The Oman Cricket Team Have Qualified for the T20 World Cup Next Year

Every time that there is an ICC world cricket event on the horizon, the associate nations have to go through qualifying rounds to fight for the right to play against the big boys. The Twenty20 World Cup is due to take place in Australia next year, so qualifiers have recently been taking place and Oman will be one of the associate nations playing against the world’s best next year.

An Entertaining Play-off Against Hong Kong

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There was a lot riding on this match as the winner would be rewarded with a spot in the T20 World Cup Down Under at the end of next year.

Oman batted first in the match but were clearly nervous because of what was on the line. The batting line up folded, with six of the seven batsmen getting out for 4 runs or fewer. With 17 overs bowled, Oman only had 84 runs on the board, but Jatinder Singh, who finished the innings on 67* and Aamir Kaleem added 50 valuable runs in the final three overs to give their side something to bowl at.

Hong Kong would have thought that they were in with a chance of winning the match, but an inspiring spell of bowling from Bilal Khan put an end to that. He helped to reduce Hong Kong to 18/5, which was something that they could never recover from. Fittingly, the last wicket of the match was picked up by Khan, and Oman ended up winning the match by 12 runs.

Oman and their fans went wild as they qualified for their second consecutive trip to the T20 World Cup. It was not to be for Hong Kong, and they will have to be content with watching next year’s T20 World Cup from the comforts of their sofas.

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Bilal Khan was awarded the man of the match award for his 4 wickets for 23 runs from the 4 overs that he bowled. Jatinder Singh would have been a close second thanks to his 67 runs from 50 balls.

What Other Teams Have Qualified for the T20 World Cup?

The other associate teams that managed to qualify for next year’s tournament are the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Scotland, and Ireland.

They are going to have some very tough matches as they will be taking on the likes of Australia, Pakistan, India, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

However, if none of the players are up for trying their skills against some of the best players in the world, then they shouldn’t really be on a cricket field. This is a chance for all of the players to market themselves. If they put in a series of stunning performances, they might find themselves playing in prosperous T20 tournaments all over the world.