ECB announces friendly matches for UAE men's team ahead of 2020 T20 World Cup qualifiers

Sport360 staff 13:49 03/10/2019
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UAE are getting ready. Image credit - Emirates Cricket Board.

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a series of fixtures for the UAE men’s cricket team which will form a part of their wider development calendar for 2019.

The six T20 fixtures will be held between October 6 to 10 in Dubai and Sharjah and will see the UAE Men’s first team as well as an UAE second XI lock horns against the likes of Bermuda, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria.

The six total matches will help UAE side prepare for the upcoming 2020 T20 World Cup qualifiers which is set to begin in Abu Dhabi on October 18.

The upcoming T20 clashes will not be recognised as warm-up T20 games for the qualifiers by the ICC with the official warm-up clashes set to get underway on October 13.

The 2020 T20 World Cup qualifiers will see as many as 14 teams including hosts UAE, Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands battle it out in the two-week long tournament. The teams have been divided into two groups containing seven sides apiece with UAE drawn alongside Ireland and Hong Kong in Group B.

The top finishers from both groups will secure direct qualification to the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia while also advancing to the semi-final of the qualifiers. Three more teams from each group will then battle it out in a series of play-offs to determine the other four qualifiers for the tournament in Australia.

UAE unofficial warm-up fixtures from October 6 to 10

UAE Men’s First XI

UAE v Bermuda (Dubai International Stadium) – October 7, Monday (14:10GST)

UAE v Papua New Guinea (ICC Academy) – October 8, Tuesday (14:10GST)

UAE v Namibia (ICC Academy) – October 10, Thursday (14.10GST)

UAE XI (second team)

UAE XI v Nigeria (Sharjah) – October 6, Sunday (10:00GST)

UAE XI v Kenya (Sharjah) – October 9, Wednesday (10.00GST)

UAE XI v Bermuda (Dubai International Stadium) – October 10, Thursday (10.00GST)

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