The UAE squad in Christchurch, celebrating the win over Namibia that sealed their qualification to World Cup 2015

UAE have qualified for their second World Cup, their first after 1996. And this time the path was much longer and harder. It took in four years of the World Cricket League, and a challenging World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand with six tough games over 17 days against the best of their peers in order for them to qualify this time. There can be no denying they deserve to be in the next World Cup in March 2015 as one of the four Associates taking part, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland.

Hong Kong narrowly missed out on joining UAE, finishing third behind Scotland in the Super Six stage. Their time may yet come though as, with a young team, they have plenty of scope for advancement in the years ahead. Nepal, beset by injuries to some key players, and with the team physio making way for a Board official on the trip, were unable to continue the barn-storming form that saw them climb up from Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 in 2012 to contention in this World Cup 2015 Qualifier. The ICC confirmed that “by virtue of finishing in the top four of the ICC CWCQ NZ 2014, the UAE, Scotland, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea have attained ODI status until 2018.  They are joined by Afghanistan and Ireland, who qualified directly to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after finishing in the top two of the ICC World Cricket League Championship 2011-13 and securing the first two qualification spots at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.”

The Asia Region has provided two of the four qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup and four of the six for the 2014 World Twenty20.

Filed January 30th, 2014