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Khurram Khan hopes for maximum returns in Intercontinental Cup

The UAE are lying in sixth on 10 points in ICC World Cricket League but only four points behind the teams ahead of them, writes Amith Passela.

Khurram Khan, the UAE cricket captain, is optimistic about his team's chances. Jake Badger for The National
Khurram Khan, the UAE cricket captain, is optimistic about his team's chances. Jake Badger for The National

ABU DHABI // Khurram Khan, the UAE captain, is hopeful they can improve their chances of qualifying for the 2015 ICC World Cup in the away series against Canada in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC World Cricket League (WCL).

Ireland have already secured their place as one of the two teams from the WCL Championship to qualify automatically for the World Cup with the race for the second team still wide open.

The UAE are lying in sixth on 10 points in the WCL but only four points behind the teams ahead of them.

Ireland have taken an unassailable 20 points followed by Holland and Scotland on 15 each, Afghanistan 11, Kenya 11, UAE 10, Namibia 4 and Canada 3.

"Obviously we want to return with as many points as possible to keep our qualification hopes alive in the World Cup," Khurram said.

"The qualification battle behind Ireland is still wide open and if we can get maximum points from the one-day games we will have an excellent chance of achieving our objectives."

The UAE open the tour with the four-day Intercontinental Cup at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground in King City from August 1 to 4.

They play the first two one-day games at the same venue on August 6 and 8, and move to Toronto to play the two remaining matches on August 10 and 11.

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