The Ireland Men’s Cricket team get their bid for T20 World Cup qualification underway this morning in the United Arab Emirates.
Over the course of the next eight days, they will play against Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria.
Another seven sides will play in the other group and the Top six teams to emerge will qualify to play in the first group stage of the World Cup itself in Australia in October and November 2020.
Ireland have won this Qualification tournament three of the five times it has been played finishing second and third on the other two occasions.
The chances are good that they will qualify again but nothing can be taken for granted.
This morning’s game can be watched live on Sky Sports with a start time of 11.10 am and tomorrow’s against the United Arab Emirates will get underway, again on Sky Sports at 4.30 pm.
“I am delighted to send this message of support to the Irish T20 cricket team as they prepare for the T20 World Cup qualifiers which begin in Abu Dhabi this week,” said Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Shane Ross.
“We are fortunate indeed to have such wonderful sportspeople representing us on the world stage. Irish cricket has a long and proud history and the last few years have been very exciting ones for Cricket Ireland, particularly with the granting of Test status to Ireland. For Ireland to qualify for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year would be another major achievement for Irish cricket and I wish them every success.”
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