T20 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria, Namibia replace Zimbabwe

Nigeria will take Zimbabwe's place in the Men's T20 World Cup qualifier while Namibia will compete in the Women's T20 World Cup qualifier.

Published: 07th August 2019 09:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2019 09:32 AM   |  A+A-

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By IANS

DUBAI: Nigeria will be replacing suspended Zimbabwe in the upcoming Men's T20 World Cup qualifier slated to be held in October in the UAE.

Nigeria will take the 14th and final spot and will join hosts UAE, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Singapore and two teams from the Americas Final due to be held later this month, ICC stated in a media release.

Nigeria came third in the Africa Men's Final and as such become the third African team in the global qualifier along with Kenya and Namibia, again retaining the regional representation for the event.

Meanwhile, Namibia will compete in the Women's T20 World Cup qualifier, replacing Zimbabwe which was suspended by the ICC in July.

The event which gets underway in Scotland later this month will see Namibia join hosts Scotland, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and the US to compete for the two remaining spots at the 2020 Women's T20 World Cup.

Namibia step into the frame by virtue of their finishing spot in the Africa regional pathway having lost the final of the women's African Qualifier to Zimbabwe.

ALSO READ | ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket over 'political interference'

In a unanimous decision last month, the ICC at its annual conference in London said that Zimbabwe Cricket had not been able to provide a process for conducting free and democratic elections and suspended it.

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