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WINNER OF ASIA QUALIFIER COMPETING TO CLAIM 13TH ICC U19 CRICKET WORLD CUP 2020 SPOT

Following Nigeria’s success in claiming an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 spot, the battle for the four remaining places heads to the Asia Qualifier in Malaysia, with six teams vying for the top spot.

Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Singapore and the UAE will compete in the tournament taking place between 12 and 18 April, where the winners will become the 13th team to confirm their place in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2020. This is the second stage for teams in Asia, who due to the depth of strength in the region, competed in a Division 2 in 2018, where Kuwait and Oman qualified to continue their U19 journey.

The direct 2019 regional qualifiers provide teams with a winner-takes-all opportunity to compete in a World Cup. The winner of the Asia qualifier will join Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Zimbabwe in the tournament next January and February.

15 matches will be played across three venues in the Kuala Lumpar area – Kinrara Oval, Bayuemas Oval and Selangor Turf Club.

Malaysia captain Muhammad Amir Azim Bin Abd Shukor shares his thoughts on what cricket can do for participants: “I got introduced to this game by my primary school teacher. My knowledge and love for the sport deepened as I continued to play frequently. Cricket has taught me the true meaning of patience, determination and stamina. I feel thrilled and I can’t wait to get into action alongside my teammates in the qualifier and hopefully onto the U19 Cricket World Cup itself. We have good facilities such as the world-class Kinrara, we are all looking forward to it.”

Kuwait captain Abdul Sadiq is looking forward to representing Kuwait in the competition: “The best thing is having to play with teammates as a single unit representing Kuwait at higher competitive levels. It will be a dream come true to qualify, as we have constantly worked hard for the last four years and I am willing to give it my everything. I used to watch my elder brother play cricket and practice, and got the interest to play myself at the age of 11.”

Singapore captain Aman Desai describes the unpredictability of cricket. “Cricket is an exciting sport. You never know what can happen the next ball. And It is the challenge of playing under pressure that I personally enjoy. Coming from a family where my elder brother and father played cricket, I was exposed to the sport at a young age and since then I never looked back. Being a small nation, we have a well-structured system with a very close-knit community. I look forward to making history and enjoy this once- in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

UAE captain Aryan Lakra shares his experiences of playing cricket in the UAE: “When I moved to Dubai eight years ago, my dad got me into a number of sports, but it was cricket which I liked the most. You get a chance to train with a lot of players you admire on TV whenever they come to the UAE, which has some of the best training facilities in the world. To play in a World Cup would be a dream come true for any cricketer around the world. I would be over the moon if we qualified”.

Nepal captain Rohit Kumar Paudel recalls his first memories of Nepal in an ICC event: “I got introduced to cricket when Nepal played the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2014 in Bangladesh. Team unity and teamwork are my favourite things about cricket. The players are passionate and determined towards the game and there is huge fan following of cricket in Nepal. It would be one of the best moments of my life, as taking our team to the World Cup would make our country proud.”

Oman captain Prathamesh Santosh Kumble said: “Cricket has a spirit of teamwork and responsibility among the youth. This is one of the most important things I realised when my parents enrolled me to a cricket academy at the age of seven in Muscat. Oman is a great place to play cricket we have well-maintained turf grounds, efficient coaches and competitive cricket going on.”

ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Trophy

Fixtures
12 April
: Malaysia v UAE (Kinrara Oval); Kuwait v Oman (Bayuemas Oval); Singapore v Nepal (Selangor Turf Club)
13 April: UAE v Nepal (Kinrara Oval); Kuwait v Singapore (Bayuemas Oval); Malaysia v Oman (Selangor Turf Club)
14 April: Reserve day
15 April: Oman v Singapore (Kinrara Oval); Malaysia v Nepal (Bayuemas Oval); UAE v Kuwait (Selangor Turf Club)
16 April: Malaysia v Kuwait (Kinrara Oval); UAE v Singapore (Bayuemas Oval); Oman v Nepal (Selangor Turf Club)
17 April: Reserve day
18 April: Kuwait v Nepal (Kinrara Oval); UAE v Oman (Bayuemas Oval); Malaysia v Singapore (Selangor Turf Club)

Squad Lists:

Kuwait: Abdul Sadiq (captain), Akhil Sajeev Nair, Faez Ahmed Qureshi, Gokul Sunil Kumar, Govind Sunil Kumar, Hamza Ahmed Qureshi, Jandu Hamoud Amanullah, Jude Saldanha, Meet Bhaysar, Mirza Ahmed, Nomaan Budroo, Muhammad Umar, Muhammad Abdullah Farooq, Zeshaan Jilani.

