Sat, 11/16/2013

Ireland (2-0) squeaked out the tiniest of victories on Saturday defeating Canada (0-2) by 2 runs in the second match for each team at the World Twenty20 Quaifier in Abu Dhabi. 

After winning the toss, Ashish Bagai tossed the Irish in to bat and quickly had them on the back foot as Junaid Siddiqui (1-30) and Harvir Baidwan (2-29) removed the openers leaving Ireland 29-2. The Irish experience prevailed though as O'Brien brothers carried them to 92-4. The introduction of Jimmy Hansra (2-24) saw to it that the O'briens departed in quick fashion. Still very much a contest, some late hitting from Trent Johnston (39*), Gary Wilson (20) and John Mooney (14*) accounted for 38 runs from the last 18 as Ireland reached 168-5 from their 20 overs. The late flourish undid some great work by Canada's bowlers. 

Canada's chase started in disaster as Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema both were trapped for golden ducks leaving Canada reeling for 0-2. Much like they did in 2010 in Toronto however, Ashish Bagai (67*) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (65) took the fight to the Irish putting on a remarkable 125 for the 3rd wicket hauling Canada right into the game. The highest T20i scores for both men could not have come at a better time as Canada chipped away at the large total with relative ease. With Gunaskera gone trying to make hay, Hansra (22*) joined Bagai and the two kept the score ticking over. With 14 required off the last over, Hansra smashed a six bringing the equation to 5 off 2 but it was a bit too much as Canada fell by 2 runs. 

A spiritied peformance against the tournaments top side will be a boost to Canada but at 0-2 there is a lot to do to make it into the next round. Like Canada, the proverbial '6' continue to struggle as only the Irish remain undefeated. Afghanistan, the other side already qualified for the 50 over CWC, are 1-1 joined by Netherlands. Canada, Scotland and Kenya are all 0-2 and will be looking for a big week after the break. Papua New Guinea, Bermuda and Nepal, coached by Canadian Pubudu Dassanayake, are all 2-0 and making noise in group B. 

Canada's next match is Monday against Hong Kong (2-0)





Sat, 11/16/2013

A lacklustre effort against the United States on Friday see Canada head into Sunday's match against favorites Ireland looking for a much needed win. On Friday, Canada failed to defend a paltry target of 137 as the USA snuck by with a ball to spare. Ireland on the other hand were clincial in disposing of Namibia and they will look to retain their hold on the top of Group A. 

The match can be see live here 


CANADA Probable :  Ashish Bagai,Jimmy Hansra,Hiral Patel,Harvir Baidwan,Jeremy Gordon,Ruvindu Gunasekera,Rizwan Cheema,Kenneth Kamyuka,Henry Osinde,Raza Rehman

Form Guide
Fri, 11/15/2013

A lacklustre effort on either side of the ball has left Canada in a deep hole at the World Twenty20 qualifier in Abu Dhabi today. Batting first and putting up a small total of 137-6, Canada were forced to defend hard but could not pick up enough wickets to stunt the USA charge. Defending 24 off the last 2 overs, the USA chipped away at the total to win the game with one ball to spare. 

Canada take on Ireland tomorrow.


Canada’s plays its first match of the World Twenty20 Qualifier Friday against the United States of America in Abu Dhabi.

The North American rivals lock horns in the tournament opener for both teams as they look to get off to a winning start. Both teams split their warm up matches with Canada defeating Afghanistan before losing to Bermuda while the USA lost to Scotland before beating Nepal.

The two sides last played during the Teacher’s Auty Cup T20 Series in Toronto with Canada winning both T20’s handily. Ruvindu Gunaskera was the inform batsmen for Canada scoring 131 runs in the two innings.

The match can watched live in Canada on and begins at 0500 Eastern Time.



Tale of the Tape :



  • Canada are 7-7-0 all time in the WT20 qualifiers but have never qualified for the big event. The best finish was 5th in 2008.
  • USA are 3-9-0 all time with a best finish of 6th in 2010. USA have also not qualified for the big event.
  • Ashish Bagai tops Canada's batting averages in T20 with 27.70 at 98.1 slightly ahead of Ruvindu Gunasekera's 26.2 at 112.3. Gunasekera is also Canada's leading run getter in the format at 602 from 23 innings.
  • Harvir Baidwan is Canada's leading T20 wicket taker with 32 from 28 games with Rizwan Cheema close behind at 27 from 34.
  • Steven Taylor with 179 runs at 19.9 is the USA's highest run scorer in T20 while Muhammed Ghous

