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Uganda create history by qualifying for T20 World Cup; all 20 teams finalised

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Nov 30, 2023 05:46 PM IST

In the regional final of the Africa Qualifier, Uganda ensured a top-two finish with the victory over Rwanda, their fifth in six matches.

Uganda created history by qualifying for next year's men's T20 World Cup, set to be held in the West Indies and the USA, with a nine-wicket win over Rwanda at Windhoek in Namibia on Thursday. They will be joining Namibia as the second side to enter the main tournament from the ongoing Africa Qualifier.

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Uganda players

In the regional final of the Africa Qualifier, Uganda ensured a top-two finish with the victory over Rwanda, their fifth in six matches.

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Batting first, Rwanda were all out for 65 in 18.5 overs. In reply, Uganda completed the formality in 8.1 overs while losing just one wicket.

Uganda will become the fifth African nation to play in the T20 World Cup.

On the other hand, Africa Qualifier favourite Zimbabwe failed to secure a berth. Zimbabwe are currently placed third in the regional final with six points, having won three of their five games.

After the results of the Africa Qualifier, the slots for the 20 participating teams have been filled.

Eight teams - Australia, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka - had earned automatic qualification for securing top-eight finish in the last edition of the World Cup. West Indies and USA too earned automatic qualifications for being the hosts.

Afghanistan and Bangladesh were the next two teams based on the next-best T20I rankings. Qualifiers decided the remaining eight spots. Africa, Asia and Europe had two qualification spots, with one spot for both the Americas and East-Asia Pacific regions

The main tournament is set to take place between June 4-30 next year.

The top two sides from each group make it to the Super 8 stage, followed by the semi-finals and the final.

The qualified teams for the 2024 T20 World Cup:

USA, West Indies, Australia, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Nepal, Oman, Namibia and Uganda.

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