World Cup 2015 qualification starts now

Less than a week after the qualification for the 2011 World Cup was sorted at the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa, the battle for a place at the 2015 tournament is about to get underway.

The ICC World Cricket League Division 7 competition will take place in Guernsey between May 17 and 24 with the top two sides earning promotion to Division 6. The countries involved are Bahrain, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Japan, Nigeria and Suriname.

They will all be heartened by the example of Afghanistan who this time last year were preparing to take part in the ICC WCL Division 5 event in Jersey. Promotion from there was followed by similar success in Divisions 4 and 3, and last week they secured full ODI status for themselves, and only missed out on a World Cup place by one win.