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Monday, January 15, 2018

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 2018






ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 2018 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

·        Hosts Zimbabwe to feature on the opening day on 4 March in Bulawayo; Windies to start campaign in Harare on 6 March

·        10 teams to fight out for two available places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which is now 500 days away

·        Netherlands plus three highest finishing Associate Member sides to earn ODI status till 2022

Two-time world champions the Windies will be the star attraction when 10 sides converge on Zimbabwe next month for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, to battle it out for the two remaining places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The announcement marks 500 days to the ICC's pinnacle 50-over tournament, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from 30 May to 15 July.

Queen's Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare and Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe, will share 34 matches between them from 4 to 25 March, with Harare Sports Club staging the final.
The Windies, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, had missed out on automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by finishing outside the top eight on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings at the 30 September 2017 cut-off date. These four sides have been joined by Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Scotland and Papua New Guinea, who finished in the top four of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

The remaining two sides for the Zimbabwe tournament will be confirmed in Namibia from 8-15 February when Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will fight it out in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, with the finalists getting a step closer to cherishing their dreams of playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Eighty-three teams had embarked on the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 way back in 2013 through the ICC World Cricket League, introduced to give the teams outside the top 12 meaningful competition as part of the World Cup qualification.

The 10 teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 are split into two groups of five teams. The Windies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and runners-up of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 form Group B.

Each side will play the other teams in their group once with the top three from the groups progressing to the Super Six stage. The teams each play three Super Six matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage. All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.

The finalists will both progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, whilst the Netherlands (ICC World Cricket League Championship winners) and the three highest finishing Associate Members will earn ODI status till 2022 upon the conclusion of the event.

As such, only matches between Afghanistan, Ireland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the Windies, Zimbabwe and potentially the United Arab Emirates (if they qualify) will have ODI status in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

Hosts Zimbabwe will feature on the opening day of the tournament on 4 March when they will take on the runners-up from the Namibia tournament at the Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo, while the Windies will square-off against the winners of the Namibia tournament on 6 March at Old Hararians Cricket Club in Harare.

Scotland will defend the title they had won at Bert Sutcliffe, Lincoln, New Zealand, in February 2014 when they defeated the United Arab Emirates by 41 runs. Preston Mommsen had won the player of the final for his unbeaten 139.

Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani: "We are tremendously excited to be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 event which will bring some of the world's most talented and gifted cricketers to our beautiful country. As the very proud hosts, we are very passionate about what we do on and off the field and we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure we deliver an extraordinarily memorable tournament.

"While the ultimate goal for the teams involved will be to secure one of the two remaining berths at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, tournaments such as the qualifier event always provide the platform for raw talent and unheralded players to emerge and this can only put the game of cricket in good stead."

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "This will undoubtedly be a competitive and hard fought tournament with two tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup up for grabs as well as ODI status. Seeing four Full Member sides up against our best Associate Member teams who have progressed through qualification will make for some exciting cricket.

"This is the conclusion of a four-year qualification process that began with regional events and progressed through to the global World Cricket League. There is a huge amount at stake for all ten teams battling it out for the remaining two spots at the ICC Cricket World Cup."

Groups:

Group A: Windies (A1); Ireland (A2); Netherlands (A3); Papua New Guinea (A4); ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2) winner (A5)
Group B: Afghanistan (B1); Zimbabwe (B2); Scotland (B3); Hong Kong (B4); ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2) runners-up (B5)

Fixtures (warm-up matches):

Tuesday, 27 February – Afghanistan v Windies, Harare Sports Club (HSC); Hong Kong v Netherlands, Old Hararians (OH); WCL Div.2 (winner) v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), Kwekwe (KK); Zimbabwe v Ireland, Queen's Sports Club (QSC); Scotland v PNG, Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC)
Thursday, 1 March – WCL Div.2 (winners) v Windies, Harare Sports Club (HSC); Afghanistan v Netherlands, Old Hararians (OH); Hong Kong v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), Kwekwe (KK); Scotland v Ireland, Queen's Sports Club (QSC); Zimbabwe v PNG, Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC)

