UAE take on Oman in T20 qualifiers opener
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Dubai - Six teams from the tournament will qualify for the World Cup in Australia in 2020
The UAE will take on Oman in their opening fixture of the ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers to be held in the country, the ICC confirmed on Tuesday.
The qualifiers, for the T20 World Cup to be held next year in Australia, will take place in the UAE from October 18 to November 2.
The hosts have been placed in Group B alongside Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria. The UAE's tournament opener will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 18.
Fourteen teams will battle it out for the six spots on offer for the tournament in Australia, which runs from October 18 to November 15, 2020.
The top two teams from both the groups will make it to the semifinals while also gaining entry to the T20 World Cup. Three teams each from both groups will be involved in play-offs for the remaining four berths.
The six teams will join 10 teams - India, Pakistan, hosts Australia, New Zealand, England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, in Australia.
This is the second time that the UAE are hosting the qualifiers after doing so in 2013. The UAE had qualified for the 2014 tournament in Bangladesh after finishing fourth.
"This tournament is the final stage of the qualification pathway to the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia which started in February 2018 and included 61 teams across the five ICC regions," said Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events.
"We are delighted to be working with the Emirates Cricket Board and in the UAE again, since they last played host to the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2014, at world-class facilities in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.?
Group A: Scotland, the Netherlands, PNG, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya, Bermuda
Group B: UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey, Nigeria
October 18: vs Oman, Zayed Cricket Stadium, 7. 30 p.m
October 19: vs Ireland, Zayed Cricket Stadium, 7.30 p.m
October 21: vs Hong Kong, Zayed Cricket Stadium, 2.10 p.m
October 22: vs Jersey, ADC 1, 2.10 p.m
October 24: vs Nigeria, ADC 1, 10 a.m
October 27: vs Canada, Zayed Cricket Stadium, 7.30 p.m
October 29: Play-off 1: A2 vs B3, 2.10 p.m; Play-off 2: A3 vs B2, 7.30 p.m, Dubai International Stadium
October 30: Play-off 3: A4 vs Loser of Play-off 1, 2.10 p.m; Play-off 4: B4 vs Loser of Play-off 2, 7.30 p.m, Dubai International Stadium
November 1: Semifinal 1: B1 vs Winner of Play-off 1, 2.10 p.m; Semifinal 2: A1 vs Winner of Play-off 2, 7.30 p.m, Dubai International Stadium
November 2: Third place Play-off: B1 v Winner of Play-off 1, 2.10 p.m; Final, 7.30 p.m, Dubai International Stadium