T20 World Cup Qualifiers
Papua New Guinea
The 14 teams, divided into two groups of seven, play a total of 42 league games. The two group-toppers qualify directly for the T20 World Cup. Teams finishing second and third face off in a couple of playoffs (similar to the IPL Qualifiers). Win the playoff, seal your World Cup spot. That's four spots.
For the last two, the losers from the two playoffs face the fourth-placed teams in the group (like the IPL Eliminator). The winners of those games go through. So, after 42 games, as many as eight of these teams have a shot at qualifying for the World Cup.
The top 10 teams by rankings are automatically into the T20 tournament to be held in Australia next year. They are England, Australia, Pakistan, India, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe were only recently reinstated back into ICC competitions but it comes too late to enter this one.
Ireland's Group fixtures:
Friday 18th October - Hong Kong vs Ireland - 11:10am (SKY)
Saturday 19th October - UAE vs Ireland - 4:30pm (SKY)
Monday 21st October - Ireland vs Oman - 11:10am
Wednesday 23rd October - Canada vs Ireland - 11:10am (SKY)
Friday 25th October - Ireland vs Jersey - 07:00am
Saturday 26th October - Ireland vs Nigeria - 07:00am (SKY)
Sky Sports are showing quite a few matches in the tournament. Games that are show live are here