They defeated South Korea and progressed as the third best finishers in the continental knock-out stage where they missed the flight to Qatar by a whisker. It will be a good experience for Rodolfo Arruabarrena's men to rub shoulders with one of the most serious contenders for the title.
Both Casillas and Kaka were the part the part of their respective World Cup winning teams. Brazil won the title in 2002 while Spain lifted the crown in 2010 under the leadership of Casillas.
Football's governing body FIFA made history on Thursday by selecting Japan's Yamashita alongside Stephanie Frappart of France and Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga on a list of 36 referees for the World Cup.
Now the Australia will take on Peru in the intercontinental playoff for a place in the World Cup. Australia have played in the last four consecutive World Cups. This is the deepest the UAE have managed to go since their maiden qualification in 1990.
Ireland, chasing Australia's 179-5, were all out for 137 in the 19th over to put Australia level on points with New Zealand, who have a game in hand, at the top of Group 1.
They are a very strong team and the fact that they are playing at their home ground makes them more dangerous,” said Gayle.
Zimbabwe pulled off a stunning one-run upset over Pakistan on Thursday to put the Asian giants in danger of an early exit from the Twenty20 World Cup.
India plundered 179-2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground with Kohli 62 not out, before restricting the spirited Dutch to 123-9, with the Indian bowlers sharing the spoils in front of 36,000 fans.
Australian batter David Warner's 2016 IPL-winning signed SunRisers Hyderabad jersey fetched the highest bid of $30,000 (Rs22,51,200) in a non-fungible token (NFT) auction in Dubai.