Rawlins confident of securing World Cup spot
Delray Rawlins believes Bermuda has a “real chance” of qualifying for the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020, in Australia.
Bermuda will be among 14 teams vying for six places at the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from October 18 to November 2.
The teams will compete in two groups with Bermuda pitted in group A along with Scotland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Singapore and Kenya. Group B comprises of hosts UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria.
“The draw looks good for us,” Rawlins, the Sussex all rounder, said. “We all saw it and felt we have a real chance.
“We got on a run and, with the team we have, we know we are dangerous.”
The top team from each group will advance to the semi-finals, thus securing direct qualification to the World Cup, with three more teams from each group involved in play-offs to determine the final four qualifiers.
The six qualifying teams will join the top ten teams in the ICC T20 rankings as at December 31, 2018, in Australia in 2020. Those teams are Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
Bermuda advanced to the final round of qualifying after finishing second behind Canada during the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in Bermuda, which also involved the United States and Cayman Islands.
“That was the objective when Herbie [Bascome, the Bermuda coach] started a few months ago and it's come to fruition,” Rawlins, who played a key role in helping Bermuda clear the first qualifying hurdle, said.
Bermuda made their debut at ICC World Cup in the West Indies in 2007.
Malachi Jones, the Southampton Rangers all rounder, is the only surviving member from that team among the present crop of players.
Meanwhile, Rawlins and his Sussex team-mates have been busy preparing for tomorrow's home Vitality Blast quarter-final against Worcestershire Rapids at 1st Central County Ground in Hove.
“The boys are looking sharp and are ready to go,” Rawlins said. “Everyone is confident and just excited to show off their skills and get to finals day again.”
Sussex secured home-field advantage after winning the South Group.
Rawlins put another feather in his cap after being named as winner of the “Porsche Performance of the Month” award for August for his maiden first-class century in English county cricket.
The left-handed batsman stroked 100 from as many balls with 12 fours and three sixes on the third day of Sussex's Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
“It's a nice award to receive, and to get recognition for putting in performances,” Rawlins, who brought up the century with a towering six off leg spinner Matthew Parkinson, said.
“I'm just looking to keep working hard and putting in more performances.”