The United Arab Emirates is hosting 16 of the world's second-tier cricket sides as the team attempts to qualify for the Twenty20 World Cup.
Most teams are made up of semi-professional cricketers, but six lesser-established countries have a chance to join the likes of India and Australia in Bangladesh next year.
The contest is also a chance for the US and Canada to revive cricket's oldest rivalry.
Al Jazeera's Richard Parr reports from Abu Dhabi.
Source: Al Jazeera