Nepal will start as favourites in Singapore ©ICC

Singapore plays host to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Men's T20 World Cup Asian Regional Finals Qualifier from tomorrow with five countries set to do battle.

Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal and Qatar have all joined the hosts at the Indian Association Ground for a round-robin event.

The side which tops the pile will book their spot at the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates in October and November.

That event will in turn offer six places at the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

Nepal, who are 11th in the world, will start the event as favourites.

"Cricket helps you stay level headed," said their captain Paras Khadka.

"The ups and downs of life is similar to the highs and lows of a cricket match.

"The best thing about cricket in Nepal is the love and passion for the game among those who play and follow the game of cricket.

"It [qualification] would be amazing. 

Singapore are hosting the event at the Indian Association Ground ©ICC
Singapore are hosting the event at the Indian Association Ground ©ICC

"We have the most hardworking, determined players and the most passionate fans who support the game. 

"It would mean everything to us if we made it through to the next stage."

Qatar are ranked 21st in the world with Singapore 23rd and Kuwait 28th.

Malaysia are the outsiders at 35th in the rankings.

United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Oman, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Namibia and Jersey have already qualified for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier.

After the Asian event, two remaining places will be filled from an Americas qualifier taking place in Bermuda next month.

Tomorrow's opening fixtures in Singapore will see the hosts play Qatar and Kuwait meet Malaysia.

Action will run until July 28.