International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the schedule for the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup Asia regional finals, to be hosted by Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) from Jul 22nd – 28th, 2019.
Host’s Singapore will compete against Nepal, Malaysia, Kuwait and Qatar for one of the two spots available for qualification from the Asia region into the Global Qualifiers, to be held in Oct/Nov 2019 in UAE. All matches in the regional finals will carry official T20I status and will count towards ranking points in the global T20I team rankings.
UAE and Nepal were involved in a bi-lateral series in Jan/Feb 2019, which included 3 T20I matches, while Kuwait and Qatar played their first T20I matches in the recently concluded Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Western Region T20, held in Jan 2019 in Oman. Singapore and Malaysia are yet to play official T20I status games as yet and if nothing is scheduled prior to the Asia qualifiers, both with make their T20I team debut’s during the tournament.
All matches will be played at the Indian Association Ground in Singapore, where recently the SCA’s Elite player series took place, in which Malaysia’s Virandeep Singh participated along with players from Botswana and Uganda. As previously announced that Malaysia were expected to host the qualifiers and UAE were set to participate before the ICC board meetings held in Mar 2019.
However, the updated schedule for Asia qualifiers does not have UAE listed in the match schedules, so it could be assumed that being the host nation for the global qualifiers, UAE are automatically qualified for the event now and don’t have to go through the regional finals.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Regional Finals Schedule:
|22 July 2019||Singapore vs Qatar||Indian Association Ground||10:00AM|
|Kuwait vs Malaysia||Indian Association Ground||2:30PM|
|23 July 2019||Qatar vs Nepal||Indian Association Ground||10:00AM|
|Singapore vs Kuwait||Indian Association Ground||2:30PM|
|24 July 2019||Nepal vs Malaysia||Indian Association Ground||10:00AM|
|26 July 2019||Qatar vs Kuwait||Indian Association Ground||10:00AM|
|Singapore vs Malaysia||Indian Association Ground||2:30PM|
|27 July 2019||Kuwait vs Nepal||Indian Association Ground||10:00AM|
|Malaysia vs Qatar||Indian Association Ground||2:30PM|
|28 July 2019||Singapore vs Nepal||Indian Association Ground||10:00AM|