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Hong Kong hoping to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

by Sahir Usman Feb 07, 2018 • 15:23 PM

Feb.7 (CRICKETNMORE) - Hong Kong are in full preparation mode ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier to secure a dream spot to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Hong Kong qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier via the ICC World Cricket League Championship 2015-2017 pathway. Playing 14 fixtures over two-and half-year period, winning eight matches, they secured one of the four qualification spots from the eight teams competing in the last round of competition. 

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From 1982 to 2014, the team have played in 47 matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (known as the ICC Trophy until 2005). During that time, they won 21 matches, lost 25 with one ending in a no-result.

Captain Babar Hayat played six matches in the previous event four years ago in New Zealand, scoring 153 runs in five innings with a high score of 46 not out, and is now looking forward to pitting his wits against other top teams. “I am looking forward to playing against some of the strongest teams in international cricket in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

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“It means a lot to all of us playing in the qualifier playing in front of the world. I am very confident with the boys in the team, everyone is committing themselves to competing hard.”

ICC Media Release

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