Malaysia: Muhammad Amir Azim Bin Abdul Shukor (captain), Mohamad Irfaq Bin Wan Yusoff, Mohammad Hakim Bin Harisan, Muhammad Amirul Syahmi Bin Nor Shah, Mohamad Marzukh Hasnan, Mohammad Afiq Syakir Shahruddin, Aslam Khan Malik, Shamsul Ikmal Shamsul Azman, Haiqal Mohd Khair, Vijay Unni Suresh, Wan Amirul Zulkarnain Bin Wan Azman, Iezzat Daniel Fiqry Bin Ahmad, Muhahammad Arief Bin Mohd Yusof, Muhammad Syukri Bin Madeli.

Nepal: Rohit Kumar Paudel (captain), Mahamad Asif Sheikh, Bhim Sharki, Pawan Sarraf, Sundeep Jora, Kamal Singh Airee, Rasid Khan, Rit Gautam, Sagar Dhakal, Surya Tamang, Pratis GC, Kushal Malla, Hari Bahadur Chauhan, Avishek Basnet.

Oman: Prathamesh Kumble (captain), Mohammed Sameer, Joel Biju, Amanpreet Singh Sirah, Joshin Vincent, Azam Ali, Yash Mehta, Arjun Saritha, Sanjaya Raj Ravindra, Sami Al Balushi, Muhammad Muzahir Raza, Jeel Yagnesh Tanna, Neev Jayaprakash Poojari, Adeel Abbas.

Singapore: Aman Desai (captain), Sai Harsha Venugopal, Ishaan Paul Sawney, Yashaswi Agrawal, Aryan Berry, Aiden Brian Sherry, Raoul Sharma, Atharva Rahul Gune, Sathish Kannusami, Vinit Chittesh Mehta, Pramesh Singhavi, Arnaav Karan Chabria, Chandramauli Sridev, Pranav Sudarshan Rajesh Krishnan.

UAE: Aryan Lakra (captain), Aaron William Benjamin, Muhammad Akasha Tahir, Alishan Sharafu, Anand Kumar, Ashwanth Valthapa Chidambaram, Karthik Meiyappan, Mohammed Faraazuddin, Rishab Mukherjee, Niel Roshan Lobo, Osama Hassan Shah, Vritya Aravind, Syed Muhammad Haider Ansh.

ALL TO PLAY FOR IN LAST EVER WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

One Day International (ODI) status and a place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 will be decided this month, as six teams compete in the last ever ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia between 20 and 27 April.

Canada, Hong Kong, Namibia, Oman, PNG and USA will battle it out for places to confirm which league they will be competing in on the road to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The top four teams will earn ODI status and will join Scotland, Nepal and United Arab Emirates in League 2 which is just two steps away from qualification to the 2023 event.

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 will see seven teams play 126 ODI matches across two years with the top three teams earning a spot directly to the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2022.


[[File:Wicket at Lewes Priory Cricket Club.jpg|Wicket at Lewes Priory Cricket Club]]

The bottom two teams from this final World Cricket League Division 2 event will feature in the Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A and B and will join Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Uganda and Vanuatu.

To follow the action from Namibia, there will extensive digital coverage from all 18 matches. Highlight packages will be available via the ICC’s social media channels and the ICC’s Online Media Zone, with live scoring on icc-cricket.com.

The newly appointed Namibia captain, Gerhard Erasmus looks ahead to ICC World Cricket League Division 2 said: “Being the only African country still in the running, we have a duty to represent and grow the game in our country and region. We’ve started our journey with a new Head Coach, Pierre de Bruyn as from January which has resulted in a culture change. That coupled with the return of some senior names in our squad should put us in good stead for the tournament.

