Singapore’s Saad Khan Janjua and Malaysia’s Suresh Navaratnam leading the field, the Division 5 trophy beside them

Malaysia and hosts Singapore have gone one step closer to challenging for a place in the 2015 World Cup by securing promotion from Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5. They now join Nepal, in a Division 4 event to be staged in the next twelve months. “It’s a great result for the two teams,” says their ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam. “They were favourites going in but they had to play good cricket all the way to make sure.”

In often challenging conditions, with rain playing a big part in the tournament, all teams found coping with the seaming new ball difficult. Host Singapore’s and Malaysia’s familiarity with the conditions was undoubtedly significant and though the others teams, Bahrain, Argentina, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey put in good performances, they just found Malaysia and Singapore a little too strong. Malaysia and Singapore had prepared well for the event, Malaysia going to Sri Lanka and Singapore to India to get match-sharp. And they had two excellent coaches in Roy Dias (formerly of Nepal, most recently with Oman) and Trevor Chappell who returned for his second spell with the Singapore national team. “In these conditions its all about fitness, fielding and playing percentage cricket. You don’t need to do much with the bat or ball, you just need to make sure that you don’t make basic mistakes,” says Aminul.

“It puts both countries in line for potential High Performance funding if they keep climbing the ladder, Division Four’s a place they should be able to negotiate, and then the target is to reach Oman in Division 3 and Hong Kong in Division 2 and then of course, UAE and Afghanistan,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.

Singapore beat Malaysia by nine wickets in the Final at Kallang.

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5
Pepsi ICC World Cricket League

Filed February 24th, 2012