Ireland, UAE qualify for 2022 T20 World Cup
The two teams join Australia, who are the hosts and current title holders, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Namibia and Scotland.
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Ireland and UAE are the new teams to qualify for the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup in Australia after registering handsome wins in the semi-finals of Global Qualifier A in Oman.
Ireland have been in all Men's T20 World Cups barring the inaugural edition in South Africa in 2007. For UAE, this is their second time at the event after they made it to Bangladesh 2014.
In the first semi-final in Al Amerat, UAE shattered Nepal's dreams as skipper Ahmed Raza's 5 for 19 reduced Nepal to 107 after UAE posted 175/7. Muhammad Waseem set the tone with a blistering 48-ball 70.
While at the other ground in the same city, Andy McBrine's all-round performance - 36 off 21 and 2 for 24 - saw Ireland thump hosts Oman by 56 runs. Oman were all-out for 109 in reply to Ireland's 165/7.
Ireland and UAE will meet in the final on February 24 to finalise their positions for the First Round of the World Cup. Ireland had a horror start to the Qualifier after they lost to UAE but bounced back against Bahrain and Germany in Group A.
Nepal started the tournament with three consecutive wins against Oman, Philippines and Canada in Group B but they fell short in the semi-final when it mattered the most.
The other two teams' spot at the 16-team T20 World Cup will be finalised in July when Zimbabwe hosts Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, USA, Jersey, Hong Kong, Singapore and Uganda.
The 2022 T20 World Cup will kick off with the match between Sri Lanka and Namibia in Geelong on October 16.