CANADA Probable :  Ashish Bagai,Jimmy Hansra,Hiral Patel,Harvir Baidwan,Jeremy Gordon,Ruvindu Gunasekera,Rizwan Cheema,Usman Limbada,Henry Osinde,Raza Rehman 

USA Probable : Neil McGarrell (Captain), Adam Sanford,Akeem Dodson,Barrington Bartley,Danial Ahmed,Elmore Hutchinson,Fahad Babar,Japen Patel,Karan Ganesh,Muhammad Ghous,Orlando Baker

Wed, 11/13/2013

Canada's second and final warmup match of the  World T20 Qualiifiers ended in a shocking defeat as Bermuda chased down Canada's target of 182 with 3 wickets to spare on the last ball of the innings. 

Batting first behind a swashbuckling 60 (50 balls) from HIral Patel and 28 (13 balls) from Ruvindu Gunaskera, Canada raced to 30-1 inside 3 overs. The pace didn't slow as Ashish Bagai  (47) put on 134 with Patel for the second wicket taking the score to 167-3 before Canada ran out of balls at 182-5 from 20 overs. 

Bermuda were in trouble at 46-3 but recovered behind some stellar middle order batting to get close. With 19 required off the last over, Kwame Tucker and Kamau Leverock took their side over the line with some clean hitting and a bit of good fortune to shock the Canadians. 


The tournament opens Friday with Canada taking on USA. 

Wed, 11/13/2013

Cricket Canada's launch of the inaugural GO TO BAT for CRICKET CANADA Fundraising Dinner has been re-scheduled for Friday, December 13th.

Being held at Trappers Restaurant at 3479 Yonge Street in Toronto on Friday, December 13, 2013, you are invited to join us for a Cash Bar & Hors d’oeuvres, a 3-course gourmet dinner with your choice of entrée (including a vegetarian option) plus wine, DJ entertainment, a Silent Auction, and meet-&-greet Team Coaches and Players.  Proceeds support junior development and our national teams.

Tickets are $100 per person and you will be provided with a charitable receipt for $50.  Dress code is Cocktail Attire. Tickets can be purchased at

Tue, 11/12/2013

Ashish Bagai  hit his maiden T20 half century as Canada cruised to a 7 wicket win over Afghanistan in the first warm up match of the World Twenty20 qualification tournament in Abu Dhabi this morning. Losing the toss and being put into bowl, Canada remainded disciplined with Henry Osinde (1-21), Harvir Baidwan (1-27), Raza Rehman (2-26), and Junaid Siddiqui (1-14) each picking up wickets to have Afghanistan knocked back for 128-5 from their 20 overs. 

Hiral Patel (10) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (39) started cautiously for Canada and with the lost of Patel, the Captain strode in at 3 putting on 67 runs with Gunasekera and 21 runs with Jimmy Hansra (9) to all but chase down the target. Hansra was stumped late but Bagai and Raza Rehman saw Canada through to the end. 

Canada plays its second warm up match tomorrow against Bermuda. 


Mon, 11/11/2013

Canada’s senior men’s team arrived in Abu Dhabi today ahead of the International Cricket Council Twenty20 Cricket World Cup Qualification tournament. The tournament starts Thursday across the UAE with Canada looking to lock up one of six spots for the 2014 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup.

Prior to arrival, in Abu Dhabi, the team spent 10 days in Sri Lanka preparing for the tournament. The gruelling training camp included 4 matches against top Sri Lankan sides as well as rival Scotland. Canada finished with a 2-win and 2-loss record including a convincing 6-wicket victory over the Scots. Coach Gus Logie had this to say about the preparation of the team

“We leave Sri Lanka feeling a lot more confident about our ability to play the T20 format… during the past 10 days we saw a marked improvement in our fitness levels, and skills levels. We tried many different batting and bowling combinations, and we are quite confident that we have a good idea of what works.”

Logie’s men will be put to a quick test early as 2010 Champion’s Afghanistan lock horns with Canada in the first warm up game on November 12th, 2013. Canada take on regional rivals Bermuda in another warm-up on November 13th before the tournament starts in earnest on Friday with a match against the United States of America. Canada has never qualified for the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup, having been unsuccessful at the previous 3 incarnations of the this tournament.

Chief Executive Officer Doug Hannum believes that this time, Canada will get the correct result.

“This qualification tournament represents the culmination of 8 months of training and preparation for the team. As an organization we have thrown all of our support into the team and we believe that they are completely prepared. Everyone with Cricket Canada believes in this team and we are very confident that they will do their best and qualify for the T20 Cricket World Cup next year.”

