T20 World Cup: Two more round 1 qualifiers will be played today

Oct 20, 2021: With the ICC T20 World Cup Round One underway, Sri Lanka currently tops the Group A points table, while Scotland tops the Group B points table.

Sri Lanka will face Ireland tonight in the 8th match of the T20 World Cup qualifying round. Sri Lanka played their last match against Namibia which they won by 7 wickets. Ireland played their last match against the Netherlands, which they won by 7 wickets.

The match will start at 7pm (PST) and is being held at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium Abu Dhabi. The squads are;

Sri Lanka

Dasun Shanaka (captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando.

Ireland

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.

Meanwhile, the second qualifier match today will be between Nambia, who will face the Netherlands in the 7th match of the T20 World Cup qualifying round.

The Netherlands played their last match against Ireland which they lost by 7 wickets. While Nambia played their last match against Sri Lanka which they lost by 7 wickets.

The match will start at 3:00pm PST and will be held at and the venue is Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The squads are;

The Netherlands

Pieter Seelaar (c), Colin Ackermann, Philippe Boissevain, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren

Reserves: Tobias Visee, Shane Snater

Nambia

Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams, Picky Ya France

Reserves: Mauritius Ngupita

Meanwhile Pakistan’s campaign in the mega event will begin on the 24th, when they are scheduled to play arch rivals India.

Former Pakistani Test cricketer Tauseef Ahmed believes India will definitely be worried ahead of their highly anticipated clash with Pakistan in the T20 World Cup after the Men In Green made changes to the new squad.

Pakistan included Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali, and Fakhar Zaman as replacements in their 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup.

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz and batsman Haider replaced Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain, respectively, while opener Fakhr, originally named a travel reserve, was replaced by Khushdal Shah.

The dropped players failed to perform well in the National T20 Cup after the New Zealand and England series was canceled. Sohaib Maqsood retained his place in the team but was dropped after suffering a back injury.

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