Destination 2022 T20 World Cup In Australia -- Via Spain And Rwanda
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Wed 20th October 2021 | 08:40 AM
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Oct, 2021 ) :While the vast majority of cricket eyes are firmly focussed on events in the Gulf where the 2021 T20 World Cup is just getting underway, a small minority are locked on events in Spain and Rwanda.
The Desert Springs Cricket Ground in Almeria, a verdant cricketing outpost in a parched corner of south-east Spain, is currently hosting the European qualifiers for the next edition of the T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia next year.
The South African-born fast bowler qualifies for Italy through his mother and came on board after being tapped up by captain and head coach Gareth Berg, who plies his trade as an all-rounder for Northamptonshire.
"He (Berg) picked up the phone and he outlined what he was looking to achieve with Italian cricket and where he thought I could fit in on that journey," Dernbach told The Cricketer.
"He gave me some glowing reviews in terms of what it could be like for me, what I could add. It was nice to be wanted by someone." Dernbach duly made his second international debut 2,757 days after his last international appearance in 2014 when he took 1-17 from his four overs in the six-wicket win over Denmark on Monday.
On the other side of the deck that day was another former England player.
Denmark's Amjad Khan, 41, won a single Test cap against the West Indies in 2009 and played one T20 international but injuries cut short his chances, not just with England but in county cricket as well where he turned out for Kent and Sussex.
Already the only Danish cricketer to play Test cricket, the Copenhagen-born Amjad, who is not quite as fast a bowler these days as he was in his pomp, set another record in that game against the Italians on Monday.
The country's first brush with the game dates back to 1793 while Milan is particularly associated with the game.
Former England captain Ted Dexter was born in the city.
Germany, meanwhile, can claim Dieter Klein, who played domestic crickt in South Africa before joining Leicestershire, and Durham's 2013 county championship-winning squad member Michael Richardson, son of former Proteas wicketkeeper Dave Richardson.
It is the Channel Islanders, however, who qualified first with a four-wicket victory over Germany on Tuesday, although that is not entirely surprising.
"As a squad, we've got big dreams of qualifying for a World Cup and hopefully this will be the first step in our journey," said Jersey captain Chuggy Perchard.
The Spanish tournament is being replicated in Rwanda where seven countries -- including the likes of Nigeria, Uganda and Swaziland -- are taking part in the first stage of the African sub-regional qualifiers.
Only the winner of the regional finals will progress to the global qualifiers.