West Indies qualify for Cricket World Cup as rain sinks unlucky Scotland

West Indies players celebrate the wicket of Scotland Batsman Mathew Cross, foreground, during their Cricket World Cup qualifier match at Harare Sports Club, Wednesday, March, 21, 2018. (AP)
Updated 21 March 2018
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West Indies qualify for Cricket World Cup as rain sinks unlucky Scotland

HARARE, Zimbabwe: West Indies has qualified for next year’s Cricket World Cup, sneaking through by beating Scotland in a heartbreaking finish to a match where rain stopped play with the Scots only just short of the run rate they needed to go through.
Chasing 199 to win, Scotland were 125-5 in the 36th over when the rain came on Wednesday. That gave West Indies a five-run victory on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. West Indies are the second-last team to secure a place at the World Cup in England and Wales.
One last place will be won at the ICC’s qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe. The host nation can secure it with victory over the UAE on Thursday.
West Indies began their decisive game against Scotland by losing Chris Gayle with the first ball of the match. Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels made half-centuries to take the two-time World Cup winner to 198 all out, a respectable and ultimately winning total.


Bert van Marwijk confirmed as new UAE boss

Updated 20 March 2019
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Bert van Marwijk confirmed as new UAE boss

  • Former Saudi Arabia coach given task of guiding the UAE to their first World Cup since 1990.
  • To be presented to the fans just before the UAE take on the Green Falcons on Thursday.

LONDON: The UAE FA has confirmed that Bert van Marwijk is to be the national side’s new coach.
The former Saudi Arabia manager arrived in Dubai on Wednesday to thrash out terms and has agreed to a deal that sees him potentially stay in the dugout through to the 2023 Asian Cup.
The Dutchman becomes the new UAE coach with the national side in a state of flux. The much-heralded “Golden Generation” failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup and underwhelmed on their way to the Asian Cup semifinals on home soil in January.
He replaces Alberto Zaccheroni whose defensive tactics both failed to find success and inspire the fans. The Italian left the job after the last-four exit at the Asian Cup.
Thanks to his track record with Saudi Arabia Van Marwijk was reportedly the UAE’s first choice to take the side into World Cup qualifying, which starts in September — his first task being to get the Whites to their first World Cup since 1990.
The 66-year-old guided the Green Falcons to the Russian World Cup — the Saudis’ first appearance at the showpiece for 12 years — during a two-year stint which ended in September 2017 after contractual negotiations broke down.
The UAE face his former side in a friendly on Thursday, with a friendly against Syria set for next Tuesday. Van Marwijk will be in the stands for those matches with interim boss Saleem Abdelrahman in charge of the players on the pitch.
The Dutchman will be presented to the public and media shortly before Thursday’s friendly against the Green Falcons.