World Cricket League Africa Region

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World Cricket League Africa Region
Administrator African Cricket Association,
International Cricket Council
Format One Day International
List A
First tournament 2006
Tournament format League system
Number of teams 16 nations
Current champion Unknown
Most successful None

The World Cricket League Africa Region or Africa World Cricket League is a one-day cricket tournament organised by the African Cricket Association for non-Test national cricket teams in Africa. As well as providing opportunity for national teams to play international matches against others of a similar standard, it also provides qualification into the ICC World Cricket League.

The league contains three divisions played once every two years with promotion taking place between divisions. As yet, there has not been a Division One tournament played and so there are no current champions. Currently, there is no date set for this to take place.

History[edit]

The Africa regional tournament of the World Cricket League was introduced in 2006. Two divisions were played with the teams being distributed according to the final placings of the 2004 ACA Championships.[1] The upper division, designated as Division Two, contained the associate African nations at that time with the exception of Kenya, Namibia and Uganda who were already embedded in the World Cricket League. It is assumed that these three teams are expected to participate in Africa Division One alongside promoted teams from Division Two. Division Three was made up of eight affiliate African nations.

At present, there has been no relegation for teams finishing bottom in the divisions though this may change if the first division is played in the future.

Tournaments[edit]

2006[edit]

Division Three[edit]

The 2006 Division Three tournament featured eight African affiliate members of the International Cricket Council. Pool 1 featured Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho and Malawi whilst Pool 2 featured Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. It was hosted at the Willowmoore Park cricket complex in Benoni, South Africa and was won by Mozambique, who qualified for Division Two later in the year.[2]

Pos Team Promotion/Relegation
1st  Mozambique Promoted to 2006 Africa Division Two
2nd  Sierra Leone Remain in 2008 Africa Division Three
3rd  Ghana
4th  Malawi
5th  Morocco
6th  Rwanda
7th  Gambia
8th  Lesotho

Division Two[edit]

The 2006 Division Two tournament was played in Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. It was a round-robin tournament, featuring Botswana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia who were joined by Mozambique from the Division Three tournament. Tanzania topped the points table,[3] thus qualifying for Division Three of the World Cricket League. Botswana were runners-up and qualified for Division Five of the World Cricket League, with third placed Mozambique later being invited to join them.[4]

Pos Team Promotion/Relegation
1st  Tanzania Promoted to Africa Division One
2nd  Botswana Remain in 2008 Africa Division Two
3rd  Mozambique
4th  Zambia
5th  Nigeria

2008[edit]

Division Three[edit]

In April 2008, the Division Three tournament was again held at the Willowmoore Park cricket complex in Benoni, South Africa. Due to the late withdrawal of Morocco, the tournament featured seven African affiliate members of the International Cricket Council and a South African Invitational team. Pool 1 featured Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Whilst Pool 2 featured Gambia, Ghana, Swaziland and the South African Invitation XI. Although the SA Invitation XI won Pool 2 without losing a match, the tournament rules did not allow them to participate in the semi finals and their place was taken by Swaziland (third in Pool 2). After Ghana easily accounted for Rwanda in the first semi-final, they beat Swaziland (who had defeated Sierra Leone in the other semi-final) in the final to win the tournament.[5]

Pos Team Promotion/Relegation
1st  Ghana Promoted to 2008 Africa Division Two
2nd  Swaziland
3rd  Sierra Leone Remain in 2009 Africa Division Three
4th  Rwanda
5th  Malawi
6th  Lesotho
7th SA Invitation XI Replaced  Morocco
8th  Gambia Remain in 2009 Africa Division Three

Division Two[edit]

In October 2008, the Division Two tournament was held at the Willowmoore Park cricket complex in Benoni, South Africa. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in September 2008 in Lusaka, Zambia but was rescheduled to South Africa just before the original tournament started due to the death of the Zambian President.[6] The tournament featured three African associate members of the ICC; Botswana, Nigeria and Zambia and three affiliate members; Ghana, Mozambique and Swaziland in a round robin format.[7]

The three associate members proved stronger than their three affiliate competitors, with the final group table reflecting the associate / affiliate split. Botswana were the overall winners after going through the tournament undefeated with Nigeria emerging as the second best and both the teams have been rewarded with promotion to Africa Division One.[8] Due to their performance in the tournament, Nigeria qualified for Division Seven of the World Cricket League.

Pos Team Promotion/Relegation
1st  Botswana Promoted to Africa Division One
2nd  Nigeria
3rd  Zambia Remain in 2010 Africa Division Two
4th  Mozambique
5th  Ghana
6th  Swaziland

2009-10[edit]

Division Three[edit]

The 2009 Africa Division Three was played from 1–7 October in Malawi. The hosts were joined by four other teams who remained from the previous playing the year before. Morocco were intending to take part as well, but had to pull out as their visas were not accepted.[9] The winners were Malawi who were promoted to Africa Division Two alongside the runners-up Sierra Leone.

Pos Team Promotion/Relegation
1st  Malawi Promoted to 2010 Africa Division Two
2nd  Sierra Leone
3rd  Rwanda Remain in Africa Division Three
4th  Gambia
5th  Lesotho

Division Two[edit]

Africa Division Two took place from 24–29 April 2010. The competition was held in Benoni, South Africa and included Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Zambia.[10] The winners, Zambia gained entry into 2010 WCL Division Eight.

Pos Team Promotion/Relegation
1st  Zambia Qualify for 2010 WCL Division Eight
2nd  Ghana Remain in Africa Division Two
3rd  Swaziland
4th  Sierra Leone
5th  Mozambique
6th  Malawi

Division One[edit]

The Division One tournament which includes Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda was to be held in 2010. However due to the busy schedule the tournament was shelved.

Future[edit]

The future Division 3 will happen somewhere in 2011

Champions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2004 ACA Championships cricketeurope4.net
  2. ^ 2006 World Cricket League Africa Region Division Three at Cricket Archive
  3. ^ 2006 World Cricket League Africa Region Division Two at Cricket Archive
  4. ^ Diagram of the World Cricket League at the ICC's official website
  5. ^ http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/346499.html?view=pointstable Cricinfo, retrieved 10 August 2008
  6. ^ [1] Cricinfo, Accessed 20 October 2008
  7. ^ [2] ICC, Accessed 20 October 2008
  8. ^ [3] African Cricket, Accessed 20 October 2008
  9. ^ Morocco forced to withdraw from Division 3 at icc-cricket.yahoo.net
  10. ^ Africa Newsflash - October 2009 static.icc-cricket.yahoo.net