“Preparation wise we have had a brilliant tour to Pretoria in which we played six limited-overs matches and got some good results and information on where we are at.”

PNG Captain, Assad Vala is excited to kick-start this tournament: “We were very disappointed in losing our ODI status last year in Zimbabwe so it has been our goal to get it back and get the opportunity to play more International cricket.”

“Preparation for the tournament has been good, we just hosted and won the ICC T20 World Cup EAP Final and are travelling to Pretoria, South Africa for a training camp before arriving in Namibia.”

Canada have previously played in four Cricket World Cups 1979, 2003, 2007, 2011 and their captain Davy Jacobs who represented Mumbai Indians in the IPL in 2011 brings a wealth of experience.

Canada captain, Davy Jacobs who is focused on the importance of the tournament said: “A top four finish will change everything for cricketers back home, and will have a substantial impact on cricket in the country. The expectation is real, we need this. So we will throw everything we have into that tournament in Namibia”.

Hong Kong captain, Anshuman Rath said: “It would mean quite a lot to us if we finish in the top four. We have shown the cricketing world what we are capable of and we as a team are very excited to play and showcase our skills in another ICC event. We have just had a five-day tour to Malaysia where we got three matches in against Malaysia playing XI. Just prior to Namibia we will have a 10-day long tour to South Africa.”

Oman captain, Zeeshan Maqsood is looking forward to the tournament said: “It would be a dream come true and a big achievement for Oman to finish in the top four. We have had great preparation playing two matches against UAE and will have four matches ahead of the tournament in Pretoria.”

USA captain, Saurabh Netravalkar said: “Qualifying for ODI status means an entry into a completely new world of top level professional cricket. It would be a ray of hope for the aspiring youth of the country to consider cricket as a potential full time career. It gives the opportunity for us to build a solid domestic cricket structure as well as the power to try and promote the game bottom up, right from the school and university levels to the national and international levels.”

TOURNAMENT MATCHES

Saturday, 20 April – PNG v Namibia, Wanderers; Canada v Hong Kong, WAP; Oman v USA, Trustco UNITED

Sunday, 21 April – Namibia v USA, Wanderers; Canada v Oman, WAP; PNG v Hong Kong, Trustco UNITED

Tuesday, 23 April – Hong Kong v Oman, Wanderers; PNG v USA, WAP; Namibia v Canada, Trustco UNITED;

Wednesday, 24 April – PNG v Canada, Wanderers; Namibia v Oman, WAP; Hong Kong v USA, Trustco UNITED

Friday, 26 April – Canada v USA, Wanderers; Namibia v Hong Kong, WAP; PNG v Oman, Trustco UNITED

Saturday, 27 April – Final, Wanderers; 3rd v 4th Playoff, WAP; 5th v 6th Playoff, Trustco UNITED

All matches start at 09h30 local time.

Squad Lists:

Canada: David Jacobs (captain), Cecil Pervez, Dilon Heyliger, Hiral Patel, Navneet Dhaliwal, Nikhil Dutta, Nitish Kumar, Ravinderpal Singh, Rodrigo Thomas, Romesh Eranga Don, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Saad Zafar, Srimantha Wijeyeratne, Varun Sehdev.

Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Ehsan Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Kinchit Shah, Ahsan Abbasi, Scott KcKechnie, Ehsan Nawaz, Tanveer Ahmed, Jamie Atkinson, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Shahid Wasif.

Namibia: Merwe Gerhard Erasmus (captain), Stephen Julian Baard, James Milne Bredenkamp, Karl John Birkenstock, Jan Nicolaas Frylinck, Zane Edward Green, Zhivago Groenewald, Jean Pierre Kotzé, Tangeni Joseph Lungamene, Bernard Martinus Scholtz, Johannes Jonathan Smit, Christoffel Viljoen, Craig George Williams, Helao Nafidi ya France.

Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (captain), Khawar Ali, Suraj Kumar, Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah, Khurram Khan, Bilal Khan, Sindo Michal, Muhammad Nadeem, Jay Odedra, Baadal Singh, Jatinder Singh, Aaqib Ilyas, Sandeed Goud.

