda and USA with Group B comprising Afghanistan, Bermuda, Denmark, Netherlands, Nepal, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Scotland.
Seven venues will be used in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah as UAE hosts the tournament for the third time.
The group winners will automatically qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with the sides that finish second and third in each group playing off to determine the next two qualifiers.
The losers will get a second chance to qualify, however, when they take on the winners of matches between the fourth and fifth-placed sides in the groups.
After the qualifiers have been decided, the group winners will play the winners of the second/third-placed crossover matches in the tournament semi-finals before the final takes place on 30th November.
The qualifiers, along with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will take part in the first round of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with the eight highest ranked Full Members granted automatic qualification for the second round.
"The time has come once again for important and prestigious event on the ICC calendar in which 16 leading members amongst the Associates and Affiliates will vie for the six available places in the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014," Tim Anderson, the International Cricket Council's Global Development Manager, said.
"This final qualifier is the last step of a pathway that comprised 11 ICC regional tournaments during 2012 and 2013, this time we will see six teams gain the opportunity to be a part of the global tournament to be held next year," he added.
David East, Chief Executive of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), said: "We are happy and excited to host the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013 for the third successive year.
"This qualifying event for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 2014 will take place ahead of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2014, an event billed as the finishing school for future stars. The allocation of these two important events is an illustration of the faith and confidence the ICC has on the ECB in producing quality events.
"The ECB will ensure that it lives up to its high standards and will try it make the events memorable for the players, officials, spectators, media and the sponsors."
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