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The next stage in the long road to World Cup qualification gets underway in Buenos Aires tomorrow, with Division 3 of the World Cricket League.

  • Hong Kong, fellow qualifiers from Division 4 in Dar Es Salaam, have a good prospect in 21-year old spinner Nadeem Ahmed, and have fleetingly been impressive in the past against weightier opposition, so will be one of the favourites in my book.

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Hong Kong and Afghanistan have both qualified from the World Cricket League Division 4, and will now head off to Argentina for the next stage of qualification for the 2011 World Cup. The two sides are playing each other today, but the result is mainly academic.

Meanwhile, Jersey and Fiji were relegated to Division 5, with Tanzania surviving on net run rate.

For more on the WCL, see here.

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The next stage (Divison 4) of the inaccurately-named World Cricket League gets underway tomorrow, with Jersey and Afghanistan (qualifiers from Division 5 – see highlights here) joining Hong Kong, Italy, Fiji and hosts Tanzania in the battle for two spots in the Division 3 tournament (to be held in Buenos Aires).

  • Afghanistan have a brand-new coach in Kabir Khan, and will have the support of many neutrals due to the obvious obstacles the team have faced.
  • Italy has an interesting cricketing history, but none of the current crop have done much to attract my attention up until now. Here’s hoping that changes over the next few days.
  • Tanzania will be hoping that home advantage has the same positive effect for them that it did for Jersey in Division 5, and following a reasonably successful tour of the UK they might not be too far wrong.
  • Fiji are missing a key player in Neil Maxwell (who is also Brett Lee’s agent), so will be up against it. As with Italy, I’m hoping to learn something about Fijian cricket over the next couple of days.

For more on the tournament, including live coverage, go here.

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Today was all about the minnows. The UAE took on Bangladesh, whilst Hong Kong were up against Pakistan.

The results were never really in doubt, but there were at least some creditable performances. Not least of these was from Hong Kong’s young left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed, who took 4-51, and (as has been mentioned elsewhere) those wickets weren’t exactly tail-enders. In the same match, Sohail Tanvir made 59 (not bad for a No. 9) and took a couple of wickets too.

The UAE shipped 300 against Bangladesh, but Zahid Shah only went for 49 of them, and took 3 wickets for his trouble. Mohammad Ashraful made an unbeaten ton for Bangladesh, whilst Khurram Khan led the resistance for the UAE, making 78 from 81 balls.

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The Asia Cup 2008 gets underway on Tuesday, with the ‘established’ Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and ‘semi-established’ Bangladeshi (no link because the official site ‘may harm your computer‘) teams competing against the ’emerging’ UAE and Hong Kongese sides.

Group A

  • Sri Lanka will be looking to recapture the One-Day form that brought victory over England, but which has been absent more recently. Ajantha Mendis, who I’ve mentioned recently, will be one to watch, and the six over-30’s in the squad will shoulder much of the responsibility as usual.
  • The United Arab Emirates are hoping that a blend of youth and experience will help to produce the kind of performances that suggest they have a good chance of qualification (following good results in the World Cricket League last year) for the 2011 World Cup. Obviously, the UAE will be looking for performances rather than results from this tournament, but they could give Bangladesh a scare if they play out of their skins. Saqib Ali has a first class average of 55, and is likely to be the main source of runs.

Group B

  • India showed both sides of their recent form in the Kitply cup, hammering Pakistan in the group stage, then leaking runs like nobody’s business in the final. Gambhir was impressive throughout the tournament with the bat, and RP Singh, amongst others, continues to show real promise with the ball.
  • Hong Kong, who will be taking part in the World Cricket League Division 4 in October, are almost certain to be unceremoniously crushed by both India and Pakistan. Courtney Kruger could make things slightly more respectable with a few runs, but any difference will be marginal.

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