PNG: Assadollah Vala (captain), Anthony Dogodo Vare, Chad Aiwati Soper, Charles Jordan Alewa Amini, Damien Apa Ravu, Eisa Eka, Hiri Hiri, Jason Kila, Joesph Dawes, John Boge Reva, Kipling Doriga, Lega Siaka, Norman Oreta Vanua, Nosaina Pokana, Rodney Maha, Sese Bau, Simon Kwalahu Atai, Timothy Coyle, Tony Pala Ura.

USA: Saurabh Netravalkar (captain), Jaskaran Malhotra, Steven Taylor, Jan Nisar Khan, Roy Silva, Monank Patel, Timil Patel, Aaron Jones, Hayden Walsh Jr., Elmore Hutchinson, Muhammad Ali Khan, Nosthush Kenjige, Xavier Marshall, Jessy Singh.

TOURNAMENT REFEREE: Gerhardus Pienaar
MENTOR UMPIRE: Langton Rusere
UMPIRES: Claude Thorburn, David Odhiambo, Ravi Angara, Tabarak Dar, Huub Jansen, Allan Haggo, Claire Polosak, Alex Dowdalls

ICC TO WORK WITH INTERPOL IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has met with Interpol, the organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation, to discuss closer working relations as part of its ongoing efforts to combat corruptors in the game.

The General Manager of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Alex Marshall, was at Interpol headquarters in Lyon last week to explore how the two organisations can operate more effectively.

Alex Marshall, General Manager – ICC Anti-Corruption Unit: “The ICC and Interpol are keen on working together and our meetings in Lyon last week were productive. The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries but working with Interpol means we are connecting with their 194 members.

“Our focus is on education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors. Where our enquiries reveal criminal offences have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organisations and this makes Interpol an important partner for us.”

José de Gracia, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Criminal Networks unit: “Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity. Our meetings and cooperation with partners such as the ICC help us shape a collaborative, holistic response.”

THE MALL SET TO CROWN OPENING OF THE ICC MEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will launch with a bang as London’s iconic Mall plays host to a spectacular Opening Party on the eve of the event. 4000 fans and a global live broadcast audience will be treated to a music and sporting spectacular on 29 May in what will be the most celebrated start to a Cricket World Cup ever.

The ‘not-to-be-missed’ live broadcast Opening Party will be a mix of music, dance and some of the biggest names in sport with a winner takes all sporting competition. The glittering event organised in partnership with The Royal Parks within the backdrop of Buckingham Palace, will be live broadcast around the world between 5-6pm British Summer Time with an audience of spectators at the ticket only event.

Fans around the world will get to enjoy the Opening Party too. It will be broadcast live across multiple territories taking the official opening of cricket’s 50-over pinnacle event to homes and communities of millions of global cricket fans.

Tickets will be allocated through a ballot system and applications will open at 10am British Summer Time on Thursday 4 April via http://www.cricketworldcup.com/opening-party and will close at 10am British Summer Time on 1 May with winners being notified on 7 May. Subject to success, each applicant will be limited to two free tickets to ensure a fair process across the ballot stage and tickets will not be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Fans without tickets will not be able to attend the live event on The Mall.

Steve Elworthy, Managing Director at ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, said: “The Opening Party will capture the very essence of what makes this tournament so special and will be hugely exciting for the fans that are lucky enough to attend but also across broadcast we will show the world what they have to look forward to over the next 45 days of cricket action.

THE MALL SET TO CROWN OPENING OF T HE ICC MEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP

“The Mall, with Buckingham Palace in the background, is synonymous with some of the biggest events held in the UK and is instantly recognisable to everyone around the globe. It will be a fitting celebration of a World Cup, cricket and sport with diversity at its core.”

Interest in tickets for the 48 matches at the tournament has been unprecedented with over 3 million ticket applications from 148 countries across six continents truly showing the global appeal of the Cricket World Cup.

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks, said: “The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Opening Party will be a unique and spectacular way to kick off this incredible tournament.

“Millions of people around the world will be watching the excitement unfold in central London and we are honored to be a part of it.”