Tournament Proper (first round):

Sunday, 4 March – PNG v WCL Div.2 winner, HSC; Ireland v Netherlands, OH; Zimbabwe v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), Queens Sports Club (QSC); Afghanistan v Scotland, BAC
Tuesday, 6 March – PNG v Ireland, HSC; Windies v WCL Div.2 (winner), OH; Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, QSC; Scotland v Hong Kong, BAC
Thursday, 8 March – Netherlands v WCL Div.2 (winner), HSC; Windies v PNG, OH; Scotland v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), QSC; Afghanistan v Hong Kong, BAC
Saturday, 10 March – Windies v Ireland, HSC; PNG v Netherlands, OH; Zimbabwe v Hong Kong, QSC; Afghanistan v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), BAC
Monday, 12 March – Windies v Netherlands, HSC; Ireland v WCL Div.2 (winners), OH; Hong Kong v WCL Div.2 (runners-up), QSC; Zimbabwe v Scotland, BAC

Super Sixes

Thursday, 15 March – A1 v B1, HSC; A3 v B3, QSC; A5 v B4 (play-off), OH; A4 v B5 (play-off), KK
Friday, 16 March – A2 v B2, HSC
Saturday, 17 March – 9th/10th position play-off, OH; 7th/8th position play-off, KK
Sunday, 18 March – A2 v B3, HSC
Monday, 19 March – A1 v B2, HSC
Tuesday, 20 March – A3 v B1, HSC
Thursday, 22 March – A1 v B3, HSC; A3 v B2, OH
Friday, 23 March – A2 v B1, HSC
Sunday, 25 March – FINAL, HSC



ABOUT THE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER


·        The tournament was known as the ICC Trophy until 2005 and started in 1979

·        Four Test sides, Bangladesh (1997), Ireland (2009), Sri Lanka (1979), and Zimbabwe (1982, 1986 and 1990), have previously won the tournament. Other winners are the Netherlands (2001), Scotland (2005 and 2014) and United Arab Emirates (1994)

·        The Netherlands and Papua New Guinea are the only sides who have featured in all tournaments since 1979

·        For the 2018 event, the Windies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and runners-up of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 form Group B.
 
·        Each side will play the other teams in their group once with the top three from the groups progressing to the Super Six stage.
 
·        The teams each play three Super Six matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage. All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.
 
·        The finalists will both progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, whilst the Netherlands (ICC World Cricket League Championship winners) and the three highest finishing associate Members will earn ODI status for the next four years till 2022.




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Zimbabwean quick Brian Vitori reported for suspect action again

Brian Vitori, the Zimbabwe pacer, has once again been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, an International Cricket Council release stated on Wednesday (November 30). His action came under scrutiny once again during the tri-series final in Bulawayo against Sri Lanka on Sunday (November 27) which the visitors won by six wickets.
In a game where he bowled nine overs, returning with figures of 3 for 52, in what was his first One-Day International since July 2015, his action came under the scanner in the report that was handed to Zimbabwe's management.
Vitori had received a suspension for the same in January 2016, but resumed bowling in June 2016 after remedial work and a subsequent reassessment that granted him permission for the same.
With the latest reporting, Vitori will have to undergo further testing within 14 days. Until the results of the tests are known, he is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

West Indies reaches Super League quarter-finals after Mankading Controversy #U19CWC



West Indies reaches Super League quarter-finals

·       Beats Zimbabwe by two runs to finish second in Group C behind England

·       Bangladesh tops Group A, plays Nepal in quarter-final in Mirpur on Friday

·       Namibia faces India in second quarter-final in Fatullah on Saturday



 The West Indies took the last quarter-final spot in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016 with a thrilling, but controversial, two-run win over Zimbabwe on Tuesday that gave it second place in Group C behind England.

