Nepal celebrated their qualification for the ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup 2024 on Thursday because of an exciting 7-run conquer UAE within the remaining match of the Asia Regional Qualifier, thereby sealing their place in subsequent 12 months’s showpiece world occasion in Sri Lanka.
Each groups had loved complete victories en path to the ultimate match, but it surely was the younger stars of Nepal that got here out on high in Ajman to say the solitary spot open to Asian groups by means of the regional qualification pathway, incomes their first look on the U19 Males’s World Cup since 2016.
The dramatic tie noticed each groups wrestle for management all through earlier than Nepal snatched victory because of a shocking penultimate over hattrick from left-arm spinner Dipesh Kandel.
Batting first, Nepal made a stuttering begin, shedding three wickets early to UAE’s frontline bowlers. Captain Dev Khanal (51 from 84 balls) got here to the crease beneath stress however stabilized the group within the center overs earlier than the UAE bowlers, together with the spectacular Dhruv Parashar (three wickets for 18), fought again as soon as extra to bowl the guests out for 191.
UAE’s opening batsmen made a strong begin in reply, however quickly misplaced three wickets of their very own in fast succession, together with skipper Aayan Khan. Ethan D’Souza (50 from 66 balls) steadied the ship with a measured half-century and regarded to have set the foundations for victory, earlier than Kandel returned to storm by means of the decrease order batters, securing a well-known victory with a hattrick within the forty ninthth over to skittle UAE for 184.
Kandel earned the Participant of the Match Award for his heroics, with figures of 5 for 31 from his ten overs.
Victory sees Nepal turn into the twelfth group to substantiate their spot on the occasion, alongside 11 nations that mechanically certified by advantage of being the best-placed Full Member groups from the earlier version in 2022 when India claimed the trophy within the West Indies.
Talking following the match, Nepal Head Coach, Jagat Bahadur Tamara, stated, “It felt as if we had been twenty runs quick once we completed our innings, however we clawed this again because of our glorious bowling and fielding.
“At the moment’s victory caps a massively profitable Qualifier for us. We’ve got come up in opposition to loads of proficient cricketers through the previous week, however for us to win having gone by means of the occasion undefeated highlights the wealth of expertise we possess inside this group.
“We labored extremely laborious within the build-up to the Qualifier to provide ourselves the very best likelihood of securing a spot on the ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup 2024, and we’re excited by the prospect of arising in opposition to the strongest groups and one of the best younger gamers on this planet in Sri Lanka subsequent 12 months.”
The ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup 2024 will see the world’s most enjoyable younger expertise take to the sphere, and the occasion has a wealthy legacy of forging the long run stars of the lads’s sport. The fifteenth version of the event sees it return to Sri Lanka for the primary time since 2006.
With 4 additional Regional Qualifiers to comply with within the coming months, consideration now turns to the East Asia Pacific Area, the place seven groups head to Australia aiming to be the following group to substantiate their passage by means of to the ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup, together with earlier qualifiers Fiji, Japan, PNG and New Zealand.
Remaining Qualifying Occasions for the ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup 2024
EAP Regional Qualifier, 12-21 June 2023, Australia. Competing Groups: Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu
Africa Regional Qualifier, 23-29 July 2023, Tanzania. Competing Groups: Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda
Europe Regional Qualifier, 6-12 August, Netherlands. Competing Groups: Guernsey, Italy, Jersey, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland
Americas Regional Qualifier, August 11-17, Canada. Competing Groups: Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Suriname, USA
ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup 2024 Qualification Construction
16 groups might be competing on the ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup Sri Lanka 2024 over 41 matches. 11 groups have mechanically certified for the occasion because the best-placed Full Member nations from the earlier occasion in 2022. These are Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Eire, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
The remaining 5 spots might be decided by means of regional qualification pathways, with one group from every area securing a spot on the occasion.
The Americas and EAP every host one qualifying occasion in 2023, with the winner of every occasion sealing a spot on the U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup Sri Lanka 2024.
The Africa, Asia and Europe areas every have a two-step qualification construction. These areas hosted Division 2 Qualifiers in 2022 to find out the groups that might compete within the second and remaining qualifying occasion, the Regional Qualifier, with occasions happening in 2023.
Solely the successful groups from the Regional Qualifiers will qualify to compete on the U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup Sri Lanka 2024.