DESIGNING THE ROADMAP TO CAPTIALISE ON CRICKET GROWTH IN EAP

Designing the regional roadmap for cricket growth to hit new heights across East-Asia Pacific (EAP) was the theme of the ICC EAP Regional Conference in Papua New Guinea last week.

The conference brought together 12 cricket leaders from nine countries including Full Members Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, with collaboration at the core of the agenda.

The conference was hosted at the conclusion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup EAP Final where delegates were able to experience the hosts PNG securing qualification to the global qualifier scheduled for later this year. The three-day conference included a visit to Hanuabada village, the spiritual home of cricket in PNG, to play cricket with local children and to increase understanding of how cricket has become one of the most popular sports in the country with almost 200,000 total participants.

The workshops provided a shared understanding of best practice and tools to overcome challenges. Each Member left the conference with country specific plans to support development of the game and an introduction to new ICC products and services to help them reach new audiences.
ICC Development Manager, Jane Livesey who heads up the ICC team in EAP said: “This conference was all about bringing our members together to collaboratively discuss and design the growth of cricket in the region. We have strong foundations throughout the region to grow the game like we never have before and now we have a collective commitment and plan to make that a reality. I am excited and eager to support and see cricket grow and thrive in all our members.”

Cricket Australia, Junior Formats Specialist, Lachlan Tosh said: “It was great to be a part of the conference. Establishing connections with the wider EAP regional is extremely valuable for the growth and development of cricket in the area. From hearing the discussions over the past 3 days, it is clear that it is an exciting time for cricket in the EAP region.”

The ICC EAP conference visiting Hanuabada village

Cricket PNG CEO Greg Campbell said: “After our time together at the EAP conference in Port Moresby I feel there are exciting times ahead for the region. In particular, it was great to hear about some of the new ICC initiatives being rolled out and to be part of the robust discussions that took place about how we move forward and help each other. It was great to have the Full Members involved and it was successful in outlining how we can move forward as a region.”

Philippines Cricket Association General Manager, Faisal Khan: “It was a great learning experience listening to the views of other members of the EAP region. The ideas shared during the conference will definitely help us move forward and grow bigger and better.”

ICC T20 WORLD CUP 2020 ISSUES EOI FOR SPORT PRESENTATION PARTNER

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a Sport Presentation partner for both the women’s and men’s tournaments, to be held as standalone events across Australia next year.

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 will take place across eight venues in six Host Cities from 21 February – 8 March, followed by the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, to be held across seven venues in seven Host Cities from 18 October – 15 November.

The ICC T20 World Cup Sports Presentation partner will be responsible for producing a high quality and innovative creative plan for sports presentation within the stadia and external concourse areas, and manage and implement the agreed plan throughout both tournaments.

This EOI is intended to attract responses from companies with extensive experience in providing similar services, and with the capability to deliver the tournament vision. Following the EOI process, shortlisted companies will be invited to participate in a subsequent formal tender process.

The full EOI is available here.

Responses should be emailed to procurement@t20worldcup.com.au by 5pm AEST on April 19, 2019.

SAWHNEY TAKES OVER AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Manu Sawhney will assume the position of Chief Executive with immediate effect. Sawhney has been working alongside the outgoing Chief Executive David Richardson for the last six weeks to ensure a smooth transition for the organization. Richardson will remain with the ICC until July as originally planned to oversee the delivery of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Commenting on his appointment Sawhney said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking over the reins from David, who has steered the sport so capably over the last seven years. I am pleased to say he will continue to lead the delivery of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and there is no better person to ensure the event is the greatest celebration of cricket ever.

“I am excited by the opportunities ahead and I am looking forward to working in partnership with our Members, partners and staff to ambitiously accelerate the global growth of the game. Technology, engagement, women’s cricket and driving greater value are key focus areas for us as we consider how we can innovate to transform the sport’s long-term future and create a vibrant and sustainable sport globally.

Manu Sawhney

Richardson added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am pleased with what we have achieved in recent times particularly in creating greater context for all formats of the game.

“The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is the perfect point at which to move on and I am privileged to be able to lead the delivery of this event and I know it will do our sport proud.

“I’d like to wish Manu and the team all the very best of luck for the future.”