The road to India 2023 sees Bermuda, Denmark, Jersey, Malaysia, Uganda and Vanuatu all competing to climb the ladder to ICC World Cricket League Division 3. The event that begins on 29 April will see 18 matches played over an eight-day period in a packed schedule in Kuala Lumpar.
Hamid Shah will lead the team as captain for the first time in an ICC event and is looking forward to the challenge.
“I am looking forward to a very competitive tournament and the challenges we are going to meet as a group. We know what to expect in this tournament, playing six games in eight days, the team management especially the coach, Jeremy Bray, has prepared us really well increasing our fitness level and skill work.
“This is my first time of captaining Denmark for an ICC tournament and I am aware it is not going to be an easy task. However, I am excited by the prospect and ready to lead the team.”
Uganda have had good preparations ahead of the tournament with tours to Qatar and India, prior to that they also hosted Saudi Arabia for a series of games. Uganda were relegated from Division 3 last time round where they were hosts of the tournament and are looking to improve on that.
Uganda captain, Roger Mukasa said, “We want to be the champions as we look at going back to Division 3 following relegation last year in our own backyard. Every game will be taken as a final as we know what it takes to play at the highest level. There are no chances for slip-ups in such tournaments.
“The general weather conditions in Malaysia are different compared to Uganda. However, we shall adopt quickly like we have always done in the past and an early arrival will help the team acclimatize to the conditions.”
Jersey head into the tournament in Malaysia, with fond memories of the host country, having won ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in 2014. This team led by Charles Perchard, includes Jonty Jenner and Jake Dunford who have both been selected for the MCC Young Cricketers Programme for 2018.
Captain Perchard believe they are ready for the tournament. “The players have put in a huge amount of work in the build up to this tournament. We feel well prepared and ready to put in some quality performances. Playing for Jersey is something the whole team feel proud of. After a long winter, it will be great to be back on the field representing our country again.
“The biggest challenge for the squad will be dealing with Malaysia’s hot and humid climate. Most of the guys have played in Malaysia before so we are well aware of how important fitness will be throughout this tournament. A massive part of our preparation has been working hard in the gym so we will be as prepared as possible for these conditions.”
Vanuatu has selected Appoliniare Stephen back into the team and will be led by captain Andrew Mansale who brings a wealth of experience to the team and coming off a very successful season of Premier Club Cricket in Australia, he has led the team since 2012. In addition, Patrick Matautaava who was named Player of the Tournament at the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in South Africa in September 2017 is coming off a strong season for Essendon in Melbourne this Australian summer.
Hosts Malaysia first won an ICC World Cricket League tournament when they won Division 4 in 2014 which was held in Singapore. Anwar Arudin will lead Malaysia in the upcoming tournament, and the players to watch from the Malaysian team are Virandeep Singh and Ahmad Faiz. Bermuda who will be captained by Terryn Fray have undertaken a pre-tournament camp in Dubai.
Terryn Fray (captain); Dion Stovell; Cejay Outerbridge; Macai Simmons; Steven Bremar Jr; Janerio Tucker; Stephen Outerbridge; Kamau Leverock; Tre Manders; Okera Bascome; Kwasi James; Rendall Robinson; Charles Trott; Chare Smith
Hamid Mazhar Shah (captain); Jonas Henriksen; Taranjit Singh Bharaj; Saif Ali Ahmad; Anique Uddin; Bashir Shah; Zahmeer Khan; Nicolaj Damgaard Laegsgaard; Anders Bulow; Mads Strandby Henriksen; Shangeev Thanikaithasan; Basit Raja; Rizwan Mahmood; Frederik Klokker
Charles Perchard (captain); Corey Bisson; Dominic Blampied; Cornelis Bodenstein; Harrison Carlyon; Jake Dunford; Nicholas Ferraby; Peter Gough; Anthony Hawkins-Kay; Jonty Jenner; Elliot Miles; William Robertson; Benjamin Stevens; Nathaniel Watkins
Anwar Arudin (captain); Ahmad Faiz; Muhamad Syahadat; Mohd Shafiq; Mohd Suharril Fetri; Mohammad Shukri; Muhammad Wafiq Irfan; Pavandeep Singh; Dhivendran Mogan; Syed Aziz; Virandeep Singh; Anwar A.Rahman; Che Wan Razlan; Suhan Kumar
Fred Achelam (captain); Brian Masaba; Simon Ssesazi; Bilal Hassun; Roger Mukasa; Hamu Bagenda Kayondo; Henry Ssenyondo; Frank Nsubuga; Charles Waiswa; Sahibzada Muhammad Irfan; Kenneth Waiswa; Deusdedit Muhumuza; Riazat Ali Shah; Steven Wabwose
Andrew Mansale (captain); Jonathon Dunn; Apollinaire Stephen; Jelany Chilia; Callum Blake; Nalin Nipiko; Patrick Matautaava; Williamsing Nalisa; Joshua Rasu; Wesley Viraliliu; Trevor Langa; Ronald Tari; Shane Deitz; Simpson Obed
The match officials are:
Match Referee - Gary Baxter
Mentor Umpire - Wayne Knights
Umpire - Isaac Otieno Oyieko
Umpire - Rizwan Akram
Umpire - Kalidas Viswanadan
Umpire - Tabarak Dar
Umpire - Vinay Kumar Jha
Umpire - Durga Nath Subedi
Umpire - Sarika Prasad
Umpire- Alu Kapa
29 April: Uganda v Malaysia (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Denmark v Bermuda (Royal Selangor Club); Jersey v Vanuatu (UKM Cricket Oval)
30 April: Malaysia v Vanuatu (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Denmark v Jersey (Royal Selangor Club); Uganda v Bermuda (UKM Cricket Oval)
1 May: Rest/Reserve
2 May: Bermuda v Jersey (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Uganda v Vanuatu (Royal Selangor Club); Malaysia v Denmark (UKM Cricket Oval)
3 May: Uganda v Denmark (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Jersey (Royal Selangor Club); Bermuda v Vanuatu (UKM Cricket Oval)
4 May: Rest/Reserve
5 May: Denmark v Vanuatu (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Bermuda (Royal Selangor Club); Uganda v Jersey (UKM Cricket Oval)
6 May: Final (Kinrara Cricket Oval); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Royal Selangor Club); 5th v 6th Playoff (UKM Cricket Oval)