ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Hong Kong - Team Preview

Babar Hayat (left) will be a key performer for Hong Kong
Babar Hayat (left) will be a key performer for Hong Kong
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Hong Kong will be desperate to feature in the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time when they compete in the Qualifiers tournament in Zimbabwe.

The last time they played in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in 2014, a third-place finish saw them rewarded with ODI status by the International Cricket Council until 2018 and they will be keen to take a step further this time around. Hong Kong had a third-place finish in the ICC World Cricket League Championship held between 2015 and 2017 that saw them qualify to the event in Zimbabwe and having played in short grounds in their country, they are sure to be tested in the slow conditions anticipated.

Babar Hayat is undoubtedly their top performer with the bat along with Anshuman Rath and the duo plundered 678 and 543 runs in the World Cricket League Championship while Nadeem Ahmed with 24 scalps from 11 games will be a key performer with the ball.

The tournament will also see Hong Kong wicket-keeper Chris Carter return back to Zimbabwe - the place where he spent most of the time as a child and he feels his side has the firepower to make it to the Super Six.

“In tournaments like these when you come up against higher-ranked teams, you’ve got to try things and really take it to them," said Carter.

"Everyone in our group we have beaten before. We’ve beaten Zimbabwe prior to the 2014 T20 World Cup. We’ve beaten Afghanistan many times before.

"Scotland, and Nepal we only beat recently in October. So it’s good to have that confidence knowing that we have beaten these teams and we can."

Group: Hong Kong are clustered along Afghanistan, Nepal, Scotland and Zimbabwe in Group B.

Fixtures:

v Scotland, Bulawayo Athletic Club, 6th March
v Afghanistan, Bulawayo Athletic Club, 8th March
v Zimbabwe, Queens Sports Club, 10th March
v Nepal, Queens Sports Club, 12th March

Squad:

Babar Hayat (captain), Ahsan Abbasi, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat, Chris Carter, Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Nizakat Khan, Scott McKechnie, Anshuman Rath, Simandeep Singh, Shahid Wasif.

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