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Canada faces tough challenge in ICC World Twenty/20 qualifer

By Admin Thursday May 28 2015 in Sports
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Americas Division One Twenty/20 cricket champions Canada is set to face a stern challenge in July.

 

The national side is among 14 teams in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty/20 qualifier in Ireland and Scotland.

 

The contestants have been split into two groups.

 

Canada is in the same cluster with Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya and Oman. The other group comprises Ireland, Nepal, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Namibia and Jersey.

 

The Canadians first match is against Kenya on July 10 at Myreside ground in Edinburgh.

 

The top six associate qualifiers will join the 10 full members in the sixth World Twenty/20 competition from March 11 to April, 3, 2016 in India.

 

Led by veteran all-rounder Rizwan Cheema, the national team swept aside the Americans, Bermuda and Suriname in last month’s regional qualifying tournament in Indianapolis.

 

Meanwhile, 30 youth players from across Canada will gather in Toronto next week for a three-day training camp at Sunnybrook Park in preparation for the upcoming Americas Under-19 World Cup qualifier.

 

The camp takes place from May 28-30.

 

“Most of the players are from Ontario and at the end of the camp, 14 players will be selected for the tournament,” said coach Errol Barrow.

 

Canada, the United States, Bermuda and Suriname will meet in the regional youth tournament from July 4-13 in Bermuda. The winning team will advance to the 16-team World Cup in Bangladesh next year while the runner-up will join Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Uganda and the second best team in the European under Under-19 championship in Nepal later this year to determine which second place side from the five regional qualifying series will book a place at the World Cup.

 

Afghanistan, Fiji and Namibia have already secured World Cup spots.

 

In addition to advancing to the World Cup, the Americas winner has been invited to participate in the West Indies youth 50-over competition in Jamaica this summer.

 

RON FANFAIR

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