Zimbabwe, chasing the West Indies' 226 for nine, began the last over needing just three runs to win with one wicket in hand amid mounting tension in Chittagong.

But, West Indies seamer Keemo Paul whipped off the bails before sending down the first ball, catching non-striker Richard Ngarava out of his crease. The decision was referred to the TV umpire who declared Ngarava run-out.


The last-wicket incident proved an anti-climax to what had been an absorbing do-or-die contest between two valiant teams attempting to nail a quarter-final berth. The match was produced by ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters

Zimbabwe, in its run-chase, was reduced to 147 for six following a four-wicket haul by fast bowler Alzaari Joseph, before Adam Keefe (43) and Wesley Madhevere (21) led a remarkable fightback by adding 62 runs for the seventh wicket.

Shamar Springer, who had top-scored with 61 in the West Indies innings, turned his team's hero with the ball by dismissing both batsmen to finish with two for 16 in four overs.

The West Indies will take on the winner of Wednesday's last league match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the fourth quarter-final in Fatullah on 8 February, while Zimbabwe will play Canada in the Plate Championships quarter-final in Cox's Bazar on 5 February.

West Indies coach Graeme West admitted it was a tight match: "It got very tight and we knew that this was a game that was always going down to the wire. A bit of nip and tuck. It (the finish) was certainly not something we had envisaged.

"I can imagine what they (Zimbabwe team) must be going through now. I feel sorry for them because they got themselves into winning positions and then we pulled it back. I share their disappointment.

"Our objective was to progress to the quarters and doing that after a tense game was very pleasing. We are still not there and have to take care of the little things that we are not doing right at the moment."

Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo said he was happy with the way his side had fought in the match. "I am proud of my boys. Restricting the West Indies for 226 on a batting-friendly wicket was a good performance and we were up for the chase. And like any other games, we lost quick wickets under pressure.

"I am disappointed with the way the game ended. I have debriefed the boys in the dressing room and they were all crying. We have explained that technically the run-out is legal. We left it to the last man and we should not have done that. It was a hard lesson and they have learnt it the hard way."

Saleh Ahmed

Meanwhile, Bangladesh topped Group A with an eight-wicket demolition of second-placed Namibia, ending the match in Cox's Bazar in one session itself.

Namibia was dismissed for 65 in 32.5 overs after being sent into bat by Bangladesh with Saleh Ahmed, skipper Mehidy Hasan and Ariful Islam claiming two wickets each.

Bangladesh lost Pinak Ghosh in the first over, but an unbeaten 34 from Joyraz Sheik steered the host to an easy victory in the 16th over.

Bangladesh ended the league with three successive wins and will now play surprise qualifier Nepal in the first quarter-final in Mirpur on 5 February, while another qualifier Namibia, which knocked out defending champion South Africa, will take on India on Saturday in Fatullah for a place in the semi-finals.

Saleh said the comfortable victory had made him and the rest of the team hungry for more.

"We not only want to defeat Nepal in the quarter-final, but also win the semi-final and the final. We want to be the world champion," he said.

Namibia captain Zane Green rued his team's bad batting but vowed to put up a better show against India.

"It was not our best batting performance and a total of 65 was always going to be too little to defend," he said. "We should have added at least 100 more runs to make it competitive.

"But we will stay positive against India and will not back down."

Kyle Verreynne and Liam Smith


South Africa finished third in the group after a 10-wicket rout of Scotland in Cox's Bazar, the first win in the tournament for skipper Tony de Zorzi's men.

Electing to field, South Africa bowled out Scotland for 127 with Dayyaan Galiem, Wiaan Mulder, Sean Whitehead and de Zorzi taking two wickets each.

The South Africans raced to victory in 29 overs without losing a wicket as openers Kyle Verreynne and Liam Smith returned unbeaten with identical scores of 64 not out and in the same number of deliveries (87).

