In a historic turn of events, Canada secured their maiden qualification for the T20 World Cup with an impressive 39-run victory over Bermuda in Hamilton last Saturday, guaranteeing them a coveted spot in the upcoming 2024 tournament.
This nail-biting triumph saw Canada and Bermuda finishing on equal points in the fiercely contested double round-robin qualifying group. The group also featured Panama and the Cayman Islands. However, Canada’s superior run rate was the decisive factor that propelled them into the T20 World Cup.
Kaleem Sana, an exceptional talent from the Canadian side, was the standout performer of the match and received the well-deserved Player of the Match award for his incredible performance. Sana showcased his bowling prowess by capturing three crucial wickets while conceding only four runs. Moreover, his exceptional performance throughout the tournament earned him the title of Bowler of the Tournament, as he managed to claim a remarkable total of 15 wickets and maintained the best economy rate among all bowlers. In response to his accomplishments, a jubilant Sana exclaimed, “I can’t find words to express my emotions right now.”
The upcoming T20 World Cup, now in its ninth edition, promises to be an exciting spectacle as it has been expanded to include a total of 20 teams. Scheduled for June 2024, this prestigious event will be hosted jointly by the United States and the West Indies, setting the stage for an electrifying cricketing showdown on an even grander scale.