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Afghanistan, US to clash in cricket

Afghanistan has been grouped with the United States in the qualifying tournament for next year's Twenty20 World Cup cricket.

cricket Updated: Dec 15, 2009 17:43 IST

Afghanistan has been grouped with the United States in the qualifying tournament for next year's Twenty20 World Cup cricket.

While the United States is currently involved in a war in Afghanistan, hostilities will be on a sporting level when they meet in February as they strive for a spot alongside the elite nations at the World Cup in the West Indies in May.

Joining Afghanistan and the US in Group A will be Ireland and Scotland.

Group B is made up by the Netherlands, Kenya, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

The two finalists from the qualifying tournament will be in next year's main event. The winner of the qualifying tournament will join South Africa and India in Group C, while the losing finalist will be placed with West Indies and England in Group D.

The qualifying tournament will be in the United Arab Emirates from February 9-13. Six group games will be in Abu Dhabi, with all other games and the final will be in Dubai.