Papua New Guinea finished on top of Group A of ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier to secure direct entry into next year's T20 World Cup. The 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia will be Papua New Guinea's first-ever World Cup in any format. Papua New Guinea will become the 20th team to feature in a T20 World Cup.
PNG first defeated Kenya by 45 runs in a thrilling morning match on Sunday, 27 October, and the failure of Netherlands to then beat Scotland in 12.3 overs of their chase meant PNG could book their tickets to the premier event Down Under next year.
The scenes at the Dubai International Stadium at the 12.3-over mark of the Netherlands-Scotland clash watched eagerly by the whole PNG side in the stands was one of unbridled joy. It’ll be their first major ICC tournament.
Having headed into the final day of the group stages of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 as favorites, they were top of Group A with a superior net run-rate to the second-placed Netherlands, PNG nearly made a mess of things against Kenya.