Afghanistan: Mohammed Nabi

An all-rounder, Mohammed Nabi is capable of turning a match with both bat and ball. He first came to prominence after hitting 116 against the MCC in India, following which he was offered a place on the MCC's Young Cricketers programme, which has previously included players such as Ian Botham, Phil Tufnell and Mark Waugh.

He became the first Afghanistan player to play first-class cricket when he turned out for the MCC against Sri Lanka A in 2007, top scoring in the MCC's first innings with 43. He was a key player for Afghanistan in the ACC Twenty20 Cup the same year, scoring a 24 ball 50 and taking 3/27 in the final against Oman.

He also has experience playing first-class and List A cricket in Pakistan, where he played for Pakistan Customs. He scored an unbeaten 112 in a one-day match for the team, and currently has a List A batting average over 50. In Division Five last year, he was one of only two Afghan players to score more than 100 runs, and he also took 10 wickets. He starred again in Division Four, taking 14 wickets at the almost unbelivable average of 5.36, winning the player of the tournament award in the process.

Argentina: Hamish Barton

The Argentinian coach, Barton became eligible to represent Argentina in 2008 and walked straight into the team for two matches against the MCC in February, scoring 71 in the first match. He moved to Argentina from New Zealand, where he played first-class cricket for Auckland and Canterbury, also representing New Zealand in two Youth Tests and two Youth ODIs.

He comes from a cricketing family, with both his father and uncle having played first-class cricket. Hamish is the first of them to play internationally. He played three matches in the Americas Division One tournament in Florida late last year, and Argentina were a much better side when he played. He averaged 120.50 with the bat during the tournament and Argentina will be looking for more of the same on their home turf.

Cayman Islands: Pearson Best

Pearson Best started his international career at 36 - an age at which most are ending their international playing days. That debut came in the Cayman Islands first and, to date, only appearance in the West Indies domestic one-day tournament and he scored 66 runs at an average of 16.50.

He has played in every single one of the Cayman Islands matches since then - the 2000 Americas Championship is the only tournament he has missed. He has recently shown that Twenty20 cricket is far from being a young man's game, scoring 101 runs at an average of 33.66 and a strike rate of 127.84 in his three matches in the Stanford 20/20 tournament.

A middle order batsmen who averaged 50 in the Americas Division One Championship, including a century against Argentina, this World Cup qualifying campaign will almost certainly be the end of the 45 year old's international career, and he will be hoping that this isn't the last tournament.

Hong Kong: Nadeem Ahmed

The 21 year-old off-spinner Nadeem Ahmed has played for Hong Kong from Under-15 level upwards, and is the eighth youngest player to have played ODI cricket, making his ODI (and Hong Kong) debut 10 weeks prior to his 17th birthday. Of associate players, only the UAE's Ramveer Rai has played at a younger age.

He played throughout Hong Kong's ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament campaign in 2004/05, taking ten wickets at 27.60 and made his first-class debut in 2005, playing in Hong Kong's first and only ICC Intercontinental Cup campaign. He began to reach his potential in the ACC Trophy of 2006, when he took 11 wickets at 17.09, but he didn't emerge onto the world scene until the Asia Cup earlier this year.

Against Pakistan, he took four wickets inside 21 balls, including the dangerous Shahid Afridi for just four. He finished with 4/51 from his nine overs. He topped the Hong Kong bowling averages in the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite tournament, taking ten wickets at 13.70 and was their top wicket taker in the Division Four tournament in Tanzania late last year.

Papua New Guinea: Jamie Brazier

Papua New Guinea haven't played an international tournament since their gold-medal winning South Pacific Games campaign in 2007 and if they are to go one better than their third place performance in the 2007 Division Three tournament, Jamie Brazier will be one of the main players they will look to.

An all-rounder, Brazier made his debut for Papua New Guinea at the 2001 ICC Trophy tournament, and next played in the 2005 ICC Trophy repechage tournament in Kuala Lumpur, where he was the top run-scorer and also chipped in with his off-spin bowling. His batting in the 2005 ICC Trophy was less useful, but he bowled well, taking six wickets at the average of 21.83.

He was one of the top wicket-takers in his last tournament - the 2007 Division Three tournament - taking 11 wickets at 9.18. His country is one of five teams to have played in every ICC Trophy so far (the others are Bermuda, Canada, the Netherlands and the USA) and he will be hoping that PNG don't join the USA in ending their run.

Uganda: Frank Nsubuga

This 28 year old Ugandan off-spinner has packed plenty of cricket into his career so far, playing in three ICC Trophy tournaments to date, and Uganda will be hoping he plays in a fourth later this year. His international debut came for East and Central Africa in the 1997 ICC Trophy aged just 16, and he was yet to show the promise more recent matches have shown.

He first played for Uganda in the 2001 ICC Trophy in Ontario, taking ten wickets, and hasn't looked back since then, becoming one of the first names on the team sheet for Uganda. An off-spinner by trade, he also has some ability with the bat, showing this the most in the 2007 Division Three final against Argentina when he clubbed 55 from 38 balls to help Uganda recover from a perilous position. He then took 4/27 to lead his team to the title, picking up the man of the match award in the process.

Indeed, he has taken a particular liking to the hosts of this tournament, as he was again man of the match against them in the 2007 Division Two tournament in Namibia, taking 3/10 against them during the pool stage. He was Uganda's top wicket-taker in that tournament. More of the same from him in this tournament could see him take Uganda to a third consecutive ICC Trophy.