Isaac congratulates Scotland
ICC President Alan Isaac has congratulated Scotland for winning the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ) after the side defeated 1994 champion United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the final by 41 runs in a match live-streamed on the official ICC website, www.icc-cricket.com, from the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, on Saturday.
The two teams had secured their positions in the World Cup after recording victories on the last day of the Super Six stage on Thursday, and Saturday's final determined which pool each team will join in 2015.
Scotland will join fellow qualifier Afghanistan, four-time champion Australia, co-host New Zealand, Bangladesh, three-time finalist England, and 1996 champion Sri Lanka in Pool A of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
UAE will be placed in Pool B along with defending champion India, qualifier Ireland, 1992 champion Pakistan, South Africa, two-time champion West Indies and Zimbabwe.
After watching the final, ICC President Alan Isaac said: "Congratulations to Scotland for winning the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier for the second time.
Congratulations go to both Scotland and UAE for a tremendous effort in reaching the World Cup, and for their exceptional performances in the final here in New Zealand. The final was played in the spirit of the game, and I am delighted that fans around the world could enjoy the high standard of cricket displayed by both teams through the online live-streaming."
"I wish the teams the best of luck as they begin their preparations for the World Cup, which is only 12 months away," he said.
Mr Isaac thanked New Zealand Cricket and the venues across the north and south island for hosting the event. "I would like to thank the venues, the ground staff and New Zealand Cricket for their hard work and dedication to making this tournament a great success," he said.
Mr Isaac also thanked the ICC's commercial partners: "To our commercial partners, Reliance, LG, Pepsi, Emirates, Reebok, Castrol, MoneyGram and Hyundai, your ongoing and loyal support is of the utmost importance as we continue to promote cricket around the globe, particularly Associate and Affiliate cricket," he said.
"Lastly, I would like to thank the match officials, the support staff and the players from all ten participating teams for giving their best performances while upholding the spirit of the game. I have no doubt that the players will take a lot of positives from this tournament."
World Cup 2015 CEO John Harnden said: "The Qualifier has been full of action-packed matches and emerging heroes, and in Scotland and UAE we have exciting additions to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015."