Saturday 29 April 2017

Ireland to face Namibia

William Porterfield is hoping to lead Ireland to a hat-trick of ICC World Twenty20 qualifying titles
William Porterfield is hoping to lead Ireland to a hat-trick of ICC World Twenty20 qualifying titles

Ireland will begin their bid for a third successive ICC World Twenty20 qualifying crown against Namibia in Belfast.

Ireland and Scotland are co-hosting this summer's qualifying tournament, which runs between July 9 - when Scotland face UAE in Edinburgh - and July 26, and offers associate nations the chance to progress to next year's ICC World Twenty20 in India.

Ireland are in Group A with Namibia, USA, Hong Kong, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Jersey - and Scotland are joined in Group B by 2010 winners Afghanistan, UAE, Netherlands, Kenya, Canada and Oman.

The top six sides from the 18-day tournament, during which 51 matches will be played, will join the 10 full member teams in India next spring.

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