BERMUDA

The second lowest-ranked team in the Qualifier at 30th (only Nigeria, at 37, are below them) Bermuda are making their first Global Qualifier appearance since 2013 but their fourth in all. They will be hoping that their group of experienced players can reproduce some of their notable performances from the past decade, during which they have dropped from Division 1 to Division 4 in the World Cricket League.

Bermuda qualified from the Americas sub-region group together with the Cayman Islands. With nine points from six games in the Americas Final which they hosted, they made it to the main qualifiers as the second-placed team behine Canada.


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A number of Bermuda veterans have been selected including 44-year-old Janeiro Tucker, their first ODI captain, and Malachi Jones, who also played in the World Cup in 2007 as a teenager. They will be joined by some of the island nation's most exciting young talents, including 22-year-old Delray Rawlins.

Captain Dion Stovell believes that the tournament could be a turning point for Bermuda's fortunes. "We are here to showcase our talent and we are looking to move Bermuda cricket forward," he said in the pre-tournament press conference in Dubai.

Delray Rawlins The inclusion of the 22-year-old all-rounders trengthens the Bermuda line-up. The first Bermudan to play English County Championship cricket, he played three games for Sussex this season, scoring 58 in his final game in September. Bermuda's highest run-getter in T20I cricket, Rawlins' canny left-arm spin lends an incisive edge to their bowling attack.

Onias Bascome One of the three Bascome brothers in the team, was their highest wicket-taker in the Americas Qualifier, picking up eight wickets in six games. The medium-pacer, who also opens the batting, blends in his youthful exuberance to a side replete with players who are 30-plus.

KENYA

Kenya, once the leading Associate nation, have fallen down the rankings rapidly in recent years and are now 29th in the list. They have only appeared once in the T20 World Cup, in 2007, losing to New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Hence they enter this tournament very much as outsiders in their quest for qualification.

They finished second in the very competitive Africa Finals, losing out to Namibia on run rate.


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They have a good balance of older and younger players, with the experience of captain Shem Ngoche and Collins Obuya alongside young players such as Sachin Bhudia and Pushpak Kerai.

Collins Obuya One of Kenya's greatest-ever players, Obuya's contributions will determine how well Kenya does in this tournament.

Dhiren Gondaria The 23 years old Gondaria already boasts a T20i batting average of 29.08, at a strike rate of 136. He plundered 78 from 47 balls during the 2018 Africa T20 Cup match against Namibia.

NAMIBIA

Having had an excellent 2019 so far, Namibia will go into the tournament as one of the most competitive sides. Ranked 19th in the world, Namibia go into the Qualifier as an assured side. Gerhard Erasmus and his men started the year by winning the World Cricket League Division 2 in April - at the same time securing one-day international status for the first time since 2003 - and going on to win the Africa Region Final in May.

Namibia have not lost a game with T20I status so far, and must be fancied to make it to the T20 World Cup in Australia next year. Overall, they have lost just one out of 12 international games this year.


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With five wins in six games, Namibia finished second in the Africa Qualifier C standings in 2018, behind Botswana, who were unbeaten in the competition. However, in the Africa Region Final earlier this year, Namibia turned the tables.

Namibia have never qualified for the main event, but they came heartbreakingly close in the T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2012, finishing third behind Ireland and Afghanistan who advanced to the 2012 T20 World Cup. They participated in the Cricket World Cup in 2003.

JP Kotze Namibia's first and only centurion in both the limited-overs formats, Kotze is their leading batsman. He has scored 121 runs at 60.50 in three T20I appearances, with an impressive strike rate of 189.06. His sensational 148 against Hong Kong earlier this year was vital in Namibia securing ODI status.

NETHERLANDS

One of the strongest teams going into the tournament, the Dutch side has both the confidence and the ability to qualify for next year's main event.

They have a strong record in T20 World Cups, and although Pieter Seelaar's team are ranked a lowly 18th, they know that position does not do justice to the talent of their squad.


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With a significant number of players who play English county, the Netherlands certainly have great depth of experience in their squad.

However, they have just had five consecutive losses, book-ended by wins over Ireland and Hong Kong, that may have affected the squad's confidence, but they can be expected to be serious challengers for a place in Australia next year.

