Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 February 2020

World Twenty20 Qualifiers Group B primer

Afghanistan and Netherlands highlight the squads in Group B at the World Twenty20 qualifiers going on in the UAE.
Mohammed Nabi at the ICC World Cricket League Championship in Sharjah in October. Pawan Singh / The National
Mohammed Nabi at the ICC World Cricket League Championship in Sharjah in October. Pawan Singh / The National

Afghanistan

Mohammed Nabi was quoted as saying his side will “definitely” qualify from this event. If he genuinely is so confident as to be certain, it is well-founded. Key man: Mohammed Shahzad

Netherlands

Probably the third-best team in the competition, although the gap to Ireland and Afghanistan is larger than it once was. Key man: Pieter Seelaar

Scotland

They were dominated by Afghanistan the last time they visited these shores. With six qualifying berths available, though, they will feel confident a place in Bangladesh is within their reach. Key man: Kyle Coetzer

Kenya

Much was said about the plight of Kenyan cricket when they were thrashed by Afghanistan here last month, but they did bounce back to win the last Twenty20 match against them. Key man: Collins Obuya

Bermuda

In the nine years since they last won qualification to a World Cup, Bermuda have rarely provided any evidence it is about to happen again. Key man: Janeiro Tucker

Denmark

Some of their squad have county experience in the UK, while others have played club cricket there. However, the jump from there to being competitive here is a significant one. Key man: Freddie Klokker

Nepal

Their emergence in recent years may not have the chapters of fairy tales, but Nepal also are a rising force in the Asian game. Key man: Paras Khadka

Papua New Guinea

This team have been one of the ICC’s favourite development projects in recent years. With input from Andy Bichel and Brad Hogg, they have some experience. Key man: Geraint Jones

Updated: November 14, 2013 04:00 AM

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