One qualification spot for the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier will be on the line when Singapore, Kuwait, Malaysia, Kuwait and Singapore play here from July 22-28.
The round-robin format will see all five teams play each other once, with the side that finish at the summit becoming one of the 14 teams to play in the United Arab Emirates in October and November for the chance to make next year’s T20 Men’s World Cup.
Kuwait’s captain Muhammad Kashif Shareef’s love of cricket was born during the 1992 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup when Imran Khan’s Pakistan beat England in the final and he has been playing ever since.
He said: “Cricket has always been the ultimate passion for me and my family, especially after the 1992 World Cup. “I joined the local club in Lahore to start playing proper cricket and managed to reach the level of Grade 2 in Lahore – Pakistan before coming to Kuwait as a full time professional. “Domestic cricket in Kuwait is thriving and it is available throughout the year.
Singapore captain Amjad Mahboob is looking forward to his country hosting the qualifiers and hopes his side can take plenty from it, both on and off the pitch. He said: “Cricket is an amazing game that teaches the values of never giving up and persevering to the end. “It is a great opportunity to learn, play and make friends with people from diverse nationalities playing their own unique brand of cricket.”
“Cricket has introduced us to so many different people belonging to various cultures and traditions. Still, this game has united each and every one of us,” he said.
Kuwait Vs Singapore Match details
Where: Indian Association Ground, Singapore
When: 23rd July, 7:00 AM IST
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Kuwait: Meet Bhavsar, Ravija Sandaruwan, Bilal Tahir, Naveed Fakhr, Adnan Idrees, Mohammad Aslam, Muhammad Kashif, Ilyas Ahmed, Mohammad Ashan, Hamoud Jandu, Shiraz Khan, Morshed Mostafa Sarwar, Usman Waheed, Morshed Mostafa Sarwar, Bolal Tahir
Singapore: Manpreet Singh, Anantha Krishna, Chetan Suryawanshi, Navin Param, Anish Param, Timothy Hays David, Janak Prakash’, Rohan Rangarajan, Amjad Mahboob, Vinoth Baskaran, Selladore Vijaya Kumar, Aahan Gopinath Achar, Surendran Chandramohan, Rezza Gaznavi
Expected Playing XI
Kuwait: Ravija Sandaruwan, Bilal Tahir, Muhammad Kashif, Ilyas Ahmed, Mohammad Ashan, Hamoud Jandu, Sanker Varathappan, Meet Bhavsar, Naveed Fakhr, Adnan Idrees, Mohammad Ahsan
Singapore: Chetan Suryawanshi, Navin Param, Anish Edward Param, Timothy Hays David, Janak Prakash’, Rohan Rangarajan, Manpreet Singh, Anantha Krishna, Amjad Mahboob, Vinoth Baskaran,Surendran Chandramohan