Asia Cup 2018 Qualifiers
The 2018 Asia Cup Qualifiers are played in Malaysia. Six teams are participating in the tournament and the winner will qualify for the Asia Cup 2018 that will start on 15th September 2018 in UAE.
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The teams participating in the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifiers –
- Hong Kong
- United Arab Emirates
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Asia Cup 2016 Qualifier
- Of these 6 teams, Hong Kong, Oman, and United Arab Emirates participated in the 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier.
- Asia Cup 2016 Qualifier had Afghanistan playing too and UAE were the winners of the tournament and progressed to the Asia Cup 2016.
- Afghanistan have now become a full ICC member and are already qualified for the Asia Cup 2018 and hence not playing in the Qualifier.
- United Arab Emirates were unbeaten through-out the Asia Cup 2016 Qualifier tournament. Oman had won just 1 of the 3 matches played while Hong Kong lost all 3 of their matches.
- Oman defeated Hong Kong by 5 runs in the Asia Cup 2016 Qualifier T20I match.
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Hong Kong in Asia Cup ’18 Qualifiers
A look at Hong Kong’s ODI records tells what can we expect from the team in the Asia Cup Qualifier 2018.
As of 17 March 2018, Hong Kong has played 24 One Day Internationals, winning 9 out of them.
They played their first ODI in 2004 and entered the T20 race in 2014.
Hong Kong’s highest team total of 323/4 came as recently as December 2017 against Papa New Guinea at Dubai.
Anshuman Rath holds the record for highest individual score by a Hong Kong batsman – 143 not out Vs Papa New Guinea.
Babar Hayat and Anshuman Rath are the number 1 and number 2 most runs scorer for Hong Kong at an average of 42.16 and 52.57 respectively.
Nadeem Ahmed leads the most wickets board for Hong Kong with 38 wickets at an average of 22.78.
Record vs other teams
Hong Kong has never defeated Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. They have won 2 of the 4 matches played against UAE, and 2 out of 5 matches played against Scotland.
Hong Kong has played Afghanistan on two occasions and won 1 match.
They defeated Papa New Guinea in 4 of the 8 matches the two nations played.
Nepal in Asia Cup ’18 Qualifiers
Nepal is very new to the ODI scene playing their first ODI recently in August 2018. They have played 3 matches and won 1 of them.
Nepal’s highest score was against Netherlands on their tour of Netherlands, August 2018 where the team total was 216/10 in 48.5 overs.
Highest ODI runs getters for Nepal are Dipendra Singh Airee, Sompal Kami, and Paras Khadka.
Sompal Kami has the highest average of all the Nepal batsman which is 44.00.
Sandeep Lamichhane who is the first Nepal cricketer to play in IPL is the leading wicket taker for Nepal with 8 wickets at an average of 13.37.
Sompal Kami ranks second with 6 wickets at an average of 22.16.
Record vs other teams
Of the two matches Nepal played against Netherlands, they have won 1 and lost 1.
Nepal has played UAE once and lost the match and are awaiting their first win against the UAE, which they would be looking to register in the Asia Cup Qualifier 2018.
In the 2006 ACC Trophy, Nepal played Myanmar where they bowled out the latter for just 10 runs in 12.1 overs. They chased the total in 0.2 overs with Myanmar giving away 5 extras in wides.
Oman in Asia Cup ’18 Qualifiers
Oman in T20I –
Oman has played 17 T20I and won 5 of them. In the 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier, Oman registered their highest T20I score of 180/5 in 20 overs against Hong Kong.
Adnan Ilyas holds the record for highest individual score by a batsman for Oman with 54 runs off 27 balls. This innings of Adnan Ilyas was against Afghanistan in 2016.
Zeeshan Maqsood, Adnan Ilyas and Khawar Ali are the leading run scorer in T20I for Oman.
Bilal Khan is the leading wicket taker for Oman with 21 wickets at an average of 19.04. Zeeshan Maqsood comes second with 10 wickets at an average of 26.60.
Oman has a 100 percent winning record against Ireland playing 1 and winning 1 T20I.
Hong Kong is another team that Oman has been successful against winning 4 of the 5 matches played between the two.
They haven’t won a match against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Scotland, and UAE.
United Arab Emirates in Asia Cup ’18 Qualifiers
UAE have played 46 ODIs and won 13 of them with their first ODI played in 1994.
The highest team total for UAE in an ODI was in January 2018 vs Scotland – 300/6 in Dubai.
Khurram Khan has the record for highest individual score to his name with 132 runs not out against Afghanistan in November 2014.
The best bowling figures by a bowler for UAE are 6 for 34 by Zahoor Khan vs Ireland in March 2017.
UAE has won 3 of the 6 matches played against Afghanistan an lost all matches played against Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, and Sri Lanka.
They have won 1 of the 2 matches played against Zimbabwe.
UAE has performed fairly well against the Associate Member nations winning 2 of the 4 matches played against Hong Kong.
UAE has won 3 of 4 matches played against Papa New Guinea and 1 match played against Nepal and Netherlands each.
They have lost to Scotland on 5 occasions of the 7 times the two teams have met.
Shaiman Anwar ranks first in most ODI runs for UAE, followed by Rameez Shahzad and Rohan Mustafa.
Rameez Shahzad has scored 691 runs at an average of 53.15.
Mohammad Naveen and Rohan Mustafa are the leading wicket takers for UAE with 45 and 28 wickets each.
Malaysia & Singapore in Asia Cup Qualifiers
Malaysia and Singapore have played in the World Cricket league and ACC events and haven’t appeared in the ODIs against full member nations.
Singapore hasn’t Qualified for the ICC World Cup yet, but did qualify to play the Qualifier events for World Cup where they finished at 19th and 14th place in 1994 and 1997 respectively.
They didn’t qualify after 2001 where they were eliminated after the 1st round of the qualifier.