In the Plate Championship quarter-finals, South Africa will play Ireland on Thursday and on the same day, Scotland will meet New Zealand.

"It was good to bounce back in the tournament," de Zorzi said. "We still have a job to do in the matches coming up so it was good to get a win under the belt.

"The guys have shown immense character and responsibility, knowing that we have a lot of people to play for at home. We could not get the results we wanted but we still wear our colours with pride and honour.

"We are definitely determined to win the Plate Championships. The boys know we have a job to do."

Scores in brief:

Group A: Bangladesh beat Namibia by eight wickets in Cox's Bazar
Namibia 65 all out, 32.5 overs (Niko Davin 19; Ariful Islam 2-9, Saleh Ahmed 2-10, Mehidy Hasan 2-12)
Bangladesh 66-2, 16 overs (Joyraz Sheik 34 not out, Fritz Coetzee 2-20)


Group A: South Africa beat Scotland by 10 wickets in Cox's Bazar
Scotland 127 all out, 45.4 overs (Harris McCreath 29 not out; Dayyaan Galiem 2-16, Wiaan Mulder 2-16, Sean Whitehead 2-16, Tony de Zorzi 2-20)
South Africa 129-0, 29 overs (Kyle Verreynne 64 not out, Liam Smith 64 not out)


Group C: West Indies beat Zimbabwe by two runs in Chittagong
West Indies 226-9, 50 overs (Shamar Springer 61, Rugare Magarira 3-28, Wesley Madhevere 2-48)
Zimbabwe 224 all out, 49 overs (Shaun Snyder 52, Adam Keefe 43, Jeremy Ives 37, Wesley Madhevere 21; Alzaari Joseph 4-30)


Wednesday's match:
Group B - Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Mirpur

Quarter-finals (Super League)
5 Feb - Bangladesh v Nepal, Mirpur
6 Feb - India v Namibia, Fatullah
7 Feb - England v Pakistan-Sri Lanka loser, Mirpur
8 Feb – West Indies v Pakistan-Sri Lanka winner, Fatullah


Quarter-finals (Plate Championship):
4 Feb - South Africa v Ireland; New Zealand v Scotland
5 Feb - Afghanistan v Fiji; Canada v Zimbabwe


Points table

Group A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Bangladesh
3
3
0
+2.15
6

Namibia
3
2
1
+0.03
4
South Africa
3
1
2
-0.02
2
Scotland
3
0
3
-2.35
0

Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Sri Lanka
2
2
0
+2.29
4
Pakistan
2
2
0
+1.23
4
Afghanistan
3
1
2
-0.06
2
Canada
3
0
3
-2.64
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
England
3
3
0
+3.26
6
West Indies
3
2
1
+1.35
4
Zimbabwe
3
1
2
-0.03
2
Fiji
3
0
3
-5.15
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
India
3
3
0
+2.58
6
Nepal
3
2
1
+0.03
4
New Zealand
3
1
2
-0.81
2
Ireland
3
0
3
-1.70
0

      Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Zimbabwe win by 31 runs to keep the series alive

Zimbabwe snapped its four-game losing-streak with an emphatic 31-run win over Bangladesh in the third T20 International on Wednesday.


The visitors racked up 187-6, its highest total against Bangladesh, after four straight defeats in T20 cricket.

Bangladesh was restricted to 156-6 after a disciplined performance from Zimbabwe's bowlers.

Zimbabwe got off to a rapid start, thanks to stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda before Shakib Al Hasan (3-32) helped Bangladesh claw back halfway through the middle.
But Malcolm Waller and Sean Williams ensured they would end on a high with a 74-run partnership for the Zimbabweans.

Waller displayed a destructive innings, smashing 49 while Sibanda added 44.
Sabbir Rahman struck 50 for Bangladesh and Nurul Hasan was unbeaten on 30.
Zimbabwe's leg-spinner Graeme Cremer returned figures 3-18.

