|By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 23, 2018: The West Indies cricket team received a rousing welcome at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Zimbabwe on Sunday evening as they became the first team to arrive for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers starting next month.
A traditional dance group put on a cultural extravaganza at the airport, with dozens of local cricket fans showing up to greet the two-time, former 50-overs World Cup champions.
Members of the Local Organizing Committee and government representatives also welcomed the Caribbean side.
The Caribbean side are one of 10 teams set to do battle in the March 4-25th tournament, as they vie for the remaining two spots at the show-piece in England next year.
West Indies open their campaign on March 6th against United Arab Emirates, who won the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 last week, to book their spot in the qualifiers.
They, along with Ireland, the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea, comprise Group A, while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal form Group B.
The top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes, where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.
The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup from May 30th to July 15th next year.