5 breakout players from the World Twenty20 Qualifiers
The National staff | December 1, 2013
Ultimately it was a tournament that added a lot of life to the World Twenty20 process by matching up eager competitors in close, very often entertaining, ties. And in the end we saw Ireland, Afghanistan, UAE, Nepal, Netherlands and Hong Kong earn a trip to the first round of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year.
The whole affair proved a nice showcase for associate nation talent, and to put a wrap on things Paul Radley offers up his five breakout performances from the World Twenty20 Qualifiers.
1. Paras Khadka, Nepal
Batting linchpin, seam-bowler, off-spinner, captain and statesman, it was fitting that Khadka was at the crease when qualification for Bangladesh was secured. Deserves to be on a higher stage.
2. Tony Ura, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea confirmed their status as a force at this level by shocking the Netherlands in Dubai. Opener Ura blazed a century as part of his tournament-aggregate haul of 336 runs.
3. Gareth Berg, Italy
A South African who is qualified for England, he may have a tenuous link to Italy. However, he represented them well here, with 213 runs at a strike rate of 158, and valuable bowling, too.
4. Manjula Guruge
The Sri Lankan left-arm seamer does not always get into the UAE side, given their preference for spinners. He showed his worth here, though, as the national team booked tickets to the big show.
5. Munir Dar, Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s success here was not so much of a surprise for students of Asian cricket. Dar, 41 and a left-arm spinner, was their leading force with the ball, taking 17 wickets.
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