ICC Men’s T20 Qualifier A will begin from February 18 in Oman, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Wednesday. The qualifier will span for a week and will decide the fate for the spot of two teams, who will get to excel into the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup.
The qualifier was previously played as in one part with the participation of 14 teams. But this year, the qualifier has been divided into two segments, i.e., Group A & Group B. Both the groups have been divided into eight teams each, out of which the winner from both the groups will get to participate in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
Group A of the Qualifier will consist of the following teams: Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Nepal, Oman, Phillippines, and the UAE.
The eight teams in each qualifier are then divided into two groups of four, with the top two teams qualifying to the semi-finals after a single round-robin group phase. The top teams in each group will play the second-place finisher in the opposite group in the semi-finals, with the semi-final winners earning a trip to Australia.
The eight-nation competition boasts an experienced Ireland team, who will be up against an in-form UAE, hosts Oman, and Nepal, all of whom have played on the international arena. There is a high chance of a few shocks in the coming week, with teams like Canada, Germany, Bahrain, and the Philippines ready to prove their mettle.
ICC Men’s T20 Qualifier A Squads:
Oman – Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Shoaib Khan, Ayaan Khan, Aamir Kaleem, Sandeep Goud, Naseem Khushi (wk), Khawar Ali (c), Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Zeeshan Maqsood, Khurram Nawaz, Nestor Dhamba, Mohammad Nadeem
United Arab Emirates – Muhammad Waseem, Chirag Suri, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Muhammad Usman, Rohan Mustafa, Kashif Daud, Ahmed Raza (c), Akif Raja, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Basil Hameed, Mohammad Boota, Zahoor Khan, Zawar Farid, Alishan Sharafu
Ireland – Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Shane Getkate, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Harry Tector
Nepal – Gyanendra Malla, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Dipendra Singh Airee, Sharad Vesawkar, Kushal Malla, Lokesh Bam, Kushal Bhurtel, Abinash Bohara, Sandeep Lamichhane (c), Jitendra Mukhiya, Kamal Singh Airee, Shahab Alam, Bibek Yadav, Sagar Dhakal, Karan KC, Pradeep Airee, Aarif Sheikh
Philippines – Jonathan Hill (c), Jordan Alegre, Machanda Biddappa, Sivamohan Reddy, Richard Goodwin, Gurbhupinder Chohan, Grant Russ, Muzammil Shahzad, Henry Tyler, Daniel Smith, Hernie Isorena, Ajeet Kumar, Vimal Kumar, Huzaifa Mohammed, Jean Miguel Podosky
Canada – Ravinderpal Singh, Matthew Spoors, Navneet Dhaliwal (c), Junaid Siddiqui, Shreyas Movva, Hamza Tariq, Dillon Heyliger, Rishiv Ragav Joshi, Jatinderpal Matharu, Salman Nazar, Rayyan Pathan, Kaleem Sana, Harsh Thaker, Saad Bin Zafar
Germany – Dylan Blignaut, Vijayshankar Chikkannaiah, Shoaib Azam Khan, Faisal Mubashir, Justin Broad, Nooruddin Mujadady, Michael Richardson, Venkatraman Ganesan (c), Ghulam Ahmadi, Vishnu Bharathi, Fayaz Khan Nasseri, Talha Khan, Dieter Klein, Muslim Yar
Bahrain – Fiaz Ahmed, Sikder Billah, Haider Butt, Shahi Fahim, Umar Toor, Muhammad Younis, Sarfaraz Ali (c), Imran Anwar, George Axtell, Shahbaz Badar, Prashant Kurup, Waseeq Ahmed, Junaid Aziz, Shahid Mahmood, David Mathias, Sathaiya Veerapathiran