CANADA

A side with a rich history but a very poor recent past, Canada have a point to prove in the UAE. Despite having made their World Cup debut in 1975, Canada so far have been unable to qualify for the T20 World Cup. They have qualified for the T20 Global Qualifier on four occasions in the past, but have never managed to go further. The side ranked 24th will be hoping to make history this time.

Canada's confidence will be high after winning the Americas Final in August. Having finished second to the USA in the Americas Regional Qualifier in 2018, missing out on the top spot by just 0.123 on run-rate, they brought their best to the Americas Final, topping the points table with five wins in six games. Canadian players topped the lists of highest run scorers and leading wicket takers.


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They will come into the tournament with lots of confidence, having registered five consecutive wins in T20Is this year. With an exciting mix of youth and experience in their team, Canada should be one to watch in this tournament.

Navneet Dhaliwal Canada's captain was the most prolific batsmen in the Americas Finals, accumulating 190 runs at 63.33 in five innings. He is also a right-arm medium pacer who has 14 international wickets. Dhaliwal was in superb form in the build-up to the Qualifier, scoring 417 runs in seven innings, including one century and three half-centuries. He has an impressive strike-rate of 132.86 in T20I cricket.

Dillon Heyliger Medium pacer Heylinger has been among the wickets for Canada since his T20I debut in August this year. He was their leading wicket-taker in the Americas final, claiming 11 scalps at an exceptional average of 10.09. He registered two four-wicket hauls in five games, while also bowling at an economy rate of just 5.84.

HONG KONG

Despite having made it to the T20 World Cup twice, Hong Kong's recent T20 form has been very poor.

One of the leading countries in associate cricket, they go into the tournament with the experience of having qualified previously. However, their outings in T20 cricket over the last three years have shown just one win in eight games. However, their spirited performance in the 2018 Asia Cup against teams such as India and Pakistan should ensure that they have the self-belief to qualify..


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Hong Kong qualified for the last two instalments of the T20 World Cup, in 2014 and 2016, when they were eliminated in the group stage on both occasions. They have a solitary victory in the competition, by two wickets against Bangladesh in 2014.

Nizakat Khan Hong Kong's second-highest run-scorer in T20I cricket, and the highest in the current squad. Since January 2018, he has scored 254 international runs in ten appearances.

Haroon Arshad The 20-year-old has been in great form since making his T20I debut earlier this month, scoring 132 runs at an average of 66. made those his runs at a rate of 146.66.

IRELAND

Led by the higly experienced Gary Wilson and coached by Graham Ford, Ireland's squad is a mixture of experience and youth.

They are currently 14th in the T20 rankings and should to qualify from this tournament with little difficulty.

No strangers to the world stage, the Irish team first qualified for the T20 World Cup in 2008, when they defeated Bangladesh convincingly. Their performance in T20 in recent seasons has not been so impressive, although they won a recent tri-series against Scotland and the Netherlands and finished second to hosts Oman in a pentangular series.


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They are the most successful team in the qualifier event over the years but have never managed to get out of the group stage at any Finals since 2009.

Kevin O'Brien: At the age of 35, he is still a key player for Ireland, as he proved when he made Ireland's first-ever T20i century with 124 from just 62 balls against Oman recently.

Harry Tector: He made his T20I debut, aged 19, last month and had an immediate impact with a half century against The Netherlands in Dublin and then an unbeaten a match-winning 47, also against the Dutch, in Oman. His right-arm slow bowling and excellent fielding make him an importante player for Ireland in the tournament.

JERSEY

Jersey, appearing in their second Global Qualifier, having narrowly edged ahead of Germany by just 0.05 on run-rate to win the European Final in Guernsey in June. Jersey won four out of their five games in that tournament - with the single loss coming in their final match, against Germany. They had finished second in the earlier European Qualifier B with four wins in five matches.

Currently ranked 25th in the ICC rankings, they are a good all-round unit - in the European qualifier, they topped the bowling and catching lists and had three players in the top 10 run-scorers. Their captain is Charles (Chuggy) Perchard, a right-arm medium pacer, who has taken 13 wickets in his eight T20I appearances.