Canada’s captain Ashish Bagai is playing in his fourth T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The captain, a veteran of three 50 over World Cup Campaigns for Canada believes his team has the right mix to win this tournament.

“Being a Twenty20 short format competition you obviously go in there to finish on top. Our first goal is, however, to qualify, but if you get that far there is no reason any of the top six Associate countries can’t win the tournament…In saying that, it is not going to be easy, we haven’t really had the results we would have wanted in the last year or so. We know there is a lot of hard work ahead, but we are absolutely going in there to win the tournament”

Tue, 11/05/2013

Fans of the Brampton Beast, the new CHL team, will have an opportunity to support Cricket Canada this weekend at the Beast’s three home games being held November 7th, 8thand 10th at the Powerade Centre in Brampton.

Cricket Canada reps will be on hand starting a half-hour before game time to sell their unique, cricket-only 2014 calendars [or click here to purchase], cricket merchandise, and tickets for the upcoming fundraising Dinner to be held on November 29th  at Trapper’s Restaurant in Toronto.  [click here for info and tickets]

If you’re planning on attending one of the games, be sure to check out our exhibit in the arena concourse.  Support cricket development with a purchase!  Great for gifts, too.


Sat, 11/02/2013
Canada will be travelling to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) with a mixture of youth and experience, including the returning captain, Ashish Bagai, who had a brief spell out of the game.
The tournament, scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 15 to 30 November, will see Canada placed in Group A in Abu Dhabi alongside Namibia, Uganda, USA, Italy, Hong Kong, UAE and current champion Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Bagai said: “Obviously, Ireland will be favourites in our group, then UAE has been playing decent T20 cricket lately as well and Namibia, so those three are going to be pretty tough games that could go either way. We are going to be preparing as best we can, we’ve done some homework on them and we know that they are the games we need to win if we want to ensure qualification.”
Canada has been busy preparing for the tournament and the 31-year-old wicketkeeper explained what the side has been up to, saying, “Our preparation has been going pretty well. We finished our season back home in the beginning of October, which was a good timeframe for the qualifiers.
“We then had a couple of weeks off before the team all got together again to train indoors and also have some net sessions. Now the team are in Sri Lanka, we are going to have about 10-12 days in Sri Lanka before we head to Dubai, so, overall the team should be well prepared and in good shape.
“In Sri Lanka, we have Scotland and Kenya here as well, so we are trying to play matches against both of those as well as some matches against some combined first class player teams. Then hopefully we can get something to do with Sri Lanka A as well.”
Canada finished sixth in the previous event, held in the UAE in 2012, and Bagai, although wanting to improve on the side’s previous performance, is keen simply to finish in the top six to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
“Being a Twenty20 short format competition you obviously go in there to finish on top. Our first goal is, however, to qualify, but if you get that far there is no reason any of the top six Associate countries can’t win the tournament.
“In saying that, it is not going to be easy, we haven’t really had the results we would have wanted in the last year or so. We know there is a lot of hard work ahead, but we are absolutely going in there to win the tournament.
“Our first match is against the USA and we play them quite a bit and they are neighbours, so there is a natural rivalry. We going to come out hard against all of the teams but it will be good to get that first one out of the way and hopefully have one win under our belt. We will go into that match confident, as we have had some good battles in the past,” said Bagai.
The team has been working on improving key elements of its game, explained Bagai, who has represented Canada in 62 ODIs and seven Twenty20 Internationals.
“There are a whole bunch of areas that we’ve targeted for our improvement since the last qualifier, I don’t think there is anything there that we are happy with completely, however there are some more than others.
“Fielding has obviously been a concern, and it has been a big focus for the last 12 months or so to lift our standard of fielding. Death bowling is another one that we have been working on, finishing off games. Top of the order has also been a problem, losing wickets early, so like I said all three areas are crucial, the first six overs in the batting department, the last six overs in the bowling department and overall fielding,” said Bagai.
Identifying the players that fans of the game should keep an eye out for, Bagai named a trio of players. “On the bowling side of things we’ve got a player called Jeremy Gordon who previously played for Guyana as well, he’s a quick bowler and not too many teams have seen him.
“He has got some pace and some oomph about him. He’s done really well this season and really matured. He has always had some pace but he has really got some control this year.
