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In quest of title, Afghanistan to take on UAE

In quest of title, Afghanistan to take on UAE

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:41

KABUL (Pajhwok): In quest of the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup title, table-topper Afghanistan will take on the United Arab Emirates at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

As the battle for the title has run into its final round, Afghanistan and Ireland are still in contention of lifting the trophy. Afghanistan have 101 points and the UAE 47 points

Second-placed Ireland (89 points) face Scotland (46 points) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, looking to secure maximum points and hoping other results will go their way.

The Netherlands (52 points), placed in the third spot, will play bottom-of-the-table Namibia (27 points) at the ICC Academy, says a statement from the International Cricket Council.

Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host PNG (43 points) and Hong Kong (39 points). All matches will begin on November 29 at 9.30am local time. The competition that began in 2015 is into its seventh and final round.

The Afghanistan-UAE encounter will be live-streamed on the ICC website. There will be highlights packages available of all remaining Intercontinental Cup matches via the ICC social channels. 

“It has been our goal to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup and we are very much looking forward to the final match,” said Afghan skipper Ashgar Stanikzai, who is focused on winning the competition.

“We have had a number of training and preparations camps over the past year, the latest of which was in India. This has been helpful in our preparations and we are confident ahead of the match against UAE.

“We have come a long way from the beginning of this competition in 2015, where we are now playing test cricket and have obtained Full member status, we want to end with winning the I-Cup.”