Battle for Pride of the Associates teams

Battle for Pride of the Associates teams

The inaugural Desert T20 tournament between eight Associate nations will begin on January 14 with Scotland taking on Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi.

The teams have been divided into two groups of four each, with the top two making it through to the knockouts. The semifinals and final will be on January 20 in Dubai.

Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia and the UAE are in Pool A, while Pool B comprises The Netherlands, Scotland, Oman and Hong Kong. Of them, Namibia alone do not have T20 International status.

The tournament has been introduced to allow the Associate nations more T20 experience. “The aim of the tournament is to provide an opportunity for our teams to play more competitive men’s T20 cricket,” said Zayed Abbas, Emirates Cricket Board member. “Each of the participating countries is very close in ICC T20I rankings, so we expect the quality of cricket to be very strong.”

The action will begin at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Cricket Stadium before moving to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium for the last two days. There will be two games on all days, at 2pm and 7pm, except on the finals day, when there will be three, starting at 10am.

January 14: Scotland v Hong Kong (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 14: Afghanistan v Ireland (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 15: Netherlands v Oman (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 15: UAE v Namibia (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 16: Oman v Hong Kong (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 16: Afghanistan v UAE (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 17: Ireland v Namibia (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 17: Netherlands v Scotland (Zayed Cricket Stadium)
January 18: UAE v Ireland (Dubai International Stadium)
January 18: Netherlands v Hong Kong (Dubai International Stadium)
January 19: Afghanistan v Namibia (Dubai International Stadium)
January 19: Scotland v Oman (Dubai International Stadium)
January 20: Semifinal 1 A1 v B2; Semifinal 2 A2 v B1 (Dubai International Stadium)
January 20: Final (Dubai International Stadium). Courtesy: WISDEN INDIA

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