START OF THE JOURNEY TO THE NEXT WORLD CUP

The qualifying path to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 started at the end of May in Darwin, northern Australia for the eight countries in the ICC's World Cricket League Division 3.

Hong Kong are Asia's representatives in this Division and they are up against Argentina, the Cayman Islands, Fiji, Italy, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Uganda. The top two teams move up to ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia, in November.

"The idea of the World Cricket League is to give each of the 87 Associate and Affiliate Members a clearly defined pathway to progress and develop in world cricket," says the ICC Global Development Manager Matthew Kennedy. "Our belief is that by exposing these sides to different opponents and different conditions they will improve and take that improvement back into their own domestic structures thereby helping our strong sport grow even stronger by broadening its base to a significant degree."

Filed June 01 2007