The Netherlands have qualified for three previous editions of the T20 World Cup, in 2009, 2014, and 2016. Their most succesful campaign was in 2014, when they topped their first round group. They then recorded their second T20 World Cup victory over England, having previously defeated them at Lord's in 2009, although it was not enough to see them through to the semi-finals.

Ryan ten Doeschate A vastly experienced player, with nearly 350 T20s under his belt, the Netherlands will be looking to ten Doeschate to provide stability to their batting. He will also be of invaluable help to Pieter Seelaar, with his captaincy duties.

Scott Edwards The young wicketkeeper-batsman is yet to register his maiden T20I fifty, but has produced several explosive innings. He may well be a player that helps take the Netherlands to Australia.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

16th in the rankings, Papua New Guinea will consider themselves to be among the stronger contenders in the tournament as they try to qualifiy for the T20 World Cup for the first time. They enjoyed a comfortable run in their journey to the Global Qualifier, remaining unbeaten throughout both the East Asia-Pacific Qualifier A and the subsequent East-Asia Pacific Finals.

A higly experienced squad, seven of their 15 players have played at least 30 international games across the two white-ball formats. However, their recent international outings in the 50 over format have not been so successful. They lost all of their eight matches in the Cricket World Cup League 2 in August and September, going down to Scotland, Namibia USA and Oman, all of whom are also playing in this tournament.


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Assad Vala He is not only the team's captain but has been one of their most reliable contributors with both bat and ball. His off-spin has fetched him 10 wickets at 14.80 in T20Is with an economy rate of 6.48. His returns with the bat in the shortest format haven't been very eye-catching so far, but he'll look to turn that around.

SINGAPORE

Having qualified for their first T20 World Cup Qualifier, Singapore have shown some very good form recently.

Competing against teams such as Nepal and Qatar, few would have considered Singapore to be favourites to top the table at the five-team Asia Finals Qualifier, but they won each of their three completed matches (against Qatar, Nepal and Malaysia) to secure the single qualifying spot.

Surendran Chandramohan In six T20 internationals, the 30-year-old has racked up 229 runs at an average of 45.80. In the three matches in the Asia Finals, he scored 108 runs, including a half-century. He then carried that form into the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Nepal at home, scoring 124 runs at 41.33. Singapore will hope that he continues in that form.


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Tim David At 23, Tim David is probably Singapore's most high-profile player, having featured for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. He has a superlative T20I record, with 281 runs from six innings, at 56.20. It was his brilliant 43-ball 77 in the all-or-nothing clash against Nepal in the Asia Finals that set up his side's 82-run win. He also made a fluent 41 in the team's historic win over Zimbabwe in the recent tri-series at home.

SCOTLAND

The top-ranked side in the tournament, Kyle Coetzer's men have their eyes firmly focused on a top-two finish.

At 11th place in the rankings, Scotland are above all of their competitors, and go into the tournament as among the top two or three favourites to win. Scottish cricket recently made its mark on the global cricket stage when they defeated current 50-over world champions England in a one-off ODI last year in Edinburgh.


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They possess a hugely experienced core of players - six players in their squad have played 30 or more T20Is - supported by some up-and-coming younger players.

They come into the tournament with mixed form, having made it to the final of the tri-series in Ireland, before falling one run short against the hosts. Prior to arriving in Dubai they spent a period in South Africa, where they beat the Dolphins twice.

Scotland have appeared in three previous editions of the T20 World Cup - 2007, 2009, and 2016. In 2016, they gained their first win, an eight-wicket victory over Hong Kong in a rain-affected match in Nagpur, but it was not enough to see them qualify for the Super 10 stage.

Calum MacLeod The Glasgow-born batsman played a big part in the ODI win over England, scoring 140* from 94 balls in a high-scoring affair. He also hit a magnificaent 157* against Afghanistan, led by Rashid Khan, on a turning track in Bulawayo during the World Cup Qualifier in 2018. He has not had the same level of success in T20Is, but his ability to sustain a high strike rate throughout big scores will be invaluable.

George Munsey Now an experienced member of the squad, Munsey is still only 26. He made headlines earlier this year, when he struck an incredible 147 from just 39 balls, including 20 sixes, in a T20 for Gloucestershire II. He has carried that big-hitting ability into internationals as well, having so far accumulated 753 runs at 30.12, with a strike rate of 159, in T20Is - this includes a stunning 56-ball 127 against hosts Ireland during the recent tri-series.