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Anthony Hawkins-Kay The 29-year-old medium pacerhas consistently been among the wickets for Jersey. He was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the European Final with 10 scalps in five matches at an economy rate of 5.88. He is also known for adding useful runs down the order in crucial situations.

Jake Dunford The 25-year-old wicketkeeper has performed well for Jersey in the last three years. In his debut tournament in 2017, he set a World Cricket League record with 21 dismissals (18 catches and three stumpings).

NIGERIA

At 37th, they are the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

Having only made their T20I debut earlier this year, during the Africa Finals, Nigeria come into this tournament very much the outsiders. Their young squad - six of their 15 players are under the age of 20 - will doubtless be looking to cause an upset or two.


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Nigeria finished third in the Africa Region Final, with only the top two progressing. However, Zimbabwe's suspension by the ICC meant Nigeria joined Namibia and Kenya as Africa's representatives.

Ademola Onikoyi Nigeria's captain is a a key part of the batting line-up. His 49 against Ghana, scored from only 35 balls and with four sixes, is the closest a Nigerian batsman has come to registering a T20I fifty.

Sylvester Okpe - Named as vice-captain for the tournament despite being just 18 years old, Okpe was Player of the Tournament at the Under 19 World Cup Africa Qualifier, where he led Nigeria to a surprise qualification for the finals in 2020. His nine wickets and 111 runs were just as crucial as his leadership skills, as his side went undefeated through their five matches.

OMAN

Arguably the team in the best form heading into the tournament, Oman must fancy their chances of winning a spot in Australia.

Unbeaten in their recent home pentangular series, Zeeshan Maqsood's side are in top form at present. Their win in Muscat over Ireland, one of the tournament favourites, i evidnce of their threat to all the other teams.


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Currently ranked 16th place will not daunt them even if they lack the international T20 experience of many of their opponents - they have played only 24 matches since gaining T20I status in 2015.

Oman have once previously competed in the T20 World Cup, in 2016. A win over Ireland in their opening game proved to be the high point, as their second game was washed out, before they were beaten by a Tamim Iqbal century in a Bangladesh victory that meant they could not reach the Super 10 stage.

Aamir Kaleem At 37 Kaleem is a senior member of the squad, and is a vital component of both their batting and their bowling, as he showed during the pentangular series. A skilful slow left-armer, he took career-best figures of 5 for15 in Oman's last game as he ran through a talented Nepal batting line-up. Two days earlier, his 27-ball 46 was key in the defeat of Ireland.

Aqib Ilyas The second-youngest member of the squad at 27, Ilyas scored his maiden T20I fifty in 2017 against Hong Kong. Despite having been in and out of the team since then, he earned his palce with a vital 44 against the Netherlands in the pentangular series.

UAE

UAE come into the tournament under a cloud after the news that their captain Mohammad Naveed and two other squad members have been charged under the ICC's Ant-Corruption rules.

UAE participated in the ICC World T20 2014, but ended the tournament winless. However, familiarity with the home conditions and a strong recent record makes them one of the likely contenders in this tournament.

They come into the tournament on the back of great form, having won six of their eight completed Twenty20 Internationals in 2019. Last year they even won all of their five ICC T20 World Cup Asia B Qualifier matches by comfortable margins.


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UAE comfortably defeated each of their four opponents at the Asia Qualifier B and went on to win the final against Qatar. Once they were chosen as the host nation, they gained automatic qualification and thus did not play in the Asia Finals, won by Singapore.

Their side features plenty of experienced names, including Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza and Chirag Suri - indeed, thirteen of their 15 squad members are on the far side of 30.

In the batting, Anwar and Ashfaq Ahmed come in with plenty of runs behind them while Sultan Ahmed and Zahoor Khan have led the charge in the bowling department over the last 12 months.

Shaiman Anwar The 40-year-old batsman is one of the most reliable in the UAE line-up. In 32 T20Is, he has scored 971 runs at 33.48, with seven scores of over fifty, including a hundred - and he has got his runs at a healthy rate of 126.10.

Ashfaq Ahmed The 36-year-old right-hander was in outstanding form during UAE's T20I series in Netherlands earlier this year, scoring three half-centuries in four innings. His efforts at the top of the order powered his team to a 4-0 clean sweep.