Ireland will be playing in the first T20 World Cup qualifying group in Oman this coming February.

The Irish are among eight sides in the first half of the qualifiers, alongside Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Nepal, The Philippines, UAE and the hosts, Oman.

Two places at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia are up for grabs.

While the Irish are strong favourites to progress, one potential pitfall is the proposed format by ICC.

In an effort to cut costs, it is believed there will be two Groups of four with the top two going through to semi-finals, the winners of which would progress to Australia,

Ireland and the stronger nations would much prefer a group of eight, playing each other to cut the chances of being ousted by a shock result.

Simi Singh takes a wicket in Oman: Pic by Ian Jacobs

The games will be played at the Oman Academy grounds 1 and 2, with teams arriving in Muscat on February 15th and leaving on February 25th.

Meanwhile, the second qualifying tournament will be held in Zimbabwe in July.

Hong Kong, Jersey, The Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Uganda, USA and Zimbabwe will battle it out for the remaining two qualification places.

Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians will be the venues, with teams arriving on July 8th and departing on July 18th.