“On the batting side, two of our young guys Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera have had decent seasons, Ruvindu particularly, he scored a lot of runs this summer against The Netherlands and UAE. He’s going to be the key for us at the top of the order.”
Canada’s opening match against the USA will be played at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on 15 November.
Canada – Ashish Bagai (captain), Havir Baidwan, Rizwan Cheema, Henry Onsinde, Damodar Daesrath, Abzal Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Jimmy Hansra, Kenny Kamyuka, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq
Thu, 10/24/2013
Some of the very best cricketers from ICC’s Associate and Affiliate members will assemble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month when the 16-team ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) will be staged across six venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. All 16 squads for the event, which will be staged from 15 to 30 November, have now been finalised.
At stake in the UAE will be the six available places in the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, which is scheduled to be played in the first half of next year.
The tournament will see the 16 sides split into two groups of eight, a total of 72 matches will be played over 15 days and the sides that top the two groups at the conclusion of the group stages will automatically qualify for Bangladesh 2014.
The sides that finish second and third in each of the two groups will play cross-over matches with the two winners also progressing to the ICC World Twenty20 2014. 
The sides that finish fourth and fifth in each of the two groups will also play cross-over matches, with the winners of these two matches then playing the losers of the second v third cross-over fixtures; the victors of these matches will then also progress into the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
Ireland will be defending the title it won in 2012, when it, alongside Afghanistan, qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.
Ireland, which missed the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007 but appeared in 2009, 2010 and 2012, has named a formidable side as it has retained no less than 11 players from the 2012 campaign that saw it win the last Qualifier. Returning to the UAE will be captain William Porterfield, Alex Cusack, ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year 2012 George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Max Sorensen and Gary Wilson.
The four new faces in the Ireland squad for this event are Niall O’Brien, Andrew McBrine, James Shannon and Stuart Thompson. O’Brien is a veteran of 58 ODIs and 20 T20Is and is joined by the 20-year-old McBrine ,who featured in the recent ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2012.
Shannon, a 23-year-old middle-order batsman, has appeared for Ireland a handful of times while Thompson, travelled with the side to the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012. 
Afghanistan has named 11 players in the squad who were members of the side that finished runner-up to Ireland last year in the ICC WT20Q. Captain Mohammad Nabi, along with Merwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, Karim Sadiq, Samiullah Shinwari, Shapor Zadran, Dawlat Khan Zadran and Noor Ali Zadran will again be returning with a challenge to guide their side to its third successive ICC World Twenty20.
Peter Borren will once again lead the Netherlands, which played in the 2007 WT20 and upset England in the tournament opener at Lord’s. Other stayers from the 2012 qualifier event, where the side finished fourth, include Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tim Gruijters, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Pieter Seelaar and Michael Swart.
While the Dutch side will be without the services of Ryan ten Doeschate, the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year in 2008, 2010 and 2011, it will be bolstered by returning all-rounder Daan van Bunge. The 31-year-old veteran has represented the men in orange in 37 ODIs and 12 T20Is.
Another popular name in the Associate and Affiliate world, Ashish Bagai of Canada, will be returning to lead the side for the Qualifier after a brief hiatus from the game.
The event will also see the return of Geraint Jones for Papua New Guinea; the 36-year-old will be representing his country of birth once again, having been born in Kundiawa, the capital of the Simbu province in PNG.
Another familiar name that will be seen around the tournament will be the assistant coach of Scotland, the former England all-rounder and current Durham captain Paul Collingwood.
Canada's Captain Ashish Bagai's preview on the CC Report
The player eligibility criteria can be found by clicking HERE.
The tournament schedule can be found HERE.
Afghanistan - Mohammad Nabi (captain), Merwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Afsar Khan, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Karim Sadiq, Samiullah Shinwari, Najeebullah Zadran, Shapor Zadran, Dawlat Khan Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran
Bermuda - Janeiro Tucker (captain), Kamal Bashir, Derrick Brangman, Christian Burgess, Lionel Cann, Allan Douglas II, Christopher Douglas, Terryn Fray, David Hemp, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, Tre Manders, Jacobi Robinson, Dion Stovell, Kwame Tucker