Experimental Bangladesh look to seal series - Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2016, 3rd T20I at Khulna


Hosts Bangladesh take on visitors Zimbabwe in the third of the four-match Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna today.

Bangladesh bring 3 new comers for last two T20s


 Bangladesh, who won the opening couple of contests at this very venue convincingly, would look to make it three in a row and win the series, thus taking an unassailable 3-0 lead. However Zimbabwe, on the other hand, who have been on the receiving end, will aim for a turnaround and win this tie to stay alive in the series and head for a series leveling contest in the fourth and final T20I a couple of days later.

Considering the performance in the previous game, Bangladesh had a decent outing with the bat, with a couple of batsmen in the form of Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman, who scored above 40 and finished on 43 each, while Rahman remained unbeaten on the score. Other batsmen too contributed decently, with three of them scoring above 20.

Zimbabwe batsmen, on the other hand, struggled with the bat, with skipper Hamilton Masakadza being the top scorer with a score of 30, while opener Vusi Sibanda and Malcolm Waller scored 21 and 29, respectively. The rest of the batsmen folded up for single figures. Mushfiqur Rahim replaced by Taskin Ahmed for remaining Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe T20Is

In the bowling attack, Zimbabwe had a tough outing once again as three bowlers in the form of Taurai Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza and Graeme Cremer claimed a wicket each, while for Bangladesh, most of the bowlers contributed decently, with Sabbir Rahman claiming three for 11 in just 2.1 overs.

Thus, going by the performance of the last game and with the game being held in the same venue, it is most likely to remain a balanced wicket and the teams too would move in with a balanced side. Therefore, Bangladesh would definitely go in with an unchanged side. However, a change in the form of Mahmudullah could be possible, for his poor form with the bat and could well be replaced by Arafat Sunny. Mushfiqur Rahim, who would be missing the tie owing to injury has been replaced by Taskin Ahmed and would be interesting to see if he gets the nod ahead of the game. Sabbir Rahman’s all-round show helps Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 42 runs in 2nd T20I

While Zimbabwe, on the other hand, could possibly make few changes in the form of Sean Williams, Peter Moor and Neville Madziva, and could well be replaced by Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro or Luke Jongwe. Overall, it definitely promises to be a thrilling tie, with both the teams going for the kill.

Squads:                                                          

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Al-Amin Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shuvagata Hom, Arafat Sunny, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahman (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Abu Hider.

Zimbabwe: Tendai Chisoro, Luke Jongwe, Elton Chigumbura (c), Hamilton Masakadza, Peter Moor, Taurai Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

England aims to end 18-year title drought, seeks easy passage with West Indies from Group C - #U19CWC



England aims to end 18-year title drought, seeks easy passage with West Indies from Group C

·       Fiji prepares to make debut; Zimbabwe the other side in the group

·       Taylor: "We play Fiji in our first game and we won't be taking them lightly and the same goes for Zimbabwe"

·       Lloyd: "We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies"

·       Tuitoga: "We are honored to be the first to represent Fiji in a cricket World Cup, and we want to fight through to the end"

·       ICC U19 Cricket World Cup app launched; Event website is now live; ICC to distribute media releases in the lead up to and during the tournament; ICC to provide photographs from warm-up and tournament matches (details below)



England and the West Indies will start as favourites to advance to the Super League Stage from Group C at the expense of Zimbabwe and debutant Fiji in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February.

The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven qualifiers from the Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.

Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate Championship.

England, seeking to end an 18-year drought after winning its only title way back in 1998 in South Africa, reached the semi-finals in the United Arab Emirates two years ago.

The current side is led by Brad Taylor, an off-spinning all-rounder from Hampshire who is one of nine players in the squad to have played county cricket at the senior level. Taylor was appointed captain just ahead of the tri-series in Sri Lanka before Christmas last year, which India won, and he hopes to celebrate his elevation with a good performance in Bangladesh.

"Captaincy is something that came around pretty quickly for me, which makes it even more exciting," Taylor said. "I had not captained the team until we played in Sri Lanka, but I really enjoyed that experience and we're all excited about playing in a World Cup.


"That tournament was really important for us. Conditions in Bangladesh are going to be very different from what we're used to in England, so that allowed us to acclimatise to similar conditions and pitches. We improved with every game we played, and learned lots of lessons."

Taylor also said he expected the West Indies to be the toughest opponent in the group, but refused to take victory against Zimbabwe and Fiji for granted.

"We play Fiji in our first game and we have to concentrate on winning that one first," he said. "We won't be taking them lightly and the same goes for Zimbabwe in our last game. They have shown at the senior level recently that they can still be challenging opponents."

Taylor did not remember England's victory way back in 1998 but sought to be inspired by the side that made the semi-finals two years ago.

"The team did brilliantly in Dubai when expectations before the tournament were not very high. But they put in some brilliant performances, especially beating India to get to the semi-finals. Hopefully we can do as well as them or even better."

The West Indies will be captained by top-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who also took part in the 2014 tournament. He and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph are the only two players in the squad with first-class experience.


Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who is now the chairman of selectors, was confident of a good performance by the teenagers. "We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies."

"We see them as future Test cricketers and this tournament is an opportunity for them to be exposed at the international level against strong opposition," he said.

While Zimbabwe will be led by Brandon Mavuta, Fiji will make its maiden appearance in the tournament under Saimoni Tuitoga, who said his team is excited at the chance of play in a world event.

"We are honored to be the first to represent the nation in a cricket World Cup," Tuitoga said. "It's not going to be easy but we know this opportunity is one that should not be taken for granted and want to make sure that we push the Tier One nations."

"For our families, our coaches and for us we want to make sure that we fight through to the end and at least try and win two of our three group matches. The underdog tag relieves a lot of pressure and expectation from us."

Group C action kicks off from 27 January when England play Fiji in Chittagong. All eyes will be on the England-West Indies encounter which will take place on 29 January also in Chittagong.

Squads:

England - Brad Taylor (capt.), George Bartlett, Jack Burnham, Mason Crane, Sam Curran, Ryan Davies, Aneurin Donald, George Garton, Ben Green, Max Holden, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Moores, Callum Taylor, Jared Warner.
Coach - Andy Hurry


West Indies - Shimron Hetmyer (capt.), Shahid Crooks, Keacy Carty, Michael Frew,  Jyd Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John, Kirstan Kallicharan, Obed McCoy, Gidron Pope, Keemo Paul, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart.
Coach - Graeme West


Zimbabwe - Brandon Mavuta (capt.), Trevvor Chibvongodze, Jeremy Ives, Adam Keefe, Kundai Matigimu, William Mashinge, Wessly Madhevere, Rugare Magarira, Sydney Murombo, Ryan Murray, Richard Ngarava, Akshay Patel, Brendan Sly, Shaun Snyder, Milton Shumba.
Coach - Stephen Mangongo


Fiji - Saimoni Tuitoga (capt.), Josaia Baleicikoibia, Malakai Cokovaki, Petero Cabebula, Jack Charters,  Jordan Dunham, Vaibhav Kapadia, Delaimatuku Maraiwai, Ledua Qionivoka, Samuel Saunokonoko,  Cakacaka Tikoisuva, Peni Vuniwaqa, Sosiceni Weleilakeba, Tuwai Yabaki.
Coach - Shane Jurgensen


Group C schedule
Jan 27: England v Fiji, Chittagong
Jan 29: Zimbabwe v Fiji; Chittagong; England v West Indies, Chittagong
Jan 31: West Indies v Fiji; Chittagong; England v Zimbabwe, Chittagong
Feb 2: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Chittagong

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