How Did Uganda Qualify?
Uganda were a part of the Africa Qualifiers, where a total of 16 teams were fighting for two slots. Previously, Namibia had already confirmed their participation by finishing first in the regional finals.
For the last available slot, Uganda were in a battle with Zimbabwe, who had won four of their six matches. But on Thursday (30 November), Uganda won their sixth match against Rwanda by nine wickets to ensure their participation.
Having been granted full T20I status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) only five years ago, Uganda have played brilliantly in the qualifiers to finish ahead of the Chevrons.
Which Other Teams Have Qualified?
Barring USA and West Indies, who will host the competition, ten teams were awarded direct entries – the top eight of the 2022 instalment (India, Australia, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand & Netherlands) and the next two teams in the ICC men’s T20I team rankings (Afghanistan & Bangladesh).
The other eight teams had to earn their place via the qualifier route.
Ireland and Scotland are the two teams to have qualified from Europe, while Nepal and Oman qualified from Asia. Papua New Guinea – who finished first in the East Asia-Pacific Qualifiers, and Canada – who finished first in the Americas Qualifiers, have also confirmed their participation.
The Africa Qualifiers decided the last two entries, with Namibia and Uganda making the cut.