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2009 Experience Vital Ahead Of Qualifier

Namibia players celebrate a wicket
Seven players who featured for Namibia in the 2009 event will be playing this year
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Those players who were involved in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier are looking to use every bit of that experience ahead of the 2014 competition.

10 teams are competing for the final two places at the 2015 World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand.

The previous qualifier saw Canada finish as runners-up to Ireland. Ireland have already qualified automatically for the 2015 event but Khurram Chohan is one of only two players still in the Canada squad who featured in 2009.

"I am playing a bit of a mentoring role and it’s really good," he said.

"We have a lot of youngsters in the team, and we are all focused, everyone wants to win the ICC CWCQ and go on to the ICC CWC.  We are hungry to win."

Meanwhile, three players remain from the United Arab Emirates' 2009 squad and one of them is captain Khurram Khan.

"The conditions in New Zealand are completely different to those in the UAE," he said.

"We practice and play mostly on dry wickets, but in New Zealand it swings and seams.

"I think it is going to be a wonderful tournament. There are players capable of playing in and against any international team in the world," he added.

Namibia have enjoyed more consistency of selection since the 2009 and fast bowler Louis Klazinga is one of seven players still in the squad.

He says having a number of players with experience of a qualifying tournament could benefit the African side.

"It is very beneficial for us to have such a large group of players who have participated in previous qualifiers, be it T20 or the 50-over format.

"It is imperative that we provide strong leadership to the young guys on tour and guide them both off and on the field."

The Netherlands have five players who were present in 2009 when they finished fourth to reach the World Cup in India, including Mudassar Bukhari.

"Experience brings something extra to the relatively young squad, especially at a tournament where there is so much at stake," he said.

"After qualifying for the ICC World Twenty20 in November, the preparation in New Zealand has been very good.

"Coach Anton Roux has put a large emphasis on being a strong and fit unit, and that seems to be paying off. We are a better prepared unit that is also much more fit."

Like the Netherlands, Scotland have recently had a change of coaching structure with Paul Collingwood and Craig Wright now leading the side, but Kyle Coetzer is one of five players who played in 2009.

"It's a tough tournament," he said. "We have to win every single game. The conditions in New Zealand are similar to the UK," he added.

All 10 sides in the competition will play warm-up games on Friday and Saturday before the competition proper begins on Monday 13th January.

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