From today 4 March 2018 to 25 March, 2018 10 teams will play to qualify for 2019 World Cup that will be played in England. In a period of 21 days each team will play against remaining 4 teams and top 3 teams from each group will enter into super sixes. Then each team will play against 3 teams from other group and top 2 teams will qualify for Final as well as for the main round of 2019 World Cup. 10 teams divided into two groups A & B.
Group A: West Indies, Ireland, Netherland, Papua New Guinea, UAE
Group B: Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Scotland
One of the big things of this world cup qualifier is two times champions (1975 & 1979) & the one-time runner-up (1983) West Indies team will also the part of qualifier. But this time it will not easy for West Indies to qualify for the main round because Afghanistan, Zimbabwe & Ireland played good cricket in last few months so if they want to qualify for main round West Indies should play their best cricket.
West Indies: From last 5-6 years two times champions West Indies struggled in the ODI as well as Test cricket. In that period they won T20 World Cup twice (2012 & 2016) but their ODI performance was below par. In that period they changed their captain for 5-6 times also most of the experience players are out of the team they prefer only franchise league & T20 internationals due to this their performance wasn’t good because of that they are part of qualifiers. It won’t be easy for West Indies to qualify. In warm-up game against Afghanistan they bowled out for 110 while chasing 164 and in 2nd warm-up game against young UAE team they bowled out for just 115. So their batsman’s was the main reason behind their failure in last few years. West Indian batting mainly depend on experience Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and young Evin Lewis, Shai Hope while Kemar Roach, Nikita Miller & captain Jason Holder will take care of bowling department.
Windies: Jason Holder(c), Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams
Ireland: Will Ireland play their 4th consecutive World Cup? They also have the good combination of experience & young players. Players like captain William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce & Gary Wilson all played in three world cup. So they have good experience of playing at the big stage that they showed in 2007, 2011 & 2015. Ireland included in group A that also include teams like West Indies, Netherland, Papua New Gunia & UAE. So how they perform against West Indies will show how far they go in this World Cup qualifier. Bowling department will mostly depend on Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase, Barry McCarthy & George Dockrell. Ireland Beat Pakistan in 2007 WC, England in 2011 WC & West Indies in 2015 WC this shows their performance in last 3 World Cup.
Ireland: William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, Niall O Brien(w), Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh
Netherlands: Peter Borren(c), Wesley Barresi(w), Max ODowd, Ben Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Vivian Kingma, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Pieter Seelaar, Bas de Leede, Sikander Zulfiqar, Shane Slater, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe
United Arab Emirates: Rohan Mustafa(c), Ashfaq Ahmed, Ghulam Shabbir(w), Rameez Shahzad, Chirag Suri, Shaiman Anwar, Adnan Mufti, Muhammad Usman, Mohammad Boota, Ahmed Raza, Amir Hayat, Qadeer Ahmed, Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Naveed
Papua New Guinea: Assad Vala(c), Vani Morea, Lega Siaka, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga(w), Charles Amini, Mahuru Dai, Jason Kila, John Reva, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, Tony Ura, Jack Vare
Afghanistan: One of the most improved teams in last 4-5 years. They qualified in 2015 World Cup for the first time but they won only one match that too against Scotland but the performance they gave against West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland & Zimbabwe was fabulous. They have the good combination of bowling as well as in batting department. Rashid Khan & Mujeeb Zadran will play the key role for Afghanistan in this World Cup qualifier. Also, captain Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib & Dawlat Zadran’s support will increase their chances to qualify for 2019 World Cup.
Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad(w), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rashid Khan(VC), Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Zadran, Shapoor Zadran
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe performance was fabulous till 2003 world but after that, they lost their way. But their performance against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka was amazing. They played in all world cup from 1983 to 2015 but their performance was not at that level after an experience of 9 World Cup. Former captain Brendon Taylor back into the national team that strengthen their batting unit also they have the batsman like Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Williams & Sikandar Raza. Also, the bowling unit depends on captain Graeme Cremer, Tendai Chatara and also all-rounder Sean Williams & Sikandar Raza.
Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer(c), Solomon Mire, Cephas Zhuwawo, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor(w), Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams, Blessing Muzarabani, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller
Nepal: Paras Khadka(c), Gyanendra Malla, Dilip Nath(w), Anil Sah, Sharad Vesawkar, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aarif Sheikh, Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi, Sompal Kami, KC Karan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Bhandari, Rohit Kumar, Lalit Rajbanshi
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer(c), Matthew Cross, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Craig Wallace(w), George Munsey, Michael Leask, Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Tom Sole, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheal, Stu Whittingham
Hong Kong: Babar Hayat(c), Ahsan Abbasi, Aizaz Khan, Anshuman Rath, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Scott McKechnie, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Shahid Wasif, Simandeep Singh, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat