ICC Announces Schedule for T20 World Cup Qualifiers

The Emirates Cricket Board will host 7 other nations in February for a chance to qualify for the 2010 Twenty/20 World Cup to be staged in the West Indies.  The tournament will run from February 9-13.  The matches will be held at the Dubai Sports City and Abu Dhabi stadiums.

Group A – Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, USA

Group B – Netherlands, Kenya, Canada, UAE

Schedule

Feb 9th  Canada vs Netherlands

Feb 10th  Canada vs Kenya

Feb 11th  Canada vs UAE

view the full schedule here

The top 2 teams in each group will then play in the ‘Super Four’ round.  The 2 teams that reach the finals will qualify for the T20 CWC in April 2010.

Canada is the 5th ranked team in the tournament based on their finish in the 2008 event.

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Fixtures for 2010 Intercontinental Cup

The ICC has announced the fixtures for the 2009-2010 Intercontinental Cup.  Canada will play three 4-day matches (2 at home, 1 in UAE).

They will travel to the UAE in February to take on Afghanistan, before playing host to Zimbabwe and Ireland in the late summer.

Canada has never won the cup, but have made it to the finals twice.  First in 2004 when they lost to Scotland and again in 2007 – losing out to Ireland.

ICC INTERCONTINENTAL CUP

23-26 Jan – Afghanistan v Ireland, Sri Lanka
25-28 Jan – Kenya v Scotland, Kenya
17-20 Feb – Afghanistan v Canada, UAE
10-13 Jun – Netherlands v Scotland, Netherlands
11-14 Aug – Scotland v Afghanistan, Scotland
11-14 Aug – Ireland v Netherlands, Ireland
21-24 Aug – Canada v Zimbabwe XI, Canada
1-4 Sep – Canada v Ireland, Canada
1-4 Sep – Netherlands v Zimbabwe XI, Netherlands
2-5 Oct – Kenya v Afghanistan, Kenya
6-9 Oct – Zimbabwe XI v Ireland, Africa
13-16 Oct – Zimbabwe XI v Scotland, Africa
25-29 Nov – FINAL (five days), UAE

Can this year be different?  How do you think Canada will fare?

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