Canada – Ashish Bagai (captain), Havir Baidwan, Rizwan Cheema, Henry Onsinde, Damodar Daesrath, Abzal Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Jimmy Hansra, Kenny Kamyuka, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq
Denmark - Michael Pedersen (captain), Aftab Ahmed, Christo Botma, Basit Javed, Carsten Pedersen, Yasir Iqbal, Frederik Klokker, Pawan Kumar, Kamran Mahmood, Rizwan Mahmood,  Jakob Rubin, Kasper Rubin,  Bashir Shah, Hamid Shah
Hong Kong – James Atkinson (captain), Tanwir Afzal, Irfan Ahmed, Moner Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Waqas Barkat, Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat, Aizaz Khan, Nizakat Khan, Roy Lamsam, Ali Skhawat, Kinchit Shah, Daljeet Singh
Ireland - William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson
Italy – Damian Crowley (captain), Alessandro Bonora, Gareth Berg, Dilan Fernando, Madupa Fernando, Tharindu Fernando, Gayashan Munasinghe, Dinidu Marage, Andy Northcote, Vincenzo Pennazza, Joy Perera, Peter Petricola, Mick Raso, Sujith Rillagodage, Carl Sandri
Kenya - Collins Obuya (captain), Ragheb Aga, Duncan Allan, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Shem Ngoche, Alex Obanda, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Rakep Patel, Steve Tikolo, Hiren Varaiya
Namibia - Sarel Burger (captain), Stephan Baard, Gerhard  Erasmus, Shalako Groenewald, Louis Klazinga, JP Kotze, Bernard Scholtz, Nicolaas Scholtz, JJ Smit, LP Van Der Westhuizen, Raymond van Schoor, Toby Vervey, Christi Viljoen, Craig Williams, Pikkie Ya France
Nepal - Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Amrit Bhattarai, Mahesh Chhetri,  Shakti Gauchan, Subash Khakurel, Avinash Karn, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma
Netherlands - Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Daan van Bunge, Atse Buurman, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Paul van Meekeren, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski
Papua New Guinea – Chris Amini (captain), Charles Amini,  Mahuru Dai, Willie Gavera, Andrew Hicks, Geraint Jones, Chris Kent, Van Vagi Morea, Kila Pala, Pipi Raho, John Reva, Assad Vala, Norman Vanua, Jack Vare , Tony Ura
Scotland – Kyle Coetzer (captain), Richie Berrington, Neil Carter, Matty Cross, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Craig Wallace, Iain Wardlaw
Uganda - Davis Arinaitwe Karashani (captain), Hamu Kayondo Bagenda, Arthur Solomon Kyobe, Brian Masaba, Roger Mukasa, Abram Ndhlovu Mutyagaba, Phillemon Selowa Mukobe, Frank Nsubuga, Richard Gideon Okia, Raymond Otim, Patrick Ochan, Jonathan Sebanja, Henry Senyondo, Almuzahim Hamza Saleh, Charles Waiswa
United Arab Emirates – Khurram Khan (captain), Saqib Ali, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Azam, Nasir Aziz, Amjad Javed, Asim Kurshid, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Naveed, Swapnil Patil, Ahmed Raza, Abdul Shakoor, Kamran Shahzad, Shadeep Silva, Muhammad Shafiq
United States of America – Neil McGarrell (captain), Timroy Allen, Danial Ahmed, Imran Awan, Barrington Bartley, Orlando Baker, Akeem Dodson, Karan Ganesh, Muhammad Asad Ghous, Elmore Hutchinson, Steve Massiah, Japen Patel, Adam Sanford, Srinivasa Santhanam, Steven Taylor
Groups for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013
Group A – Ireland (A1),  Namibia (A2), Canada (A3), Uganda (A4), USA (A5), Italy (A6), Hong Kong (A7) and the UAE (A8)
Group B – Afghanistan (B1), Netherlands (B2), Scotland (B3), Kenya (B4), Bermuda (B5), Denmark (B6), Nepal (B7) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) (B8)
Background of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
The ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier has grown in stature since it was first held in Belfast, Ireland, in August 2008. That event comprised the then six top Associate Members – Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland.
Ireland and Netherlands shared the trophy when the final was washed out without a ball being bowled. The two sides, along with Scotland - which subsequently replaced Zimbabwe - qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2009, which was staged in England. Pakistan won the tournament, beating Sri Lanka in the final.
The UAE hosted the second edition of the tournament in February 2010, which was contested by eight teams, the six sides having T20I status – Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland – as well as the host, UAE, and USA, which was specially invited by the ICC.
After 17 matches over six days at two venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan and Ireland reached the final and qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2010, which was staged in the West Indies and won by England. Afghanistan won the qualifying tournament when it defeated Ireland by eight wickets.
The 2012 edition was also played in the UAE, and was contested by Afghanistan, Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Denmark, Nepal, Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy and USA.
The tournament, played in March 2012, was ultimately won by Ireland who defeated Afghanistan in the final, with both sides making it through to the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, a tournament ultimately won by the West Indies.