UAE eye qualification for Asia Cup 2022

The Qualifiers involving UAE, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Singapore will be hosted by Oman from August 20 to 24

The UAE will be playing in the Qualifiers. — UAE Cricket Official Twitter
The UAE will be playing in the Qualifiers. — UAE Cricket Official Twitter

James Jose

Published: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 5:25 PM

Last updated: Thu 11 Aug 2022, 12:07 AM

After missing out in 2018, the UAE will be looking to make sure they wll be at party when the Asia Cup returns to these shores at the end of this month.

The Asia Cup will be held from August 27 to September 11 and while the heavyweights India and Pakistan as well as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh slot in straight, there is still one place up for grabs. And UAE could make it their own, and get to rub shoulders with the likes of India and Pakistan, if they come through the Qualifiers which takes place from August 20 to 24. Oman was confirmed as the venue for the Qualifiers, by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Wednesday.

“Oman is set to host Asia Cup 2022 Qualifiers from 20th August to 24th August with the UAE, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Singapore competing for the sixth spot amongst test playing nations India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan,” the ACC said.

All the matches will be played at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Al Amerat. If they UAE make the cut, the UAE will slot into Group A with India and Pakistan. They will go up against India in their first match on August 31 in Dubai and against Pakistan on September 2 in Sharjah.

The UAE had missed out in 2018 with Hong Kong taking the spot after the qualification tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pankaj Khimji, Chairman of Oman Cricket and Vice President of the ACC was delighted by the decision of the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) with co-ordinance with Sri Lanka Cricket, to host the Qualifiers.

“We are indeed grateful on being chosen as hosts to stage the Qualifiers of the Asia Cup 2022," said Khimji.

"We assure Oman to be at the top of its hospitality and its facilities for all the teams in the Qualifiers. We also offer sincere thanks to ACC and SLC to select Oman as the venue for the Qualifiers of ACC’s marquee event,” he added.

Teams for the Qualifiers of the Asia Cup booked their berth contesting in the ACC Western Region 2020 — UAE and Kuwait hosted by Oman & ACC Eastern Region 2020 — Singapore and Hong Kong hosted by Thailand.

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