6 teams are all ready to clash in the Africa Final 2019 for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Uganda, with two nations getting only one step away from Australia 2020. The 6 nations will battle in the Africa Final for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as the road to Australia 2020 carries on.
The leading two teams will get a place in the Qualifier for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later in 2019 and will be only a step away from the proper T20 World Cup tournament. Ghana, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria will go nose to nose in Kampala with 15 matches.
Ghana, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria came via sub-regional qualifiers in 2018 to get to the Africa Final. Here they will be part of a round-robin series that is scheduled from May 19 to May 24.
Every country plays each other once and after the tournament has been concluded, the leading two will go on to play for Africa at the Qualifier for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year in the UAE. Here 5 teams will move forward in Australia to the T20 World Cup in October 2020.
The qualifiers for Africa Final will be joined by UAE, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Hong Kong, Oman, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, and Scotland in the international qualifier, which is scheduled to take place from October 11 to November 3.
The latter six of those teams missed out on qualification to the tournament after being outside the leading ten at the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings. On the other hand, PNG came via the EAP Final in March and the UAE qualified automatically as hosts.
Australia and 9 other leading teams (Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, England, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and West Indies) guaranteed direct entry to the T20 World Cup 2020 after ending in the top 10 of the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.
Gerhard Erasmus, Namibia captain, claimed: “We have been practicing with white-ball for quite some time now having just ended with the WCL Division 2. The team is in good shape and expectantly we can enhance our skills in the T20 format for this series. As we are all aware, T20 cricket can be a make-or-break type of situation, so getting into this series, we surely have to apply ourselves after resetting our minds.”
Karabo Mothlanka, Botswana captain, claimed: “We have been taking a lot of efforts, almost 3 times-a-week as a team with practice matches being conducted even on Sundays.”
Uganda captain, Roger Mukasa, stated: “We have been dedicated with our preparations for a while. Some of our young players in the team went to academies in India, South Africa, and Kenya as part of the preparation for this tournament.”
Ademola Onikoyi, the Nigeria skipper, claimed: “Planning has been our priority from the beginning. The experiences have been wonderful till now from camp back home in Lagos.”
Ghana skipper, Isaac Aboagye, claimed: “Preparation for this series was very good. The team began practicing in the mid-March, with the team also taking part in the T20 league, which was 7-weeks long.”